During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Sherry Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump (1994), Braveheart (1995), andTitanic (1997). Throughout her film career, Lansing earned a reputation as a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and a creative filmmaker. In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio, when she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox. Later, as an independent producer, Lansing was responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction, The Accused, School Ties, Indecent Proposal, and Black Rain. Returning to the executive ranks in 1992, she was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and began an unprecedented tenure that lasted more than 12 years.
Since the death of her mother to ovarian cancer in 1984, Lansing has been a tireless advocate for cancer research. STOP CANCER, which she founded with Dr. Armand Hammer in 1988, has provided 226 research grants worth over $62.5 million to 182 young scientists at three comprehensive cancer centers in Los Angeles: City of Hope, USC Norris, and Jonsson at UCLA. But, even more significant are Lansing’s contributions to the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) initiative, which she co-founded in 2008. Forming collaborative, multi-institutional “Dream Teams” of research scientists, SU2C has literally changed the funding model for cancer research. To date, the initiative has raised $261 million to sponsor over 750 scientists and 141 clinical trials. Twelve “Dream Teams” and two Translational Research Teams are currently working to deliver treatments to patients faster. Targeted cancers include breast, melanoma, pancreatic, pediatric, HPV, and prostate. SU2C grantees are vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee headed by Nobel Laureate, Dr. Phillip Sharp; grants are administered by the American Association for Cancer Research.
Lansing has also been instrumental in the enormous growth of stem cell research in California. In 2004, she was appointed to the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (ICOC) of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Established by California's groundbreaking ballot measure, Proposition 71, CIRM has to date distributed $2 billion of its initial $3 billion earmarked for embryonic stem cell research. Lansing serves as the ICOC’s cancer patient advocate, as well as Chair of the Governance Committee and Co-Chair of the Scientific and Medical Accountability Standards Working Group.
In addition, Lansing is CEO of The Sherry Lansing Foundation (SLF). Formed in 2005, the organization is dedicated to cancer research, public education, and encore career opportunities. Among the SLF’s initiatives is the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program, founded by Lansing to retrain science and technology professionals to serve as California public school math and science teachers. Lansing a former math teacher is also the founder of PrimeTime LAUSD, a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District. This initiative engages highly-qualified retirees to serve as volunteers in public school classrooms.
Lansing’s many awards in the area of cancer research include: the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; the Centennial Medal for Distinguished Public Service, American Association for Cancer Research; the Double Helix Medal, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; the Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Memorial Award, American Cancer Society; the Ellen V. Sigal Advocacy Leadership Award, Friends of Cancer Research; and the Dave Winfield Humanitarian Award, Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.
Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, raised in Rockland, N.Y., and attended Hofstra University on Long Island. Starting out as an actor in New York, Rosenthal also wrote and directed theater before relocating to Los Angeles.
Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and “Coach.”
He was the creator/executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” staying with the show for its entire nine season run, beginning in l996.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 times, including for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.
Rosenthal has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April, 2000 event. He co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.
Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his “Everybody Loves Raymond” script, “Italy.”
He returned to his roots as an actor in the James Brooks feature film “Spanglish,” in which he played Adam Sandler’s sous chef. He also appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Jake Kasdan’s feature” The TV Set,” “The Simpsons Movie,” and starred in Funny or Die’s “Jewish James Bond” as James Bond.
Rosenthal is the author of “You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom.”
His first feature for Sony Pictures: "Exporting Raymond," which he wrote and directed the true story about the attempt to turn "Everybody Loves Raymond" into a Russian sitcom, was released in April of 2011.
In 2014 Rosenthal participated in the Emmy nominated CNN documentary series, “The Sixties” and is the host of a new food and travel series for PBS: “I'll Have What Phil's Having.”
Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond,”) and their two children.
A native Angeleno, Bill Chait has been involved in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years during which time he has developed and operated several successful restaurant concepts. Chait is currently Director and Vice Chairman of LT Acquisition Corp., Principal of Spark Restaurants LLC. He is also Principal and Managing Partner for Sotto with chef Steve Samson, Picca with chef Josh Drew, Short Order and Short Cake with chef Nancy Silverton, Bestia with chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, Petty Cash and Republique with chefs Walter Manzke and Margarita Manzke, Barrel and Ashes with chefs Rory Herrmann and Tim Hollingworth, and Redbird with chef Neal Fraser and managing partner Amy Knoll. He is currently working on the new Otium Restaurant with chef Tim Hollingsworth and and their partner, Eli Broad, adjacent to the new Broad Contemporary Art museum on Grand Avenue.
Chait is the founder of a multi-unit restaurant operation, Louise’s Trattoria, with locations in Southern California, Wisconsin, Washington DC and Maryland. In 2010, he created the nationally acclaimed LA pop-up restaurant Test Kitchen, which pioneered an exciting new concept in dining featuring world renowned guest chefs and budding culinary talent. The Test Kitchen “Townhouse” on Pico is now home to Picca and Sotto restaurants and a culinary outpost on the west side. Chait and his restaurants have been featured in countless publications including, most recently, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Nation's Restaurant News, Sunset Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine and Bloomberg Financial.
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