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Phyllis Stuart Phyllis Stuart serves many masters in media as a filmmaker, writer, producer, artist and activist devoted to humanity, the planet and the creatures that share it with us.

An NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate, Phyllis Stuart is the Creator and Executive Producer of the ABC Primetime Special 50 YEARS OF FUNNY FEMALES with hosts John Ritter, Annie Potts, Debbie Allen and Paula Poundstone. Next Stuart produced and co-starred in two television pilots I SPA with Laraine Newman and GET INTO MY SHORTS with Seinfeld star, Jason Alexander. She has directed and produced two feature documentary films: BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN about the seminal filmmaker and fashion photographer, I THINK I CANNES about the wild world of the Cannes Film Festival and the short film NO DESTINATION with John Savage. Stuart just wrapped JUNGLE RESCUE a new television pilot which saves captive, exotic animals which Stuart co-hosts (with Emmy winner, Keith David), directs and produces.

With producer Andrew Sugerman ("CONVICTION", "PREMONITION") in 2013, Stuart launched Enthuse TV a company that produces live events and content for all media distribution including broadcast and cable television, broadband and mobile.

Along with fellow environmentalist JR Getches, in 2013 Stuart founded the community THE ANIMAL NETWORK an online source serving animal lovers and activists.


Inaugural WIN Awards 1993 Honoree
TICHI WILKERSON KASSEL (1926-2004)

Tichi WilkersonAn innovative businesswoman, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel founded Women In Film. She also was publisher emeritus of The Hollywood Reporter.

As founder of The World Film Institute (formerly The Hollywood Reporter Industries Foundation), she distinguished herself with continued devotion and service to the entertainment industry.

In founding Women In Film, Tichi’s intent was to aid women in the entertainment business by increasing their visibility, helping them to network with their peers, and unifying professional women in the industry.

Benefits from the original concept are being enjoyed today by thousands of creative women nationally and in 20 countries around the world.

YouTubeTichi Wilkerson Woman of the Year 1987 interview.

Inaugural WIN Awards 1993 HonoreeLaura Ziskin
Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)

In 1976, Hollywood film producer/director, Ziskin started her life in the film business working as a personal assistant for Jon Peters. In 1984, Ziskin formed Fogwood Films with partner Sally Field to produce Murphy's Romance. As an independent producer, Ziskin produced the thriller No Way Out for Orion Pictures. In 1988, Ziskin and partner Ian Sander produced two films featuring Dennis Quaid, a remake of D.O.A. and Taylor Hackforad's Everybody's All-American.

In 1990, Ziskin's success came with the mega-hit film Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, which Ziskin executive produced for Touchstone Pictures. Her next film What About Bob?, Ziskin starred Bill Murray followed by The Doctor. In 1992, for Columbia Ziskin collaborated with Stephen Frears' Hero, (a loose remake of Meet John Doe), both producing and supplying its story. In 1994, Ziskin directed her first short film in 1994, Oh, What a Day! 1914 and produced the Nicole Kidman tour-de-force To Die For in 1995, under the banner of Laura Ziskin Productions.

In 1997, Ziskin executive produced the film, As Good as It Gets, which garnered seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and three acting nominations for its stars, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, who both won acting Oscars.

Ziskin was appointed president of Fox 2000, an indie film division of 20th Century Fox where she released Edward Zwick's Gulf War drama, Courage Under Fire, One Fine Day , Inventing the Abbotts and Volcano. Also Ziskin and Tom Rothman developed The English Patient before studio head Bill Mechanic returned film rights to director Anthony Minghella.

In 2002, Ziskin served as the Academy of Motion Pictures' Oscar telecast producer,  (as its first sold female producer).

In 2002, Ziskin produced Spider Man, which became the year's highest grossing film. The success of the film led to two sequels, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. In 2002, Ziskin was also awarded the Crystal Award by Women in Film for her efforts at expanding the role of women in the entertainment industry.

Ziskin married writer Julian Barry, with whom she raised his three children and their daughter, Julia Barry.  In 2010, Ziskin married writer Alvin Sargent her longtime companion.

In 2011, Ziskin died of breast cancer at age 61.

Ziskin's final films were The Amazing Spider-Man and Lee Daniels' The Butler.

Although Ziskin died a few months after filming wrapped on The Amazing Spider-Man and three weeks before filming commenced on Lee Daniels' The Butler, Ziskin was nominated for The WIN Awards 2013 in its Film Produced By A Woman category.

Huffington Post - "LAURA ZISKIN established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers and studio executives with a passion for discovering new talent."

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