DONNA BROWN GUILLAUME

Donna Brown Guillaume is a television producer whose diverse taste and talents lead her to various types of projects. Her series, "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child", was an award-winning animated program featuring an ethnically diverse cast of voices provided by superstar talent. Guillaume served as Executive Producer of this unique multi-cultural series for three seasons, and it is still airing on HBO Family. "The Sissy Duckling", another show executive produced by Guillaume for HBO, written by Harvey Fierstein, won the Humanitas Prize.

Guillaume began her television career in the Channel 2 Newsroom at KCBS, then moved to "The CBS Evening News", in the Los Angeles bureau. After a brief stint there she was hired to produce and direct segments for "Two On The Town", an Emmy award-winning, 5-day a week news magazine show for the Los Angeles CBS station.

In addition to producing and directing segments in exotic locales like Mexico, Tahiti, and Zimbabwe, Guillaume worked on heavier fare receiving an Emmy nomination for the KCBS documentary special on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "A Look Back, A Look Forward," which she wrote, produced and directed.

Next, she co-founded the Confetti Entertainment Company, which published children's books and companion audio-cassettes, and an additional production entity, Longridge Enterprises.

A member of both the Writers' Guild and the Directors' Guild of America, a few of her other television credits include the PBS films, "Wonderworks: You Must Remember This", and "Passion and Memory." She executive produced two documentaries for HBO Family, "Reading Their Hearts Out" and "Middle School Confessions". A third documentary for HBO (made in association with the Library of Congress) titled "Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives", premiered at the Sundance Film Festival prior to airing on HBO. "Unchained Memories" received four Emmy award nominations, including Best Documentary. It also received an NAACP Image Award nomination, a NAMIC Award nomination, and won a Christopher Award.

Ms. Guillaume, a graduate of Harvard, has taken her writing and producing skills to the non-profit world. For two years she was Director of External Affairs in the Communications Department at LA's BEST, a city-wide afterschool program. Currently she is Program Director for the National Foster Youth Institute, running the Los Angeles office. Its mission is to reform and strengthen the child welfare system and drastically improve outcomes for foster youth. NFYI creates job-shadowing opportunities in various professions and provides paid internships for foster youth ages 16 to 24.

Her activities outside of the world of television include being a supporter of Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Girls, Inc., and a member of Women in Film.  She is a founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) and served as its Board Chair for 5 years.



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