2014 Commitment to Excellence Award for TV Productions
A Chicago native, Carol Mendelsohn has been the showrunner and Executive Producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation since it first aired in 2000. Now in its fourteenth season, CSI held the title of the world’s most-watched television series from 2008 to 2012, with an estimated audience of over 63 million viewers worldwide. In addition, Mendelsohn is a co-creator and Executive Producer of CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. A veteran television writer and producer whose credits include Fame, Wiseguy, and Melrose Place, Mendelsohn honed her craft with Stephen J. Cannell and Aaron Spelling, before joining the production of CSI. Her profound impact on television in the 21st century has garnered nominations from the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, and Emmy Awards.
In 2010, she launched Carol Mendelsohn Productions to develop and produce various projects across scripted and non-scripted series and pilots. Since inception, the company has sold and produced a variety of projects to CBS, CW, TNT, FX, USA and Showtime. The first two shows to premiere under its banner were The Defenders and Dogs in the City, both on CBS.
One of the most prolific and influential elements in the lives of millions, television has long been a fixture of the American experience. Now in its 50th year, the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards has honored the most innovative and outstanding members of the television community. As television productions and commercials continue to evolve in the digital age, the Competition is an annual gathering for those who keep the medium vibrant and shape its future. The celebration culminates in an Awards Night Gala, which showcases the winning works and presents career achievement awards to select people or companies that have had a lasting impact on the medium. In 2013, ESPN Films, Walter Jacobson, and Leo Burnett were honored at the awards ceremony. Join us April 10, as we present the top awards in this year's competition, and pay tribute to legends of the industry.