Frank Scherma, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, has selected six prominent figures in the television industry – two creators and four executives – as candidates to chair the television academy’s executive committee. The list contains Unsure Co-creator / star Issa Rae;; One day at a time Co-creator Gloria Calderon Kellett;; Zack Van Amburg, Chief Content Officer and Head of Global Video for Apple TV +; Vernon Sanders, Co-director of television at Amazon Studios; Dawn Olmstead, CEO and Partner of Anonymous Content; and Robert Mills, SVP, alternative series, specials and late night programs, ABC Entertainment.
This sextet will work with the TV Academy’s officers and board of governors to set the academy’s direction for the 2021 term.
“We are very excited to use the collective expertise of this talented group of television innovators to help us navigate this extraordinary time in our industry’s history,” said Scherma. “Your leadership provides invaluable insights that enable the Academy to play an essential role in shaping the development of the medium.”
In addition, the Academy’s Board of Governors has elected five peer group representatives to the Executive Committee for the 2021 term: Eva BaslerDay programming; Kim ColemanCasting directors; Nicole Marostica, Public relation; and Lois Vossen, documentary programming.
Cris Abrego, Chairman of Americas, Banijay, and President and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings, recently elected Chairman of the Television Academy Foundation for a two-year term, will also serve on the Executive Committee of the TV Academy.
You can find more information on the Scherma-appointed Executive Committee members here:
● Gloria Calderón Kellett: Award-winning writer, producer, director and actress. Kellett was the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director, and actress on the critically acclaimed sitcom One day at a time. She spent her early years as a writer / producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids, rules of engagement and How I met your mother;; directed episodes of Mr. Iglesias, Merry Happy Whatever, United We Fall and the Crazy about you Revival; and recently sold her first feature film, We were there too.
● Robert Mills: Senior Vice President, Alternative TV Shows, Specials, and Late Night Programs, ABC Entertainment. Mills is responsible for the development, the current production and the specials for ABC. He and his group oversee production on American Idol, Shark Tank, The Bachelor Franchise, Dancing with the Stars and America’s funniest home videos, Late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live !, ThThe popular “Fun & Games” programming block and many more.
● Dawn Olmstead: Recently appointed CEO and partner of Anonymous Content, the leading management and film, television and branded content company. Olmstead joined Anonymous Content from Universal Content Productions where she served as president overseeing all of the creative and business operations of scripted and non-scripted content for the studio. This made her the first female director of a traditional media studio to oversee both of them.
● Issa Rae: actress, writer and producer. Rae first attracted attention for her award-winning web series and accompanying New York Times bestseller The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. She created and starred on the hit HBO show Unsure for which she received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and made her film debut in the acclaimed drama The hate you give This year she starred in Netflix’s romantic comedy The lovebirds and the HBO drama of political satire Coastal elites.
● Vernon Sanders: Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios. Sanders, alongside Albert Cheng, oversees the original programming, scripted and unscripted, produced for Prime Video and IMDb TV, including the Emmy-winning comedies Fleabag and The wonderful Mrs. Maisel, Tom Clancys Jack Ryan, and The young. Prior to joining Amazon Studios, Sanders was EVP (Current Programming for NBC) responsible for more than 25 shows a year during his seven-year tenure. He also directed the studio’s first year Director in Training program.
● Zack Van Amburg: Chief Content Officer and Head of Worldwide Video for Apple TV +. Van Amburg oversees all aspects of the video programming vision and strategy worldwide, including the launch of the platform that made history as the first streaming service to debut with all original programming in over 100 countries. Before joining Apple, he was President of Sony Pictures Television.