Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce Aisha Tyler, co-host of “The Talk” on CBS, will serve as Host of the 39th Annual Gracie Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
The Gracie Awards (also known as “the Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women, and about women in all facets of media, including radio, television, cable and digital media. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.
“The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media, and Aisha Tyler embodies this goal perfectly. From network television to cable, from actor to author, from podcasts to best-selling books, Aisha showcases her talents in an impressive variety of media,” said AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “We are delighted that Aisha is hosting this year’s Gracies Awards Gala.”
Says Aisha, “It’s truly been an impressive year for women in all media. I’m very much looking forward to celebrating all that women have accomplished. However, no one’s getting an award for that Kimye Vogue cover if I have anything to say about it. Hashtag #yawn.”
Aisha Tyler is an actress, comedian, author and podcaster. She is currently co-host of the hit CBS daytime talker “The Talk.” “The Talk” launched its fourth season to record ratings, garnering five Emmy nominations and three wins and was recently renewed for a fifth season. Aisha also voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s edgy hit comedy “Archer,” which has won the Television Critics’ Choice Award for best animated show two years in a row and was just renewed for an additional two seasons. In the summer of 2013 Aisha joined the CW reboot of the improv classic “Whose Line Is It Anyway” taking over for Drew Carey as host. The show was an instant hit, and its second season debut gave The CW its highest rating for that time slot in three years, beating Fox for the hour and matching ABC in demos.
Aisha is the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast “Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler.” “A show about stuff guys love brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl,” “Girl on Guy” was named a “best new comedy podcast” by iTunes and is approaching a landmark ten million downloads. Her latest book, “Self Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation” debuted July 2013 on the “New York Times” bestseller list.
Aisha recently guested on ABC’s hugely successful “Modern Family”, and has guested on multiple hit shows, including “Friends,” “24,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and more. She is a favorite on talk shows from “Letterman” to “The Tonight Show” to “The Late, Late Show,” and continually tours nationwide performing stand up comedy.
Aisha is deeply dedicated to charity and volunteerism, serving on the board of Planned Parenthood, directing a film to benefit wounded warriors, acting as spokesperson for the American Red Cross, and fundraising for Doctors Without Borders, Futures Without Violence and the International Rescue Committee.
The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Alliance for Women in Media that supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honors programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and digital media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports.
The event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Hair Care Sponsor: Sexy Hair and Automotive Sponsor: Ford | Lincoln. President’s Circle Sponsors: CNN, Cox Media Group, Crown Media Family Networks, NBC Entertainment & Universal Television, and NBC Sports Group. Producer Sponsors: HBO, Katz Media Group, National Association of Broadcasters, National Cable & Telecommunications Association and “The Wall Street Journal.” Sponsored tables are available by contacting the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation at 703-506-3290.
For more information about the 2014 Gracies, click here.