Listee Features — Entertainment

Wendy Dio


Wendy Dio emerged into the entertainment world in 1981, when she became president of the Niji Entertainment Group, which she formed alongside her husband, the legendary heavy metal singer, songwriter, composer, and former front man of both Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, who she’d married in 1978. During this time, Ms. Dio made a name for herself as a woman manager in the very male dominated entertainment industry, acting as a manager for such Los Angeles-based rock bands as Rough Cutt, NuHaven, Cold Sweat and Hellion. She was notably one of two women working in the role of manager during those early years, and her pioneering work paved the way for women in the industry. Serving as the

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Elena Lisle


Holding considerable expertise in database, advertising, special events and promotional planning, and digital and social media, Elena “Lenny” Lisle was inspired to a career in marketing because of the combination of creative freedom and research and analytics that the career offered. She began her professional path as a recreation leader with the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District in 1999 while working toward her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fullerton. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism, with a minor in public relations, in 2003, she also obtained SQL certification and spent time as a recreation specialist with the Community Services Bureau for the city of Fullerton from 2001 to 2004. She is deeply grateful to the support

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Liz Ryan


Attributing much of her success to hard work and optimism, Liz Ryan began her professional life as a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley following her graduation from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1981. She subsequently switched paths and completed training with the Directors Guild of America with the intent of becoming a producer. Specializing in large film projects, Ms. Ryan now excels as a producer and director with Ryanworks Inc., an entertainment and film production company. With considerable skill in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from writing to post-production, Ms. Ryan’s day-to-day tasks encompass overseeing market research for productions, communications and program management, budgets and finances, and scheduling, casting and crew. Over the course

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With over 50 years of professional experience, Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld has created, produced and hosted a number of programs ranging from talk shows to game shows, as well as variety and home shopping shows. Among the many shows she has been involved with include “That Show with Joan Rivers,” “On the Record,” “Panorama” and “The New Yorkers.” First celebrated for her accomplishments with an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1972, Ms. Weidenfeld later received awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Media from the American Association of University Women in 1973 and 1974. Subsequently, she was presented with a Silver Screen Award for her work on “A Campaign to Remember” for the U.S. Holocaust

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Ann Marie Charland


Ann Marie Charland is a producer with more than 25 years of expertise in live television and digital content production. Fascinated by the entertainment industry since childhood, she initially hoped to be on camera before learning about the various technical and creative roles in the industry. Ms. Charland attended Fitchburg State University, graduating cum laude in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in communications. From 1994 until 2010, Ms. Charland found success as a field producer for WCVB-TV’s Boston ABC affiliate station, and a community service producer for the station between 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was appointed as a senior producer at Teleproductions International, departing in 2013 to become senior producer at Ecast Productions. Ms. Charland has worked

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Aisha Wynn


An accomplished media producer with more than a decade of experience to her credit, Aisha Corpas Wynn has excelled as the executive producer of A Wynn Wynn Production, LLC since 2015. An accredited media company that provides innovative content, they service the entertainment landscape in regards to storytelling, production, brand development, event logistics and multi-platform strategic planning. Since founding the company, Ms. Wynn has obtained a range of impressive clientele and partnerships, including Lionsgate, eOne, 44 Blue Productions and CBS Studios. A Wynn Wynn Production is also renowned as the company behind HBO’s “After the Thrones” program. In 2017, Ms. Wynn flourished as the digital producer for Disney ABC Television Group, a producer for Scripps Networks Interactive and a senior

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The daughter of a well-known musician, Suzanne Lake felt compelled to follow in her father’s footsteps. She was surrounded by musically talented people her entire childhood, and was thus encouraged to sing and play the piano as soon as she was able. Ms. Lake never considered another career; she knew she was meant to be a musician when she was 6 years old. She worked hard to achieve her goal, studying under some of the best teachers in New York. Notably, when she was just 14, she began taking lessons with Queena Mario, a metropolitan opera singer who said Ms. Lake was the youngest student she had ever accepted. She furthered her academic endeavors with classes with private teachers at

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Judith Marlane


Very self-driven, Judith Marlane has always wanted to excel. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a dance major, and threw herself into her studies. Dr. Marlane would leave the house very early so she had time to practice before school, learn from masters of the craft like Robert Joffrey during the day, and take extra classes at Carnegie Hall of Lessons at night. All of her dance, theater, and music training combined into an exciting and fruitful career in the performing arts. One of Dr. Marlane’s first professional position was producer, writer, and broadcaster for Channel 13, WNET, in New York. Her aptitude quickly caught the attention of her peers, propelling her to roles like president of

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Enthusiastic, optimistic, and determined, Elizabeth “Liz” Ryan continues to thrive in her career as a director and producer. She grew up in an environment centered around television and movies, and it bothered her that none of those productions reflected true life experiences. She decided to get involved to change that; she wanted to show others the challenges people face on a daily basis and change who society viewed as heroes. Ms. Ryan proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1981, which propelled her to her first position in the field: trainee with the Directors Guild of America. She worked her way to the top, making connections and building her portfolio, and she never looked back. Today,

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