Lots of things have changed since 1973, when Iris Grossman was in college.
“I didn’t know then that women could be studio executives, agents or lawyers,” Grossman said Wednesday, in her capacity as president of Women in Film. “But now the sky’s the limit — the glass is cracked.”
WIF, founded in ’73 to encourage women’s participation in the film industry, threw a breakfast at Tiffany’s in Beverly Hills to announce this year’s Crystal Awards luncheon June 19 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
Grossman, senior VP of talent & casting at Turner Network Television, told the crowd that James Cameron will present an award to producer Gale Anne Hurd, whose upcoming projects include “Armageddon” and “Snake Eyes.” Also on the honoree list are Meryl Streep, whose credits Grossman called “mindboggling,” and Lucy Fisher, vice-chair of Columbia Tri-Star Motion Picture Group.
Since it’s WIF’s 25th anniversary, the organization is going all-out this year, with an online auction of celeb memorabilia, a golf tournament, an evening dedicated to directors and — so that the men don’t feel left out — the Martini Shot Mentor Awards, honoring men who have mentored women in the biz.