2010 WriteGirl Bold Ink Awards * Recording Academy & Grammy Foundation * April 1, 2010
Pictured left to right: screenwriter Elizabeth Sarnoff (honoree), actor Robin Weigert, California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes, screenwriter Robin Swicord (presenter), Lynda Resnick (honoree), WriteGirl Executive Director Keren Taylor, novelist Marisa Silver (honoree), L.A. Times Book Editor David Ulin (presenter), poet Patricia Seyburn (honoree), screenwriter Nancy Meyers (honoree), and screenwriter and WriteGirl volunteer Clare Sera (emcee).
About the 2010 Bold Ink Award Honorees:
Nancy Meyers has been at the forefront of women seeking to break through the “celluloid ceiling” for more than two decades. Her show business career began as a production assistant on The Price is Right but she was constantly writing. This female film pioneer broke with convention when she co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated Private Benjamin, a rare comedy centered on female characters. Subsequent co-authored box office hits include Irreconcilable Differences, Baby Boom, Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part 2. The Parent Trap marked her directing debut. She wrote and directed What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give, which earned her ShoWest’s Director of the Year Award, and The Holiday. In 2009, as writer/director, she introduced a new romantic comedy heroine, classy, mature and self-sufficient, in the ground-breaking hit It’s Complicated. Recently ranked the industry’s highest grossing female director, there is no doubting her directing ability but Meyers says her passion still lies in writing, “Directing is really a way of protecting the writing.”
Lynda Resnick began her career at the age of nineteen, when she founded a full-service advertising agency. This early success enabled her to gain invaluable and practical marketing experience, which, coupled with her sound entrepreneurial instincts and quick wit, have been the hallmark of her 40-year career. Lynda has been dubbed the POMQueen. Six years ago, just 12 percent of the population had heard of the pomegranate. Today, thanks to the tireless marketing efforts of Lynda and her team at POM Wonderful, the astonishing health benefits of pomegranates are well known. In 1979, the Lynda and her husband Stewart purchased Teleflora, then, a fledgling floral wire service. Her idea of pairing fresh flowers with a well-designed keepsake container earned her a Gold Effie Award which recognizes effectiveness and results in marketing communications. Teleflora is the now the world’s largest floral service and floral products company. Lynda and Stewart also own Paramount Farms and Paramount Citrus Companies. She continues to create and build successful brands for their citrus and nut crops, including the ground-breaking and healthy pistachio treat Everybody’s Nuts, Wonderful Pistachios and Cuties brand mandarin oranges. After acquiring FIJI Water in 2004, Lynda quickly orchestrated a brand identity re-launch. With marketing initiatives that were as differentiating as the brand itself, FIJI Water is now the largest imported bottled water brand in the United States. Lynda is Vice Chairman of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. She is on the Executive Board of The Aspen Institute, UCLA Medical Sciences, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Milken Family Foundation, and is also a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Lynda reveals her secrets for creating memorable brands and pioneering fresh approaches to launch and promote them in her bestselling book, Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in your Business.
For the last five years Elizabeth Sarnoff has served as a writer on ABC’s long-running series Lost and is currently an Executive Producer. She was born in New York City and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After a move to Los Angeles and many false starts, she was lucky enough to get her first job writing television from the great David Milch in his new hour-long drama series Big Apple. She wrote episodes for two seasons on NBC’s Crossing Jordan. Ms. Sarnoff joined Mr. Milch again as a writer and producer on his HBO Western “Deadwood.” She is currently writing a memoir entitled Shit Genes about her experience with breast cancer. Her writing credits also include the original plays, “Slow Dance in Midtown” and “Chemo Lounge” and several feature films for Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures.
Marisa Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in that magazine’s first “Debut Fiction” issue. Her collection of short stories, Babe in Paradise was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. In 2005, W.W. Norton published her novel, No Direction Home. Her latest novel, The God of War was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Winner of the O. Henry Prize, her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies. Her new collection of stories, Alone With You, will be published by Simon and Schuster in April.
Patricia Seyburn grew up in Detroit, earned a BS and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, an MFA in Poetry from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry and Literature from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Connecticut Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast and Western Humanities Review. Her third book of poems, Hilarity, won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Poetry & Prose. She has published two previous books Mechanical Cluster and Diasporadic which won the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000. She is currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry, based in Los Angeles.