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Cindy Holland, vp original content at Netflix, has been selected to receive the Sherry Lansing Award on Oct. 20 at the Big Bash gala, one of the key events put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.
The event — created to honor outstanding members of the Los Angeles community — will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. BBBSLA Big Brother Travis Van Winkle of TNT’s The Last Ship and BBBSLA Big Sister Kelly Sullivan of TLC’s Too Close to Home are on board to serve as co-hosts.
Of selecting Holland as an honoree, BBBSLA board chair Laura Lizer said: “Her support of numerous philanthropic causes and dedication to the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, which empowers young women who are beating the odds in the face of adversity, embodies all of those qualities that exemplify the Sherry Lansing Award.”
Holland, who has been with the streaming service for 15 years, is charged with acquiring and launching original series for the more than 104 million Netflix members worldwide. During her tenure, Holland and her team have launched award-winning and critically acclaimed projects that span drama, comedy, family/young adult, documentaries, stand-up specials and docuseries. Stanford University grad Holland, who has also overseen domestic television licensing for Netflix, started her career at the company in DVD acquisition.
An avid cyclist, she has completed the 545-mile AIDS Lifecycle HIV/AIDS fundraising ride 10 times to support the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She also supports GLAAD, the MPTF Foundation, Exploring The Arts and the Saban Community Clinic. For the past year, she has been a mentor in the BBBSLA Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter to her Little Sister Karen.
Added Holland: “Like many women in our industry, I have long looked up to Sherry Lansing as both an industry pioneer and as a role model for advocacy. It is humbling to receive an award in her name, and it carries a responsibility I will try to honor in return. It has been gratifying to be involved in BBBSLA and a real joy and privilege to be a mentor to Karen; both are relationships I hope to have for a lifetime.”
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