Orender Honored by Jacksonville Film and Television Industry

Donna_Orender_HeadshotDonna Orender to be presented with 2015 Jacksonville Film and Television Industry Achievement Award!

During this year’s Annual Jacksonville Film Industry Reception, Generation W’s own Donna Orender will be presented with the 2015 Jacksonville Film and Television Industry Achievement Award.  Orender is being recognized for her expansive accomplishments as a leader in the sports industry and innovative business executive. In September 2007, Orender was named to BusinessWeek’s Power 100 Sports issue, received the 2007 WISE Woman of the Year Award, and earned the March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award in 2006. In 2005, she was named to the Sporting News’ annual Power 100 list, as well as Fox Sports.com’s 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports list. In March 2006, she became the first woman honored by the UJA-Federation of New York’s Entertainment, Media and Communications Division for her dedication to the community.

“Working in film and television is very much a team sport,” said Orender. “This recognition is very much about honoring a team of great and talented people who set a high bar for programming and creativity in the sports industry. I am grateful to have been on the PGA TOUR Productions team and to be fortunate to have a proud body of work and innovation.”

In 2011, Orender launched Generation W, a dynamic event that brings together women and girls for education and inspiration. She serves on the nominating committee for the V Foundation for Cancer Research board and the executive committee of Maccabi USA, and contributes to the boards of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida and the University of North Florida Brooks School of Health. Orender also co-chairs the UJA Sports for Youth Initiative and is a founding member of the board of W.O.M.E.N, a mentoring organization for young women.

In addition to Orender, producer and director Patrick Barry and editor Billy Gaggins will each be honored with a 2015 Rising Star Award, an award given to remarkable individuals under age 35 in the local film and television industry.

“Jacksonville is home to a thriving television and film community,” said Mayor Curry. “In addition to supporting local businesses and good-paying jobs, this industry helps showcase Jacksonville to the world.  I congratulate our rising stars, Patrick Barry and Billy Gaggins, for their success, and I thank industry visionary Donna Orender for her many contributions to our community.”

The Jacksonville Film & Television Office, a division of the City of Jacksonville’s Sports & Entertainment Office, works with local film, digital media and related businesses to enhance job creation and economic development.  In the last 10 years, the office assisted more than 1,090 productions, generating an economic impact of $35 million and creating 10,350 local jobs. More information can be found at www.filmjax.com.