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WIF Speaker Series with Steven D. Binder and Kate Linder Print
Wednesday, January 26 2011, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Hits : 2706
Special Guests: Steven D. Binder, Writer/Producer/Director & Kate Linder, Actress

steven-binderSteven D. Binder
is currently employed as a Co-Executive Producer on the CBS series, NCIS.  Prior to that he has worked for such shows as The Invisible Man, Tremors (the Series), Dead Zone and Star Trek: Enterprise.  And by "such", we mean those are the only other TV shows he has worked for.  His feature credits include "Eating LA", which he wrote and directed.  And National Lampoon;s "Totally Baked, A Potumentary", which he co-wrote. Add to that some feature rewrite gigs, and there's not much more interesting to say.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television and is a graduate of the WGA'S Showrunner Training Program.

kate-linder-credit-CharlesBushKate Linder received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 10, 2008, the same week she marked her 26th year on “The Young and the Restless” and her 30th as a United flight attendant. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Y&R co-creator Lee Phillip Bell and castmate Jeanne Cooper spoke at her well-attended ceremony.

If you’re Kate Linder, you don’t quit your job as a United Airlines flight attendant because you’re cast for a one-day, one-line role on “The Young and the Restless.”  Linder has done both jobs simultaneously for the 28  1/2 years she’s been on the #1 rated soap opera (that’s #1 every single week for 22 years) in daytime television -- with the resulting confusion among passengers creating hilarious anecdotes.  The passenger/fan response has been overwhelming and incredulous.  Fortunately, she’s been working only the first-class section for decades and unlike Linder, none of her co-workers there have graced the covers of soap opera magazines.  She was preparing for take-off on a flight when the late Johnny Grant called to inform her she had been selected for a Star on the Walk of Fame.  Linder is also active with the USO, visiting troops in the US, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Korea and Guantanamo Bay.  In late ’05, Linder was elected Governor of the Daytime Programming Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (yup, the folks who put on the Emmys), she was reelected in ’07 for a second two-year stint.

Linder, as Esther Valentine (so named because Linder was married on Valentine’s Day), confidante/housekeeper to the soap’s wealthy and powerful matron, Katherine Chancellor (Cooper), has often been called upon to add a touch of humor to the show.  Her character has been perennially unlucky in love and her two brief marriages were to con men only after the Chancellor fortune.  She and her boss were twice kidnapped in pursuit of the same fortune.  Her on-screen daughter, Chloe, made Esther a doting grandma

Kate is an eternal optimist and tireless worker for many charities and was named celebrity spokesperson for The ALS Association in early 2005.  Her brother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in December, 2004 and Kate has gone to Washington, DC each May to lobby for more funds to fight this disease with no cure.  In 2006, Linder won the organization’s All-Star Award for her passionate service to the cause and won their Packman Award in 2007.  Kate travels around the country to participate in and encourage other volunteers at the ALS Association’s fundraisers, Walk to D’Feet ALS, and in their fundraising dinners for local chapters.  She’s also active with many AIDS charities and the Los Angeles Mission.  KATE LINDER PHOTO CREDIT: CHARLES BUSH

The WIF Speaker Series
presents guest speakers ranging from actors and directors to producers and public relations executives.  These popular events allow the attendees to enjoy a lively discussion and interact with our special guests while enjoying hors d'oeuvres after a busy work day. This is a great opportunity to network and make new contacts with others in the industry.

RSVP BY PHONE: 323-935-2211
(Reserved tickets must be purchased in advance by phone to guarantee a seat.  Seating is limited.)
COST: WIF Members $20 / Non-members $50 / No-host bar
TIME: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LOCATION: El Torito Grill, 9595 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
PARKING: Metered parking available on the street
Public parking lot 1 block north of Wilshire
at 9510 Brighton Way (just off Rodeo)

All tickets are non-refundable.