Industry Insider: December 2020

CableFax Most Powerful Women

The theme of this year’s CableFax Most Powerful Women  could well have been ‘Nevertheless She Persisted,’ which Editorial Director Amy McLean invoked in referring to this year’s honorees. Hundreds turned out for the virtual celebration which included a photo montage of the honorees outside the office and a trivia game about the power players. The event included remarks from some of the industry’s finest, including Cablefax Mentor of the Year Dale Hopkins. “The more you help others, I truly believe, the better leader you become. It feels better than any other business success that I may have ever had,” said the iNDEMAND president and CEO.

Oprah Winfrey offered up remarks recognizing the OWN Your Vote initiative winning CFX’s public affairs campaign honor and President Tina Perry being named a WaveMaker, a special honor for women who’ve had a major impact in the past 12 months. Winfrey said the influential women being honored “can effect real change in both their internal organizations and the general public, through content choices and community programs—especially in this ‘exceptional year.” Perry and the other WaveMakersNBCU’s Kerry BrockhageLifetime’s Brie Miranda BryantTubi’s Andrea Clarke-HallMTV Entertainment’s Lily NeumeyerNat Geo’s Michelle Uptonand Food Network President Courtney White—are featured in a roundtable discussion in the magazine, with an excerpt of their Zoom call.

The event also featured remarks from Cable One CEO Julie LaulisCrown Media Family Networks chief Wonya Lucas, Women’s Advancement Champion and CMT’s SVP of music strategy and talent Leslie Fram, and A+E Networks’ Spark Mentors. The Our Rising Tide honorees featured phenomenal women under 30. The event concluded with trivia featuring accomplishments of Cablefax’s Most Powerful.  You can watch the replay here.

WICT Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI)

WICT recently announced the members of Classes 42 and 43 of the 2020-2021 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI). The program, supported in part by the Walter Kaitz Foundation (WKF), is recognized by the industry as the premier leadership development program for executive women in the cable media industry. Launched in 1994, over 1,000 women have graduated from the program which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.


Emma Bowen Foundation Launch Program

The Emma Bowen Foundation’s (EBF) Launch career activation program for the graduating class of 2021 kicks off January 2021 through May 2021. The program is designed to help groom and guide the students in navigating these very uncertain times and assist those who are still seeking permanent, full-time employment. Coaches devote a total of five hours over the five-month period.  During the sessions, coaches will be working  on-on-one with a college senior to help establish their career direction and job search strategy; ensure that they are prepared for their interviews; and to help develop the soft skills necessary for career success. The coaching program will be complemented with a multi-day virtual Job-Hunting Bootcamp in January, monthly webinars and an online Career Kit provided by The Lawrence Advisory. The Walter Kaitz Foundation (WKF) is a sponsor of the EBF.

Think Tank for Equity & Inclusion

Hollywood has an urgent responsibility to tell authentic stories. It’s time the stories we tell accurately reflect the world we live in. The Think Tank for Equity & Inclusion recently introduced their series of #WriteInclusion Factsheets to empower writers, showrunners, and creatives executives to better reflect the lived experiences of their communities. The factsheets are research-driven one-pagers to help guide writers’ rooms, writers, and all content creators toward better representation in their stories. Additional factsheets will be introduced on a rolling basis.