Gracefully traipsing between the backlot buildings of Hollywood Center Studios, her petite frame wrapped in casual but elegant garb, "The Dray," as family and friends know her, greets everyone she passes, from celebrity to security guard. After graduating from the University of Florida in the late 1970s, Dreayer left her childhood behind to chase her dream in Los Angeles. On the way back to her office on the third-floor above the stage, she gives a grand tour of the premises, from the craft-services table to the writers' room, and walks through the set, still mingling and embracing. Her long and rigorous Fridays are spent in casting meetings, script rewrites and live audience tapings, which in recent weeks have boasted a guest list from Matt Damon to Larry David with their kids in tow. As Dreayer makes the rounds, she is waylaid by cast and crew who clamor for her attention, opinion and discerning approval.
At first glance, one may wonder how such a delicate-looking 55-year-old with a bleach-blonde buzz could command such an elaborate production, but Dreayer's cool sophistication and integrity mark her as an emblem of value, and watching her work elucidates her commanding presence.
Although she is perfectly comfortable trumpeting her various projects in development (including a pending spin-off series of "The Suite Life" currently in negotiations), there is a candor and humility in Dreayer's tone, presumably derivative of her humble, Jewish upbringing. Perhaps it is her indefatigable persistence that earned her a place at the head of three syndicated television series. While her pursuit of producing family programming lingered, she held various management positions in other people's companies and then her own, managing a client list of reputable actors with roles on "L.A. Days later, Dreayer abandoned a baby-sitting job to attend her first pitch meeting at Paramount.


Her most recent project, "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," has also become a vehicle for Dreayer's highly prized new discovery, Camilla and Rebecca Rosso, blonde-haired, blue-eyed twins from the United Kingdom, who star respectively as Janice and Jessica on the show.
The Rossos were discovered on a Friday similar to this one, when the warm-up announcer asked the audience who was from out of town. When the announcer asked if they were twins, Dreayer says she looked up, was transfixed and invited the girls to her office the following day. With two successful stints coupling twindom with stardom, the prospect for the Rossos looks promising to Dreayer. Outlining her lips with a dash of color, she adds, "I do so many things people cannot believe. Descending the stairs with a fresh face and a second wind, she confides, "I love what I do but it's very hard. Before she disappears into the riotous applause of the audience and the dense crowd of performers, Dreayer makes her final pitch: "I am the world's best salesman.
The sitcom starring 14-year-old twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse, whom Dreayer set her sights on when they appeared opposite Adam Sandler in "Big Daddy," is a throwback to classic serial comedies and focuses on a central family narrative: the relationship of siblings.
This is clearly her show, and she carries herself around it with poise, ease and an irrevocably pleasant demeanor, setting the tone for a home-like atmosphere.
In an industry that demonstrates little loyalty and suffers from chronic fickleness, Dreayer has achieved remarkable longevity.


Law" and "Saturday Night Live." However, that roster was short-lived after a crippling industry strike. She called a friend in casting at NBC who turned her on to 6-year-old Tahj Mowry ("Full House"), but he was taken.
She envisions a franchise empire, modeled after Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's direct-to-DVD film repertoire combined with commercial marketing campaigns. So I worked in a restaurant, a wine store, baby-sat, delivered flower baskets -- I did all that stuff," she notes.
Reflecting on the despondency she felt then, "I remember sitting in my apartment wondering what I was going to do with my life.
After 30 years in the business, her enthusiasm and commitment to yet another twin team growing up before the camera is startling. Tonight, the president of the network will appear and The Dray must lead her crew with verve and precision.



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