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January 30, 2014

The Paley Center for Media President & CEO Pat Mitchell Named to FAST COMPANY’s Most Creative People in Business 1000

New York, Thursday, January 30, 2014 — FAST COMPANY named The Paley Center for Media President & CEO Pat Mitchell to the Most Creative People in Business 1000 (www.fastcompany.com/person/pat-mitchell), a new resource that defines the influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women driving change across the economy and around the globe.  FAST COMPANY debuted the MCP 1000 last night at an exclusive launch event at their headquarters in New York City hosted by Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF), Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker), Beth Comstock (GE), Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), David Droga (Droga5), Chris Hughes (New Republic), David Karp (Tumblr), Michelle Peluso (Gilt Group) and Rachel Sterne Haot (Chief Digital Officer, NY State).
 
“These are the creative leaders behind the world-changing, inspiring ideas moving business and culture in new directions,” says FAST COMPANY editor Robert Safian. “Creativity is the ultimate competitive advantage for any enterprise. The MCP 1000 is more than a list; it is a community.”
 
Mitchell was previously featured in FAST COMPANY’s Special Report, “The League of Extraordinary Women.”
 
This new editorial initiative, based on FastCompany.com, was created in the spirit of FAST COMPANY’s annual 100 Most Creative People in Business franchise, which for the past five years has honored “the range and depth of creativity across our business landscape.” The MCP 1000 coverage includes profile pages for all honorees, daily news posts, live chats, videos, polls, events and more. FAST COMPANY will also bring the members of the world’s most creative community together to facilitate the spread of innovation and the sharing of expertise. MCP1000 honorees will have access to exclusive FAST COMPANY content, as well as private MCP1000 events, beginning with the New York and San Francisco launches.
 
Since assuming her current role as president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) in March 2006, Mitchell has guided the institution (founded in 1975) through an exciting rebranding effort and strengthened its public and industry programs by analyzing and interpreting the immense changes in the media landscape. Under her leadership, the Paley Center has become a major convener for media leaders and enthusiasts, continuing to offer its unrivaled collection of radio, television, and advertising content as a lens for exploring the powerful impact of media on our lives, culture, and society.  Mitchell was named to Newsweek's 2011 list of 150 Women Who Shake the World and in 2012 was named by the Huffington Post one of the Most Powerful Women Over 50.
 
Mitchell came to The Paley Center for Media from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), where she was named president and chief executive officer in March 2000, the first woman and first producer and journalist to hold the position. During her tenure, she oversaw the development of many new projects, including a celebrated new series for children focusing on teaching literacy skills and celebrating diversity, a testament to her belief in the power of media to empower and inform. She also led public broadcasting into the digital future with such initiatives as the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting, the launch of a high-definition PBS channel and an on-demand and cable preschool children's service, the growth of PBS's website into one of the three most visited sites on the Internet, and the establishment of the Digital Future Initiative to help define models for public service media using new digital technologies.
 
Mitchell has worked for three broadcast networks and several cable channels, winning national acclaim both in front of and behind the camera as a reporter, news anchor, talk show host, White House and special correspondent, producer, and executive. In the mid-eighties, she established her own independent production company that produced documentaries, series, and specials for broadcast, cable, and national syndication. She became the first woman to nationally syndicate her own show, the Emmy-winning Woman to Woman, which she also hosted.


 

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