A fabulous woman I knew from UCLA Film School had just gotten a job as an Executive Producer at American Girl, and I just impulsively shot her an email and told her how much I’d always loved the AG books. And incredibly, a month or so later she emailed me and said they were looking for a writer who could help out on a book.Kellen Hertz, Author, American Girl  "Courtney," "Tenney," "Lea & Camila"
Cracking the Cover, February 2017​​​

American Girl executive producer Julie Ann Sipos surprised Gray with the news that she had been chosen to be the voice of Melody Ellison, a 9-year-old growing up in Detroit during the civil rights era. And Gray’s reaction was priceless.

ABC News, March 2016
Julie Ann Sipos, IMDB Actress, Writer, Producer

JULIE ANN SIPOS made her network acting debut on Miami Vice in the episode "Contempt of Court” as a reporter covering the trial of Frank Mosca (Stanley Tucci). Returning in "Hell Hath No Fury" she played D.A. Frieda Lewis, who originally prosecuted Alan Beaks for the rape of Ellen Mason. Appearing on Murray Phillips' show, Lewis expresses disgust over Beaks' early parole. Sipos' only other credited  television role was in the 1993 series Key West.

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It was the material Patrick Perez produced in Julie Ann Sipos’ class that earned him a College Emmy in 2005. And it was that award that eventually gave him the ammunition to convince the president of MyNetworkTV that he was ready to direct content. “I’m quite sure I’ll be going to him for a job some day," says Sipos.
Daily Bruin, February 2006

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Step back in time to Paris between the wars among the glitterati and literati at Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt’s sizzling hot gypsy jazz club — alive with literary legends, musicians and artists of Ernest Hemingway’s “moveable feast.” MSOL's Julie Ann Sipos hosts with co-sponsor Paoli Schoolhouse.
Madison Magazine May 2019
“She would hold little luncheons; you felt like you were part of this literary salon,” said Julie Ann Sipos, a two-time Dini Ostrov scholarship recipient. "She would come to graduation with these beautiful Mont Blanc fountain pens and say she wanted us to sign our first big movie script with it some day. I did.” 
Daily Bruin, November 2007
In the short-lived Fox drama set in Key West, Fisher Stevens stars as Seamus O'Neill, a Hemingway devotee who strikes it rich in the lottery. Searching for literary inspiration in the Florida Keys, he finds himself surrounded by a colorful cast of locals. In the episode "Less Moonlight," Mariska Hargitay guest stars as Seamus' old flame; Sipos plays a frustrated housewife Rikki befriends while  peddling marital aids. Co-starring Denise Crosby, Lara Piper and Jennifer Tilley as Savannnah.

American Girl: Lea to the Rescue is a bright movie: Lea sparkles, Brazil is colorful and vibrant, and the animals are beautifully photographed. What's more, Lea uncovers a wonderful truth about her grandmother and spends quality time with Aki (Storm Reid), an adorable counterpart in a world far from her own. It's nice to see the American Girl people developing adventure stories for their characters.
Common Sense Media June 2016
JULIE ANN SIPOS (M.F.A. '04) was the executive producer of Lea to the Rescue, the first-ever live-action adventure movie from American Girl. Sipos also hired KELLEN HERTZ (M.F.A. '02) to write the third Lea Clark novel, Lea and Camila. Hertz was subsequently offered a three-book deal to create a new American Girl character.
UCLA TFT Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2016
What mattered was making it all the way to freaking Oz and hanging with the wizard! Whatever happens next, simply by virtue of having made the defining journey of my life, I’ll never have to look back and wonder, what if?

LeanIn.org 2013​​