‘Empire’ exec producer and showrunner Ilene Chaiken honored with GLSEN Respect Award for representing LGBT people on TV

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Ilene Chaiken, “Empire” executive producer and showrunner, was honored with a 2016 GLSEN Respect Award last evening at a ceremony in New York City for her work in representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television. GLSEN is a national education organization that aims to ensure safe and affirming schools for all students.

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FOX’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman talk ‘Empire,’ diversity in TV and monetization at the 2016 NAB Show

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FOX’s blockbuster television drama “Empire” certainly has eye-popping numbers to boast about: a total multiplatform audience of 23 million, a more than 20 percent lead over the second most popular broadcast show and 39 nominations for a variety of prestigious awards, for example. But stopping at the show’s numbers and rankings is missing the larger

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