August 2021

Musings on the MUSE Awards: Vanessa Williams, My Ugly Betty Fixation, & More

Last week the New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) hosted the 30th annual MUSE Awards to honor some of the top women in the entertainment industry. The women honored included star of Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty Vanessa Williams, CEO of PMK*BNC Cindi Berger, and President of A&E Television Networks Abbe Raven.

Now, I know every blog I write seems to gush over celebrities, but what can I say? I’m a TV junkie, whether it’s reality or drama, and by far Ugly Betty was one of my favorite shows EVER! Clearly, any concept involving fashion magazines catches my attention. I kid you not, when I found out Ugly Betty was canceled, I mourned for weeks. So of course I was super-anxious to catch a glimpse of Desperate Housewives’ newest neighbor and vixen, Vanessa Williams, in person. From staying in shape to advice on how to make it in the industry, Vanessa dishes to PageDaily TV! (Watch the video above!) P.S. For all of you Ugly Betty fans out there . . . Vanessa Williams is just as gorgeous and snarky in person as Wilhelmina Slater!

Ok, I digress. At the MUSE Awards, it felt absolutely amazing to be in the presence of women who have made it to the top in their professions. Starting at the bottom of the ladder as a receptionist and climbing her way up to CEO, Cindi Berger is now one of the most powerful and influential women in PR. When we asked her about a typical day, she explained that she was running late that morning because she had to take a call from Robert Redford. Seriously? When Robert Redford is calling you, that’s when you know you’ve made it!

For more on the MUSE Awards and advice on making it in showbiz, you must watch our video! Trust me, it will leave you not only inspired, but absolutely drooling over Vanessa’s dress!—Lindsay Hahn

Stars Shine at the Muse Awards

By: Melissa Meyers

music-muse-awardsLast week, New York Women in Film & Television’s 29th Annual Muse Awards honored several high-achieving women in entertainment whose innovation and creativity inspire others. The event’s MC, Kaplan Thaler Group CEO and advertising executive Linda Kaplan Thaler, stressed the need to celebrate female movers-and-shakers in the entertainment world, pointing out that only 25 percent of executive producers, directors, writers and editors working in primetime television are women.

This year’s honorees included actresses Julianna Margulies and America Ferrera, Lifetime Network President and CEO Andrea Wong and comedy writer and producer Allison Silverman. Party-crasher Stephen Colbert—paying tribute to former colleague Silverman—told attendees he wasn’t at all surprised that NYWIFT had chosen to recognize his friend: “She [Silverman] fits your criteria to a ‘T.’ She lives in New York…she is a woman…and she has written and produced late night television, five days a week, twelve months a year, for the last ten years. So she’s had plenty of time to see films! She enjoyed both of them.”