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Women in Cable Telecommunications Names Sarah Barnett, President & General Manager, SundanceTV, Honorary Chair of WICT Touchstones Luncheon; Special Guest, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Deliver Remarks

September 15 Touchstones Luncheon Part of WICT Leadership Conference, Cable's Diversity Week


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Washington, DC - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced that SundanceTV's Sarah Barnett has been named Honorary Chair of the Touchstones Luncheon, taking place on Monday, September 15 at the Marriott Marquis in New York. In addition, WICT announced that Maggie Gyllenhaal, star of SundanceTV's "The Honorable Woman," will deliver remarks at the Luncheon.

The WICT Touchstones Luncheon is a highlight of the WICT Leadership Conference held in conjunction with Cable's Diversity Week 2014. SundanceTV is the premier sponsor of the luncheon.

"WICT is honored to announce Sarah Barnett as the Honorary Chair of the 2014 WICT Touchstones Luncheon. In Sarah's prominent role at SundanceTV, she serves as a role model for women and is known for her strength, creativity and vision," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "We are also thrilled to have special guest and SundanceTV star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, deliver remarks at the luncheon program. Her body of work is multi-faceted in a career that knows no boundaries. Her journey is one that will certainly resonate with our audience."

The WICT Touchstones Luncheon will showcase the 2014 Woman of the Year, Christine Driessen of ESPN; and Woman to Watch honorees, Jennifer Mirgorod of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (programmer) and Deborah Picciolo of Time Warner Cable, Inc. (operator).

About Sarah Barnett
As president and general manager, Sarah Barnett is responsible for the day-to-day operations of SundanceTV, directing all efforts as they relate to program development and production, creative strategy, scheduling and marketing, both on- and off-channel. She was named to this post in February 2013.

Barnett has redefined SundanceTV as a timely and vital channel on the television landscape with authentic and distinctive shows that are both smart and entertaining. Under her leadership, SundanceTV has evolved and has been reenergized into a dynamic, multi-platform brand that engages affluent audiences with acclaimed original content.  

Barnett was included in Variety's 2013 Power of Women: Women's Impact Report as well as The Hollywood Reporter's 2013 Women in Entertainment Power 100 List. Barnett was also inducted into the 2014 class of Multichannel News' Wonder Women and has been named to the Cablefax Top 100 and Most Powerful Women list for the past four years. 

About Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of the great young actresses of today. She gained critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for "Best Supporting Actress" for her portrayal of Jean Craddock in Crazy Heart alongside Jeff Bridges, further exemplifying her talent and versatility as an actress. 

In 2002, Gyllenhall showed her range by appearing in the light, romantic comedy 40 Days and 40 Nights. That same year, she landed had her first starring role across from James Spader in the dark comedy Secretary, a film that won a special prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. The film earned Gyllenhall her first major award recognition, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

In 2005, Gyllenhaal received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female for her performance in the film Happy Ending, and received professional recognition again in 2006, this time for her performance in the independent film, SherryBaby. The role earned her a second Golden Globe nomination, and much critical acclaim. 

Also accomplished on stage, Gyllenhaal starred as Alice in Patrick Mauber's award-winning Closer at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for director Robert Egan, and previously at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has also appeared in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Vanborough Theatre in London. This fall, she will make her Broadway debut alongside Ewan McGregor in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.

About WICT
For thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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