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Edward James Olmos To Receive The Caucus’ Industry Icon Award

Edward James Olmos To Receive The Caucus’ Industry Icon Award at The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors’ 37th Caucus Awards –

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ Skirball Cultural Center


Beverly Hills, CA — Legendary actor, director, producer and philanthropist  Edward James Olmos is the Industry Icon Honoree at The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors 37th Annual Caucus Awards Dinner that will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019, 6:30 PM at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Admiral William Adama

Edward James Olmos’ career in entertainment spans over 50 years. He is an Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, and has been nominated for an Academy Award® and Tony Awards.  Olmos is best known to young audiences for his work on the SYFY television series Battlestar Galactica as Admiral William Adama. Although the series kept the actor busy during its run from 2003 through 2009, it didn’t stop him from directing the HBO movie Walkout  in 2007, for which he earned a DGA Nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television category.



El Pachuco in Zoot Suit

Originally a musician,  Olmos branched out into acting, appearing in many small theatre productions until portraying the iconic El Pachuco in Zoot Suit. The play moved to Broadway and Olmos earned a Tony nomination for the role, which he reprised in the 1981 film version.



Edward James Olmos and Jaime Escalante

Olmos went on to appear in the films Wolfen, Blade Runner, and The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez before starring in that of Lieutenant Martin Castillo in the iconic 80’s television series Miami Vice. In 1988, the actor was nominated for an Academy Award® and won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. He directed and starred in his first motion picture, American Me, in 1992.

Olmos’ passion for the arts grows every year, but he never forgets to give back to the dedicated communities that support him. He is an international advocate, spokesman, and humanitarian working with organizations such as Thank You Ocean, Project Hope Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America, The River Keepers, Dr. Andros’ Diabetic Foot Global Conference and he speaks up to 150 times a year in schools, universities, and corporations.

Mayans, M.C., in its second hit season on FX networks

Other credits as an actor include the motion pictures My Family/Mi Familia; Selena, and In the Time of Butterflies; notable television shows include The West Wing, PBS drama American Family: Journey of Dreams, and Dexter. He currently is bringing gravitas to Mayans, M.C., in its second hit season on FX networks.

2019 Caucus Award Honorees Full List:


Edward James Olmos | Actor/Director/Producer/Philanthropist | Industry Icon Award

Gary Levine


Gary Levine | President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks, Inc. | Executive of the Year Award



Paul Miller


Paul Miller | Producer/Director | Lifetime Achievement Award


Michael Berk


Michael Berk | Writer/Producer/Director | Distinguished Service Award



Dr. Edna Sims


Dr. Edna Sims | Publicist for The Caucus | Chairs Award


Carolyn Strauss


Carolyn Strauss | Executive Producer | Producers Honor I HBO’s Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and Deadwood the Movie



Brett Johnson


Brett Johnson | Writer/Producer | Writers Honor I Showtimes’ Escape at Dannemora


Michael Tolkin


Michael Tolkin | Writer/Producer/Director | Writers Honor I Showtimes’ Escape at Dannemora



Amy York Rubin


Amy York Rubin | Director | Directors Honor I Netflix’s Dead to Me



James Pickens, Jr. star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, will be the host for this wonderful evening.

Each year The Caucus honors outstanding creative television and new media talent at their Annual Awards Dinner. The Caucus Foundation’s student Gold Circle Award is presented to two grant recipients for their 2018/19 student films. In promoting the upcoming generation of television and new media content creators, The Caucus will also present the Television and New Media Award to a university’s creative team for an exceptional project.

Producing  the annual dinner is The Caucus Awards committee which includes; Events Chair Chuck Fries and Awards Dinner Chair Gary Smith; Caucus Co-Chairs Robert Papazian and Tanya Hart; Vin Di Bona, Honorary Event Vice Chair and Vice Chairs Dennis Doty, James Hirsch, Ron  Friedman and Sharon Arnett, along with Deborah Leoni, Executive Director.

A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Caucus Foundation, which has provided grants and awards of $2 million to 200 worthy students to complete their film, television or new media projects.

About The Caucus For Producers, Writers & Directors

The Caucus is leading the evolution of television by providing a creative forum for

Producers, Writers and Directors to explore the issues of the ever-changing landscape of content and exhibition.   The Caucus is proud of its rich history and esteemed membership of television innovators.  For over 40 years, The Caucus has provided an opportunity for the best and the brightest talent to network and voice the ‘creative conscience’ of the Television Industry.  Today, we continue to stand for better and meaningful content across all platforms.  As Producers, Writers and Directors we support a working environment that fosters, through our various programs, the best content that we can create for our audiences.

In addition to its professional membership, The Caucus is proud of its non-profit work through The Caucus Foundation. Established in 2000 to help launch the careers of future entertainment professionals in film, television and emerging media.

Current members of The Caucus also include: Chuck Fries, JJ Abrams, Tom Hanks, Kevin Bright, James Burrows, Vin Di Bona, Loreen Arbus, Dennis Doty, Jim Hirsch, Robert Papazian, Tanya Hart, Chas Floyd Johnson, Norman Powell, Herman Rush, Sharon Arnett, and other leading producers, writers and directors.

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