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Winifred Neisser

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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Use Common Sense

Birthplace

Born:
3/23/1953
Birth Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Shrimp
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Use Common Sense

Birthplace

Born:
3/23/1953
Birth Location:
Indianapolis
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Biography

Television executive Winifred White Neisser received her B.A. degree with honors from Harvard University’s Radcliffe College in 1974. She received her M.A. degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College. Neisser also completed further graduate work in Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Upon graduation, Neisser was hired at NBC where she headed several major divisions. While there, she served as Vice President of Family Programming, Director of Movies for Television and Vice President of Television Movies, NBC Productions. As vice president of family programming at NBC, Neisser oversaw special programming for children and families, including the award-winning miniseries titled, “Jim Henson’s The Storyteller.” Neisser then joined Sony Pictures Television where she served as Senior Vice President of Movies for Television and Miniseries.

Neisser has served on the board of directors for several academic and non-profit institutes. At Harvard University, Neisser was appointed to the Harvard Board of Overseers as well as the Radcliffe Institute’s Advisory Board. She served as Trustee on the board of the Otis College of Design and The Center for Early Education. Neisser was a member of the Television Academy’s Board of Governors for several years. She also served on the boards of Planned Parenthood and the National Guild of Community Arts Schools.

Neisser’s award-winning projects include “A Raisin in the Sun” for ABC, which was nominated for three Emmy Awards and won the Humanitas Award; “Broken Trail,” a western for AMC, which won four Emmy Awards including “Best Miniseries”; “The Company,” a miniseries about the CIA which won the DGA Award and the WGA Award; “Having Our Stay: The Delaney Sisters First 100 Years,” which won a Christopher Award and a Peabody Award; “The Crossing” for the Arts and Entertainment Channel (A & E), which won the Peabody award; “The Beach Boys: An American Family,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Best Miniseries; and “Call me Claus,” a Christmas movie which starred Whoopi Goldberg and featured music by Garth Brooks.

Neisser is married to Ken Neisser. They live in Los Angeles and have two children, Nick and Alexis.

Winifred White Neisser was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 17, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Winifred Neisser describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Winifred Neisser describes her maternal grandfather's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Winifred Neisser describes her maternal grandparents' move to Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Winifred Neisser talks about her maternal family's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Winifred Neisser describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Winifred Neisser talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Winifred Neisser recalls her parents' decision to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Winifred Neisser describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Winifred Neisser describes her mother's community involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Winifred Neisser lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Winifred Neisser describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Winifred Neisser remembers Emanuel L. Philipp Elementary School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin].
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Winifred Neisser recalls moving to Mequon, Wisconsin, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Winifred Neisser recalls moving to Mequon, Wisconsin, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Winifred Neisser describes her experiences at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Winifred Neisser describes her academic and extracurricular involvement in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Winifred Neisser describes her early exposure to black media
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Winifred Neisser talks about her early experiences of religion, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Winifred Neisser talks about her early experiences of religion, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Winifred Neisser remembers her college applications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Winifred Neisser recalls her start at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Winifred Neisser recalls her start at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Winifred Neisser describes her experiences at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Winifred Neisser describes her extracurricular activities at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Winifred Neisser remembers hearing Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and Alice Walker speak at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Winifred Neisser talks about the black student movement at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Winifred Neisser remembers the influential figures at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Winifred Neisser recalls her graduation from Radcliffe College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Winifred Neisser remembers teaching at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Winifred Neisser remembers teaching at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Winifred Neisser remembers moving to Puerto Rico, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Winifred Neisser remembers moving to Puerto Rico, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Winifred Neisser talks about her transition to the broadcast industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Winifred Neisser recalls her work at WMTV-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Winifred Neisser recalls her work at WMTV-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Winifred Neisser remembers moving to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Winifred Neisser recalls working with Phyllis Tucker Vinson Jackson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Winifred Neisser describes her work as NBC's vice president of family programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Winifred Neisser talks about her collaboration with Jim Henson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Winifred Neisser recalls her transition to the television movie division of NBC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Winifred Neisser describes her role in the Danielle Steel movie franchise
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Winifred Neisser describes the changes in the television industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Winifred Neisser talks about the regulations on broadcast networks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Winifred Neisser remembers joining Columbia TriStar Pictures
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Winifred Neisser describes her career at Sony Pictures Entertainment, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Winifred Neisser describes her career at Sony Pictures Entertainment, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Winifred Neisser remembers producing 'Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Winifred Neisser recalls producing 'Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Winifred Neisser remembers producing 'Broken Trail'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Winifred Neisser talks about the importance of stories that resist racial stereotypes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Winifred Neisser describes her current projects
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Winifred Neisser talks about Amy Biehl, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Winifred Neisser talks about Amy Biehl, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Winifred Neisser describes what she may do in the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Winifred Neisser talks about African Americans in broadcast media
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Winifred Neisser describes a story that she likes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Winifred Neisser describes her advice to aspiring broadcasters
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Winifred Neisser reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Winifred Neisser reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Winifred Neisser describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Winifred Neisser talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Winifred Neisser talks about balancing life and work
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Winifred Neisser describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Winifred Neisser narrates her photographs