May 5th | Skirball Cultural Center | Los Angeles

Los Angeles - May 3, 2016 - Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation (AWM SoCal), a nonprofit organization helping to empower and fuel professional development of women in media, today announced that actor and Founder of Cancer Schmancer Fran Drescher, Emmy� Award-winning journalist and TV host Shaun Robinson and Theranos Chief Creative Officer Patrick Thomas O'Neill have been added as presenters for the 57th Annual Genii Awards.
The Awards Ceremony will be co-hosted by Erica Olsen, Emmy�-nominated on-air host for CBS2/KCAL9 and comedian Matt Iseman, host for American Ninja Warrior on Thursday, May 5th as part of Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The gala recognizes the best of the best in media and entertainment and is a fundraiser for the AWM SoCal Foundation and its student scholarship program.
Fran Drescher, actor and Founder of Cancer Schmancer will present the Excellence in New Media Award to Lisa Meier, Group Vice President at
Time Warner Cable Media Sales. Drescher is a two-time Golden Globe, Emmy
nominee, best known for her role as "Miss Fine" on The Nanny, a show that she created and executive produced. A 15-year cancer survivor, Drescher founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement, a health organization that focuses on early detection, prevention, and policy change.
"Lisa Meier is a powerhouse and a trailblazer for women in media," stated Fran Drescher. "It will be my privilege to present her with the Excellence in New Media Award at the Genii Gala."
Emmy Award-winning Journalist and TV Host, Shaun Robinson, will present the Excellence in Entertainment Award to Extra TV co-hosts and award-winning producer Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson at the gala event. As a television personality, author, actress, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Robinson has won the respect and admiration of millions of daily viewers throughout her career, including her work as co-host of the entertainment news show, Access Hollywood.
"It's truly an honor to present Charissa and Tracey with the Excellence in Entertainment Award at the Geniis," said Shaun Robinson. "These lovely ladies are women of excellence and it's gratifying to take a moment to celebrate their success among friends and peers."
Chief Creative Officer for Theranos, Patrick O'Neill, will present the Excellence in Advertising Award to Xanthe Wells, former Chief Creative Officer for Pitch Agency.
"We are grateful to have the leadership and support of Fran Drescher, Shaun Robinson and Patrick O'Neill at this year's Genii Awards," said AWM SoCal president Samantha Brown. "We look forward to a wonderful evening of celebration with all of our honorees and presenters."

57th Annual Genii Awards Hosts, Honorees and Presenters:
Genii Awards Co-hosts
  • Erica Olsen, On-air for CBS2/KCAL9
  • Matt Iseman, Former doctor turned comedian, Matt Iseman currently hosts American Ninja Warrior and will be seen this fall on Celebrity Apprentice.
Excellence in Documentary Award

Film Competition Awards
  • Award Presentation by: Josh Welsh, President, Film Independent (which produces the Spirit Awards, LA Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA and Project Involve)
  • Honorees:
Excellence in Entertainment Award
  • Award Presentation by: Shaun Robinson, Emmy Award-winning journalist, TV host, author, producer, philanthropist including a special congratulations video from Mario Lopez
  • Honorees: Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson, Co-hosts, Extra TV 

Excellence in Journalism Award
  • Award Presentation by: Darnell J. Cates, Youth ambassador for the Freddie Mac Foundation Wednesday's Child program
  • Honoree: Christine Devine, News Anchor at Fox KTTV
 Excellence in Radio Award
  • Award Presentation by: Talaya Trigueros, On-air personality from 94.7 The Wave
  • Honoree: Pat Prescott, On-air personality from 94.7 The Wave 
Inspiration Award
  • Award Presentation by: Anne Sweeney, Netflix Board Member and former President of Disney ABC Television Networks
  • Honoree: Maggie Bellville, Vice President, Hitachi Consulting and member of the U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment Industry executive team 
Excellence in New Media Award
  • Award Presentation by: Fran DrescherActor, Founder of Cancer Schmancer, Health Advocate, Activist
  • Honoree: Lisa Meier, Group Vice President, Time Warner Cable Media Sales, West Region 

Excellence in Advertising Award
Scholarship Presentations
  • Awards Presentation by: Fran Zone, Founder of Zone Communication and the creator of The Zone Method™
  • Honorees:
    • Paige Parker, Graduate student at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism  
    • Amia Yokoyama, Graduate student at California Institute of the Arts
    • Faith Strongheart, Graduate school student at UCLA 
Rising Star Award
  • Award Presentation by: Julie Kertes, General Manager, National Parenting Product Awards
  • Honoree: Annette Covarrubias, Digital Sales Planner at CBS Radio 
Excellence in Management Award
  • Award Presentation by: Donna Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sales, VUBIQUITY
  • Honoree: Sherry Brennan, Senior Vice President, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks

The Genii Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence in media and entertainment and is generously sponsored by Hitachi Consulting, Fox Networks, SAG-AFTRA and VUBIQUITY. Media sponsors include Digital Hollywood and Multichannel News. Product sponsors include 240sweet, Athleta, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc, evian Natural Spring Water, KIND Snacks, KLARETY, Markwins Beauty - wet n wild, nodpod, PizzaRev, Rick Steves' Europe, Inc., The Coffee Bean.

Silent Auction supporters include: Adorkbale Apparel, Arbonne, Athleta Private Party/VIP Experience, Black Chateau Publishing, Candles by Dave, Catalina Film Festival, Cinedigm Movie Basket, CorePower Yoga, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, DC Comics Wonder Woman Collection Package, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc, Evolue Beauty, Film Independent, Long Beach Bayou Festival, Marine Discovery Tours, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Nakeah Cosmetics of Hollywood, Naven, Ojai Film Festival, Pacific Palisades Woman's Club, Personal Training by Denise, R6S, the Premiere Digital Media Agency, Rick Steves' Europe, Inc., Six Flags Magic Mountain, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tannenbaum Chiropractic, The Grove Date Night/Shopping Package, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Utah Office of Tourism & Utah Film Commission Gift Package, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Vicki Abelson, Author - Don't JumpWingspan Cyclery bike shop, Yoga Blend, Young Americans

Proceeds from the event support the AWM SoCal Foundation and its Student Scholarship Fund. For tickets visit 

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Kim Spence Dickey, Press & Community Outreach Director, AWM SoCal; 310.463.4201, [email protected]
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