WEEK IN WOMEN: Mary J. Blige receives Billboard Icon Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

A nine-time Grammy Award winner, Blige joins just 10 other artists to ever receive the prestigious Billboard Icon Award, which recognizes outstanding musicians who have achieved excellence on the Billboard charts and have made an indelible mark on music itself. Since the award’s inauguration in 2011, past recipients include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and P!NK.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Netflix, Shondaland prep BRIDGERTON preq focused on Queen Charlotte – Brandy McDonnell reports

Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton, will reprise her role in the as-yet-untitled prequel. With the continued success of the period series Bridgerton, Netflix and Shondaland recently announced the cast of the limited series based on the origins of the historical figure Queen Charlotte. While the project is untitled, the series centers on the rise and love life of a young Queen Charlotte. It will also focus on Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sonía Sebastian directs THE KISS LIST – Brandy McDonnell reports

Award-winning The Virgin of Highland Park helmer Sonía Sebastian is directing the LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story The Kiss List. Screenwriter Ximena García Lecuona adapted Sara Jo Cluff’s young-adult book of the same name. The movie wrapped filming earlier this month in and around Louisville, Kentucky. MarVista Entertainment developed the feature film under the direction of the company’s Head of Creative Affairs Hannah Pillemer from Cluff’s 2019 book from Monster Ivy Publishing.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street Prods partners with Audible – Brandy McDonnell reports

Audible Inc., a leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling, has announced three scripted multi-cast Audible Original productions with Emmy-winning Simpson Street Productions, helmed by founder and Emmy-, SAG- and Golden Globe-nominated actor, director, producer and activist Kerry Washington and Simpson Street Executive Vice President and Academy Award-nominated producer Pilar Savone. The first of the three Audible Original podcasts, ranging from romantic comedies to epic science fiction tales, will include Prophecy, launching this year, followed by Between Me and You and The Last Black Queen.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Roberta Munroe helms Ashland Indie Film Fest – Brandy McDonnell reports

Roberta Munroe recently was appointed as artistic director of Oregon’s Ashland Independent Film Festival, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. Munroe previously led programming for several premier global film events, including Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival and Independent Filmmaker Project New York. She has also produced more than 40 projects and directed six films.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Helen Mirren Receives SAG Life Achievement Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren will be the 57th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Mirren will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, slated to be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Feb. 27 from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: NBC airs ‘Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl’ – Brandy McDonnell reports

In honor of one of the world’s most beloved entertainers, NBC is presenting an hourlong primetime special commemorating the life and legacy of the late, legendary television star Betty White. “Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl” airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Jan. 31 at  on NBC and will be available to stream on Peacock the following day. Friends and stars will pay tribute to America’s comedy sweetheart in the NBC special.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jane Campion wins big at Golden Globes – Brandy McDonnell reports

The 79th Golden Globes were a tarnished shadow of their past glory, but the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association managed to pick some dazzling winners at the celebrity-free, non-televised Jan. 9 ceremony.
With her stunning Western epic “=The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion became just the third woman in the Globe’s almost eight-decade history to garner the best director title, following Chloe Zhao’s 2021 win for Nomadland and Barbra Streisand’s 1983 victory for Yentl.

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