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Designing Women: A Reunion
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
The cast and creative team of She Made It honoree Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's literate sitcom about a group of hyper-articulate southern women who run an interior-design firm reunited for an evening of anecdotes and insights.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is a 2006 She Made It honoree.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Creator/Executive Producer
Delta Burke, "Suzanne Sugarbaker"
Dixie Carter, "Julia Sugarbaker"
Annie Potts, "Mary Jo Shively"
Jean Smart, "Charlene Frazier Stillfield"

Moderator: Barbara Dixon, VP and Director of LA MTR

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The John H. Mitchell Seminar: Geraldine Laybourne
Thursday, October 19, 2006
As current CEO of Oxygen Media and former president of Nickelodeon, Geraldine Laybourne is a titan of the American cable industry who revolutionized children's television at Nickelodeon; reinvigorated older series with a fresh, ironic perspective that resonated with boomers and Gen-X-ers at Nick at Nite; and pioneered the convergence of television and the Internet at Oxygen. Laybourne discussed her illustrious career.

Geraldine Laybourne is a 2005 She Made It honoree.

Moderator: Cynthia Littleton, Deputy Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

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This is the tenth in a series of annual seminars to honor John H. Mitchell, who was president of Columbia Pictures Television.
Roseanne: Uncensored
Monday, October 16, 2006
Fearless, outrageous, and very much in touch with her working-class roots, Roseanne Barr took the comedy scene by storm in the late 1980s. As the star, executive producer, and occasional writer, this She Made It honoree turned Roseanne into one of the most popular situation comedies of all time. At this event, Barr spoke about these roles...and whatever else was on her mind.

Roseanne Barr is a 2006 She Made It honoree.
Moderator: Alex Ben Block, Television Journalist

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Taking the Lead: Women and the Changing Face of Television Drama
Thursday, December 8, 2005
Today’s television landscape is fertile ground for female-led prime-time dramas; a cursory glance at the schedule yields the likes of Veronica Mars, Medium, Commander in Chief, The Closer

Such was not always the case. In the era before the groundbreaking series Cagney & Lacey, hour dramas with female leads were rare indeed, the occasional escapist fare such as The Bionic Woman or Wonder Woman notwithstanding.

Panelists discussed the evolution of the female-led television drama, from its embattled past to its current ascendancy.


Barbara Corday is a 2005 She Made It honoree.

Barbara Corday, Cocreator, Cagney & Lacey
Susanne Daniels, President, Entertainment, Lifetime Entertainment Services
Jill Hennessy, Crossing Jordan
Jenji Kohan, Creator, Weeds
Jane Seymour, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Moderator: Cynthia Littleton, Deputy Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

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Introduced Screening: Once Upon A Mattress
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Carol Burnett, Tracey Ullman, Tom Smothers, and Bob Mackie gathered two days before the She Made It launch to introduce the premiere screening of ABC's original made-for-television movie, Once Upon A Mattress, starring those queens of comedy Ms. Burnett and Ms. Ullman, and Tom Smothers as King Sextimus, in costumes designed by Bob Mackie.

Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman are 2006 She Made It honorees.

Carol Burnett, Bob Mackie, Tom Smothers, and Tracey Ullman

Moderator: Barbara Dixon, VP and Director of LA MTR

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From The Goldbergs to 2005: The Evolution of the Family Sitcom
Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Long before multitasking became a buzzword, Gertrude Berg (1899–1966) was a creative force of nature. She created, wrote, produced, and starred in the radio and television series The Goldbergs, the story of a middle-class Jewish family living in the Bronx whose universal humor, Berg explained, “comes from life itself.” Thus began the continuum that led to such family comedies as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond, and beyond.

Our panel had a lively, funny discussion that ranged from memories of watching the TV show to the comedic portrayal of the Jewish mother and the influence of Berg on popular culture.


Gertrude Berg is a 2005 She Made It honoree.

Aviva Kempner, Documentary Filmmaker, Gertrude Berg: America’s Molly Goldberg
John Markus, The Cosby Show (Coexecutive Producer), The Larry Sanders Show (Writer), Gimme a Break! (Writer)
Bill Persky, That Girl (Creator), Kate & Allie (Director, Writer, Producer), Who’s the Boss? (Director)
Adriana Trigiani, Author, Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia
David Zurawik, Biographer, Molly’s World: The Life of Gertrude Berg


Moderator: Ron Simon, Curator, MTR

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The Women of NPR
Thursday, November 10, 2005

Since its inception in 1971, NPR (National Public Radio) has spotlighted more women in challenging and creative positions than most major news organizations. One of the key members of the NPR team, Cokie Roberts, has remarked how unusual it is to have a group of such distinguished women in one organization.

Many of NPR’s exemplary female voices came together to discuss how the network has become a showcase for women producers, anchors, and reporters, and to share their stories about how they made it in radio.

Cokie Roberts and Susan Stamberg are 2005 She Made It honorees.
Linda Wertheimer is a 2006 She Made It honoree.

Maria Hinojosa is a 2007 She Made It honoree.

Melissa Block, Host, All Things Considered
Maria Hinojosa, Managing Editor and Host, Latino USA
Cokie Roberts, News Analyst, NPR; Senior News Analyst, ABC News
Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent
Linda Wertheimer, Senior National Correspondent

Moderator: Ron Simon, Curator, MTR

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