For 38 years, New York Women in Film & Television has presented the Muse Awards annual gala holiday luncheon celebrating the vision and achievements of women who work in the entertainment industry. Each year, remarkable and accomplished women are honored with this prestigious award. It is NYWIFT’s flagship fundraising event — a highlight of the New York City holiday season in the entertainment industry — and is attended by an enthusiastic audience of 1,200 leading executives from every major studio, broadcast and cable network, and film production facility.

2017 Muse honorees Amy Emmerich and Judith Light

The 2017 honorees were:

Laura Dern, Actor
Amy Emmerich, Chief Content Officer, Refinery29
Judith Light, Actor
Julie Dash, Director (The Nancy Malone Directing Award)
Regina K. Scully, Filmmaker and CEO, Artemis Rising Foundation (Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award)

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment “Made in New York” Award was presented to actor and producer Alysia Reiner. MOME Commissioner Julie Menin presented the award.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul gave welcoming remarks.

Actor and CBS commentator Nancy Giles emceed.


We live-tweeted the proceedings – you can see highlights when you search #nywiftmuse on Twitter – and we went live on Facebook, broadcasting the red carpet arrivals as well as the ceremony itself. Be sure to check out our Flickr for photos of the red carpet arrivals, luncheon & awards ceremony, and the VIP reception & networking coffee.

Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Hilton Midtown – Grand Ballroom (1335 Avenue of the Americas)


Thanks to our friends at Hello World Communications, you can watch all of the Muse speeches right here: