Ronin - Associate Producer

Last Update: 19 September 1998

ETHEL WINANT (Associate Producer) cut her professional teeth backstage on Broadway, where she
was production assistant to three legends of the theater: Irene Selznick, on A Streetcar Named Desire; Elia Kazan, on Death of a Salesman; and Tennessee Williams, on Summer and Smoke.

She made the transition from the theater to the fledgling television industry during its "Golden Age," directing productions for "Armstrong Circle Theater," "Philco Goodyear Television Playhouse," "General Electric Theater" and "Playhouse 90," associate-producing the latter two. During these years, Winant worked with an impressive group of directors, including George Roy Hill, Arthur Penn, Franklin Schaffner, John Houseman, Robert Mulligan and John Frankenheimer, with whom she collaborates on Ronin.

Winant became the first woman network executive when she was made senior vice president of talent, casting and special projects at CBS, where highlights of her network television tenure include The Migrants, Benjamin Franklin"and The Bicentennial Minutes. She subsequently worked with the Children's Television Workshop as vice president, program development, where she produced the miniseries The Best of Families.

She also worked at NBC, where she was made senior vice president of miniseries and novels for television, where her credits include Shogun, Murder in Texas, Little Gloria, Happy at Last and Evergreen. In 1994, Winant teamed with David W. Rintels on the NBC miniseries World War II: When Lions Roared and again for TNT's critically acclaimed miniseries Andersonville, which marked her professional reunion with director John Frankenheimer, with whom she would subsequently co-produce the 1997 telefilm George Wallace.

Among Winant's honors are a special Emmy Award for her contributions to "Playhouse 90," two Peabody Awards, the Humanitas Prize, the Christopher Award, the Alice Award and the Crystal Award from Women in Film.

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