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President of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.
Loreen Arbus, President of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., The Loreen Arbus Foundation and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, is the first woman in the United States to head up programming for a national network, a feat accomplished twice (both Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime) and the author of six books. She possesses an extensive, multifaceted history in the entertainment industry -- with a solid track record as an executive in network television, pay and basic cable, syndication and the print media; as a consultant to a pay-per-view network, several established and new cable networks; as a writer and as a producer.
For 5 years, Arbus rose through the executive ranks at ABC -- from Story Analyst to Program Executive, to Executive Producer of Variety Specials, Movies, Late Night and Early Morning Programming. After her tenure at ABC, she served as Vice President of Original Programming for Showtime where she initiated the first made-for-pay movie; the first scripted comedy series and cable’s first co-production(s). In 1982, as Senior Vice President in charge of program development, production, acquisition, scheduling and on-air promotion for Cable Health Network/Lifetime, she helped launch the 24 hour network -- within just 3 months, she put into development, gave production commitments and negotiated all deals for 1671 half hours of programming (424 acquisitions and 17 original series.) Subsequently, she supervised program development/production for Viacom's network and first-run syndication divisions.
In 1989, Arbus started her own company and became an independent producer. Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. focuses on non-fiction programming for network, cable, syndication and the internet.
A high profile professional and pioneer in her field, Arbus is a sought-after speaker at national and international media conferences and is passionate about encouraging and mentoring women in film, television, and communications.
For over two decades she has co-hosted a monthly luncheon in Los Angeles and intermittently in New York for prominent, high level women in communications. To date, over 15,000 women who represent various facets of the entertainment industry - - including but not limited to television, film, print, public relations, music, new media - - as well as philanthropy - - participate in highly stimulating conversations, which evolve into open and provocative discussions about culture, industry projects and issues that impact the daily lives of women in the industry and more.
Arbus is a tireless advocate for a variety of media-related and non-profit causes and is a leading national advocate for people with disabilities who supports and focuses her philanthropy on women, minorities, medical research, the arts and global peace.
She is particularly committed to her work with United Cerebral Palsy, one of the nation’s leading organizations serving and advocating for more than 54 million Americans with disabilities. UCP was founded by her parents, Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson. In May, 2006, Ms. Arbus created a groundbreaking partnership between UCP and Children’s Rights, an organization advocating on behalf of the nation’s abused and neglected children. From that union, ISABELLE’S KIDS was created whose mission is to address the needs of the hundreds of thousands of children and youth with disabilities in and outside of foster care.
She serves on 11 non-profit boards, including: The Paley Center for Media; The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; The Women’s Media Center; Muslim Women’s Fund; New York Women’s Forum; United Cerebral Palsy; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board; Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard Medical School Advisory Committee for Neurobiology; The Weizmann Institute of Science; Town Hall Los Angeles and a member of the Brookings Institution.
Arbus has served as a two-term Governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; on the boards of the Producers Guild; The Caucus For Producers, Writers and Directors; Women In Film; Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and as chair of Women In Film International. Arbus is a member of the Writers Guild, Authors Guild, SAG, and AFTRA.
She was Co-Founder and for 7 years Co-Chair of the Lucy Awards for Women In Film. She is Founder and Co-Chair of an annual luncheon, “Women Who Care” for UCP/NYC and she was among the core group of Founders of the Los Angeles Donor Circle of The Women’s Foundation of California. She is a Co-Founder of the Media Access Office which is operated in partnership with the California Governor’s Committee For Employment of Disabled Persons.
Recognized by numerous organizations for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments, a partial list of Awards / Achievements include: The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001;Genii Award for Lifetime Achievement presented by American Women in Radio & Television; Excellence In Media Award presented by National Organization of Women; Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa, awarded by The Philippine Women’s University; the Power 100 Women In Entertainment presented by The Hollywood Reporter; the National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame Award; the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award presented by Women’s eNews; the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; the Headliner Award presented by Women In Communications, Inc.; the Disability Awareness Award presented by The California Governor’s Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons; the Women of Action Award presented by the Israel Cancer Research Fund; the Woman of Achievement Award presented by the Friends of Sheba Medical Center; the Project Angel Food Award 2002; she was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002 - - the 5th Annual Event was held in Paris, France.
She is also a renowned, professional Argentine tango dancer and choreographer, having co-starred in and co-produced the first theatrical, Argentine Tango stage show to originate in the United States with which she has toured four continents (www.tanguero.com).
Loreen lives in Los Angeles, New York and Buenos Aires.