Ilene Chaiken

Ilene Chaiken
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Ilene Chaiken, “Empire” executive producer and showrunner, was honored with a 2016 GLSEN Respect Award last evening at a ceremony in New York City for her work in representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television.

Photo credit: Robb Cohen Photography and Video
Left to right: Michael Schneider, Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Ilene Chaiken and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray on Day Two of the 2016 NAB Show.

FOX’s blockbuster television drama “Empire” certainly has eye-popping numbers to boast about: a total multiplatform audience of 23 million, a more than 20 percent lead over the second most popular broadcast show and 39 nominations for a variety of prestigious awards, for example. But stopping at the show’s numbers and rankings is missing the larger story.