Honorary Chairs

Sherry Lansing

During almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Sherry Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump (1994), Braveheart (1995), and Titanic (1997). Throughout her film career, Lansing earned a reputation as a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and a creative filmmaker.  In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio, when she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox.  Later, as an independent producer, Lansing was responsible for such successful films as Fatal Attraction, The Accused, School Ties, Indecent Proposal, and Black Rain.  Returning to the executive ranks in 1992, she was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and began an unprecedented tenure that lasted more than 12 years.

Since the death of her mother to ovarian cancer in 1984, Lansing has been a tireless advocate for cancer research. STOP CANCER, which she founded with Dr. Armand Hammer in 1988, has raised over $74 million dollars to support the work of young scientists at the three comprehensive cancer centers in Los Angeles: City of Hope, USC Norris and Jonsson at UCLA. But, even more significant are Lansing’s contributions to the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) initiative, which she co-founded in 2008.  Forming collaborative, multi-institutional “Dream Teams” of research scientists, SU2C has literally changed the funding model for cancer research.  SU2C grantees are vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee headed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Philip Sharp; grants are administered by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Lansing has also been instrumental in the enormous growth of stem cell research in California.  In 2004, she was appointed to the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (ICOC) of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).  Established by California's groundbreaking ballot measure, Proposition 71, CIRM has to date distributed over $2 billion of its initial $3 billion earmarked for stem cell research.  Lansing serves as the ICOC’s cancer patient advocate, as well as Chair of the Governance Committee. 

In addition, Lansing is CEO of The Sherry Lansing Foundation (SLF).  Formed in 2005, the organization is dedicated to cancer research, public education, and encore career opportunities.  Among the SLF’s initiatives is the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program, founded by Lansing to retrain science and technology professionals and military veterans to serve as California public school math and science teachers.  Lansing, a former math teacher, is also the founder of PrimeTime LAUSD, a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District.  This initiative engages highly-qualified retirees to serve as volunteers in public school classrooms. 

Lansing’s many awards in the area of cancer research include: the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; the Centennial Medal for Distinguished Public Service, American Association for Cancer Research; the Double Helix Medal, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; the Alfred P. Sloan Jr. Memorial Award, American Cancer Society; the Ellen V. Sigal Advocacy Leadership Award, Friends of Cancer Research; and the Dave Winfield Humanitarian Award, Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation.

Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal is the creator and host of “Somebody Feed Phil,” a new unscripted documentary series coming to Netflix January 12, 2017, which combines his love of food and travel with his unique brand of humor.

Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York and moved with his parents and brother to New City, New York in Rockland County, where he was raised. After graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer and director in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles.


Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and “Coach." In 1995, Rosenthal created the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which premiered in 1996. He was the Showrunner/Executive Producer for all nine years of the show's very successful run, which ended in 2005.


During its original run, “Everybody Loves Raymond” was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 awards, including two for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005. Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his “Everybody Loves Raymond” script, “Italy.”


Rosenthal co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks in September 2001, for which he won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.


Rosenthal is also an author, having penned a book on the art of comedy and the making of a sitcom classic. “You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom” was published in 2006.


In April 2011, Rosenthal wrote, directed and starred in his first feature film for Sony Pictures. "Exporting Raymond,” the true story about the attempt to turn "Everybody Loves Raymond" into a Russian sitcom, was met with critical acclaim.


Rosenthal’s first travel food series, “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” premiered on PBS in fall 2015 and received two Taste Awards as well as the winner of the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Television Program, on Location.


Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children.