We are pleased to announce our 2015 honorees!
As the creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal, and the executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, Shonda Rhimes is one of the most powerful and successful forces in television. From her storyline creation and production to her character development and casting Rhimes has challenged race and sex stereotypes and been a champion for women’s rights, civil rights, and lesbian and gay rights. Her extraordinary body of work is undoubtedly changing industry ideas of who and what can make a successful onscreen story.
Jenji Kohan is the creator, executive producer, showrunner, and head writer of Weeds and Orange is the New Black. Through her wildly popular series, Kohan has shed light on the diverse experiences of women and has demonstrated the cultural power of telling women’s stories onscreen. Her acclaimed shows and unforgettable characters have been truly innovative and revolutionary in their handling of issues relating to race, sexuality, class, religion, gender identity, mental health and prison reform, and have forced audiences and industry drivers alike to reimagine the potential for women’s roles in television.