Amy Poehler, Issa Ray, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman to be honored at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

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Amy Poehler appears at the Parks and Recreation Reunion Panel at PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Photo by Chris Haston/NBC

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced the honorees for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala set for June 12 at The Beverly Hilton.

Formerly named the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the annual benefit supports Women In Film, Los Angeles’ educational and philanthropic programs and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry, according to a news release.

The 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala Honorees include Amy Poehler, named the Women In Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award.

Issa Rae will receive the Women In Film Emerging Entrepreneur Award, while Elizabeth Debicki will garner The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award. The Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment goes to Cathy Schulman.

The Women In Film Member’s Choice Award will be announced at the event.

Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored outstanding women in the entertainment industry who have broken ground and excelled in their chosen fields. This year’s Women In Film Annual Gala will debut new awards honoring women whose entrepreneurial strides are creating opportunities for more women to succeed in careers in the screen industries.

The evening will be hosted by actress Xosha Roquemore. Gala co-chairs are Amy Baer, Esther Chang, Hannah Minghella and Talitha Watkins.

“We set out to pivot the event to highlight community, advocacy, and entrepreneurship, and are thrilled by this year’s honorees, whose collective body of work truly embodies those values. These extraordinarily talented women demonstrate a lifelong commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, and support for the next generation of rising talent,” the co-chairs said in a statement.

Issa Rae appears on the “Today” show on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Photo by: Mike Smith/NBC

About the Honorees

Amy Poehler / The Women In Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award

Poehler is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents. She currently appears as co-host (alongside Nick Offerman) and executive producer of the hit crafting competition series “Making It,” which is in production on its second season. She will soon produce, star, and make her film directorial debut in the buzzed-about Netflix comedy “Wine Country.”

Off-screen, she has multiple projects in development and/or production as part of her successful production company Paper Kite Productions, including “Russian Doll” (Netflix), “Duncanville” (Fox), “Three Busy Debras” (Adult Swim), and film adaptations of the feminist young adult novel “Moxie,” the children’s fiction book “The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street,” the Rebecca Makkai-authored “The Great Believers.” Poehler is perhaps best known for her starring role on the Emmy -nominated NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation,” which completed its seventh and final season in February 2015. Her portrayal of Leslie Knope earned her a 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical, or Comedy, a 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy, and a 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role – Comedy. Her additional film and television work includes Disney Pixar’s Oscar- winning smash hit “Inside Out” as well as “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Baby Mama,” “Blades of Glory” and “Mean Girls.”

Her first book, “Yes Please,” was released in October 2014 and debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list; the book went on to spend more than 23 weeks on the list. In addition to her film and television work, she continues to produce the award-winning online website Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, which showcases real girls who are changing the world by being themselves.

Issa Rae / The Women In Film Emerging Entrepreneur Award

With her own unique flair and infectious sense of humor, Rae has received an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy Actress for her hit show, HBO’s “Insecure.” Her web series, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” was the recipient of the coveted Shorty Award for Best Web Show. and her first book, a collection of essays, is a New York Times Best Seller.

Rae made her film debut in the acclaimed drama “The Hate U Gve” and currently stars in Universal’s “Little,” with Regina Hall and Marsai Martin. Her company Issa Rae Productions has been involved in numerous television series and movies, including the upcoming series “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “The Dolls,” in which Rae will also star.

In 2014, Rae founded ColorCreative, along with Deniese Davis, to increase opportunities for women and minority writers to showcase and sell their work, both inside and outside the existing studio system. ColorCreative aims to discover and support emerging talent by facilitating development, production, and distribution of their original scripted and unscripted content. Rae moderates ColorCreative’s curated series of conversations with influential creatives about their unconventional journeys. This program, called “A Sip,” is purposely set in South L.A. and communities of color across the nation to inspire by bringing artists and creators to their audiences in a meaningful, personal way.

Elizabeth Debicki / The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award

The Australian stage and film actress has quickly gained attention the world over. She first made her mark in 2013 when she appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s critically-acclaimed film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” subsequently awarded an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award (AACTA) for her role in the film.

Most recently, Debicki appeared in the 2018 celebrated film, “Widows,” landing her on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue and extensive global praise. She recently completed production on “The Burnt Orange Heresy.”

In 2018, Debicki also starred in “The Tale,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and “Vita and Virginia,” which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. Debicki has also played starring roles in “Guardians of Galaxy, Vol. 2” and “The Red Barn.” Previous film credits for Debicki include “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “MacBeth” and “Everest.”

On the small screen, Debicki also starred as Jed in the Emmy -nominated miniseries, “The Night Manager” and played the leading role in the Australian Foxtel drama, “The Kettering Incident.” On stage, Debicki starred in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Maids alongside Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert.

Debicki currently resides in London.

Cathy Schulman / The Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment

The Academy Award-winning producer 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 “Otherwood” will be released in August.

Schulman has produced and overseen more than 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, Los Angeles from 2010-2018, remains an active board member, and is a top spokesperson for issues of gender parity in media. Schulman 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.

About The Host

Xosha Roquemore is best known for making audiences laugh with her hilarious portrayal of nurse and office gossip Tamra on the hit comedy “The Mindy Project.” Roquemore was recently seen recurring on Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” and co-starred on Showtime’s “Black Monday.” She will next be seen co-starring in Tom Shadyac’s highly-anticipated film “Brian Banks.”

Roquemore’s first big onscreen role was Jo-Ann in Lee Daniels’ 2009 Academy Award-winning film “Precious.” Other film credits include “The Runaround” opposite J.K. Simmons, James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” G.B.F., “Price Check” opposite Parker Posey, and “Mississippi Requiem” opposite Topher Grace and Amy Smart. Her notable television roles include guest spots on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Rescue Me,” and “My Boys.”


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