Respect Awards - Los Angeles 2013

Inspiration Award
Todd Spiewak & Jim Parsons

Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak love the opportunity to support causes they believe in and, of course, GLSEN is one of their favorites. Living in Los Angeles with their dogs, Otis and Rufus, Jim's work on the CBS show "The Big Bang Theory," has earned him three Emmys® and a Golden Globe®. Parsons has also been featured in films such as "Garden State" and "The Muppets". He will next be seen in the upcoming HBO film "The Normal Heart" with Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts and is currently in production on the animated film "Home". He has always loved working in the theater and recently appeared on Broadway for the Roundabout Theater in "Harvey," and in the stage production of "The Normal Heart.

Todd Spiewak has a BFA in Graphic Design from Boston University and has worked extensively in the field designing successful campaigns for clients including American Express, Barnes & Noble, HP, KitchenAid and The New York Times. Recently he and Jim formed their production company, That's Wonderful Productions, and Todd is now actively seeking homes for projects ranging from television series to movies to theater.

Chairman's Award
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn—Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Tyler Perry's Temptation, Warm Bodies, Perks of Being A Wallflower, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods, Mud and Arbitrage. Lionsgate currently has 28 television shows on 20 different networks including iconic brands such as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and recent hits such as Orange is the New Black, Anger Management and Nashville. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is an award winning producer and writer known for creating television series with often Southern and always strong, memorable, female characters. In 1983, she formed a production company with her husband, director Harry Thomason, and together they have produced more than three hundred and fifty episodes for television. As a close friend and supporter of President Clinton, Linda wrote and directed all three of this Democratic Convention films, including the iconic Man from Hope, as well as the 2008 Democratic Convention film for then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.Linda is a strong supporter of the LGBT community. In 1987, her Designing Women script, Killing All the Right People, was the first American television show to address the AIDS crisis. Recently, she wrote and directed the same sex love story, Bridegroom, a documentary which won the audience prize at the 2013 TriBeca Film Festival.
  Robbie Rogers
Professional Soccer Player
Los Angeles Galaxy
 Kerry Washington
Actress, Scandal
  Kevin Brockman
EVP, Global Communications Disney/ABC Television Group
Chip Sullivan
Head of Publicity DreamWorks Studios
Betsy Beers
Executive Producer
Linda Bell Blue
Executive Producer
Entertainment Tonight
Dan Berendsen
Creator/Executive Producer
Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer
Matt Bomer
Actor, White Collar
Donald De Line
Film Producer
Robert Greenblatt
NBC Entertainment
Simon Halls
Partner, Slate PR
Dave Karger
Chief Correspondent
Carlos Lopez
Events & Special Projects Manager, The A List
David Phoenix
Interior Designer
 Shonda Rhimes
Creator/ Executive Producer

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Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg
Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg
David Geffen
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Ryan Murphy
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Ryan Pedlow & Jonathan Ducrest
Frank D. Pond
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