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Linda Thurman is Co-Owner and President of Emerald Bayou Studios. Her eclectic experience includes film, television, theater, music and publishing where she worked closely with high profile entertainment clients. Currently she serves on the advisory board for the Louisiana Center Workforce Recovery, the Internet Neutrality Task Force for the national League of Women Voters and on the advisory board of Skylar's Grace a nonprofit organization to improve diagnosis, treatment and transport for children in urgent need of medical care. Her producing responsibilities at EBS include producing the feature TOUGH LIKE WEARING DREADLOCKS, Charles Burnett (Oprah Winfrey's The Wedding) directing.
Linda's successful 40-year career in entertainment includes holding positions at United Artists, Norman Lear's Act III Productions, and HBO Pictures, working on films such as FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates), SWEET DREAMS (Jessica Lange and Ed Harris), VOLUNTEERS (Tom Hanks and John Candy), and the cult classic, THE HITCHER (Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh).
As a cutting edge executive in the world of interactive technology, she was Managing Editor of the Hollywood Creative Directory, initiating and supervising the launch of HCD Online in 1994, the first year of explosive growth for the World Wide Web. Linda is a founding member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group and served on the Digital Coast Roundtable Industry Relations Council (appointed to the council by mayor of Los Angeles). She has also served on the board of the Association of Internet Professionals.
Linda's talent for combining art and technology surfaced in her career as a theatrical lighting designer in New York. Her credits include John Sayles' "Turnbuckle" with David Straitharn; "Village Wooing" with Rip Torn; and "Spider Rabbit" with Taylor Meade of the Andy Warhol Studio. Also in New York, Ms. Thurman directed the women's theater piece, "But Can A Woman Alone" that was selected for presentation at the prestigious Women's Theater Festival in Boston.
Linda Thurman has been a featured speaker for the Hollywood Film Festival, Fuji Television, Congress of Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles, National Association of Broadcasters, Prentice-Hall, Equipment Manufacturers Institute, Black Screenwriters Association, MIT Club of Southern California, eTV World, Mac World and Internet Content West. She was the 2003 honoree for the Tom Bigler Endowed Chair in Media at Wilkes University. Email