Industry Insider: September 2020

Monthly wrap-up highlighting news and stories in the media & entertainment industry focusing on strategic partners, donors and Walter Kaitz Foundation grantee organizations.


Michael Powell featured on Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s Podcast “Emboldened”

“Emboldened,” the recently launched podcast produced by Emma L. Bowen Foundation Alumni, hosted Michael Powell CEO of the Internet and Television Association for a discussion on leadership, overcoming adversity, and the toughest challenge he’s ever faced. The podcast was created to give listeners exclusive access to trail blazers and influential decision-makers in the media industry.

Powell began the conversation by addressing the changes that have beset the world by the pandemic saying, “What’s required now are real human connection skills, a real commitment to empathy and compassion, and the ability to build trust from a distance.”

The podcast then shifts to a lively discussion addressing the racial reckoning happening around the country and the role the media industry plays as storytellers.  To listen to the podcast click here.

The Walter Kaitz Foundation provides grants to the Emma L. Bowen Foundation and supports their exceptional mission to groom, develop, train, and connect diverse students to opportunities.

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is now recruiting applicants for 2021.  Successful candidates get placed in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation’s leading media and technology companies. These placements provide the industry with a pipeline of young talent and emerging leaders. To apply, click here.


The 45th Annual Gracie Awards Honored Women in Media During Virtual Celebration

Recognizing exemplary programming created by, for, and about women

On Thursday September 10, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) held its 45th annual Gracie Awards, and as with most events this year it was a virtual affair due to the pandemic.  This year’s Gracies, named for the Golden Age of Television star Gracie Allen, recognized more than 120 outstanding women and men in media for their bravery, determination and accomplishments.

The live “event,” which was hosted by “This is Us” star Susan Kelechi Watson, reached more than 10K viewers and another 14K viewed the event on social media.  During the broadcast Katy Perry received the Gracies Impact Award for the positive influence on society through her music.

Among the award highlights:

Tamron Hall accepted her award for Best Talk Show and dedicated it to Breonna Taylor. Gayle King was awarded the Best Special or Variety Program for her memorable interview with R. Kelly and mentioned during her speech that she would “love to sit down with him for another interview again” post-trial. Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered a Special Award Tribute to frontline journalists bringing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter coverage to homes across America, including from Norah O’Donnell, Debora Patta, and Martha Teichner from CBS; Kristen Dahlgren, Dasha Burns, Savannah Guthrie, and Blayne Alexander from NBC; CNN’s Brooke Baldwin; Los Angeles Times’ Molly Hennessy-Fiske; Paola Ramos and Isobel Yeung of Vice News.

The Gracie Awards is the largest fundraiser of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation which supports and promotes educational programs, and scholarships to benefit the media, the public, and allied fields. In addition to giving $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students. Michelle Ray, executive director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation is a member of the AWM Board of Directors.


The T. Howard Foundation’s Internship Program Now Accepting Applicants

The Walter Kaitz Foundation congratulates the T. Howard Foundation (THF) for hosting a successful Summer Series.  The virtual program allowed the entire THF talent pool to take part in this vital learning and development opportunity. THF is dedicated to improving the participation of diverse and underrepresented groups in the media and entertainment industry and is currently accepting applications for its full-time paid Summer 2021 Internship Program.