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Biography of Geraldine Laybourne


PERSONAL
  • Full Name: Geraldine Laybourne
  • Profession: Founder
  • Date of Birth: Monday, May 19, 1947
  • Zodiac: Taurus
  • Nationality: American
BIOGRAPHY
Geraldine Laybourne
Geraldine Laybourne is the founder of Oxygen Media, who served as chairman and executive manager before the company was sold in 2007 to NBC Universal. Oxygen was first launched in 2000 with a target market of young women. During his tenure, Oxygen can be enjoyed in more than 70 million cable television homes. Oxygen is also the only company in the field of broadcasting which the owner is a woman and is operated by a cable network.

Laybourne was born on May 19, 1947 in Martinsville, New Jersey. He was the second of four children of the couple former soap opera actress and local entrepreneurs. Furthermore, Laybourne obtain a bachelor's degree, majoring in Art History from Vassar College. After graduation, Laybourne worked for architectural firms in Philadelphia. Laybourne then also get a master's degree in the Department of Primary Education of the University of Pennsylvania.

Laybourne first met with Kit Laybourne while her husband was still studying at Wesleyan College. Five years after that meeting, they start a serious relationship and decide to get married six months later. In 1979, to convince Kit Laybourne to start a company engaged in the production of television programs for children. The company was eventually named Early Bird Productions. Their first client is the Nickelodeon cable network owned by MTV.

Laybourne is the first to focus on making a television show for children. Under his leadership, Nickelodeon finally won many awards as the Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, CableACE Awards and also Parent's Choice Awards. However, Laybourne left Nickelodeon and joined Disney in 1996. As president of Disney-ABC Cable Networks, Laybourne is the charge of the event Disney Channel, Lifetime, A & E, and the History Channel. In 1998, Laybourne left Disney and founded Oxygen Media with Oprah Winfrey and Carsey-Werner Productions. Laybourne has two children, Emmy and Lawrence Paterson.

EDUCATION
  • Vassar College
  • University of Pennsylvania
CAREER
  • Worked for architectural firms in Philadelphia
  • Manager of Early Bird Productions
  • Nickelodeon Menajer
  • President of Disney-ABC Cable Networks
  • The founder of Oxygen Media
  • Advisory National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • The National Advisory Council for Families and Television
  • Leaders honor dai Cable Positive
  • Adviser The Board of Trustees of Vassar College
  • Advisory Insight Communications
  • Advisory Symantec Corporation
  • Advisory Electronic Arts
  • Advisory J.C. Penney
  • advisory Move.com
  • Advisory Myskin Inc.
  • Teachers in bucolic Concord Academy
AWARDS
  • Ranked first in the 50 Most Influential People in Industi Entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter
  • One of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine
  • Distinguished Lifetime Award Contribuution to Children and Television of the Annenberg Public Policy
  • The New York Women in Communications Matrix Award for Broadcasting
  • The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Award
  • The Grand Tam Award from the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM)
  • The Governor's Award from the National Academy of Cable Programming
  • The Alliance for Women in Media Genii Award
  • The Women in Cable Award
  • The Sara Lee Corporation's Frontrunner Award
  • The Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • The New York Women in Film & Television Muse Award.
  • Included in the list of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and the Cable Center Hall of Fame.

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