SHONDA RHIMES, executive producer
Shonda Rhimes is the creator of the hit ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," which chronicles the personal and professional lives of surgical residents in Seattle, and of "Scandal," which revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. Rhimes also created the Grey's Anatomy spinoff series, "Private Practice," which ran on ABC for six seasons.
In its tenth season, "Grey's Anatomy" continues to be hailed by audiences and critics. For her work on the series, Rhimes received the 2007 Television Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America, the 2007 Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama, the 2007 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Women in Film, consecutive wins from 2007-2011 for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, as well as five wins for Outstanding Drama Series, the 2006 Writers Guild Award for Best New Series, in addition to Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series and Writing for a Drama Series. For "Scandal" Rhimes was the 2013 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series and received a nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. She was the recipient of the 2012 GLAAD Golden Gate Award, 2010 RAINN Hope Award, and was a 2009 GLSEN Respect Awards Honoree. Additionally, for "Private Practice," Rhimes received the Television Academy Honors Award in 2010 and 2011 as well as the Prism Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in 2011. She has twice been included in TIME Magazine's 100 list of the most influential people.
Aside from her success with network television, Rhimes wrote the feature film "Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement," released in August 2004 by Disney. In addition her original script, "Crossroads," was released in 2002 by Paramount. She also co-wrote "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," produced by HBO and nominated for numerous awards, and for which Halle Berry won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a miniseries for her portrayal of Dandridge. In 2004 Rhimes created her production company Shondaland.
Rhimes worked as research director on the Tollin-Robbins/Mundy Lane documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream." It was nominated for an Emmy Award, an Academy Award and won the Peabody as well as the NAACP Image Award. She has been a guest speaker at the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she taught a course in scene writing.
Rhimes holds a BA from Dartmouth College in English Literature with Creative Writing. As director of Dartmouth's Black Underground Theatre and Arts Association, her work earned her numerous awards for excellence. She received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, where she was awarded the prestigious Gary Rosenberg Writing Fellowship.
The child of educators, Rhimes blames her parents for her rampant addiction to books. The youngest of six, she was born and raised outside of Chicago, IL, and now resides in Los Angeles with her two daughters.
BETSY BEERS, executive producer
Betsy Beers is the executive producer of the hit ABC shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." Beers is a partner in Shonda Rhimes' company, Shondaland. Together, the two women develop and produce additional feature film and television projects.
"Grey's Anatomy," embarking on its tenth season this fall, continues to be hailed by audiences and critics alike. The show has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series.
For her work on "Grey's Anatomy," Beers and her fellow producers were awarded the 2007 Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama, and received 2006 and 2007 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Beers has been nominated three times by the Producers Guild of America for their Television Producer of the Year Award.
Beers was also an executive producer on the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff series, "Private Practice," starring Kate Walsh. "Private Practice" ran on ABC for six seasons.
Most recently Beers, with Shondaland, executive-produced the hit political drama "Scandal" for ABC. The critically acclaimed series starring Kerry Washington revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. During the first two seasons, "Scandal" has developed a rampant and loyal fan base that dominates all social media platforms during the broadcast, engaging the cast and producers in conversation about each episode. "Scandal" returns with its third season this fall.
Before her exclusive foray into television, Beers was President of the Mark Gordon Company. While there, she oversaw the development and production of its feature film and television ventures, including the development of "Grey's Anatomy." Additionally, she produced the feature films "The Hoax," starring Richard Gere, and "Casanova," starring Heath Ledger; both films were directed by Lasse Hallström.
Previously Beers was President of director Mike Newell's Dogstar Films, where she produced the films "200 Cigarettes," starring a stellar young cast that included Ben Affleck, Dave Chapelle and Kate Hudson, and "Best Laid Plans," with Reese Witherspoon. She also developed such films as the cult movie "High Fidelity," directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack, as well as "Pushing Tin," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie, and also served as executive producer on the movies "Safe Passage," with Susan Sarandon, and "Witchhunt," starring Dennis Hopper, with producer Gale Ann Hurd.
MARK GORDON, executive producer
Mark Gordon is an award-winning producer with more than 75 motion picture and television projects to his credit. In television Gordon serves as executive producer on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," CBS' "Criminal Minds," Lifetime's "Army Wives" and Showtime's "Ray Donovan."
Recent film projects include Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller "Source Code," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and "The Details" with Tobey Maguire and Laura Linney. Gordon's other film projects include "2012," which has grossed over $750 million worldwide, and "The Messenger," which garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. Other motion picture credits as producer and financier are "Saving Private Ryan," "The Day After Tomorrow," "The Patriot," "Wonder Boys," "Tomb Raider," "Talk to Me," "The Painted Veil" and "Speed," to name a few.
Gordon is a five-time Emmy nominee with two wins. He has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards, with two wins. He earned Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and won a Golden Globe for Best Picture as producer of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan."
President of the Producers Guild of America and the founder of the Citizens of the World Charter Schools, Gordon serves on the boards of The Archer School for Girls, Virginia Film Festival, Chrysalis and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. He is the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles and a former board member of The UCLA Lab School.
ROB CORN, executive producer
Rob Corn is the executive producer/director of "Grey's Anatomy," having been with the show since its inception and directing 27 episodes over nine seasons. He began his career as an assistant director on feature films, including "Weird Science," "The Three Amigos" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2." Transitioning to television, Corn worked on television movies, then moved to episodic, including "Civil Wars," the pilots for "CopRock" and "NYPD Blue" (for which he won a DGA Award) and "Chicago Hope." While on "Chicago Hope" he became the producer and director.
Corn has received five Emmy nominations, three for "Chicago Hope" (Outstanding Dramatic Series, 1995, 1996 & 1997) and two for "Grey's" (Outstanding Dramatic Series, 2006 & 2007).
Corn and his fellow producers on "Grey's Anatomy" have been nominated three times for the Producer of the Year Award by the Producers Guild of America, winning the award in 2007.
TONY PHELAN and JOAN RATER, executive producers
As television writers, Tony Phelan and his wife, Joan Rater, first staffed under Shaun Cassidy on "Cover Me" for the USA Network. They then worked for Glenn Gordon Caron on the Paramount/FBC series "Fling." Other credits include "The Court," "Push Nevada," "MD's," "10-8: Officers on Duty," "Threat Matrix" and "Law & Order: Trial By Jury." "Haunting Sarah," a thriller based on Lisa Grunwald's novel, New Years Eve, aired on Lifetime in 2006. They are currently adapting Kevin Guilfoile's novel, Cast of Shadows, into a feature film.
Phelan and Rater first collaborated on her live solo shows "Make the Brothers Stop," "Reality Check" "and "Binghamton," which developed a devoted following and toured the country. The husband and wife team enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run with their stage play "Good Will" at The Director's Company in 1998. Based on the Jane Smiley novella of the same name, the New York Times gave the production a rave review, hailing it as "touching and thought-provoking."
For their work on "Grey's Anatomy," Phelan and Rater have received a Golden Globe and a Writers Guild Award. Phelan has also directed multiple "Grey's Anatomy" episodes.
ZOANNE CLACK, executive producer
In college, Zoanne Clack majored in communication studies and neurobiology. She spent her post-college years devoted to the practice of medicine. From medical school, Dr. Clack went on to do a residency in Emergency Medicine and get a Master's in Public Health (MPH). After doing a fellowship in Injury Prevention and working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doing International Emergency Medicine, she decided to pursue her creative aspirations.
Dr. Clack moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and was able to quickly land a staff writer position on the CBS show "Presidio Med" in 2001. She then became a medical advisor on the long-lasting series "ER" before moving on to become a writer and move up the ranks to executive producer on ABC's award-winning, critically-acclaimed drama, "Grey's Anatomy." She has been with the show since it began and also acts as a medical advisor, assisting in the production of all medical aspects of the show.
In 2005 Dr, Clack and the staff of "Grey's Anatomy" won a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series. She was selected to receive the National Medical Association's (NMA) Scroll of Merit Award, the highest honor given by the NMA, which is the largest organization of African-American physicians in the country. Concordantly, she went on to accept the Leadership and Legacy Alumni Award in 2007 given by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), an organization with the goal of ensuring culturally sensitive medical education and increasing the number of students of color who enter and complete medical school. She served on their board as a professional member for two years.
Until recently Dr. Clack continued to work shifts in the emergency department of a small community hospital outside of Los Angeles. She is a staunch advocate of promoting public health issues through the media, serving on the board or as an advisor for several global health groups that teach through entertainment. She has represented these groups all over the world, including Croatia, India, Papua New Guinea and Kyrgyzstan. She also has a commitment to inspiring others to pursue their passion and find the courage to follow their dreams. To that end, she gives motivational speeches to colleges, medical schools and other organizations.
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