Shonda Rimes, Betsy Beers Tapped for DGA Diversity Award

Shonda Rimes, Betsy Beers Tapped DGA
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Honor to be presented Jan. 25

The Directors Guild of America will honor Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland with its 2014 Diversity Award, marking only the fifth time that the trophy has been given.

The guild said Rhimes and Beers are being honored for their commitment to diversity hiring, their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities in DGA-covered categories, and for the example they set for the rest of the industry.

The DGA will honor the duo at the 66th Annual DGA Awards on Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The Diversity Award has only been given previously in 1997 to Bruce Paltrow, John Wells and Christopher Chulack; in 1999 to Steven Bochco; in 2000 to HBO; and in 2005 to Stephen McPherson.

“The DGA Diversity Award is an exceedingly rare honor, given only when we feel strongly that someone is making a real difference in the hiring of women and minorities,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “In the decade that Shonda and Betsy have been creating and producing buzzworthy television, their record of diverse hiring has been consistently outstanding at a time when very few television series meet that standard. As a result, they have impacted the careers of dozens of women and minorities – they’ve made stars not only in front of, but behind the camera as well.”

Rhimes and Beers are partners in nine-year-old Shondaland. Rhimes is the creator and executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “Private Practice.” Rhimes was appointed by President Obama earlier this year to serve as Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Beers is the exec producer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “Private Practice.”

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  1. Tucker says:

    The most important aspect of their hiring of women and minorities isn’t just that they are hiring them, but that they are making relevant programs that resonate with all kinds of viewers. Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are the current two huge hits but Private Practice was once big and would still be a big hit had its writing not gone to pot. Don’t know how they allowed a medical show like PP to become just a show about the deviant sex lives of some of the doctors. Once that happened anything interesting or appealing about the show ceased. There’s nothing must-see-tv about a show that’s just going to be sex acts week after week.

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