Profile: Anita W. Addison (1952-2004)

Anita W. Addison was an American television and film director and producer.


Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Addison began working as a journalist before embarking on a directing and producing career. In the late 1980s, she worked as a senior VP of drama development at Lorimar before working as a producer at Warner Bros. Television. In 1989, she earned an Academy Award nomination for directing the short film Savannah.

From 1995 to 1998, Addison was VP of drama development at CBS. After leaving CBS, she worked on numerous television series including Family Law and EZ Streetswith director and writer Paul Haggis. In 1999, she directed the television movie Deep in My Heart. Addison died on January 24, 2004 in New York City. Haggis dedicated his Oscar-winning film Crash to Addison.

She was heavily involved in the L.A Rebellion, an African-American film movement that took place at the University of California, LA.

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