WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is proud to announce the opening of the call for entries for the 41st Annual Gracie Awards Gala, happening on May 24, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Gracies Awards Luncheon, June 21, 2016 in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street. The events will once again honor exemplary women and men in the media and entertainment industry – individuals who are pioneers in their respective fields and lead by example.
In addition, The Gracie Awards are excited to reveal the new logo in celebration of its 40 year history and to serve as a symbol of what lies ahead for the next 40 years of exceptional work by women in media. The Gracies logo refresh was designed by Tomek Sadurski, an illustrator whose other work can be seen in L ́OFFICIEL Paris, 25 Magazine, ELLE and Vanity Fair. Sadurski has done exclusive projects and concept work for Ford, Audi Konzept Design Studio, VW, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Sony, Villeroy & Boch, and more.
"The Gracie Awards were created to celebrate the exceptional work women are doing in the media landscape," said Kristen Welch, AWMF chair and SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications, Inc. "We've seen amazing strides over the past 40 years, but the industry still struggles to recognize the full potential of what women are capable of achieving. As we launch the call for entries, we couldn't be more excited to see the outstanding achievements of this year's submissions by some of the most powerful women in the business"
Early Bird rates for entries end on December 10, 2015 at midnight Eastern. The deadline for all entries is January 7, 2016 at midnight Eastern. Entries can be submitted and entry pricing, deadlines, and updated categories are available by visiting http://thegracies.org/celebrate-gracies/call-entries.
Each year the Gracie Awards attract the best and brightest in all aspects of the media industry, in front and behind the camera. Past honorees include: Mae Whitman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cicely Tyson, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, Netflix's Orange is the New Black and CBS's We Need to Talk, and many more.
Named after the late Gracie Allen, the Gracie Awards acknowledge exemplary programming and individual achievement by, for and about women in all facets of media. The Gracies focus on women who are making positive change and who continue the discussion of what having a fulfilling career in media looks like. Judging is based on content as it adheres to the outstanding programming or individual achievement by women, for women or about women, creativity in reflecting diversity in issues and journalistic approach and execution in production quality and professional care.
Television winners will be selected at the national, local and student levels. Radio honorees will be selected at the national, public, local and student levels. Interactive media Gracies will be selected at the national and student levels. National honorees are honored at the Gracie Awards Gala and local, public and student honorees are honored at the Gracie Awards Luncheon.
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media connects, recognizes and inspires women across the media industry. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1951 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.
About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: In 1960, the Alliance for Women in Media became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created by, for or about women. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. For the latest Gracies news, follow The Gracies on Twitter and Facebook.For more information about the Gracie Awards and to submit your entries, please visit www.thegracies.org.
SOURCE Alliance for Women in Media Foundation