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Dawn Olmstead, Robert Mills among TV Academy exec committee appointees

Anonymous Content CEO Dawn Olmstead, ABC Entertainment alternative programming exec Robert Mills and Vernon Sanders, co-head of TV at Amazon Studios, are among the six new appointees to the Television Academy ...
January 6, 2021

Anonymous Content CEO Dawn Olmstead, ABC Entertainment alternative programming exec Robert Mills and Vernon Sanders, co-head of TV at Amazon Studios, are among the six new appointees to the Television Academy Executive Committee.

The group will work closely with the Television Academy’s officers and board of governors to develop and guide the direction of the organization for the 2021 term.

Olmstead (pictured), previously president of Universal Content Productions, was named CEO and partner of film, TV and branded content company Anonymous Content in November.

As SVP of alternative series, specials and late-night programming at ABC Entertainment, Mills is charged with development, current production and specials for ABC. He and his group oversee production on such shows as American Idol, Shark Tank, The Bachelor franchise and Dancing With the Stars.

At Amazon Studios, Sanders oversees scripted and unscripted original programming produced for Prime Video and IMDb TV alongside Albert Cheng. He previously served as EVP of current programming for NBC.

Zack Van Amburg, chief content officer and head of worldwide video for Apple TV+, was also tapped to join the committee. Van Amburg oversees all aspects of the vision and strategy for video programming globally, including the launch of the platform. Prior to joining Apple, he was president of Sony Pictures Television.

Additional appointees are writer, producer, director and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time, How I Met Your Mother); and actress, writer and producer Issa Rae (Insecure, The Hate U Give).

Cris Abrego, chairman of the Americas for Banijay and president and CEO of Endemol Shine Holdings, who was recently elected to serve a two-year term as the Television Academy foundation chair, will also serve on the Television Academy’s executive committee.

The Academy’s board of governors has additionally elected ‘Independent Lens’ EP Lois Vossen as representative for documentary programming for the 2021 term.

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