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Television Producer Donates Collection to Pepperdine

By Nate Ethell ('08, MBA '13)

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Pepperdine University Libraries announced this fall the donation of executive producer Martha Williamson's collection of scripts, drafts, notes, tapes, and memorabilia from the hit CBS series Touched By An Angel. Together the materials will form the Martha Williamson Collection, benefiting those studying the art and craft of writing for television. The collection also will be a source of inspiration for those with a passion for entertainment that explores the deep issues of spirituality.

At an October 3 reception honoring Martha, dean of libraries Mark Roosa praised the collection, noting that the materials would be a "rich and unique resource for students and scholars." Ken LaZebnik, a writer for Touched By An Angel and current director of advancement and public affairs for Pepperdine Libraries, introduced his friend and former boss.

"For eight years, I wrote for Touched By An Angel, an extraordinarily long run and one I look back at with affection, laughter, and deep love for all my colleagues on the show," reflected Ken. "We wouldn't have those years together—and many of us wouldn't have our houses—without Martha. She was, and is, indomitable, funny, and articulate about all things from literature and writing to coffee and faith."

As executive producer and head writer of Touched By An Angel, Martha's style of inspirational storytelling guided the groundbreaking series for nine years, growing it into a billion-dollar franchise that reached 25 million viewers every week. Martha made television history when she became the first woman to solely executive produce two one-hour dramas simultaneously after creating Promised Land, which ran for three seasons on CBS. Her new series, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, is scheduled to debut on the Hallmark Channel in 2014.