MARTHA WILLIAMSON made television history when her CBS series, “Touched By An Angel” set a new standard for inspirational family drama, attracting a weekly audience of 25 million and exploding into a billion-dollar franchise during its initial nine-year run. As Executive Producer and Head Writer, Williamson guided the series into previously uncharted territory with her unique brand of inspirational storytelling. She also sealed her place in history as the first woman to solely executive-produce two one-hour dramas simultaneously, as her “Promised Land,” aired for three years on CBS.
Pepperdine University’s Payson Library is now the proud steward of The Martha Williamson Collection. In 2013, Williamson donated her “Touched By An Angel” scripts, notes, tapes, and memorabilia to the library’s growing archive of quality entertainment and media. Regarded as the go-to creative executive for inspirational family entertainment, Williamson consults with companies wishing to expand their brands into the growing genre of faith and family programming, developing television pilots under her MoonWater Productions banner. On April 20, her “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” dramatic comedy premiered on Hallmark Channel.
A 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Williamson began her career working on musical variety programs for Carol Burnett, Walt Disney Television and others. She then spent six years in situation comedy as a writer and producer on such series as “The Facts of Life,” “Jack’s Place” and “The Family Man” before making the unusual transition to one-hour drama in 1992. She is screenwriter and executive producer for the remake of Disney’s classic family film, “Thomasina.”
Williamson stepped in front of the camera to host “A Touch of Encouragement”—a video web series that quickly became the #1 inspirational videosite on Beliefnet—and successfully launched a one-woman musical show, “Martha at Risk.” Her book for brides, Inviting God to Your Wedding, was recently released in its 10th anniversary edition by Random House.
A featured guest on such shows as “Oprah,” “60 Minutes” and “Larry King Live” and a member of the Television & Radio Hall of Fame, Williamson received the Freedom Works Award from the U.S. Congress, the Anti-Defamation League’s Deborah Award, the Edward R. Murrow Responsibility in Television Award, the Producer’s Guild Nova Award,
the Templeton Prize Epiphany Award, achievement awards from the NAACP, and nine Emmy nominations. She is a Trustee of her alma mater Williams College and of The Pasadena Playhouse, where she joined with Carol Burnett in establishing the Carrie Hamilton Theatre. In 2003, she was appointed by the President to the White House Council for Service and Civic Participation and served on its Board for two years.
Martha is a native of Denver, Colorado and lives in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.