Women in Cable Telecommunications said that SundanceTV president Sarah Barnett is the honorary chair of the WICT Touchstones Luncheon, taking place on Monday, Sept. 15, and that she will introduce Maggie Gyllenhaal, the star of SundanceTV miniseries The Honorable Woman, who will deliver remarks at the event.
The luncheon is a highlight of the WICT Leadership Conference held Sept. 15-16 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City in conjunction with Cable's Diversity Week 2014. SundanceTV is the premier sponsor of the luncheon. The luncheon will celebrate the 2014 Woman of the Year, Christine Driessen of ESPN; and Woman to Watch honorees, Jennifer Mirgorod of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (programmer) and Deborah Picciolo of Time Warner Cable Inc. (operator).
"WICT is honored to announce Sarah Barnett as the Honorary Chair of the 2014 WICT Touchstones Luncheon. In Sarah's prominent role at SundanceTV, she serves as a role model for women and is known for her strength, creativity and vision," WICT CEO Maria E. Brennan said in a release. "We are also thrilled to have special guest and SundanceTV star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, deliver remarks at the luncheon program. Her body of work is multi-faceted in a career that knows no boundaries. Her journey is one that will certainly resonate with our audience."
Gyllenhaal's honors as an actress include an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart alongside Jeff Bridges. In The Honorable Woman, she plays Nessa Stein, the daughter of an Israeli arms dealer who was murdered in her presence. She and her brother assume leadership of his business and, because of secrets in their past, face intense challenges in their efforts to promote peace and prosperity in Gaza.