Newsmakers the Week of March 26, 2015


Sam Katz. former mayoral candidate and now film production company guru, has landed a major account: His company will produce two documentaries about Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Philadelphia.

Financial expert and former three-time Philadelphia mayoral candidate Sam Katz will be at the helm of two films documenting Pope Francis’ upcoming historic trip to Philadelphia. Katz’s company, History Making Productions, has been signed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to produce the pair of documentaries, which will also focus on behind-the-scenes planning for the papal visit to the city, host of the World Meeting of Families in late September. The Emmy Award-winning filmmaker is no stranger to the world of Catholicism; he is currently at work on Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia, a trilogy he is co-producing that will premiere during the pope’s visit, and is scheduled to be screened at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center. The former CEO of Greater Philadelphia First also served as executive producer of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, has been honored by the American Council on Education with its 2015 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. The award, presented at the association’s annual confab in the nation’s capital, is named after the ACE’s senior scholar emeritus as well as founder of its Office of Minority Concerns.

Attorney Phyllis Horn Epstein recently moderated a session on “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Protecting Divorcing Spouses From the IRS and Each Other,” held during the gathering of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association in Houston. Epstein also organized the session.

Rachel Levy Lesser’s new book, Who's Going to Watch My Kids?, deals with relationships that form between nannies and the families that employ them. The author calls it “part memoir, part instructive” and details her own attempts to find a nanny for her two kids while she worked, as well as offering the stories
of 15 other working moms.

Aaron Roth of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Penn, where he is assistant professor of computer and information science, has been designated a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded to up-and-coming scientists and researchers.

Wyndmoor’s Ray Benson had a homecoming earlier this month when he and his country-and-western band, Asleep at the Wheel, returned to Philly for a gig at World Cafe Live. Benson co-founded the music group 45 years ago; their latest recording is Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.


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