By: Melissa Meyers
Last 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.”