The Cynopsis Rising Star Reception Took Place on September 15 at NYC’s Midtown Lofts & Terrace

New York, NY (September 21, 2017) – The best and brightest media industry pros, age 30 and under, filled Manhattan’s Midtown Lofts last Friday, September 15 for the  3rd annual Cynopsis Rising Star Awards. The event recognized 77 young people for their drive and outstanding work in media. View the post-event webpage listing all the honorees, including headshots and descriptions, here

Prior to the ceremony’s start, attendees gathered for drinks on the venue’s rooftop terrace, which featured breathtaking views of the Empire State Building (click here for photos).

During the acceptance remarks, many of which were received with applause and enthusiastic hoots of approval from the audience, one honoree joked that if she could be a TV character, she’d choose Top Chef judge Padma Lakshmi. Megan Cotter of Discover Communications remarked that she wished she could combine “Leslie [Knope]’s passion with Ron Swanson’s appreciation of a good scotch,” both character from NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Joann Park of Turner said that in ten years she sees herself “leading content strategy and telling stories of people who’ve been overlooked, so no one feels invisible.” Samantha Fenimore of one2one Media hopes to be in “a position where I’m learning something new every day and feel excited about the industry – like I am today.” Diane Fabrizio of Zenith said she dreams of being CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. 

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Rising Star Honorees: 

Anja Adžić – Sizmek

Kelly Andersen – MTV, VH1 & LOGO

Jenna Anthony – ESPN

Thomas Atkins – R&R Partners

Allison Baker – Discovery Communications

Susana Baker – Univision Communications Inc

Selam Belay – 135th Street Agency

Whitney Bell – Smithsonian Channel

Ned Berger – Nickelodeon

Paige Bonanno – ABC

Jackie Booth – DraftKings

Katrina  Bucu – Viacom Velocity

Ty Budde – Fullscreen

Rachel Burns – Viacom Velocity

Dani Calogera – 360i

Suzanne Chalet – Turner

Louise Chapman – Boingo Wireless

Elizabeth Cieszko – NBCUniversal

Haley Clarke – Litton Entertainment

Andrew Cohn – Advantage

Megan Cotter – Discovery Communications

Matthew Crane – Turner

Kerrilyn Curtin – LPGA

Zach Deckler – Scout Sports and Entertainment


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