Loreen Arbus is currently the President of Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc., The Loreen Arbus Foundation and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation. She is widely recognized as an advocate for women and girls, as well as for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). She has established a well-respected, solid and exceptional track record as an executive in network television, pay and basic cable, syndication and the print media. This wide array of experience and talent has made her a much sought after consultant to several established and new cable networks. A prolific writer, she is the author of six books and numerous magazine/newspaper articles.
Arbus began her entertainment tenure as a Story Analyst at ABC, where she quickly rose through the ranks to Program Executive and onto Executive Producer of Variety Specials, Movies, Late Night and Early Morning Programming. As Vice President of Original Programming at Showtime, she initiated cable’s first made-for-pay movie, cable’s first scripted comedy series and cable’s first co-production(s). Subsequently, as Senior Vice President in charge of program development, production, acquisition, scheduling and on-air promotion for Cable Health Network/Lifetime, she helped launch the twenty-four hour network. In just three months, she spearheaded development, initiated production commitments, and negotiated all related deals for 1,671 half hours of programming (424 acquisitions and seventeen original series). Thereafter, she supervised program development/production for Viacom’s network and first-run syndication divisions. Concurrently she was a contributing editor Los Angeles Magazine, syndicated by Copley, and has been a free lance writer for many national publications.
Arbus left Viacom to become an independent producer. Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. focuses on non-fiction programming for network, cable, syndication and new media. She has received two Emmy nominations and a documentary made the short list for an Oscar nomination.
A high profile professional and pioneer in media, Arbus is a popular speaker at national and international conferences. She is passionate about encouraging and mentoring women in media.
For over two decades she has co-hosted a monthly luncheon in Los Angeles and intermittently in New York for prominent, high level women in communications. To date, over 15,000 women who represent various facets of the entertainment industry, including but not limited to television, film, print, public relations, music, new media – as well as philanthropy – have participated in highly stimulating conversations. These always evolve into open and provocative discussions about culture, industry projects and issues impacting the daily lives of women in the industry and other issues germane to their productivity.
Arbus is a tireless advocate for a variety of non-profit causes, and is a leading national advocate for persons with disabilities. She focuses her philanthropy on women and girls, minorities, media initiatives, medical research, animal rights, the arts and global peace.
Her philanthropy includes but is not limited to grants to women in science at Harvard, and funding grants for women filmmakers with disabilities and/or who focus on disability-related subjects in their films several universities.
She’s committed to the work of the United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) organization, co-founded by her parents, Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder/Chairman of ABC* UCP is the 5th largest health agency in the U.S., and is one of the nation’s leading providers in serving and supporting the needs of over 54 million Americans with disabilities.
Ms. Arbus facilitated a partnership between UCP and Children’s Rights which resulted in stronger advocacy for the nation’s abused and neglected children. That historic union fostered ISABELLE’S KIDS, whose mission addresses the needs of hundreds of thousands of children of all ages with disabilities both in and outside foster care.
She presently serves on over a dozen non-profit boards, including: The Paley Center for Media; The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation; The Women’s Media Center; Muslim Women’s Fund; New York Women’s Forum; NAWBO L.A. Enterprise Institute; United Cerebral Palsy; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board; Harvard School of Public Health; Harvard Medical School Advisory Committee for Neurobiology; The Weizmann Institute of Science; Town Hall Los Angeles, and is a member of the Brookings Institution, and Women Moving Millions.
Arbus has served as a two-term Governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; on the boards of the Producers Guild, The Caucus For Producers, Writers and Directors, Women In Film, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and as Chair of Women In Film International. She is a member of the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Authors Guild, SAG, and AFTRA.
She was Co-Founder and for seven years Co-Chair of the Lucy Awards for Women In Film (Los Angeles). She is Founder and Co-Chair of the annual UCP/NYC Luncheon, “Women Who Care,” and she was among the core group of Founders of the Los Angeles Donor Circle of The Women’s Foundation of California. She is a Co-Founder of the Media Access Office which is operated in partnership with the California Governor’s Committee For Employment of Disabled Persons.
Ms. Arbus has been honored and recognized by numerous organizations for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments. A partial list of Awards/Achievements include: The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001; Genii Award for Lifetime Achievement presented by American Women in Radio & Television; Excellence In Media Award presented by the National Organization of Women; Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa, awarded by The Philippine Women’s University; the Power 100 Women In Entertainment presented by The Hollywood Reporter; the National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame Award; the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award presented by Women’s eNews; the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; the Headliner Award presented by Women In Communications, Inc.; the Alfred Mann Foundation Artistic and Philanthropic Visionary Award; the Disability Awareness Award presented by The California Governor’s Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons; the Women of Action Award presented by the Israel Cancer Research Fund; the Woman of Achievement Award presented by the Friends of Sheba Medical Center; the Project Angel Food Award; she was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002 – the 5th Annual Event was held in Paris, France.
As a renowned, professional Argentine tango dancer and choreographer, who co-starred in and co-produced the first theatrical, Argentine Tango stage show to originate in the United States, Ms. Arbus has toured four continents (www.tanguero.com), and appeared on Broadway, at the Hollywood Bowl and was featured in the opening ceremony of the World Cup.
Ms. Arbus resides in Los Angeles, New York and Buenos Aires.