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Friday, April 17, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Amy Palmer, Emmy-Nominated Show Creator, Executive Producer, TV Host, Writer and Director

Amy Palmer is an Emmy-Nominated Show Creator, Executive Producer, TV Host, Writer and Director. For over three seasons, Amy was the Host, Producer and Creator of WNBC and NYCTV’s “ New York 360*, an entertainment show that covered everything from fashion, music, TV, film, theatre, sports, technology, new media and publishing in New York City. She is quite the Mover and Shaker!

New York 360* received multiple Emmy nominations, including “Best Magazine Show” for the 2006-2007 & 2007-2008 television season. In addition, Amy was nominated for an Emmy as a Producer and TV Host for her work on “New York 360*”.

In addition to producing and hosting New York 360*, Amy was the Host, Writer and Creator for “The Daily Angle”, a daily web-exclusive video blog seen by thousands of media professionals a day on Media Bistro’s Fishbowl NY. She reported on the latest round-up of the day’s media and entertainment news, giving insights into the local fashion, television and film businesses, while also providing points of view on new media, publishing, advertising, video games and much more.

Amy began her on-camera career as a Host, Reporter and Producer for Plum TV in the Hamptons where she developed original programming and covered entertainment stories. She has also been a Producer, Writer and Director at various networks including MTV, VH1 and MSNBC. She has produced a wide-range of shows including "TRL" , "Daria" , "MTV Hits" and "MSNBC Investigates”.

Amy has been the host of numerous awards shows including Women In Communications’ Matrix Awards, The Broadcasting & Cable Awards, The Gotham Awards and The NY Emmy Awards. She has appeared on CNN, ABC News Now, Fox News, Extra, MTV, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and Associated Press Television. In addition, she has reported for WNBC-TV's "Weekend Today" where she covered the film and TV industry in New York City.

Amy is currently an On-Air Correspondent/Contributing Editor for In Touch Weekly. She appears on national and local television reporting on celebrity news, fashion and lifestyle trends.

Amy resides in New York City and holds a bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. Peachy Deegan interviewed Amy Palmer for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: What attributes compose a successful businesswoman?
Amy Palmer: A successful business person has a certain mindset. One, they believe they CAN succeed, and that they deserve success. Two, they have an innate belief in their products or services. Three, they trust their instincts. A positive,open attitude will go a long way in the business world. Yes, they absolutely need to have a viable business service or product but they also have to have the right attitude in order to attract success and hold onto it.

Do you think it is more difficult to be a woman in business or a man, and why? Do you think it matters what business?
I think there are still certain challenges for women in the business world. But we have come a long way. Many of the woman I profile for PowerWomenTV have broken down barriers and are forging new paths for women. Surprisingly, from the women I talk to, there are more men who have helped them on their career paths than woman. I believe that's changing in our current climate but we still have a way to go.

What will separate the winners from the losers in this business climate?
I truly believe that those who can think in an entrepreneurial way will come out on top. Everyone has skills but those who are able to take those skills and spin them into a new business or venture will succeed. For so long its been about living and thinking "inside of the box or cubicle" - now, its time for those who think "outside of the box" to forge ahead and re-create the way people see business.

What incentives, tax or otherwise, should the USA have in order to be the most successful in the current economic climate?
I think entrepreneurs and small businesses should be encouraged and celebrated - both on a local scale as well as national. Without certain programs or financial assistance, many ideas and businesses wont prosper or even start. Entrepreneurs have always been the backbone of this country and they are needed more now than ever before.

What are you proudest of?
I'm proud that I'm creating television programming that is forward thinking and positive. I think there are a lot of mixed messages in the media aimed at women - some good, but a lot of negativity as well. I am so encouraged by the support I have received from people about PowerWomentTV. There are so many smart, business oriented women out there that need to be celebrated and exposed - they can inspire others to follow their own dreams and path. The mainstream media rarely shows these women. I want to change that.

Are you a BU hockey fan? Even though Whom You Know prefers BC we congratulate you on the recent national championship!
Of course I am a BU hockey fan - Boston University was a great place to go to school and I have such fond memories of that time of my life. I cant tell you all of the people I have met along the way in the business world who went to BU .. graduating from BU has opened up a lot of doors for me!

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
I love Central Park in the fall. Its my favorite time of year to be in NYC.

What is your favorite shop?
I love so many stores -Olive & Bettes, Theory, Pookie & Sebastian, Scoop ... !

What is your favorite drink?
I love margaritas.

What is your favorite restaurant?
I love sushi - Nobu 57 is a favorite, and Tenzan - so good!

What is your favorite NYC book?
I love reading business books by men and women who live and work in NYC - Cathie Black's book is an absolute favorite.

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
I love the Central Park Boathouse all year long. In the winter you can go and have drinks by the fire, and in the summer you can have late night cocktails by the lake. Its so New York!

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
I think New Yorkers get a bad rap for being aggressive and pushy, when in reality, they are open, forward thinking and sharp. Overrated? I cant think of one thing .. pretty much everything lives up to the hype!

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
They should know I am someone who encourages talent and loves to mentor people. That I believe life should be lived to the fullest and lived in the most authentic way possible.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
They can email me at

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