Her History: Tanya Hart First Woman & African-American To Head Prestigious Hollywood Caucus
Emmy Award-winning producer and syndicated radio personality Tanya Hart has been elected as co-chair of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors (www.Caucus.org), making her the first African-American and first woman to head up the 40-year-old entertainment industry trade organization.
The TV host and pop culture expert will co-chair alongside veteran television producer Robert Papazian for her two-year term. Papazian is best known for producing series like “Nash Bridges” and “Hart to Hart,” in addition to being CEO of Sunset Gower Studios.
“I am honored and truly humbled by having the opportunity to co-chair The Caucus for Writers, Producers, and Directors. For the past 40-years this organization has provided the gold standard for our industry. Bob Papazian and I, along with our membership, plan to continue that tradition with a renewed sense of inclusion and creativity across all platforms. You will see some exciting things coming out of the Caucus, stay tuned,” Hart said in a statement.
A recent recipient of Distinguished Service Award from The Caucus, Hart also serves on the Caucus Foundation board of directors, which provides grant support to the next generation of TV and new media producers, writers and directors.
Current members of The Caucus also include JJ Abrams, James Barrows, Vin Di Bona, Suzanne De Passe, Charles Floyd Johnson, Dennis Doty, Norman Powell, Lee Miller and other leading producers, writers and directors.
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The Los Angeles-based talent currently hosts her nationally syndicated radio segment “Hollywood Live with Tanya Hart” on more than 300 stations for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN).
Additionally, she heads up Tanya Hart Communications, Inc. in Hollywood, a multi-media content company that recently produced a national awareness campaign act against HIV/AIDS for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Agency (CDC). She has also produced several documentaries for PBS, as well an audio documentary “Ray Charles: The Music Lives On” that can be heard on British Airways.
As BET’s first talk show host, Hart hosted over 300 episodes of “Live from LA with Tanya Hart.” Her infamous interview with late rapper Tupac Shakur from the series would be used in the 2003 Oscar-nominated documentary film “Tupac: Resurrection.”
For six seasons, Hart was both a contributor and then co-host of E! Entertainment’s “The Gossip Show,” a roundtable entertainment news show that preceded the widely-popular “TMZ” news magazine show.
In addition to being a four-time Emmy Award winner, Hart has also received a Peabody Award, five medals from the International TV and Film Festival of New York, a Trailblazer Award from the Legacy Ladies Torch Awards and numerous other honors.
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