For Immediate Release:
We are excited to share that a highlight of this year’s Touchstone Luncheon will be an artists panel with the co-creators and stars of IFC’s award-winning Baroness von Sketch Show, Meredith MacNeill and Jennifer Whalen. In addition, WICT Global Board Member Georgia Juvelis, EVP & Co-Head, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks, will serve as the 2019 Touchstones Luncheon Honorary Chair.
September 16 Luncheon Part of WICT Leadership Conference and Diversity Week
Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced an artists panel featuring the co-creators and stars of IFC’s award-winning Baroness von Sketch Show, Meredith MacNeill and Jennifer Whalen, at the WICT Touchstones Luncheon, taking place on Monday, September 16, at the Marriott Marquis in New York. In addition, WICT announced that Global Board Member Georgia Juvelis, EVP & Co-Head, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks, will serve as the 2019 Touchstones Luncheon Honorary Chair.
The WICT Touchstones Luncheon is a key component of the WICT Leadership Conference held in conjunction with Diversity Week. AMC Networks returns for the eighth year as the Premier Sponsor of the luncheon.
“WICT is delighted to welcome the multi-talented Meredith MacNeill and Jennifer Whalen to the WICT Touchstones Luncheon as we celebrate our Women of the Year and Women to Watch,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. “We are also pleased to have Georgia Juvelis serve as our Honorary Chair. Aside from Georgia’s significant accomplishments in the industry, she is a staunch WICT supporter and diversity champion.”
“AMC Networks is thrilled to be back as the Premier Sponsor for the WICT Touchstones Luncheon and joined by special guests, Meredith MacNeill and Jennifer Whalen, two of the very talented Baronesses of IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show,” said Georgia Juvelis, EVP and Co-Head of Corporate Communications of AMC Networks. “As the creators, writers, and stars of this all-female sketch comedy series, the Baronesses are completely intrepid, and their comedy is bold and fearlessly funny—a perfect fit for an event celebrating women leaders in our industry.”
2019 Touchstone Luncheon Honorees
Woman of the Year – Operator
Lee Schroeder, EVP, Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer
Woman of the Year – Programmer
Jennifer Caserta, Chief Transformation & People Officer
Woman to Watch – Operator
Susan Anable, VP, Public Affairs, Southwest Region
Woman to Watch – Programmer
Meeka Bondy, SVP, Legal Affairs
Woman to Watch – Technology
Zenita Henderson, VP, Marketing & Business Development
About Baroness von Sketch Show
Baroness von Sketch Show, IFC’s all-female sketch series, provides an insightful, satirical look at our everyday modern lives. Performed and written by Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, the award-winning series celebrates the absurd and mines the embarrassing, offering a fresh, witty take on relatable moments such as crying at work, waiting in airport security lines, dealing with gossip-obsessed co-workers, co-parenting and more. Baroness von Sketch Show is executive produced by Jamie Brown, Taylor, MacNeill, Browne and Whalen, who also serves as showrunner. Season 4 premieres Wednesday, October 30 on IFC.
About Meredith MacNeill
Meredith MacNeill can currently be seen as co-creator, writer, producer, and star of CBC’s award-winning hit sketch comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show. She has also been featured in many film and TV projects both in Canada and the UK, notably the satirical news program This Hour Has 22 Minutes, where she has been a writer and regular cast member. After graduating from a three-year acting program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London England, MacNeill began working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. MacNeill later went on to work with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Theatre de Complicite, Bush, and Arcola Theatre in London. Link to full bio: https://www.wict.org/bio/meredith-macneill/
About Jennifer Whalen
Jennifer Whalen is a writer, actor, improviser and producer. She can currently be seen on CBC/IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show as a co-creator, executive producer, writer and star of the show. Additionally she is showrunning Season 4 and Season 5 of Baroness. She originated the role of the Aviatrix in the Tony Award Winning Musical Drowsy Chaperone. Jennifer has been nominated for three Geminis, four Canadian Comedy Awards and won both a WGC Award and a Canadian Comedy Award for her work on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Link to full bio: https://www.wict.org/bio/jennifer-whalen/
About Georgia Juvelis
Georgia Juvelis is AMC Networks’ Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Corporate Communications, responsible for leading AMC Networks’ corporate communications strategy, including overseeing all communications related to the company’s financial reporting, business transactions and its global division, AMC Networks International. She also oversees the company’s government affairs activities, corporate marketing initiatives and internal communications. Link to full bio: https://www.wict.org/bio/georgia-juvelis/
WICT is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For 40 years, WICT has partnered with cable and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,500 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Twitter for more information.
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