Power producer, Shonda Rhimes,  has been appointed to the Television Academy’s executive committee alongside Susanne Daniels (head of global content for YouTube), Mark Gordon (producer of Criminal Minds), Richard Weitz (co-head of WME’s scripted TV department) and Carmi Zlotnik (president of programming at Starz).

Those chosen for the committee roles set policy for the Academy, which now is led by Hayma Washington.

“We are exceptionally fortunate to have the opportunity to be advised and guided by five of the most insightful and ground-breaking executives in the television industry,” Washington said in a press release. “Individually they deliver a wealth of experience and knowledge across global television platforms. Collectively, they represent the future of the industry and will play a significant role in leading the Television Academy and our members as our medium continues to evolve.”

The board of governors has also elected the following representatives on the executive committee for the 2017 term: Jill Daniels, animation; Gail Mancuso, directors; Rickey Minor, music; and Mark Scott Spatny, special visual effects. Rounding out the executive committee membership for the 2017 term are Academy officers Frank Scherma, vice chair; Steve Venezia, second vice chair; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg, secretary; Allison Binder, treasurer; and Mitch Waldow, Los Angeles Area vice chair; and Television Academy Foundation Chair, Madeline Di Nonno.
This appointment is well deserved as Rhimes is the prolific creator and executive producer of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, Still Star-Crossed and the upcoming series For The People and the untitled Grey’s Anatomy spin-off.  Rhimes is also the author of the NY Times Best Selling book, “Year of Yes.”



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