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 "Scandal," which revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her complicated relationship with an embattled White House administration. Rhimes also created the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff series "Private Practice," which ran on ABC for six seasons, and is the executive producer of the ABC series "How to Get Away with Murder," which premieres in the Fall of 2014.
Entering its eleventh 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, the 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 AFI Award, Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series as well as received a nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Rhimes was the recipient of the 2012 GLAAD Golden Gate Award, 2010 RAINN Hope Award and 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.
Rhimes has twice been included in TIME Magazine's 100 list of the most influential people along with Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business," Variety's "Power of Women" and Glamour Magazine's "Women of the Year." In 2013, Rhimes was appointed by President Obama to serve as Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2014, Rhimes, along with producing partner Betsy Beers, received the Directors Guild of America's prestigious Diversity Award. This marked only the fifth time the organization had bestowed this award.
Aside from her success with network television, Rhimes wrote the feature film "Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement," released in August 2004 by Disney. Additionally, 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. Rhimes returned to Dartmouth in June of 2014 to deliver the commencement address.
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 three daughters.
BETSY BEERS, executive producer
Betsy Beers is the Executive Producer of the hit ABC shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." Beers will also be executive producing a brand new show that will hit ABC in the fall, "How to Get Away with Murder," starring Academy Award nominee Viola Davis. In 2009, Ms. Beers partnered with Shonda Rhimes and her company Shondaland to develop and produce additional feature film and television projects. In 2014, Beers and Rhimes were honored by the Directors Guild of America with the coveted, and rarely awarded, Diversity Award, for their commitment to diversity hiring, their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities.
About to start its eleventh season on the air, "Grey's Anatomy" 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," Ms. 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 the 2006 & 2007 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Ms. Beers has been nominated three times by the Producers Guild of America for their Television Producer of the Year Award.
"Scandal" just finished its third season on the air to both critical acclaim and sky high ratings. The show follows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) who has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. In 2014, "Scandal" took home prestigious awards including the AFI TV Program of The Year Award and the coveted Peabody Award.
Before her exclusive foray into television, Ms. Beers was President of the Mark Gordon Company. While there, she oversaw the development and production of its feature film and television projects, including the development of "Grey's Anatomy." Additionally, Ms. Beers produced the feature films "The Hoax," starring Richard Gere, and "Casanova," starring Heath Ledger; both films were directed by Lasse Hallström.
Previously, Ms. Beers was President of director Mike Newell's Dogstar Films, where she produced the films "200 Cigarettes," starring a stellar young cast including Ben Affleck, Dave Chappelle, and Kate Hudson, and "Best Laid Plans," starring 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. She also served as Executive Producer on the movies "Safe Passage," starring Susan Sarandon, and "Witchhunt," starring Dennis Hopper, with producer Gale Ann Hurd.
Betsy received a BA from Williams College where she studied theater and English literature. She acted and performed comedy for several years in New York City before moving to Los Angeles, where she came to her senses and made the transition to producing. She is married to a criminal defense attorney and lives in Los Angeles.
MARK GORDON, executive producer
Mark Gordon is an award-winning producer with more than 75 motion picture and television projects to his credit.
Gordon's motion picture credits include "Saving Private Ryan" (earning him Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and a Golden Globe win for Best Picture), "2012," "The Day After Tomorrow," "Speed," "Source Code," "The Messenger" and "The Patriot." As executive producer and financier, Gordon's credits include "Tomb Raider," "Wonder Boys," "The Painted Veil," "Simple Plan" and "Primary Colors" to name a few.
In television, Gordon currently serves as an executive producer on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," CBS' "Criminal Minds," Showtime's "Ray Donovan" and USA's "Benched." He is a five-time Emmy nominee and two-time winner. He also won a Golden Globe for his work on "Grey's Anatomy". Among his other television credits include "Private Practice," "Army Wives" and "Reaper." He is one of television's most prolific producers.
Gordon is the Co-Founder of Career Sushi, a website dedicated to changing the hiring process for interns and entry level job seekers. Career Sushi currently has over 12,000 companies and over 150,000 users.
As the President Emeritus and former President of the Producers Guild of America, Gordon spearheaded the establishment of The Producer's Mark. He currently serves on the board of The Archer School for Girls, and his served on the boards of The Virginia Film Festival, Chrysalis, The Motion Picture and Television Fund and The UCLA Lab School. He is the former chairman of Teach for America Los Angeles and the founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, which currently serves over 1500 students in 5 schools in Los Angeles and New York. Gordon is a graduate of NYU Film 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.
WILLIAM HARPER, executive producer
After graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Northern Arizona University and earning an M.F.A. in Acting and Directing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, William Harper began his career in TV and film writing projects for Gold Circle Films and Sony International Television.
His television work also includes Story Producing top-rated unscripted shows for ABC, NBC, the CW, Endemol Entertainment and Freemantle, to name a few.
Harper joined "Grey's Anatomy" as a staff writer in its fourth season, and now serves as Executive Producer and Co-Head Writer for the program.
STACY MCKEE, executive producer
Stacy McKee began her work on "Grey's Anatomy" as an assistant on the pilot episode. She became a writer for the show Season One, and -- eleven seasons later -- now serves as an Executive Producer and Co-Head Writer for the medical drama.
While involved with "Grey's Anatomy," McKee has been nominated for numerous awards, notably winning both a Writer's Guild Award and a Humanitas Award.
Prior to her time on "Grey's Anatomy," McKee worked as a Hollywood assistant, and ESL teacher, a clothing bedazzler, and -- briefly -- she manned a psychic hotline. Stacy received her B.A. in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Emerson College.
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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