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‘South Park’ Exec Producer Anne Garefino Wins AFI Alumni Medal

The American Film Institute has selected producer Anne Garefino as the recipient of the 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

She will be presented the award as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award tribute for Jane Fonda at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 5.

Garefino is a 1988 graduate of AFI. The Schaffner award recognizes a graduate of the AFI Conservatory or AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Previous recipients include Darren Aronofsky, Stuart Cornfeld, Amy Heckerling, Patty  Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick.

Garefino has been the executive producer of the animated series “South Park” since 2007 and produced two films with Trey Parker and Matt Stone — “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut” and “Team America: World Police.” She made her Broadway debut as a producer on “The Book of Mormon,” winning a Tony and a Grammy.

Garefino was a producing fellow at AFI. Before moving to Los Angeles, she worked for public television station WETA-TV, where she co-produced the “In Performance at the the White House” series.

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