The Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) on Oct. 3 announced it will honor Bela Bajaria, head of Global TV at Netflix, at its 75th Anniversary Gala, which will be held Dec. 7 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The gala benefits the newly formed HRTS Foundation.
“We are delighted to highlight Bela’s work and the impact she’s had on the industry and on HRTS. She’s broken down barriers and created meaningful pathways for increased diversity and representation in front of and behind the camera,” said Odetta Watkins, HRTS board president, HRTS Foundation board member and head of Drama Series, Amazon Studios. “She consistently utilizes her success to open doors for the next generation of leaders.”
The HRTS Foundation’s first initiative is the HRTS Foundation Fellowship Program, which matches HRTS Fellows with an HRTS executive “sponsor.” The sponsor will provide support, guidance and introductions to people, companies and inner workings of the TV and entertainment industry. Fellows will also receive a guaranteed spot in the HRTS Mentorship Program and membership. The inaugural sponsors of the HRTS Foundation include Lionsgate, Netflix, Universal Studios and Weintraub Tobin. The HRTS Foundation will announce and introduce the first class of HRTS Fellows at the gala. Applications for The HRTS Fellowship Program will be accepted until Oct. 15, 2022 on the HRTS website.
Bajaria was named head of Global TV for Netflix in 2020. She oversees all scripted and unscripted series around the world. Bajaria and her team are responsible for such hit series as “Squid Game,” “Bridgerton,” “The Witcher,” “La Casa De Papel,” “Never Have I Ever,” “Cobra Kai,” “Lupin” and “Indian Matchmaking.”
Prior to joining Netflix in 2016, Bajaria was president of Universal Television. Earlier, she held two key posts simultaneously: SVP of cable programming for CBS TV Studios, and SVP of movies and miniseries for CBS Network.
Bajaria was the first person of color, and the second woman, to serve as president of HRTS. She has been honored by as one of Media Play News‘ top Women in Home Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment list, Variety’s LA Women’s Impact Report, Time‘s 100 Most Influential People of 2022 and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in 2020 and 2021.