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Rebecca Eaton took the helm of the PBS series MASTERPIECE THEATRE and MYSTERY! in 1985, and later oversaw a highly successful relaunch of MASTERPIECE, which attracted a new generation of viewers. She has brought American audiences Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall”, the recent hits “Victoria”, “Sherlock”, “Poldark” and “Downton Abbey” — the most-watched drama in PBS history. Under her leadership, MASTERPIECE has won 62 Primetime Emmy Awards®, 16 Peabody Awards, six Golden Globes®, and two Academy Award® nominations. In 2011, Eaton was named one of TIME's 100 most influential people.
Jared Bowen (moderator)
Executive arts editor Jared Bowen is the Emmy award-winning host of the weekly television series, “Open Studio with Jared Bowen”, which takes viewers inside the creative process, offering a blend of profiles, performances, and contemporary exhibitions by artists in Greater Boston, New England, and across the country. He is a contributor to WGBH-TV’s nightly news magazine program, Greater Boston and appears regularly on 89.7 WGBH, where he covers the latest happenings in the region’s theater, art, music, dance and film on WGBH’s Morning Edition and Boston Public Radio.
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Sam Kennedy, of the World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox is entering his 18th season with the club and his third as president and chief executive officer. In addition to his role with the Red Sox, he also acts as chief executive of Fenway Sports Management, a sports marketing and sales agency that is a sister company to the Red Sox under the Fenway Sports Group family. Outside of the 81 days a year of baseball, Kennedy has also been instrumental in the transformation of Fenway Park into a year-round venue, including concerts, hockey, soccer, football and even a “Big Air” skiing and snowboarding competition requiring construction of a 150-foot high ramp from centerfield to home plate. Kennedy has received many recognitions during his time with the Red Sox, placing him in the company of the most influential and creative young professionals in the business of sports.
Steve Burton (moderator)
Steve Burton is a sports anchor and reporter for WBZ-TV News on WBZ-TV and on sister station myTV38 in Boston. A New England native, he joined WBZ-TV in August 1994. Prior to that Burton worked as a sports anchor and reporter for New England Sports Network (NESN) since 1988. While at NESN, Burton hosted the pre and post-game shows for the Red Sox.
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