Amy Burton

November, 2021

Press Release

AWM Connects Mentorship Program

AWM Connects is an exciting new virtual mentoring program that will connect young/new professionals with senior level executives throughout television, radio, and digital media.

The event will be held on December 15th from 12-1pm ET and will include an opportunity for mentees and mentors to interact. We will also be connecting mentees with mentors for a one-on-one conversation after the event is over. (While we cannot guarantee you will be paired with a specific mentor, we will ask for preferences when making the connections post-event.)

Mentors will be members of the AWM and AWM Foundation Board of Directors as well as high-level executives specifically selected to match up with the mentees that apply for the program.

Mentees interested in participating in this inaugural program should apply by December 1st. For more information and the application, please visit the AWM Connects page.

Because of the generous support of our Presenting Sponsors, Ford Motor Company and Ziploc Accessory Bags, we are able to host this event for FREE for all selected applicants. Our thanks and appreciation go out to Ford and Ziploc for their continued support of the Alliance for Women in Media’s mission to support women across all media segments, expand networks, continue education, and celebrate accomplishments.

Amy Burton

November, 2021

Press Release, The Gracies

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces 47th Gracie Awards Call for Entries Open

November 8, 2021 (New York City/Los Angeles) – The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), is proud to open the call for entries for the 47th Annual Gracie Awards. AWMF is also pleased to announce Crown Media as a Diamond Sponsor of the 2022 Gracies.

“The Gracie Awards celebrate and honor truly exceptional content by, for and about women. We know the circumstances of this year made production much more difficult, which is why we are more committed that ever to honor the remarkable work by so many in our creative community”, says Becky Brooks AWMF president. “As our most important fundraiser of the year, the Gracies enables the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of further the connection, education and recognition of women in media, even during difficult times.”

Serving again as chairs for the 2022 Gracie Awards are Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency and AWM/F Board member, Annie Howell, chief communications officer, Crown Media Family Networks and AWM/F Board member and Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting. Vicangelo Bulluck, an Emmy Award-winning, seasoned veteran in awards production, has produced the Gracie Awards since 2016 and will return to produce the Gracie Awards in 2022.

The 2021 Gracie Awards were celebrated through an ongoing virtual experience. Highlights of the 2021 Virtual Gracies included honoring outstanding and powerful talent such as: Jewel as the Gracies Impact Award recipient; Taylor Swift with a Grand Award for folklore: the long pond studio session; Kelly Clarkson of The Kelly Clarkson Show; Gayle King of CBS News; Hoda Kotb & Jenna Bush Hager of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna; Sara Sidner of CNN Race & Unrest in America; and, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and NAME, accepting on behalf of black-ish. The evening also included a special tribute celebration the 70th anniversary of the Alliance for Women in Media. Simone Biles, Glennon Doyle and many other presenters joined Lauren Ash, from Superstore, as our host and CeCe Winans as entertainment for the night. Footage from the virtual experiences can be found at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/2021-gracie-awards-content/ .

The 2022 Gracie Awards entry eligibility air dates are from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Early Bird rates for entries end on December 16, 2021, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The deadline for all entries is January 20, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern. Entry details including pricing, updated categories can be viewed at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/call-for-entries/. 

With the generous of support of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association and SiriusXM, scholarships will be provided to content creators in need of support to enter for consideration. Learn more about the scholarship at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/call-for-entries/.   

To see more information about the Gracie Awards, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/. The application to judge the Gracies will be available soon.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a gala that honors exemplary programming created by, for or about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.  

CONTACT:

Becky Brooks

President

Becky.Brooks@allwomeninmedia.org 

Ph: 202.750.3664

Alliance for Women in Media

October, 2021

Press Release, The Gracies

TAYLOR SWIFT, JEWEL & LAUREN ASH RECEIVE SPECIAL HONORS AT THE 46TH ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS

Virtual Gala Hosted by Lauren Ash featured Performances by Jewel and CeCe Winans, and Celebrated 46th Gracie Award Winners Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Clarkson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Erin Andrews & More

PHOTOS: CLICK HERE *Credit: Getty Images for AWM (Alliance for Women in Media Foundation)

CLIPS: CLICK HERE *Credit: Courtesy of Alliance for Women in Media Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 5, 2021) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented the 46th Annual Gracie Awards.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards were held virtually and streamed on the foundation’s Facebook page.

 Highlights from the awards include:

  • Simone Biles presented Taylor Swift with the Gracies Grand Award for her documentary “folklore: the long pond studio session”:, to which Swift said, “I wanted to say, first of all, thank you Simone Biles for presenting this award to me. I absolutely adore you and, um, that just really made my heart skip a beat.” The presentation also featured footage of Swift performing “folklore” with her collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner in-studio.
  • Proclaimed the “Kindest Man in Hollywood,” actor Henry Winkler presented Gayle King with the Gracies Award for “Best Hard News Feature – Interview” for her work on the CBS special “Breonna Taylor: Her Life, Death, and Legacy.” The segment featured heart wrenching clips of Gayle’s interview with Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, with Gayle noting the sense of responsibility she felt to tell this story.
  • Glennon Doyle presented Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton with the Gracies Awards for “Best Entertainment Podcast Host” for her podcast, “You And Me Both with Hillary Clinton”. The segment features Glennon’s recap of her invitation to Hillary’s podcast where she was so excited, nervous, and over-caffeinated that she woke up her wife with a handmade poster that read, “It’s Hillary Clinton Day!”
  • Award-winning actress Caitriona Balfe accepted the award for “Best Actress in a Leading Role – Drama” for her dynamic role as Clare Fraser on the Starz series Outlander. The award was presented to her by actor and director Adam Rodriguez.
  • This year’s Gracie Awards coincides with the  Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s (AWM) 70th Anniversary. During a celebratory moment that recognized AWM’s history, featuring archived photos and original documentation from the organization’s founding members, Becky Brooks (President, AWM) and Heather Cohen (AWM Board Member) presented event host Lauren Ash with a special anniversary Legacy Award.
  • AWM Foundation and Ford Empowering America Scholarship recipient Omose Ighodaro presented the award for “Best Ensemble Cast” to “Mrs. America.” Cast and crew members including Cate Blanchett accepted the award, popping bottles of champagne and virtually raising a glass to one another in a Zoom celebration.
  • Television host and sportscaster Charissa Thompson presented her best friend and fellow award-winning sportscaster Erin Andrews with the Gracies Award for “On Air Talent – Sports”. During her presentation, Thompson recalled the first time she met Andrews 13 years ago at one of her first jobs, and reminisced about the immediate camaraderie she felt woman-to-woman in a field dominated by men.
  • Actress Kelly Hu presented Peabody Award-winner Mo Rocca with the Gracie Award for “Best Entertainment Podcast”. Rocca hosts the podcast “Mobituaries” and was recognized for the episode entitled, “Anna May Wong: Death of a Trailblazer,” that tells the story of Hollywood’s first Chinese-American superstar and the societal, industrial, and legal adversity she faced.

The awards also featured musical performances by Jewel and CeCe Winans. Between her acoustic performances of “No More Tears” and “You Were Meant For Me,” event host Lauren Ash presented GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel with the Gracies Impact Award. Later, GRAMMY award-winning American Gospel Singer CeCe Winans closed out the show with a performance of “Never Lost.”

To view the complete list of winners, their work and acceptance speeches, visit allwomeninmedia.org.

Sponsors of the Gracie Awards include Crown Media, Ziploc ®, CNN, Apple Music, FOX Sports, Premiere Networks, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Meruelo Media, Beasley Media Group, Marketplace and TEGNA.

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About The Gracie Awards

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, the Foundation also produces the nationally acclaimed recognition program – the Gracie Awards which honors exemplary programming created by, for, and about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Cable and Telecommunications Association and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Gracie Awards please visit allwomeninmedia.org and follow on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (#TheGracies), Instagram (@allwomeninmedia) and Facebook.

Press Contact

Sunshine Sachs

Gracies@SunshineSachs.com

Becky Brooks

September, 2021

Press Release

ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES HOST, PERFORMERS, NEW DATE AND FORMAT FOR THE 46TH ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS

ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION announces host, performers, new date and format for the 46th annual Gracie Awards

Lauren Ash to Host the Virtual Awards on Tuesday, October 5
Featuring Special Performances by Jewel and CeCe Winans
Honorees include Taylor Swift, Robin Roberts, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kelly Clarkson & More

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 16, 2021) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWM) announced the 46th Annual Gracie Awards program will now take place virtually on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by actress and comedian Lauren Ash, the annual gala will feature performances by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel and GRAMMY award-winning American Gospel Singer CeCe Winans, honoring this year’s award winner’s whose work continues to influence and further the achievements of all women in media.

This year’s awards coincide with AWM’s 70th anniversary, which includes the launch of a VOICES OF COURAGE digital tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage. Since its inception in 1951, AWM, originally known as American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), has been committed to inspiring, educating, celebrating accomplishments and expanding networks of women across all segments of media.

“Lauren’s comedic spirit and incredibly talented performers will create a Gracies to remember… and worthy of our 70th anniversary celebration,” said Becky Brooks, President, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. “We will inspire and entertain our friends, fans, and followers with this year’s virtual event, and look forward to raising a glass together, in person next year to celebrate the accomplishments of women in media.”

In the sixth consecutive year as Executive Producer, Vicangelo Bulluck will spotlight these prolific women in the industry who continue to inspire and support others, break down barriers, and lead by example in creating opportunities for future generations.

Tune-in on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00 ET/PT at @AllWomenInMedia on Facebook.

Sponsors of the Gracie Awards include Crown Media, Ziploc ®, CNN, Apple Music, FOX Sports, Premiere Networks, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Meruelo Media, Beasley Media Group, Marketplace and TEGNA.

Catherine Combs

July, 2021

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media Celebrates Monumental 70th Anniversary

The celebration includes a VOICES OF COURAGE tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign, using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage

New York City/Los Angeles (July 15, 2021) – The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) announces a celebration of the organization’s 70th anniversary, which includes the launch of a VOICES OF COURAGE digital tapestry, a commemorative logo and a social media campaign, using #VoicesOfCourage and #70YearsOfCourage. Since its inception in 1951, AWM, originally known as American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), has been committed to inspiring, educating, celebrating accomplishments and expanding networks of women across all segments of media.

AWM is the aggregation of all women’s voices in media, and the leaders of the organization know that every voice is not only different, but rich in its individual context. In order to share these narratives in an even more personal and meaningful way, AWM has developed a new website, which has been titled, “Voices.” AWM’s leadership encourages media professionals to join the celebration by contributing to the tapestry. To view the VOICES OF COURAGE tapestry and add the individual who inspires you, visit celebrateawm.org.

“The Alliance for Women in Media was founded by courageous women 70 years ago and has been led by courageous women (and men) ever since. It is fitting that we are celebrating 70 years of courage in tandem with recognizing the unparalleled determination and bravery shown by frontline journalists over the last year through the 46th Annual Gracie Awards,” said Becky Brooks, President, AWM/F. “This marks an important year in our organization’s history, and we are committed to supporting and advancing women in media for another 70 years.”

In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media formed an educational foundation – the first of its kind established by any professional broadcasting organization, and in 1975, the Foundation began an annual awards program, recognizing outstanding content created by, for and about women. In 1997 those awards became The Gracies, named after Gracie Allen, a media pioneer who embodied the character of the awards. Learn more about The Gracie Awards at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/.

Sponsors of the 70th Anniversary Celebration include WWE, Crown Media Family Networks, CNN, Ford Motor Company Fund, Katz Media Group, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association and Ziploc®.

If you are interested in supporting the next 70 years of AWM or sponsoring a square on the tapestry, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/make-a-donation/.

To learn more about AWM, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/about/.

About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media connects, recognizes and inspires women across the media industry. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1951 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

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Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 70th Anniversary Celebration.

Catherine Combs

April, 2021

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Opens Applications for 2021 Scholarship Program

April 15, 2021 (New York City/Los Angeles) – The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021 fall semester.  In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, The Loreen Arbus Foundation, and NCTA – The Internet and Television Association, AWMF recognizes and supports future generations of women in media with over $20,000 in scholarships awarded annually.

“For years, these generous partners have stood with AWMF to support, encourage, and promote women in the media industry at every level, and we are proud to continue that tradition of advancing women in media,” says Heather Cohen, Chair, AWM/F Board of Directors. “Now, more than ever, we are proud to provide deserving young women the opportunity to complete their education and meet their full potential.”

The AWMF Scholarship Program opportunities include:

Ford Emerging Voices Scholarship

In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the “Emerging Voices” Scholarship consists of one $4,000 scholarship for a student pursuing a media career as a producer, writer, director or on the business side of media companies in areas such as television, radio, digital media, streaming, publishing, advertising, and production, made payable directly to the student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund for the 2021 fall academic semester. The selected winner will be given the opportunity to be mentored by an Alliance for Women in Media Board member. Winning submissions will be featured on AWM’s website and social networks. The mission of the Ford Motor Company fund is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Education is the foundation for success. It is key to making lives better, creating social change and building sustainable communities. That’s why Ford Fund invests more than $16 million annually to support educational initiatives that empower people to envision and lead change in their communities or in their own lives.

Ford Empowering America Scholarship

In partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, the “Empowering America” Scholarship program consists of one $5,000 scholarship for a winning student pursuing a media career as talent in front of the camera or microphone in an area such as television, radio, or digital media, made payable directly to the student’s educational institute in the name of Ford Motor Company Fund for the 2021 fall academic semester. The selected winner will be given the opportunity to work with the Ford Motor Company Fund to conduct interviews as part of the Faces of Ford Fund program. Winning submissions will be featured on AWM’s website and social networks.

Loreen Arbus Foundation & AWMF Scholarship

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation engaged in a partnership with The Loreen Arbus Foundation to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions, and stories of citizens with disabilities. The Loreen Arbus Foundation and AWMF Scholarship provides a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student with a scholarship to their educational institution for $2,500 and a ticket to attend an upcoming AWM event. Winning submissions will be featured on AWM’s website and social networks.  The Loreen Arbus Foundation supports a broad scope of interests including advocacy for women and girls, scientific and medical research, minorities, people with disabilities, gender and racial equality in media, the arts, animal rights, and global peace. The Foundation has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around key societal issues. Loreen Arbus holds the trailblazing distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime).

NCTA & AWMF Scholarship

The NCTA – The Internet and Television Association & AWMF Scholarship allows a deserving female communications/media undergraduate or graduate student to create an original piece (essay, digital short, video, animation, multi-media or other concept chosen by the student) that will be featured in NCTA and AWMF media distribution channels. In addition, the chosen student will receive a scholarship to their educational institution for $5,000 and a ticket to attend an upcoming AWM event. This scholarship serves to fund a promising student’s education as well as to provide a unique and compelling piece for her resume. NCTA believes in a technology and entertainment future that will advance innovation, inspire creativity, unleash connectivity, and exceed consumer expectations for a wide range of high-quality services. Annually, the organization donates millions to efforts that include everything from enhancing student learning and digital literacy, to restoring and rebuilding towns after natural disasters, and much more.

The Alliance for Women in Media, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in all facets of media. The Foundation supports educational programs and scholarships and hosts the Gracie Awards, which recognize individual achievement and programing by, for, and about women at the student, local, and national level.

To learn more about the AWMF scholarship opportunities and to apply, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/scholarships/.  Scholarship materials are due by June 11, 2021.

 

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About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF): In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, honoring exemplary programming created by, for or about women and individual achievement. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.

Catherine Combs

February, 2021

Press Release

The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation Announce the 2021 Board of Directors and Officers

In its 70th year since inception, the Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation (AWM/F) are pleased to announce their 2021 National Board of Directors. New to the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Board are: Kenetta Bailey, senior vice president, marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO); Marsha Cooke, senior vice president, global news and special projects, Vice Media, LLC.; and, Melissa Wright, chief content officer, Twin Cities PBS (TPT). New to the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) Board are: Svetlana Gans, vice president & associate general counsel, NCTA, The Internet & Television Association; Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting; Josie Thomas, former chief diversity & inclusion officer, CBS; and Christine Travaglini, president, Katz Radio Group.

Officers of the board have been announced as Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency, serving as chair, Annie Howell, chief communications officer, Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark), serving as incoming chair, Keisha Sutton-James, vice president & CEO, Sutton Button Productions LLC, serving as immediate past chair, Joyce Fitch, legal consultant, serving as treasurer, and Brenda Hetrick, chief revenue officer, Matrix Solutions, serving as incoming treasurer. 

“The role of the AWM and Foundation boards is to lead our organizations and industry as we recognize, connect and educate women in all facets of media.  We have a true working Board,” stated Becky Brooks, president, AWM/F.  “As AWM celebrate its 70th anniversary this year, it has never been more important to have strong, insightful leadership. This year’s new directors have voiced their dedication to donating time and resources to guide these organizations to the next level.  We are thrilled to have these talented, accomplished women joining our leadership for the next two years.”

The following individuals will continue to serve as Directors at Large of AWM: Katina Arnold, vice president, corporate communications, ESPN; Abby Auerbach, executive vice president, chief communications officer, TVB; Abby Greensfelder, founder & CEO, Everywoman Studios; Brenda Hetrick, chief revenue officer, Matrix Solutions; Michelle Ray, executive director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Sandra Rice, senior vice president, outreach and strategic partnerships, Center for Talent Innovation; Esther-Mireya Tejeda, chief marketing & communications officer, SoundExchange;and, Katherine Wolfgang, head of public relations, CBC. Deborah Parenti, publisher, RadioInk, RBR and TVBR will continue to serve as a Director at Large of AWMF.

AWMF is also pleased to announce that AWM/F board members Heather Cohen, Annie Howell and Mike McVay will continue to serve as chairs for the Gracie Awards. Learn more about the Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/.

As AWM kicks off its 70th anniversary celebrations, there are ways to stay involved. Follow AWM’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, sign up for the FastForward Newsletter, and enjoy the growing range of member benefits by becoming a member of AWM today.

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About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media connects, recognizes and inspires women across the media industry. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1951 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF): In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, honoring exemplary programming created by, for or about women and individual achievement. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.

Catherine Combs

October, 2020

Press Release

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces 46th Gracie Awards Call for Entries Open

The Gracie Awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF), has opened the call for entries for the 46th Annual Gracie Awards Gala and Gracie Awards Luncheon. AWMF is also pleased to announce Ziploc® Brand as the Diamond Sponsor of the 2021 Gracies.

“Each year, the Gracie Awards celebrate and honor truly exceptional content by, for and about women.  We know the circumstances of this year have made production much more difficult, which is why we are more committed than ever to honoring the remarkable work that has been created, especially with the important milestone of AWM’s 70th Anniversary coming up next year,” says Becky Brooks, AWMF executive director. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gracies enables the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to deliver on its promise of furthering the connection, education and recognition of women in media, even during difficult times.”

Serving again as chairs for the 2021 Gracie Awards are Heather Cohen, executive vice president, The Weiss Agency and AWM/F Board member, Annie Howell, chief communications officer, Crown Media Family Networks and AWM/F Board member and Mike McVay, president, McVay Media Consulting. Vicangelo Bulluck, an Emmy Award-winning, seasoned veteran in awards production, has produced the Gracie Awards since 2016 and will return to produce the Gracie Awards in 2021.

The 2020 Gracie Awards were celebrated through an ongoing virtual experience. Highlights of the 2020 Virtual Gracies included honoring outstanding and powerful talent such as: Katy Perry as the Gracies Impact Award recipient; Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead; Gayle King of CBS News; Naomi Watts of The Loudest Voice; Juju Chang of ABC News’ Nightline; Angela Yee of Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast; and, Natasha Lyonne, accepting on behalf of the producers of Russian Doll. Additionally, Dr. Sanjay Gupta delivered a Special Award Tribute to frontline journalists bringing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter coverage to homes across the United States.  Malin Åkerman and many other presenters joined Susan Kelechi Watson, from This Is Us, as our host and Mickey Guyton as entertainment for the night. Footage from the virtual experiences can be found at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/2020-gracie-awards-content/.

The 2021 Gracie Awards entry eligibility air dates are from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Early Bird rates for entries end on December 10, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern. The deadline for all entries is January 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM Eastern. Entry details including pricing, updated categories can be viewed at https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/call-for-entries/. 

With the generous of support of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, the newly announced NCTA Gracies Scholarship will provide 10 scholarships to assist with the costs of Gracie entries. Learn more about the scholarship at https://allwomeninmedia.org/foundation/scholarships/.

To see more information about the Gracie Awards, visit https://allwomeninmedia.org/gracies/. The application to judge the Gracies will be available soon.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a gala that honors exemplary programming created by, for or about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest news on the Gracies, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.  

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Catherine Combs

September, 2020

Press Release

THE 45th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS HONORED WOMEN IN MEDIA, INCLUDING KATY PERRY, GAYLE KING, NAOMI WATTS, DANAI GURIRA, TAMRON HALL AND MORE

Virtual Event Hosted by Susan Kelechi Watson Recognized Exemplary Programming Created by, for and about Women

Photo assets can be found [HERE]

Clips from the event can be found [HERE]

LOS ANGELES (September 10, 2020) – This evening, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) held the 45th annual Gracie Awards hosted by “This is Us” star Susan Kelechi Watson. This year, the Gracie Awards recognized more than 120 outstanding women and men in media for their bravery, determination and accomplishments, and recognized exemplary programming created by, for and about women.

Highlights from the awards show included the following:

  • Katy Perry received the Gracies Impact Award for the positive influence on society through her music. “This is an incredible honor to have this award about women and helping support women, which is something I am so incredibly passionate about. I love to provide opportunities in my life, professional and personal, for women to do incredible jobs and work alongside with,” Perry said during her acceptance speech, noting that “one of the most important things is to have representation.”
  • Country star Mickey Guyton performed her hit song “Heaven Down Here,” and for the first time ever performed “Without a Net,” an original song she had recorded to appear in the upcoming documentary “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story.”
  • 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 Gracies recognized “Silent All These Years,” an episode of Grey’s Anatomy that dealt with sexual assault and rape. The episode resonated with women and had far-reaching effects — RAINN reported a 43% uptick in call volume to its National Sexual Assault Hotline in the immediate wake of the airing of this episode.
  • Nightline’s co-anchor Juju Chang accepted their win for Best Hard News Feature for their story about trans women of color. “We wanted to tell the stories of these women who are not only under assault, but who’s stories are often ignored,” Chang said.
  • Natasha Lyonne accepted for Best Producer – Entertainment for their Netflix series “Russian Doll,” on behalf of herself, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler, giving a specific shoutout to Poehler saying, “[she] is such a leader in this field, who has single handedly changed the world and the scope of what we can do, how we hold the space for each other … it is such an honor to walk beside you.”
  • Naomi Watts won for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama for her portrayal as Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice.” She dedicated her award to Gretchen for her “incredible bravery and courage” noting it was “an honor” to tell her story.
  • Angela Yee won for Best Podcast – Entertainment thanking the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for the award, expressing “this is one of the highest honors we can have from other women who understand how empowering something like this is.

Presenters for the awards included Malin Åkerman, Chelsea Gilligan, Angélica Vale; Cassie DiLaura, Erin Lim, Dr. Imani Walker, Elaina Doré Smith, Jacqueline Obradors, Julie Carmen and Medalion Rahimi.

Additional winners of the night included Danai Gurira of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for Best Actress in a Leading Role – Drama, , Stephanie Beatriz for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Comedy for her work in FOX’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Fiona Shaw for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama for “Killing Eve,” Niecy Nash for Best On-Air Talent for “Black Girls Rock,” NBC’s “Superstore” won for Best Ensemble Cast with Lauren Ash accepting, and many more.

“We are honored to celebrate these incredible voices, recognize these poignant stories and bring the Gracie Awards to audiences around the world with our first-ever virtual awards show,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.  “We applaud the brave storytellers who have reported from the front lines, challenged conventional thinking, and produced content that has created real change – we need this storytelling now more than ever.”

To see a complete list of winners [CLICK HERE].

About The Gracie Awards:

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, the Foundation also produces the nationally acclaimed recognition program – the Gracie Awards which honors exemplary programming created by, for, and about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Cable and Telecommunications Association and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Gracie Awards please visit allwomeninmedia.org and follow on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (#TheGracies), Instagram (@allwomeninmedia) and Facebook.

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Catherine Combs

August, 2020

Press Release

THE 45th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS ANNOUNCE ALL-STAR VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE HAPPENING LIVE ON SEPTEMBER 10th

Show Will Feature Impact Award Recipient Katy Perry, and Honorees Including Danai Gurira, Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, Tamron Hall, Gayle King and More

Program will Feature Performances by Mickey Guyton, Special Award Tribute by Dr. Sanjay Gupta to Frontline Journalists Bringing COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Coverage to Homes across America, and Grey’s Anatomy’s “Silent All These Years” Episode will Receive a Stand-out Moment

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced the 45th annual Gracie Awards program will air live on AWMF’s Facebook page on September 10, 2020 at 7pm ET/PT. The virtual event will recognize esteemed honoree Katy Perry, who will receive the Gracies Impact Award, which is presented to an artist who has made a positive impact on society through their music. Dr. Sanjay Gupta will deliver a special tribute to frontline journalists who covered breaking news regarding the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement, and some of the most talented women in television, radio, and digital media will be honored for their incredible contributions to media this year including Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, Tamron Hall, and Angela Yee.

Danai Gurira, Norah O’Donnell, Fiona Shaw, Andrea Mitchell and Gayle King will appear in the virtual show along with country superstar Mickey Guyton who will perform twice throughout the night, and Grey’s Anatomy’s “Silent All These Years” episode will receive the Grand Award for the incredibly powerful episode which brought attention to sexual assault survivors. Tune-in on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 pm ET/PT at @AllWomenInMedia on Facebook and Instagram, as well as the Alliance for Women in Media’s YouTube page.

“There’s no doubt that this year has been indescribable – but one thing that has stayed consistent is the level of content that continues to be generated by and for women,” said Becky Brooks, Executive Director, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.  “We understand that people are going through unprecedented times and it’s our commitment to bring the world in for the first time and see the magic of the Gracie Awards as we celebrate some of the brave and poignant, storytellers of our time.”

In the fifth consecutive year as Executive Producer, Vicangelo Bulluck will spotlight these prolific women in the industry who continue to inspire and support others, break down barriers, and lead by example in creating opportunities for future generations.

Sponsors of the Gracie Awards include Ziploc®, Facebook, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, CNN, Crown Media, CBS Corporation, Katz Media Group, Beasley Media Group, and the Ford Motor Company.

Please celebrate all Gracie Award winners with us by watching the video montage dedications on the AWM website. Acceptance speeches of all honorees highlighting their content are available in montages beginning today.

About The Gracie Awards

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, the Foundation also produces the nationally acclaimed recognition program – the Gracie Awards which honors exemplary programming created by, for, and about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA – The Cable and Telecommunications Association and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Gracie Awards please visit allwomeninmedia.org and follow on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia), (#TheGracies), Instagram (@allwomeninmedia) and Facebook.

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