Anita W. Addison

Anita W. Addison (September 6, 1952 – January 24, 2004) was an American television and film director and producer.

Anita W. Addison
Anita Laraine Wharton Addison

DiedJanuary 24, 2004
New York City, New York, United States
Other namesAnita Addison
OccupationTelevision and film director, television producer
Years active1976–2004


Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Addison began working as a journalist before embarking on a directing and producing career. In the late 1980s, she worked as a senior VP of drama development at Lorimar before working as a producer at Warner Bros. Television. In 1989, she earned an Academy Award nomination for directing the short film Savannah.[1]

From 1995 to 1998, Addison was VP of drama development at CBS. After leaving CBS, she worked on numerous television series including Family Law and EZ Streets with director and writer Paul Haggis. In 1999, she directed the television movie Deep in My Heart. Addison died on January 24, 2004 in New York City. Haggis dedicated his Oscar-winning film Crash to Addison.[1]

She was heavily involved in the L.A Rebellion, an African-American film movement that took place at the University of California, LA.

Selected filmography



  • Sisters (7 episodes, 1991)
  • That's Life (22 episodes, 2001–02)
  • Copshop (2004)


  1. "Anita Addison: Network TV exec". January 28, 2004. Retrieved December 9, 2008.

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