2015 Television Managers Assn. Manager of the Year
For Daryn Simons, receiving a Heller Award is merely an extension of her dedication. She is, after all, the event’s producer, and a member of the Talent Managers Assn. board of directors. Years ago, after she had already worked in the industry for three years, Simons attended the awards for the first time and found a group of like-minded individuals. “It felt like I was home,” she says. Outside TMA and the Heller Awards, Simons works for Acting Out management, which she started in 2009. To her, the most satisfying moments in her career are watching her clients get big breaks. “To see that come to fruition,” she says, “It’s like magic.” As far as producing the Heller Awards goes, Simons says her longtime dream was to have comic Joan Rivers present — a goal that she accomplished last year before the comedian passed away.