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Television producer Ellen Rakieten possesses more than 25 years of experience in the industry, which she brings to her current role as President of Ellen Rakieten Entertainment. Since founding her company in 2009, she has taken on successful projects for VH1 and NBC, and she has collaborated with Jerry Seinfeld to create the comedy show The Marriage Ref. With a seven-figure budget to cover staff and office expenses in Hollywood, California, Rakieten understandably garnered recognition as one of the top 50 individuals on The Hollywood Reporter's Reality Power list. Ellen Rakieten began her career after graduating from high school, when she joined Good Company, a morning show produced in Minnesota. During this time, she also continued her education by taking classes at the University of Minnesota, from which she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. After a couple of years with Good Company, Rakieten moved to Chicago and accepted a position with The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was in its first year. Over the course of her tenure with The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rakieten held responsibility for producing some of the series’ most popular segments, including "Oprah's Primetime Oscar Special," "Oprah's 50th Birthday Bash," and "Oprah's Series on the Katrina Catastrophe." Additionally, she helped launch the television careers of Rachael Ray, Dr. Phil, Nate Berkus, and Dr. Oz. As Senior Supervising Producer, Executive Producer, and Executive Vice President of Creative Development for The Oprah Winfrey Show, Rakieten secured 10 Emmy wins for her work in daytime television. In addition to her duties as a television producer and executive, Ellen Rakieten authored the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Dating or Having Sex, which she also helped turn into a series for VH1. Married, with two sons, she currently resides in Chicago.

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