Pat Mitchell

Pat Mitchell

Pat Mitchell

Executive Vice Chair The Paley Center for Media

​Pat Mitchell, who
served as president & CEO of the Paley Center from March 2006 to May 2014,
has stepped into a new role as executive vice chair.

As president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media
(formerly The Museum of Television & Radio), Pat Mitchell guided the
institution (founded in 1975) through an exciting rebranding effort and
strengthened its public and industry programs by analyzing and interpreting the
immense changes in the media landscape. Under her leadership, the Paley Center
has become a major convener for media leaders and enthusiasts, continuing to
offer its unrivaled collection of radio, television, and advertising content as
a lens for exploring the powerful impact of media on our lives, culture, and
society.

Ms. Mitchell brought new life to The Paley
Center for Media’s event series with innovative programming, attracting high
profile leaders in entertainment, technology, business, politics, and policy.
Drawing upon its influential board of trustees and International Council of
media executives, Ms. Mitchell clearly positioned the Paley Center as both a
neutral forum for industry professionals and a public space for media lovers to
gather for informative and entertaining events—from evenings with casts and
creative teams of current popular series to premieres of new and innovative
work to industry dialogues focused on the dynamics of a rapidly evolving and
converging media landscape.

An enthusiast of new media herself, Ms. Mitchell lead the Paley Center into the
digital era: spearheading the conversion of the organization’s collection of
nearly 150,000 television and radio programs to a digital format; overseeing
the redevelopment of its interactive website; negotiating content deals with
prominent Internet portals and broadband companies including Yahoo! and
Comcast; and convening the Paley Center’s 2007 International Council in the
digital media capital of the United States, Silicon Valley, where more than 120
global media executives from broadcast, cable, telecom, Internet, and
technology came together to explore the challenges and opportunities of the
digital marketplace.

Ms. Mitchell came to The Paley Center for Media from the Public Broadcasting
Service (PBS), where she was named president and chief executive officer in
March 2000, the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the
position. During her tenure, she oversaw the development of many new projects,
including a celebrated new series for children focusing on teaching literacy
skills and celebrating diversity, a testament to her belief in the power of
media to empower and inform. She also led public broadcasting into the digital
future with such initiatives as the conversion from analog to digital
broadcasting, the launch of a high-definition PBS channel and an on-demand and
cable preschool children’s service, the growth of PBS’s website into one of the
three most visited sites on the Internet, and the establishment of the Digital
Future Initiative to help define models for public service media using new
digital technologies.

Ms. Mitchell came to the world of media when she was recruited from college
teaching by Look magazine. Not
long after, she took her first story to WNBC New York, where she saw her work
go from page to screen—and never looked back. Over the next three decades, Ms.
Mitchell worked for three broadcast networks and several cable channels,
winning national acclaim both in front of and behind the camera as a reporter,
news anchor, talk show host, White House and special correspondent, producer,
and executive. In the mid-eighties, she established her own independent
production company that produced documentaries, series, and specials for
broadcast, cable, and national syndication. She became the first woman to
nationally syndicate her own show, the Emmy-winning Woman to Woman,
which she also hosted.

In 1992, Ms. Mitchell became an executive in charge of original productions for
Ted Turner’s cable networks. Over the next eight years as executive producer,
her documentaries and specials received thirty-seven Emmy Awards, five Peabody
Awards, and two Academy Award nominations.


Ms. Mitchell herself has received numerous
awards during the course of her career, including being named to Newsweek‘s
2011 list of 150 Women Who Shake the World, the Huffington Post’s 2012
list of the Most Powerful Women Over 50, Forbes.com list of "Women
Changing the World," and featured in Fast Company’s Special Report,
“The League of Extraordinary Women.” The Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell
with their first annual Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and this award is
given annually as the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award. Mitchell is a
2008 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Honoree and has been honored
with the Women in Cable and Telecommunications Woman of the Year Award; the
CINE Golden Eagle for Lifetime Achievement; the PROMAX Century Award for
contributions to the television industry; Hollywood’s Most Powerful Women in
Entertainment; the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Leadership; the NATPE Brandon
Tartikoff Legacy Award; and was recognized in 2008 by the Center for the
Advancement of Women for her accomplishments and contributions in the world of
communications to create a more equitable society for women. Mitchell was named
one of the most influential female executives in the media by The Hollywood
Reporter
and in 2006, prior to coming to the Paley Center as president and
CEO, she was honored as one of the first fifty women in The Paley Center for
Media’s She Made It initiative. In 2009, Ms. Mitchell was appointed a
Commissioner by CSIS (Center for Strategic International Study Commission on
Smart Global Health Policy). This commission was responsible for preparing a
global report for President Barack Obama.


In addition to her accomplishments both on
and off the screen, Ms. Mitchell is also known for her humanitarian efforts and
her work as a dedicated member of numerous nonprofit boards. Ms. Mitchell is
Vice Chair of the Sundance Institute, a Trustee of the Mayo Foundation, a
founding member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s global environmental organization,
Global Green USA, a board member of Acumen Fund, chair of the Jordan River
Foundation US Board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations,
Women’s Forum Inc and the International Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences. Mitchell also sits on the corporate board of AOL.


A magna cum laude graduate of the University
of Georgia, with a master’s degree in English literature, Ms. Mitchell has also
been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Emerson College, Hollins
University, Bloomsburg University, and Converse College. She and her husband,
Scott Seydel, have six children and ten grandchildren and reside in New York
and Atlanta, Georgia.