Betsy Beers, Scandal Executive Producer
Betsy Beers is the executive producer of the hit ABC shows "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy." Beers is a partner in Shonda Rhimes' company, Shondaland, and together the two women develop and produce additional feature film and television projects.
Most recently Beers, with Shondaland, executive-produced the hit political drama "Scandal" for ABC. The critically acclaimed series starring Kerry Washington revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her dysfunctional staff. During the first two seasons, "Scandal" has developed a rampant and loyal fan base that dominates all social media platforms during the broadcast, engaging the cast and producers in conversation about each episode. "Scandal" is currently in its third season.
"Grey's Anatomy," embarking on its tenth season this fall, continues to be hailed by audiences and critics alike. The show has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series.
For her work on "Grey's Anatomy," Beers and her fellow producers were awarded the 2007 Producer of the Year Award from the Producers Guild of America, the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama, and received 2006 and 2007 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Beers has been nominated three times by the Producers Guild of America for their Television Producer of the Year Award. Beers was also an executive producer on the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff series "Private Practice," starring Kate Walsh, which ran on ABC for six seasons.
Before her exclusive foray into television, Beers was President of the Mark Gordon Company, overseeing the development and production of its feature film and television ventures, including the development of "Grey's Anatomy." In addition she produced the feature films "The Hoax," starring Richard Gere, and "Casanova," with Heath Ledger, both directed by Lasse Hallström.
Previously 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 Chapelle 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," with Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie. Beers also served as executive producer on the movies "Safe Passage," with Susan Sarandon, and "Witchhunt," starring Dennis Hopper, with producer Gale Ann Hurd.
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