POWER with OPTIMISM---THE STRATEGIC RESPONSE TO TURBULENT TIMES
Ann Develin Blanchard is an Agent in the TV Literary and Packaging department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA.) A veteran agent, Blanchard represents many of the most prolific, creative, and diverse artists working in television, ranging from writers, directors, playwrights, and writer-performers to Showrunners and production companies. Blanchard is known for her insightful dedication to clients’ long-term career goals and unique “voices,” advocating and fighting for the integrity of artists in the midst of the increased volume and constant change occurring in the media landscape.
Blanchard has worked in the television business since 1990, when she started in the mailroom of Triad Artists which was later acquired by the William Morris Agency in 1992. She spent 15 years at William Morris, where she served as a Senior Vice President, and became one of the industry’s first-ever female television packaging agents. In 2007, she became a television literary manager at Mosaic for four years, prior to joining CAA in 2011.
She is a long-term board member of My Friend’s Place, an organization for homeless teens in Hollywood, and has recently joined the board of the Independent Shakespeare Company, the only free Shakespeare company in all of Los Angeles committed to a diverse interpretation of “The Bard.” Each spring, Blanchard hosts an event for My Friend's Place with a relevant theme (such as "WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS”), which featured a diverse group of Hollywood writers performing their autobiographical tales, using storytelling to promote inclusion and understanding while benefiting homeless youth. She will also serve as the Event Co-Chair for the Zimmer Gala in November.
Blanchard is a graduate of Smith College where she majored in Comparative Literature.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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