An award-winning producer, Ellen Rakieten is currently President and Executive Producer of Ellen Rakieten Entertainment. For the past 23 years, she was a key force in creating and producing The Oprah Winfrey Show, helping to make it one of the most successful television shows in history. Throughout her tenure at Oprah, Ellen served in positions with increasing levels of responsibility. Named Executive Producer in 2003, Ellen held the position until 2006, when she was appointed Executive Vice President, Creative Development for Harpo Productions, the company's first development division. Under Ellen's leadership the show garnered unprecedented ratings increases, and with star-studded guest lineups and can't-miss pop culture moments, The Oprah Winfrey Show produced its three highest-rated seasons in the last decade.
Ellen has also launched and promoted hundreds of bestselling products, books, movies and careers. Ellen is producing the new NBC series with Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels, Losing it with Jillian. Most recently, Ellen partnered with comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld to create The Marriage Ref, a comedy/panel show for NBC premiering March 2010.
For years Ellen worked in an office of attractive, normal, funny women, listening to dating horror stories and the ways in which men were tarnishing their chances. She was inspired to collect these stories as examples so men could understand what they needed to do to get a second date! Ellen is happily married to the very DATEABLE Peter Kupferberg.
Anne Coyle is an award-winning advertising copywriter and has won national acclaim and high honors in numerous national and international award shows. Practicing interior designer since 1997, Ann is presently President and Owner of Anne Coyle Interiors, a nationally acclaimed interior design firm. Anne's work has appeared in Elle Décor, O at Home, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Social and CS Interiors. Her design work is also featured in many highly regarded decorating blogs, such as Style Court, Desire to Inspire, and The Peak of Chic.
Anne is single and actively dating in Chicago; she's looking to meet the right man who does not wear holiday sweaters, novelty belt buckles or Dockers.