The 2019 Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment:
As we approach the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala, we are excited to profile each of our distinguished honorees. We hope that you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, June 12, for what is sure to be the event of the summer: an inspiring and lively night celebrating women who are changing the entertainment industry for good.
One of the extraordinarily talented women that we’re featuring at the Gala is Cathy Schulman, the recipient of the Women In Film Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment.
This marks a reenvisioning of the iconic Crystal Award, which was established in 1977 to honor outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. With this new clarification of the award’s identity, Women In Film is continuing the tradition of celebrating those who, through their success, are creating increased opportunities for the advancement of women working throughout the screen industries: in front of and behind the camera.
An Academy Award®-winning producer, Schulman is President and CEO of Welle Entertainment, the first independent female-facing film and television production and finance company in Hollywood. In its second year, Welle released FIVE FEET APART, and OTHERHOOD will be released in August. Schulman has produced and overseen over 100 films, including CRASH, BAD MOMS, THE ILLUSIONIST, and GANGS OF NEW YORK. She served as an executive at The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Savoy Pictures, was President of Mandalay Pictures, and Head of Production for STX Entertainment. She has programmed the Sundance Film Festival and taught graduate-level film producing at UCLA and Chapman University, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate.
Schulman was the Board President of Women In Film from 2010–2018, remains an active Board Member, and is a top spokesperson for issues of gender parity in media. She was on the team that designed the multi-year Annenberg School gender data research project and she is the co-founder of ReFrame, a systemic change project for studios, networks, and talent agencies. As a leading voice in Hollywood’s recent harassment crisis, Schulman helped launch Women In Film’s sexual harassment help line and legal resources. Schulman is a Board Member of Film Independent, served as a Council Member of the Producers Guild of America, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.