Cecily Lancit is an EMMY AWARD winning veteran broadcast producer and writer with over 40 years of experience in the industry. With husband and partner, Larry Lancit, she founded and ran Lancit Media Entertainment in New York City for over 20 years. Lancit Media was best known for creating and producing READING RAINBOW, winner of 16 National Daytime EMMY Awards over an 18 year period, including 7 Emmys for Best Children’s Series, and Cecily Lancit’s own recognition as Series Supervising Producer.
Lancit Media was also responsible for creating and producing other notable network series, including The PUZZLE PLACE(PBS), OUTWARD BOUND(DISCOVERY), RAMONA (based on the best -selling books by Beverly Cleary,) THE SADDLE CLUB and THE ZACK FILES (Fox Family). Lancit productions have been recognized by over 200 broadcast awards including numerous EMMIES, A Peabody Award, Hugo, Prix Jeunesse International, numerous Monitor Awards and many Cine Golden Eagles.
Lancit Media received over $65 million in production funding from both the public and private sector. Their partners included Fisher Price, Sony, Toys R Us, Kellogg’s, Barnes and Noble, B. Dalton, and IBM. The Lancits also received significant funding from numerous prestigious foundations, including the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation and Pew Charitable Trust.
Cecily Lancit is currently President of Lancit Digital Media, a distinguished video production and social media company specializing in the production of non profit videos, web and social media videos and tourism destination videos.
The Lancits have a focused expertise in producing video for non-profit organizations. Often, telling the story of an organization’s work is best done on video, where meaningful images and messages can speak volumes more about mission than words ever could. Lancit clients in this area include HAZELDEN BETTY FORD; NAPLES CHILDREN AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION; BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF COLLIER COUNTY; FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED; THE GLAUCOMA FOUNDATION (NEW YORK); NEW ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN (NEW YORK); BOOKS FOR COLLIER KIDS; NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDENS “COLLIER GREENS” PROJECT; COLLIER COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU; and GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE.
The Lancits also own and operate Paradise Coast TV, an independent television production company based in Naples, Florida and the Paradise Coast TV Visitor Channel, serving over 31 hotels with a dedicated channel targeted to visitors looking for “Where to GO, What to DO, and Where to DINE” In Southwest Florida.
They serve leading players in the Southwest Florida hospitality industry, creating video experiences that capture the sensational dining in Naples, one of the U.S.’s top 10 “foodie destinations.”
Paradise Coast TV also produces a broad cross section of freelance video production from TV advertising, website videos, corporate training videos, social media videos, and YouTube.
Cecily Lancit grew up on the East coast and received her B.A. in Communications from Winthrop University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She also was honored with a Doctor of Humane Letters from Winthrop University for her work in quality family media.