Betsy Beers

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Betsy Beers is Executive Producer of the ABC television shows Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice, and How to Get Away With Murder. In 2009, Ms. Beers partnered with Shonda Rhimes and her company Shondaland to develop and produce additional feature film and television projects.

For her work on “Grey's Anatomy,” Ms. Beers and her fellow producers were awarded the 2007 Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America,[1] the 2007 Golden Globe Award[2] for Best Television Series Drama, and received the 2006 & 2007 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series.[3] Ms. Beers has been nominated three times by the Producers Guild of America for their Television Producer of the Year Award.

Just finishing its tenth season on the air, “Grey's Anatomy” has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series,[4] a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,[5] and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series.[6]

Scandal,” just finished its third season on the air to both critical acclaim and sky high ratings. The show follows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) who has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. In 2014, “Scandal,” took home prestigious awards including the AFI TV Program of The Year Award[7] and the coveted Peabody Award.[8]

Before her exclusive foray into television, Ms. Beers was President of the Mark Gordon Company. While there, she oversaw the development and production of its feature film and television projects, including the development of Grey's Anatomy. Additionally, Ms. Beers produced the feature films “The Hoax,” starring Richard Gere, and “Casanova,” starring Heath Ledger; both films were directed by Lasse Hallström.

Previously, Ms. Beers was President of director Mike Newell’s Dogstar Films, where she produced the films “200 Cigarettes,” starring a stellar young cast including Ben Affleck, Dave Chappelle, and Kate Hudson, and “Best Laid Plans,” starring Reese Witherspoon. She also developed such films as the cult movie “High Fidelity,” directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack, as well as “Pushing Tin,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, and Angelina Jolie. She also served as Executive Producer on the movies “Safe Passage,” starring Susan Sarandon, and “Witchhunt,” starring Dennis Hopper, with producer Gale Ann Hurd.

Betsy received a BA from Williams College where she studied theater and English literature. She acted and performed comedy for several years in New York City before moving to Los Angeles, where she came to her senses and made the transition to producing. She is married to a criminal defense attorney and lives in Los Angeles.

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  1. ^ "PGA Award Winners 1990-2010 - Producers Guild of America." PGA Award Winners 1990-2010 - Producers Guild of America. 2009. Web. https://www.producersguild.org/?page=PGA_Award_19902010&hhSearchTerms=%22betsy+and+beers%22
  2. ^ "Grey's Anatomy." OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS. Web. http://www.hfpa.org/browse/?param=/film/26024
  3. ^ "Grey's Anatomy." Television Academy. Web. http://www.emmys.com/shows/greys-anatomy#awards
  4. ^ "Grey's Anatomy." OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS. Web. http://www.hfpa.org/browse/?param=/film/26024
  5. ^ o Screen Actors Guild Awards." SCREEN ACTORS GUILD HONORS OUTSTANDING FILM AND TELEVISION PERFORMANCES IN 13 CATEGORIES AT THE 13th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS®. 2006. Web. 20 May 2014. http://www.sagawards.org/media-pr/press-releases/screen-actors-guild-honors-outstanding-film-and-television-performances-13--2
  6. ^ Scott, Gabriel. "Awards Winners Announced." Awards Winners Announced. 4 Feb. 2006. Web. http://www.wga.org/subpage_newsevents.aspx?id=1607
  7. ^ "AFI Press." AFI Press. 13 Dec. 2013. Web. http://www.afi.com/about/releases/2013/AFI_Awards_2013_honorees.aspx
  8. ^ "The Peabody Awards - 2013 Peabody Award Winners." The Peabody Awards - 2013 Peabody Award Winners. 2 Apr. 2013. Web. 20 May 2014. http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/2013-peabody-winners

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