Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TV Academy Announces Governors Award Recipient‏

Twenty-Two Time Primetime Emmy® Award Winner to Be Honored at 2009
Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Nokia Theatre
On August. 19, 2009 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors announce voted to bestow its prestigious Governors Award to Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films. Nevins is the 15th individual to receive this honor since the award’s inception in 1978. Television Academy Chairman-CEO John Shaffner made the announcement today.
Nevins will receive the Governors Award, saluting an individual, company or organization that has made a substantial impact and demonstrated the extraordinary use of television, at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Los Angeles’ NOKIA Theatre. The Creative Arts Awards will be shown as a two-hour special on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. on E! Entertainment.
“Sheila Nevins is highly deserving of the Governor’s Award after 21 years of distinguished participation in the Emmy competition by her acclaimed HBO unit, as well as for her lengthy, multiple award-winning career,” Shaffner says. “Sheila’s remarkably sustained work-in-progress continues into the 2009 season with the unit’s trademark service to the documentary ideal.”
“She’s a genuine original in every sense of the word,” said HBO Co-President Richard Plepler. “We are so proud and honored that she is a part of our family and that the Academy has given her this well deserved recognition for her extraordinary body of work.”
"Sheila has set a standard of excellence in documentary programming for years. Her unerring instincts, passion, creativity and intellect have led to programming which moves, informs and challenges. We are proud and honored that Sheila has been recognized with the Governor's Award,"
added Michael Lombardo, President, Programming and West Coast Operations, HBO.
This year, in addition to the Governors Award, Nevins is nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards: three nominations for The Alzheimer's Project including Grandpa Do You Know Who I Am?; as well as a nomination for Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery. Over the course of the 21 years that Nevins and her HBO documentary unit have been participating in the Primetime Emmy Awards, she has personally amassed 54 nominations and 22 wins, including 2008's White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for "Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking," Classical Baby for "Outstanding Children's Program,” When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts for "Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking”; and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib for "Outstanding Nonfiction Special" in 2007, and many more.
During Nevins tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 20 Academy Awards. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 22 Primetime Emmy® Awards, 25 News and Documentary Emmys® and 31 George Foster Peabody Awards, as well as a personal Peabody Award. In 2005, she was given the News and Documentary Emmy for Lifetime Achievement by the National Television Academy in New York, as well as another Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. She was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2000.

Nevins began her career with the U.S. Information Service after attending Barnard and Yale. She has been a producer for ABC and CBS, a writer for Time-Life Films and has worked for the Children's Television Workshop. Since joining HBO, Nevins has supervised the production of more than 500 documentary programs. She was named executive vice president, original programming, for HBO and Cinemax in 1999 and in 2005, was named president, HBO Documentary Films for Home Box Office.This year’s Governors Award Committee was co-chaired chaired by Hal Eisner, Television Academy Los Angeles Area Vice Chair and KCOP/KTTV reporter and Anne Damborg Pedersen, Vice President, Business Affairs at ABC, as well as Television Academy Governors and members Sharon Lieblein, Russell Calabrese, Nancy Thurston, Beth Bohn and Mark Watters.

Last year, National Geographic Channel's “Preserve Our Planet” received the Governors Award. Past recipients include "American Idol Gives Back"; HBO's "Addiction”; Jerry Lewis; Viacom, Inc.; Lifetime Network's "Stop the Violence Against Women" initiative; ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for the 9/11 special “Supporting America: A Tribute to Heroes"; Walter Cronkite; Johnny Carson; Masterpiece Theatre; Lucille Ball; Bob Hope; Red Skelton; Ted Turner; Grant Tinker; CNN; Showtime's diversity programming; PBS; Alistair Cooke; and MTV's "Fight For Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence," among others.

Past Recipients Include:
1978: William S. Paley
1979: Walter Cronkite
1980: Johnny Carson
1981: Elton H. Rule
1982: Hallmark Cards, Inc.
1983: Pat Weaver
1984: Bob Hope
1985: Alistair Cooke
1986 Red Skelton
1987: Grant Tinker
1988: Hanna & Barbera
1989: Lucille Ball
1990: Leonard H. Goldenson
1991: Masterpiece Theatre
1992: Ted Turner
1993: No award given
1994: No award given
1995: PBS
1996: USA's Erase The Hate Campaign Turner's Native American Initiative
1997: ABC’s March Against Drugs Campaign Comic Relief Jac Venza
1998: National Geographic Television The Learning Channel's "Great Books" Literacy Project
1999: MTV's "Fight For Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence" History Channel's
"Save Our History"
2000: A&E’s The Biography Project For Schools The Teen Files
VH1 Save The Music Foundation
2001: Showtime's diversity programming CNN
2002: ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC for "America: A Tribute to Heroes"
2003: Lifetime network's "Stop the Violence Against Women" initiative
2004: Viacom, Inc, for its pro bono publico outreaches
2005: Jerry Lewis
2006: MTVu Campaign for Darfur
2007: American Idol Gives Back Addiction
2008: National Geographic Channel's "Preserve Our Planet" campaign
2009: Sheila Nevins
For selections from Nevins’ Archive of American Television interview, visit For more information on the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards, go to

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tom Sherak Elected President of Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 Tom Sherak Elected President of Academy.

Beverly Hills, CA – Tom Sherak was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (8/18) by the organization’s Board of Governors.
Sherak, who is beginning his seventh year as a governor representing the Executives Branch, has served as treasurer of the Academy during the past year. He succeeds Sid Ganis, who had served the maximum four consecutive one-year terms in the office.
In addition, Actors Branch governor Tom Hanks was elected first vice president; Producers Branch governor Kathleen Kennedy and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson were elected to vice presidents posts; Producers Branch governor Hawk Koch was elected treasurer; and Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor John Lasseter was elected secretary. Ganis, representing the Public Relations Branch, will serve as immediate past president.
These will be the first officer stints for Lasseter and Robinson. Hanks had previously served as vice president and treasurer. Koch had previously served one term as vice president. This will be Kennedy’s second consecutive term as vice president.
Sherak, a marketing, distribution and production executive with more than four decades in the motion picture industry, is currently a consultant for Marvel Studios.
Previously, Sherak was a partner at Revolution Studios where he oversaw the release of more than 40 films including “Black Hawk Down,” “Anger Management,” “Rent” and “Across the Universe.”
Prior to joining Revolution, Sherak was chairman of Twentieth Century Domestic Film Group and served as senior executive vice president of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Previously, he held various positions at Fox, including senior executive vice president, where he oversaw the distribution and post-production of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Speed” and “Independence Day,” among others.
In 1990 Sherak was named executive vice president of Twentieth Century Fox. Prior to that he was president of domestic distribution and marketing for Fox, where launched such films as “Romancing the Stone,” “Aliens,” “Wall Street,” “Die Hard” and “Working Girl.” He began his career in the industry at Paramount Pictures in 1970.
Academy board members serve three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive terms in any one office.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world"s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

“Networking, having fun and charity fundraising”

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff

On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 Fabowlous, a monthly fashion, entertainment mixer and charity bowling event benefiting Kierrah Foundation was held at Lucky Strike from 9 pm to 11 pm inside the Hollywood & Highland complex. The event show cast Live DJ, models, business entrepreneurs that are interesting in networking and exposure.

“Fabowlous was created as another fun alternative to bring people together in the fashion and entertainment industry in one place to network, while supporting the community, by having a charity bowling activity, as well as a fashion show.” Said Jovy Janolo, CEO & Event Producer

The venue features live DJ, big flat TV screens and bowling lanes. It sells food & drinks. Fabowlous is produced and presented by &

The event allows guest to networking by exchanging business cards and raise money for non profit charities.

He concluded “I hope to have more of my mixers in the future at different types of venues (bars, bowling alleys, coffee shops, parks, etc.)... not only to offer a fun environment to network but to further reach out to people who are serious to get in the industry, but he or she is not into bars or clubs. I've been doing this type of "not-your-typical" mixer for almost two years now and loving it. Definitely there are other fun activities that I want to see in the future.”

Next event will be held on August 25, 2009 from 9 pm at Lucky Strike.

For more information about upcoming events, visit website at or

About Jovy Janolo:
Educated in the US and abroad with a Masters in Business Administration (major in Marketing Management), Jovy Janolo has worked with leading profit and non-profit organizations such as National Notary Association, American Express® International, CHASE Visa®, GMAC® Insurance, DHL Express®, OfficeMax, Sharp® Electronics, Entertainment® Publications, Ayala Land Philippines, Philippine Telephone Company, and many small to medium size companies for their marketing campaigns, product promotions, direct mail pieces, and/or graphic design (print and web) projects.

Is a place to meet and network with people in the fashion industry such as designers, models, stylist, photographers, etc. You can also promote, sell, buy, and swap your products, services, and even events to the fashion industry and fashionistas.
It produces and presents monthly mixers that features LIVE fashion shows, performances, celebrity hosts and appearances, etc.

About Lucky Strike:
Lucky Strike Entertainment is the nation's premier destination for dining, lounging and bowling. They open their first location in 2003, Lucky Strike Hollywood – is an upscale bowling lounge with gourmet food, plush seating, and signature cocktails, it became an immediate and overwhelming hit. They have been recognized in national publications as a leader in the industry and in 2006 their CEO was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Lucky Strike have 12 locations nationwide with themes ranging from upscale lounges and bars to swanky billiard clubs.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Bradford Anderson, Tyra Banks, Patrick Duffy, Jennie Garth, Anthony Geary, Van Hansis, Bindi Irwin, Katherine Kelly Lang, Susan Lucci, Sandra Oh, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, Alex Trebek, Betty White, Montel Williams and Others Confirmed for the Telecast; Vanessa Williams to Host

LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug. 12, 2009 – Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live), Daytime Emmy Nominee Bradford Anderson (General Hospital), Daytime Emmy Nominee Tyra Banks (The Tyra Banks Show), Brandon Buddy (One Life to Live), Patrick Duffy (The Bold and the Beautiful), Melissa Claire Egan (All My Children), Colin Eggelsfield (Melrose Place), Jennie Garth (90210), Daytime Emmy Nominee Anthony Geary (General Hospital), Daytime Emmy Nominee Van Hansis (As the World Turns), Elizabeth Hendrickson (The Young and the Restless), Daytime Emmy Nominee Bindi Irwin (Bindi, the Jungle Girl ), Jay Kenneth Johnson (Days of Our Lives), Katherine Kelly Lang (The Bold and the Beautiful), Lori Loughlin (90210), Susan Lucci (All My Children), Gilles Marini (Dancing with the Stars, Brothers & Sisters), Kyle Massey (That's So Raven), Christopher Massey (Zoey 101), Cameron Mathison (All My Children), Daytime Emmy Nominee Dr. Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil), Robin McGraw, Billy Miller (The Young and the Restless), Ronn Moss (The Bold & the Beautiful), Robert Newman (The Guiding Light), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Daytime Emmy Nominee Rachael Ray (The Rachael Ray Show), James Scott (Days of Our Lives), Jake Silbermann (As The World Turns), Daytime Emmy Nominee Kirsten Storms (General Hospital), Dr. Travis Stork (The Doctors), Daytime Emmy Nominee Alex Trebek (Jeopardy), Betty White, Montel Williams and Kim Zimmer (The Guiding Light) have been confirmed as presenters for the 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmyâ Awards, it was announced today by David McKenzie, executive producer of the telecast.

The ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 30 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and will broadcast live on the CW at (8:00-10:00 PM ET Live/PT tape delayed). Vanessa Williams will host.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards recognize the outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. during the 2008 calendar year. The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Official Paula Abdul not returning as Judge for American Idol

Official Paula Abdul not returning as Judge for American Idol Season 9
On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Paula Abdul tweeted on her account paulaabdul that she is not coming back to American Idol.
She wrote around 7:30 p.m. according to "With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all, I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent,but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon.
What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month. I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all."
After she tweeted all majors online social networks such as Twitter, Facebook started to post the breaking news that Paula quit American Idol.
Ryan Seacrest host of American Idol since season one also twitted on his account RyanSeacrest and stated "about to go to sleep when I started seeing my blackberry blow up. I have read what u have read and I am shocked and saddened about paula." He added: "Idol and the cast have grown with each other over the last 8 seasons..I can't imagine the panel without puala. She's a star @ a great friend."

About Paula:
Paula Abdul is one of the most recognized pop singers and choreographers of our day. Her celebrated work in choreography for television includes Emmy-winning contributions to The Tracey Ullman Show, Paula's own performance on The American Music Awards and her choreography for The Academy Awards, for which she earned an Emmy nomination. Paula's choreography contributions in feature films include the Academy Award-winning American Beauty, working with Cuba Gooding Jr. on his Academy Award-winning performance in Jerry Maguire, and transforming Val Kilmer into Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors.
Paula's music career encompasses worldwide album sales exceeding 30 million records, two No. 1 albums, six No. 1 singles, a Grammy Award, seven MTV Awards, two Emmy Awards, two People's Choice Awards and two Kids' Choice Awards. She has been honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard, and was inducted into Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Hall of Fame.
Contestants and viewers alike praise Paula's positive feedback on American Idol. She has even designed good-luck jewelry for the Idols, which provided the inspiration for her Paula Abdul Jewelry Collection on QVC, which opened to record-breaking sales. The collection consists of charms, pendants, earrings and bracelets adorned with meaningful phrases.

Other triumphs include her award-winning work with Janet Jackson, which garnered two MTV Video Awards; and working with such music legends as Aretha Franklin, Heart and Prince.
Paula continues to honor her roots by running dance and cheerleading camps, competitions and scholarship programs throughout the country. She lives in Los Angeles.

Sources:,, &

Edward Zwick Wins Academy Board of Governors Election Run-Off

Beverly Hills, CA —The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Edward Zwick has prevailed in the run-off for the open Directors Branch seat on the 2009-2010 Board of Governors; this will be his first term on the Board. Zwick will join Martha Coolidge and Curtis Hanson as the third governor representing the branch.

Earlier this month run-off ballots were mailed to Directors Branch members when Zwick and Gil Cates tied for the seat. Ballots were due back yesterday (July 29). This was the first time in Academy history that there was a tie in the balloting.

The 2009-2010 Academy Board of Governors are: Annette Bening, Tom Hanks and Henry Winkler, Actors Branch; James D. Bissell, Rosemary Brandenburg and Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors Branch; Caleb Deschanel, Owen Roizman and Vilmos Zsigmond, Cinematographers; Martha Coolidge, Curtis Hanson and Zwick Directors; Rob Epstein, Lynne Littman and Richard Pearce, Documentary; Jim Gianopulos, Robert Rehme and Tom Sherak, Executives; Dede Allen, Donn Cambern and Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists; Bruce Broughton, Charles Fox and Arthur Hamilton, Music; Mark Johnson, Kathleen Kennedy and Hawk Koch, Producers; Robert G. Friedman, Sid Ganis and Marvin Levy, Public Relations; Carl Bell, Bill Kroyer and John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Curt Behlmer, Don Hall and Kevin O’Connell, Sound; Craig Barron, Richard Edlund and Bill Taylor, Visual Effects; and James L. Brooks, Frank Pierson and Phil Robinson, Writers.

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About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world"s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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