Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton Named One of TIME Magazine's TIME 100
TIME has named Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
"It's an incredible privilege to be honored for doing work that I love: bringing great television drama to American audiences," says Eaton. "This is a remarkable tribute to Masterpiece, our coproducers, PBS, and the viewers who watch Masterpiece every week."
Since taking over the helm... [Show More] of Masterpiece 25 years ago, Eaton has been responsible for such high-profile titles as Prime Suspect, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and the recent hits Sherlock, the new Upstairs Downstairs, and Downton Abbey, which was watched by more than 13 million people. The series, now celebrating its 40th anniversary on PBS, has won fifty-one Emmy Awards, eighteen Peabodys, a Golden Globe, and two Academy Award nominations for the Masterpiece co-production, Mrs. Brown. Eaton is credited with creating a renaissance of Masterpiece in 2008, breaking it into three program strands (Classic, Mystery!, and Contemporary), and drawing in younger viewers with programming such as The Complete Jane Austen. Her distinguished career has earned her the official recognition of Queen Elizabeth II with an honorary OBE (Officer, Order of the British Empire).
Other honorees on the TIME 100 list include President Barack Obama, actor Colin Firth, royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The list, now in its eighth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world's most influential individuals. As TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel has said of the list in the past, "The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it's not a list of the smartest people in the world, it's a list of the most influential people in the world. They're scientists, they're thinkers, they're philosophers, they're leaders, they're icons, they're artists, they're visionaries. People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people."
Masterpiece Executive Producer chatted live with fans on May 2, 2011, talking about the TIME 100 honor, her dream cast, surprising moments from her 25 years at the helm of Masterpiece and what's ahead for the series.