In 1990, Lazin was the creative force behind MTV's longest-running documentary series, Sex in the 90's, which has now become a cult favorite among young audiences. In 1992, she formed the MTV News and Specials department where she directed, produced and executive- produced the documentary series MTV Rockumentary, which included bio-pics on The Who, Robbie Robertson, The B-52's, Janet Jackson and many others. She also was responsible for the health series Mega-dose, the indie film series [email protected], as well as award-winning MTV News specials on topics ranging from drug abuse and racism to religious intolerance and sexual health.
Today, Lazin executive-produces the popular music series MTV Ultra Sound, Cribs, Diary, the Emmy-nominated Uncensored, as well as True Life, a critically acclaimed documentary series about social issues affecting young people. She also oversees MTV's pro-social documentaries, and in 1999, the network's anti-violence campaign Fight for Your Rights was awarded an Emmy.
Outside of MTV, Lazin has directed films for the National Organization for Women (NOW), pieces for such artists as The Supremes and The Rolling Stones for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and an award-winning documentary, Seven Deadly Sins, which was featured on PBS' experimental television series Alive From Off Center.Lazin's films have won Ace Awards, Monitor Awards and Cine Golden Eagles, with honors for Best Directing and Best Editing. The National Association of Minorities in Communications, the NAACP, GLADD and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency have also honored her work. In addition, she received the Ryan White Youth Service Award and the Ribbon of Hope Award for her outstanding contributions to the fight against Teen HIV/AIDS, and in 1995, Fight Back, her film about child sexual abuse, was featured in a special screening for Congress.
Graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Smith College in 1982, Lazin received a master's degree in documentary film production from Stanford University in 1985. In 1996, the Women's College Coalition named her as a Role Model of the Year and featured her in its national Ad Council campaign promoting women's education.
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