2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree

Laurie Seidman currently serves as vice president of daytime programming at CBS Entertainment, overseeing the Emmy-Award winning talk show, “The Talk”, now in its sixth season.  Previously, She served as producer for seven seasons on the CBS/NBC hit drama, “Medium”.  Seidman began her career in 1998 as a broadcast associate for CBS News Productions in New York. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. She was quickly hired as a temp to assist renowned producer and director J.J. Abrams on the acclaimed TV series “Felicity.”  Within three weeks, Abrams created a full-time position for her. Later that year he promoted Seidman to script coordinator.

Seidman moved back to New York when she received an opportunity to work with acclaimed producer and director Glenn Gordon Caron and Oscar-winning producer Ronald L. Schwary on the FOX television series “Fling”.

She worked on the CBS TV series “Hack” and “Century City” before reuniting with Caron and Schwary on “Medium” in Los Angeles.  During her time on “Medium”, Seidman produced the award-winning short film, “Abuelo” for AFI Directing Women’s Workshop director and acclaimed choreographer Mary Ann Kellogg.

Seidman studied broadcast journalism at Temple University and received the Jessica Savitch Scholarship in 1997.  She was the first Temple student to intern at NATPE in New Orleans.  At Temple, Seidman produced, directed and reported stories on “Temple Update” under the supervision of Senior Vice Provost Betsy Leebron and the late Rick Beardsley. This experience shaped the trajectory of her career. Seidman lives in Los Angeles where she is a member of The Producers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and speaks annually to Temple University LA Summer Interns.