24th November 2010

NYWIFT Honors Williams, Raven, Berger & Kaufman At Muse Awards on December 8th

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New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), which has supported the advancement of women in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years, will present their 30th annual Muse Awards at a gala luncheon to be held Wednesday, December 8th at the New York Hilton. The Muse Awards honor the outstanding vision and achievement of women in the film, television and new media industries.

The 2010 NYWIFT Muse honorees include some of the most talented women in the entertainment industry:

Cindi Berger, Chairman and CEO of PMK*BNC Public Relations, one of the foremost publicity agencies in the entertainment industry, with offices in New York and Los Angeles;

Pat Swinney Kaufman, Director of the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and Deputy Commissioner of Empire State Development;

Abbe Raven, President and Chief Executive Officer of A&E Television Networks (AETN), encompassing A&E Network®, HISTORYTM, Lifetime®, Lifetime Movie Network, BIOTM, History InternationalTM, Lifetime Real Women®, Military HistoryTM, History en EspañolTM, Crime & Investigation NetworkTM, Lifetime Digital, AETN International and AETN Consumer Products;

Vanessa Williams, a multi-faceted performer who has received Grammy, Emmy and Tony nominations for her work as a singer and actress. She can currently be seen on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” where she is stirring things up as Renee Perry, Lynette’s former college friend and sorority sister.

NYWIFT will also bestow the fifth annual Loreen Arbus Award to Marsha Hunt-93-year-old actress and lifelong humanitarian and social activist. The Loreen Arbus Award was created with the generous support of NYWIFT member Loreen Arbus and recognizes the contributions of individuals, organizations or corporations in the entertainment industry who have been activists for change that has benefitted women.

“We are thrilled to honor this group of diverse and accomplished professionals,” said NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler. “The Muse Awards is such a fabulous way to celebrate inspirational women in all facets of the entertainment industry.”

Tickets are available for $150 for NYWIFT members and $300 for non-members. Corporate tables and sponsorships are also available. To be part of this year’s event, please visit www.nywift.org or call

(212) 679-0870 for tickets and information.

The NYWIFT Muse Awards luncheon is the most sought-after ticket during the holiday season and is attended by leading executives from every major studio, broadcast and cable networks, and film, television and digital media production facilities. Past recipients include Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, Nora Ephron, Barbara Walters, Susan Sarandon, Alfre Woodard, Frances McDormand, Rosie O’Donnell, Julianne Moore and Tina Fey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cynthia Nixon, Laura Linney, America Ferrera and Julianna Margulies, among others.

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