Laura Ziskin: Stand Up to Cancer Producer

May 19, 2010
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Laura Ziskin is set to take on the Stand Up to Cancer fundraising telethon once again as executive producer. Read more about Ziskin and the plans for this year’s event. See photos and video of Ziskin below.

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Meet Laura Ziskin, the Stand Up to Cancer producer. Laura was born on March 3rd, 1950 (she is 60 years of age at the time of this writing) in San Fernando Valley, California. Laura attended University of Southern California USC School of Cinematic Arts and after graduating in 1973, Ziskin went on to become an assistant for Jon Peters, a hit producer with numerous successes under his belt (including the 1989 Batman).

Probably the most inspiring position Ziskin held was her gig as the producer of the 2002 Academy Awards. Uniquely enough, she was the first woman to do so alone. Ziskin’s additional film producing credits include Spiderman, Spiderman 2, As Good As It Gets, Pretty Woman and Stealth to name a few notables.

It is no surprise that Ziskin would take on the executive producer for the Stand Up for Cancer telethon. Back in February of 2004, Laura was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. This year, the telethon will be aired on September 10th, 2010 on ABC, NBC and CBS and will be hosted by Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams.

About their upcoming hosting gigs, the anchors expressed their attachment to the show. Couric said, “Not only people who have cancer or who are dealing with it, but young people who want a cancer-free world in their future — we really think that’s finally attainable.”

Sawyer added, “The broadcast is a way of saying, ‘Together, we can do this.”

Williams stated, “We won the second World War, came back from that, and decided to go to the moon. We didn’t really break a sweat. And when you think about it, think of all that energy and power we can unleash when we want to …”

In 2008, the telethon raised over $100 million. Here’s to hoping that Laura Ziskin and the Stand Up to Cancer 2010 show will be just as, if not more successful than the years prior. A couple of the photos below show Ziskin at the 2007 event.

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Photos: Adriana M. Barraza/Nikki Nelson/Reggie Collier/www.wenn.com



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