Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Screen Actors Guild Declares October “Diversity Awareness Month”

Los Angeles — Screen Actors Guild announced on September 29, 2009 that it has declared October “Diversity Awareness Month.” For decades, SAG has been a leader in advocating diverse hiring of underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, women, seniors, LGBT actors and performers with disabilities in the entertainment industry.
While the Guild works year round to advance issues of employment diversity, it is shining a spotlight during October on the efforts of its Affirmative Action & Diversity Department, as well as the union’s various diversity committees comprised of SAG members.
“Screen Actors Guild historically and consistently has strived for fairness and diversity both within our Guild and the industry at large,” said Interim National Executive Director David White.

“We are continuously working to make a difference toward a more representational, multicultural community,” White said. “I encourage all of our friends in the creative community to work toward a more diverse and accurate media landscape and invite them to participate in our diversity events in October and throughout the year.”

“Screen Actors Guild’s membership is made up of diverse actors,” said SAG Ethnic Employment Opportunities National Committee Chair Sumi Haru. “It is the media’s responsibility to be a reflection of its diverse audience and our members deserve a fair opportunity to be employed. While we’ve certainly seen improvements in this area over the years, SAG continues in its quest to fully make the media reflective of the American scene.”

In October, SAG will release various diversity-based reports and videos via, including the highly anticipated Casting Data Report. This analysis of hiring statistics based on ethnicity/race, age and gender is an instrumental tool used by the entertainment industry.

“Diversity issues in the workplace, such as equal employment and representation as well as prevention of harassment and discrimination, impact all employees on a daily basis,” said National Director/Senior EEO Counsel of SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity Rebecca Yee.

The month features a dozen events either sponsored by SAG or where SAG members are participating in an effort to make visible those who are invisible in media. A full list of events is available online here. SAG kicked off its celebration on Monday, Sept. 28 with the National President’s Task Force on American Indians Membership Caucus where SAG National President Ken Howard addressed the Guild’s American Indian membership.

Additional highlights of the month include:
Oct. 7 – Out in Hollywood III: The Rise of the LGBT ActorIn celebration of National Coming Out Day, SAG National LGBT Actors Committee and GLAAD present a panel of LGBT actors, director-producers and casting professionals to explore the challenges and opportunities of being out in entertainment. Featuring Mad Men’s Bryan Batt, Oscar-winner Dan Jinks, Emmy-winner Paris Barclay, and more. SAG James Cagney Board Room, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 & 11 – National Equality March in Washington, D.C. SAG National LGBT Actors Committee leads a group of members, staff and allies marching for full federal equality for LGBT people.

Oct. 19 – 18th Annual Access Awards Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will present an Access Award to the tri-union (SAG, AFTRA, AEA) I AM PWD campaign for its “leadership, commitment and outstanding contribution for advancing equality and access for people with disabilities.” Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, Downtown Los Angeles

Oct. 24 – The Hollywood Disabilities ForumThe tri-union I AM PWD campaign, in partnership with WGAW Writers with Disabilities and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, presents an executive industry conference on accuracy, inclusion and access of people with disabilities in entertainment. UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

About SAG:
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents over 120,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

IN/SIGNIFICANT OTHERS movie premier and John Schwert interview

By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff

After a successful world premiere last weekend at the 25th Boston Film Festival and winning for Best Screenplay, as well Best Film at the Charlotte Film Festival this past weekend In/Significant Others is a movie the portray relationships.

Esteban “Steven” Escobar of DIVERSITY NEWS is honored to feature John Schwert, writer, director and producer of IN/Significant Others with the coordination of Jenn Allison from Earth Xstasy Entertainment. With his busy schedule John Schwert took some time to answer some of my questions.

DN: What do you hope to accomplish with this movie?
JS: Since the film mostly deals with relationships, husband and wife, boss and subordinate, siblings, friends and/or lovers, I wanted to explore how manipulation influences those relationships and to expose it in such a way that audiences could see two different types of manipulation: direct or overt manipulation as well as unintentional or subconscious manipulation.

JS: In writing the script, I came up with and a handful of realistic characters that I could introduce manipulation to and follow its effect on their relationships: a soldier that returns from Iraq to discover his wife was raped, a brother who struggles to keep up with a successful sibling, a nurse with a drug-addicted sister, and a woman having an affair with a married friend; as well as a set of circumstances that bound all of them together, the homicide investigation.

DN: What is the message?
JS: I also thought it was important to manipulate the audience in how they follow the characters and interpret the story, hence the cameraman and sound boom guy who interview everyone as the story progresses. The way in which we cut between their “video” interview footage and the main “live-action” narrative is a continuation of the manipulation theme. The key was to avoid it from becoming melodramatic or cheesy, but rather to keep it truthful and interesting, and in the form of a dramatic thriller.

DN: The purpose?
JS: I really want audiences to take away from the film the fact that manipulation does in fact exist in all relationships, whether someone is directly lying to someone else or their manipulation is masked in fear, or even in their subconscious and they can’t acknowledge it, it still exists. This is of course in addition to the idea that it is possible to make great narrative films without spending millions of dollars.

DN: Where will be the movie been shown? Premier parties?
JS: Had its world premiere last weekend at the Boston Film Festival and won for Best Screenplay, as well as won Best Film at the Charlotte Film Festival this past weekend.
In/Significant Others also had successful screenings at the Kansas International Film Festival and the Port Townsend Film Festival, and will screen in October at the Black Swamp Film Festival, and then in December at the Bahamas International Film Festival.

DN: If people need more information about the movie, where they can go? websites?
JS: For more information you can visit them on Facebook under IN/SIGNIFICANT OTHERS to see the trailers and become a fan of the film, as well their official site:
Please visit us on Facebook to see the trailers and become a fan of the film, as well as our official site:

About John Schwert
He is a writer, director and producer.
Growing up in Western New York, John Schwert graduated from St. John Fisher College in 1997 with a business degree in marketing and advertising. Schwert relocated to the Carolinas after college and began working on the popular WB television show Dawson’s Creek. He subsequently entered the corporate world and began working in marketing, branding and advertising at two of the nation’s top five banks. While his days belonged to working within the corporate realm, his nights and weekends were split between freelancing on local independent films and acquiring his Masters degree from Queens University . In 2004, John Schwert then left his corporate job behind to adapt, direct and produce his first feature-length motion picture.

Among Brothers was based on the actual events surrounding the death of Jennifer Morgan, who was murdered in 1994 at Francis Marion College . Filmed in Charlotte over 24 days in September of 2004, the entire movie was financed by a second mortgage on Schwert’s home. Since its premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the feature film went on to play 17 film festivals, winning awards at the Houston World-fest as well as the Southern exposure Film Festival, and picking up great reviews and a fan-base along the way (

In 2006, Among Brothers was released domestically by Vanguard Cinema (85 minutes, English) and internationally by Oasis International, who acquired all of the foreign rights and is selling the film internationally from 2006 through 2011. In May of 2007, Among Brothers and John Schwert were the basis for a two-hour Dateline NBC special titled Scenes From A Murder based on Jennifer Morgan’s still unsolved murder (

John Schwert’s success with Among Brothers led to more work for the filmmaker. In 2005, he was hired by Columbia Pictures to work on Talladega Nights and then by Dreamworks for Eddie Murphy’s comedy Norbit. Schwert spent 2006 and 2007 working under producer Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) on the feature films Super Bad, The Pineapple Express and Step Brothers. In addition to producing over a dozen short films, Schwert has worked on a variety of other projects in recent years, including commercial work for Pytka and MJZ Productions, Disney, Sprint/Nextel and NASCAR, and television work for Sony and ABC.

In keeping with his goal to produce and direct more Carolina feature film projects, Schwert established North Poplar Pictures, LLC in 2008 and announced production of his next feature film, In/Significant Others, a multi-narrative drama that navigates through the different lives of one city’s residents, each of whom is connected to the same local homicide investigation (

The ensemble cast of characters includes an Iraq War vet returned home to an emotionally disturbed wife, a new father living in the shadow of a successful older brother, a sister caught up in a web of addiction, and a cameraman who attempts to exploit the reality behind all of their stories, or at least his version of them. The search for truth becomes a life and death struggle as the subtle manipulation of all relationships is exposed in this dramatic thriller.

The cast for In/Significant Others includes: Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans, One Tree Hill), Andrea Powell (Songcatcher, The Limbo Room), Scott Miles (October Sky), Keith Harris (Junebug), Brian Lafontaine, Mark Scarboro, Brett Gentile, and Tiffany Montgomery.

A New York native, Schwert splits his time between Los Angeles and Charlotte, NC, which is home to his company Fourth Ward Productions, and where “In/Significant Others” was shot in 2008. The ensemble cast includes a variety of film and television actors, all with North Carolina roots.

About Jenn Allison:
Currently holds double college degree- BA in elementary education and psychology. Post Grad- acting, writing, and producing.

About Earth Xstasy:
Earth Xstasy Entertainment was created to be a dynamic marketing resource for people who are passionate about achieving their professional goals. For more information you can visit site at

Photos and movie trailer are courtesy of John Schwert and Fourth Ward Productions, Inc. © 2009 By Fourth Ward Productions, Inc. All Rights Are Reserved.

Note: Esteban “Steven” Escobar and ( News, a consumer news magazine, published by Diversity News Publications wants to thanks John Schwert for the interview, photos and movie trailer. Also to Jenn Allison for making this interview possible.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


46th Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Simulcast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 23, 2010

Los Angeles, California – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced on September 15, beloved comedienne, pioneering television producer, host, author and animal advocate Betty White, will receive the Guild’s most prestigious accolade—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. White will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the “16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®”, which premieres live on TNT and TBS Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT.

In making today’s announcement, Screen Actors Guild National President Alan Rosenberg said, “Whether creating some of television’s most indelible characters, plunging into film roles with joyous gusto or perfecting the art of the quip as a television panelist and host, Betty White has entertained audiences with her impeccable comic timing and remarkable wit for more than sixty years. Her lifelong devotion to the welfare of animals, manifest in her work as an author, producer and philanthropist, is further evidence of her tremendous humanity and meaningful contributions in so many important areas. Screen Actors Guild is honored to celebrate Betty White’s extraordinary achievements over the course of an exemplary life.”

On the morning she was asked to accept Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, White was headed to the set of the Disney feature “You Again,” starring Kristen Bell (as her granddaughter), Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver and Kristin Chenowith. Earlier this summer, White played Ryan Reynold’s scene-stealing Grandma Annie in the chart-topping Sandra Bullock romantic comedy “The Proposal.” She is currently heard in theatres voicing the elderly Yoshie in Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure “Ponyo.”

Betty Marion White was born January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Ill., the only child of Horace, an electrical engineer, and Tess, a housewife. The family moved to California when White was 2. After graduating Beverly Hills High School, White made her professional debut at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre and landed parts in such popular radio shows as “Blondie,” “The Great Gildersleeve” and “This Is Your FBI.” Her first radio program, “The Betty White Show,” followed. Her big break came in 1949, when she joined Al Jarvis’ five-and-a-half-hour, six-days-a-week live KLAC-TV variety show, “Hollywood on Television.” Starting out as Jarvis’ “Girl Friday,” White inherited the show’s hosting duties for two more years when Jarvis left in 1952.
The same year she formed Bandy Productions with producer Don Fedderson and writer George Tibbles. Spinning off characters from a “Hollywood on Television” sketch, they created the domestic comedy “Life with Elizabeth,” White received her first of six Emmys. Syndication brought the program to national audiences through the mid-’50s. The series made White one of only a few women with creative control before and behind the camera in television’s early years. White went on to produce and host a daily NBC talk/variety skein “The Betty White Show,” garnering a Daytime Emmy nomination. Her second situation comedy, “A Date with the Angels,” premiered in 1957, then evolved into another eponymous comedy/variety showcase.
White’s sly ribald humor made her an audience favorite on the late-night circuit, not only matching wits with Jack Paar (more than 70 appearances) Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson (including many “Mighty Carson Art Players” performances) but also subbing for all three as guest host. Her clever spontaneity also earned her spots on numerous game and talk shows, such as “The Match Game,” “To Tell the Truth,” “I’ve Got A Secret” “Liar’s Club” and especially “Password,” whose host Allen Ludden she married in 1963 after a persistent two-year courtship.

When White and Ludden’s pals, actor Mary Tyler Moore and her producer/husband Grant Tinker, were casting about for a cloyingly sweet “Betty White-type” to guest star on their hit “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” they ultimately decided to go with the real deal. White’s 1973 guest shot as the saccharinely catty, man-hungry “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens was White’s entrée into one of television’s most iconic ensembles. The role relaunched White’s acting career and earned her back-to-back supporting actress Emmy and then a fourth Emmy nomination.

After the series’ historic final episode in 1977, MTM created “The Betty White Show,” with White playing the second-rate star of a TV police drama. After its brief run, White guest-starred in the miniseries “The Place to Be” (1979) and such telefilms as “With this Ring,” (1978) “Before and After” (1979) and “The Gossip Columnist,” (1980), before breaking ground as TV’s first female game show host on NBC’s “Just Men.” Drawing on the lascivious persona perfected as Sue Ann Nivens, White earned the first and only Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show Host awarded to a female emcee. A second Daytime Emmy nomination followed in 1984.
1983 also saw White begin a three-year recurring stint on Vicki Lawrence’s “Mama’s Family,” reprising the role of social climber Ellen Harper Jackson she’d created in sketches on “The Carol Burnett Show” in the early ‘70s.

In 1985, at 63, White began what became the most lauded role of her career, the sweetly naïve Minnesotan Rose Nylund on NBC’s Saturday night hit “The Golden Girls.” White, along with co-stars Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan, proved that great comedy transcended age, as did the series’ stellar ratings and countless honors including, for White, a first-year lead actress Emmy, six subsequent nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. She was to reprise the role of Rose on three other series: “Empty Nest” (1989, 1992), “Nurses” (1991) and “The Golden Palace” (1992–93).

In 1991 White starred opposite Leslie Nielsen in the romantic NBC telefilm “Chance of a Lifetime” and subsequently shone in a variety of series, including with Bob Newhart in “Bob” (1993) and as Marie Osmond’s mother in “Maybe This Time” (1995). She won her fourth Emmy for her guest starring self-caricature on “The John Larroquette Show” (1996) and earned more Emmy nominations for guest roles on “Suddenly Susan” (1997) and “Yes, Dear” (2003). She played Alfred Molina’s mother in “Ladies Man” from 1991-2001 and recurred in “That 70’s Show” in 2002-2003. A 2007 TV Land Awards parody entitled “Ugly Betty White” led to a subsequent guest appearance as herself on the spoof’s target, “Ugly Betty,” with White going head-to-head over a taxi with Vanessa Williams’ Wilhelmina Slater. Other television guest appearances include “St. Elsewhere,” “The Ellen Show,” “Everwood,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Joey” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” She has voiced animated characters on “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill,” “The Wild Thornberrys” “Father of the Pride” and “Family Guy” and in the feature “Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale.” White’s more recent films for television include “Annie’s Point” in 2005 for the Hallmark Channel, “Stealing Christmas” in 2003 for USA “The Retrievers” in 2001 for Animal Planet,
With “The Practice” in 2004, White once again turned one-shot casting into gold. Her guest turn as conniving blackmailer Catherine Piper led not only to another Emmy nomination but also to a recurring return for White as Catherine on the subsequent David E. Kelley series “Boston Legal” (2005–2008). In 1999, White had guest-starred for Kelley on “Ally McBeal,” earning an American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a Television Series, and starred in his horror-film send-up “Lake Placid.” Her 2009 guest performance as the Crazy Witch Lady on “My Name is Earl” earned White her eighteenth Emmy nomination.

White returned to the big screen in 2003 in the comedy “Bringing Down the House,” opposite Steve Martin and Queen Latifah and appeared in this year’s “Love N’ Dancing.”Earlier films include “Hard Rain” (1998) with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater; “Dennis the Menace Strikes Again,” (1998), playing Mrs. Wilson opposite Don Rickles; and Rob Reiner’s “The Story of Us.” (1999)
In December 2006, White joined the daytime drama “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Ann Douglas, long-lost mother of matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery). She has appeared 19 times since, most recently in October 2008. White narrated network telecasts of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade from 1954 to 1974 and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for 10 years.

Honors have been bestowed on White throughout her career. In 1976 she was awarded the Pacific Pioneers in Broadcasting Golden Ike Award and the GeniI Award from the American Women in Radio and TV. She was honored with the American Comedy Award for Funniest Female in 1987 and their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. In 1995 she was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. In 2006 she was profiled by the Paley Center for Media as part of their “She Made It” initiative honoring women creating television and radio. In August of 2009 she received a Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association. She was presented with a Disney Legends Award on September 10, 2009.
White’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame rests adjacent to that of her late husband Allen Ludden, who sadly succumbed to cancer in 1981.

White’s devotion to the health and welfare of animals has been a passion since childhood. She is president emeritus of the Morris Animal Foundation and has been a trustee since 1971. She first learned about the Foundation’s support of research studies to protect, treat and cure animals while creating, producing and hosting “The Pet Set,” the 1970-71 syndicated series featuring celebrities and their pets. She received the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award in 1987. A member of the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association since 1974, she served as a Zoo Commissioner for eight years. In February 2066 White was honored by the City of Los Angeles with a bronze plaque placed next to the Gorilla Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo naming her “Ambassador to the Animals” for her life-long work for animal welfare. In 2007 Western University Veterinary School awarded her an honorary “Doctor of Humane Veterinary Sciences.”
Three of her five books directly connect to this passion: “Betty White’s Pet Love: How Pets Take Care of Us” (1983) and two co-authored with Tom Sullivan: “The Leading Lady: Dinah’s Story“ (1991) and “Together: A Story of Shared Vision” (2008). She published her first autobiography, “Betty White in Person,” in 1987, which was followed by “Here We Go Again: My Life in Television” in 1995. That life continues to unfold new chapters.

“The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Scott Bakula, Shelley Fabares and Paul Napier are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production. More information is available online at

About Screen Actors Guild:
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 120,000 actors who work in film and digital theatrical motion pictures, television programs, commercials, video games, music videos, industrials and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at

About TBS:
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as “My Boys,” “The Bill Engvall Show,” Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” and “Meet the Browns,” as well as the upcoming “Neighbors from Hell”; late-night series like the upcoming “Lopez Tonight,” starring George Lopez and “The Very Funny Show,” hosted by Tim Meadows; hot contemporary comedies like “The Office,” “My Name is Earl,” “Family Guy” and “Seinfeld”; specials like “Funniest Commercials of the Year”; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago and Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
About Turner Network Television:
Turner Network Television (TNT), one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama “The Closer,” starring Kyra Sedgwick; “Saving Grace,” starring Holly Hunter; “Raising the Bar,” with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; “Leverage,” starring Timothy Hutton; “HawthoRNe,” with Jada Pinkett Smith; and “Dark Blue” starring Dylan McDermott. TNT also presents such powerful dramas, such as “Bones,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order,” “Without a Trace,” “ER” and “Charmed”; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the “Screen Actors Guild Awards®”; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is available in high-definition.
About Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.:
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Betty White photo is courtesy of Screen Actors Guild and SAG Awards.


Los Angeles, CA - Screen Actors Guild announced on September 24, 2009 the results of elections for its top two elected positions. Ken Howard will serve as Screen Actors Guild president and Amy Aquino will serve as secretary-treasurer. Both will serve two-year terms beginning September 25.

Ballots were mailed to 99,485 paid-up SAG members on August 25, and 27,295 were tabulated today, for a return of 27.44 percent. Presidential candidates Ken Howard received 12,895 votes, with Anne-Marie Johnson coming in second with 8,906 votes, Seymour Cassel got 4,838 votes, and Asmar Muhammad received 402 votes.

“I’d like to be among the first to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our newly elected Screen Actors Guild national leadership. I look forward to working closely with our new president, Ken Howard, and new secretary-treasurer, Amy Aquino, as we focus on the wide range of critical issues facing our members in the coming year,” said SAG Interim National Executive Director David White.
“I also extend my thanks, and the gratitude of SAG members and staff to Alan Rosenberg and Connie Stevens for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our union.”

“I am deeply honored to be chosen by the membership to lead the Screen Actors Guild,” said Ken Howard. “I campaigned on the promise that I’d do everything in my power to strengthen our position at the bargaining table by building a greater unity with AFTRA and the other entertainment unions, and that’s exactly what I intend to do. Despite the sharp differences that those of us active in Guild affairs sometimes have over strategy and tactics, we need to continually remind ourselves that we’re all on the same team, fighting for the same thing — and by pulling together, we’ll only grow stronger.

“I am truly honored that the members have entrusted me with this responsibility,” said Amy Aquino. “Progress has already been made toward strengthening SAG’s finances and I want to make sure it continues. Only by fortifying SAG in this way can we hope to ensure the protections that performers need in these challenging times.”

Screen Actors Guild also announced election results for the National Board of Directors. Twenty-two of the 69 national board seats were open for election this year, representing Screen Actors Guild’s Hollywood, New York and Regional Branch divisions. “It is my privilege to welcome and congratulate our newly elected Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors for 2009-2010,” said White. “Along with our staff nationwide, I look forward to working with them to pursue a robust agenda as we navigate the Guild through these changing times.”

The National Board members elected today will assume office on September 25 for terms of three years. SAG’s Hollywood Division elected eleven National Board members; the New York Division elected four National Board members; and seven National Board members were elected from the union’s branches in Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Philadelphia, Portland and San Diego. National Board members elected from the Hollywood Division: Martin Sheen, Ed Harris, Elliott Gould, Ed Asner, Anne-Marie Johnson, Connie Stevens, Diane Ladd, Dulé Hill, Hill Harper, Nancy Travis, and Marcia Wallace (all three-year terms).

The following were elected to serve as National Board alternates and to the Hollywood Division Board of Directors (all one-year terms). Gabrielle Carteris, Jenny O’Hara, Michael O’Keefe, Clyde Kusatsu, Dawnn Lewis, Doug Savant, Michelle Allsopp, Alan Rosenberg, D. W. Moffett, Joe Bologna, Robert Hays, Jason George, L. Scott Caldwell, Clark Gregg, Patrick Fabian, Bill Smitrovich, Ellen Crawford, Stacey Travis, Mandy Steckelberg, Renee Taylor, Bernie Casey and John Carroll Lynch. National Board members elected from the New York Division: Sharon Washington, Monica Trombetta, Sam Freed and Liz Zazzi (all three-year terms). Additionally, New York Division members elected Mike Hodge as NY Division President.

The following were elected to serve as national board alternates and to the New York Division board of directors (all one-year terms.) Manny Alfaro, Sheila Head, Marc Baron, Joe Narciso, Jay Potter, Dave Bachman, John Rothman, Kevin Scullin and Justin Barrett.National Board members elected from the Regional Branch Division: John Carter Brown (Chicago – three-year term), David Hartley-Margolin (Colorado – three-year term), Dave Corey (Florida – three-year term), Scott Rogers (Hawaii – three-year term), Helen McNutt (Philadelphia – three-year term), Mary McDonald-Lewis (Portland – three-year term), Don Ahles (San Diego – three-year term).

Ballots for all eligible SAG members in Hollywood and New York were mailed on August 25 with a September 24 return deadline and were tabulated today by the independent election company Integrity Voting Systems. A total of 13,718 ballots were tabulated in the Hollywood Division (representing 25.25 percent of ballots mailed in the Hollywood Division) and 5,997 ballots were tabulated in the New York Division (representing 26.11 percent of ballots mailed in the New York Division). The number of ballots returned in the Regional Branch elections varied by region.

About SAG
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents over 120,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at

For complete results, please visit Follow SAG Communications on Twitter and Facebook: and

DIVERSITY NEWS, wants to congratulate Mr. Ken Howard for winning the award for Best Supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie for Grey Gardens at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Sept. 20 in Los Angeles. And now for been elected as SCREEN ACTORS GUILD PRESIDENT. Also congratulations to AMY AQUINO for been ELECTED AS SECRETARY-TREASURER for SAG.
Ken Howard photo by Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News
(C) 2009 By Esteban Escobar and Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The 61st Primetime Emmy® Awards Winners

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded on Sunday, September 20, 2009 the 2008-2009 Primetime Emmys for programs and individual achievements on the “61st Primetime Emmy Awards” originating on the CBS (Channel 2) Television Network from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The Academy’s Chairman & CEO John Shaffner participated in the awards ceremony. Don Mischer was Executive Producer of the telecast. Neil Patrick Harris hosted the "61st Primetime Emmy® Awards," Broadcast Live.


Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media StudiosLorne Michaels, Executive ProducerTina Fey, Executive ProducerMarci Klein, Executive ProducerDavid Miner, Executive ProducerRobert Carlock, Executive ProducerJohn Riggi, Co-Executive ProducerJack Burditt, Co-Executive ProducerRon Weiner, Co-Executive ProducerMatt Hubbard, Supervising ProducerJeff Richmond, Supervising ProducerDon Scardino, ProducerJerry Kupfer, Producer

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
The Office • Stress Relief • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille LLC in association with Universal Media StudiosJeff Blitz, Director

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
ER • And In The End • NBC • Constant c Productions, Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.Rod Holcomb, Director

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Little Dorrit • Part 1 • PBS • A co-production of BBC Productions and WGBH BostonDearbhla Walsh, Director

Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
American Idol • Show 833 (The Final Three) • FOX • FremantleMedia N.A., Inc. & 19TV Ltd.Bruce Gowers, Director

Outstanding Drama Series
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate TelevisionMatthew Weiner, Executive ProducerScott Hornbacher, Co-Executive ProducerAndr‚ Jacquemetton, Supervising ProducerMaria Jacquemetton, Supervising ProducerLisa Albert, Supervising Producer

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Survivor • CBS • SEG Jeff Probst, Host

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media StudiosAlec Baldwin, as Jack Donaghy

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • High Bridge, Gran Via Productions, Sony Pictures TelevisionBryan Cranston, as Walter White

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Into The Storm • HBO • Scott Free and Rainmark Films production in association with the BBC and HBO FilmsBrendan Gleeson, as Winston Churchill

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
United States Of Tara • Showtime • Showtime presents in association with Dreamworks TelevisionToni Collette, as Tara Gregson

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Damages • FX Networks • FX Productions and Sony Pictures TelevisionGlenn Close, as Patty Hewes

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Grey Gardens • HBO • Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO FilmsJessica Lange, as Big Edie

Outstanding Made For Television Movie
Grey Gardens • HBO • Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO FilmsLucy Barzun Donnelly, Executive ProducerRachael Horovitz, Executive ProducerMichael Sucsy, Executive ProducerDavid Coatsworth, Produced by

Outstanding Miniseries
Little Dorrit • PBS • A co-production of BBC Productions and WGBH BostonAnne Pivcevic, Executive ProducerRebecca Eaton, Executive ProducerLisa Osborne, Producer

Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics
81st Annual Academy Awards • Song Title: Hugh Jackman Opening Number • ABC • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesWilliam Ross, Original MusicJohn Kimbrough, Original MusicDan Harmon, Original LyricsRob Schrab, Original LyricsBen Schwartz, Original Lyrics

Outstanding Reality - Competition Program
The Amazing Race • CBS • World Race Productions Inc.Bertram van Munster, Executive ProducerJerry Bruckheimer, Executive ProducerJonathan Littman, Executive ProducerHayma 'Screech' Washington, Executive ProducerElise Doganieri, Co-Executive ProducerAmy Nabseth Chacon, Co-Executive ProducerMark Vertullo, Co-Executive ProducerMatt Schmidt, Supervising ProducerJarratt Carson, Supervising ProducerEvan Weinstein, Supervising ProducerGiselle Parets, Senior ProducerMichael Norton, Senior ProducerPatrick Cariaga, Senior ProducerPhil Keoghan, Producer

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Two And A Half Men • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., The Tannenbaum Company in association with Warner Bros. TelevisionJon Cryer, as Alan Harper

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Lost • ABC • Grass Skirt Productions and ABC StudiosMichael Emerson, as Ben Linus

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Grey Gardens • HBO • Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO FilmsKen Howard, as Phelan Beale

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Pushing Daisies • ABC • Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. TelevisionKristin Chenoweth, as Olive Snook

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
24 • FOX • Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television in association with Teakwood Lane ProductionsCherry Jones, as President Allison Taylor

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
House Of Saddam • HBO • HBO Films in association with BBCShohreh Aghdashloo, as Sajida

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLCJon Stewart, Host/Executive ProducerDavid Javerbaum, Executive ProducerRory Albanese, Executive ProducerJosh Lieb, Executive ProducerKahane Corn, Co-Executive ProducerJennifer Flanz, Supervising ProducerJim Margolis, Supervising ProducerSteve Bodow, Supervising ProducerAdam Lowitt, Supervising ProducerJill Katz, Producer

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
30 Rock • Reunion • NBC • Broadway Video, Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Media StudiosMatt Hubbard, Writer

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Mad Men • Meditations In An Emergency • AMC • Lionsgate TelevisionKater Gordon, WriterMatthew Weiner, Writer

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Little Dorrit • PBS • A co-production of BBC Productions and WGBH BostonAndrew Davies, Writer

Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLCSteve Bodow, Head WriterJon Stewart, WriterDavid Javerbaum, WriterJosh Lieb, WriterRory Albanese, WriterKevin Bleyer, WriterJason Ross, WriterTim Carvell, WriterJohn Oliver, WriterSam Means, WriterRob Kutner, WriterJ.R. Havlan, WriterRich Blomquist, WriterWyatt Cenac, WriterElliott Kalan, WriterRachel Axler, Writer

In addition to Emmys in 28 categories announced on September 20, 2009, Emmys in 75 other categories and areas for programs and individual achievements were presented at the Creative Arts Awards held on September 12, 2009 at the Nokia Theatre. The awards were tabulated bythe independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

(Photo courtesy of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - © 1995-2009 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. All Rights Reserved.Emmy and the Emmy Statuette are the trademark property of ATAS/NATAS.)

Saturday, September 19, 2009


By Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Special for Diversity News
On Thursday, September 17, 2009, The Academy of Television Arts & Science honored the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees for Outstanding Performance at the Wolfgang Puck inside the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, CA.

The following Talent were expected to walk the Red Carpet before entering Wolfgang Puck and be honored for Outstanding Performance

Ellen Burstyn, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Law & Order SVU
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Dana Delany, Desperate Housewives
Sharon Lawrence, Drop Dead Diva
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Kate Walsh, Private Practice
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Saddam
Hank Azaria, The Simpsons
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Beau Bridges
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Len Cariou, Into the Storm
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Seth Green, Robot Chicken/Family Guy
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens
Cherry Jones, 24
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit
Cicely Tyson, Relative Stranger

Neil Patrick Harris photo courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS • Candid Photos: Scott Buford/Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Other Photos by Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News.
(C) 2009 By Diversity News and Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Los Angeles, CA—NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, announced additional entertainers for this year’s revamped NCLR ALMA Awards®, which will showcase Latino talent in more arenas than ever before. Shakira will perform her new single, “She Wolf,” and Antonio Banderas will present Salma Hayek with the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence, Andy Garcia will present Oscar De La Hoya with an award for Special Achievement in Sports Television, and Jimmy Smits will present the PepsiCo Adelante Award to Raul Yzaguirre for his leadership, vision, and service to the Latino community.

The awards will highlight the importance of service in communities across America. First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a special video message about community service and launch a new website designed to empower the Latino community.

Andy Garcia, Jordana Brewster, Jesse Metcalfe, Mario Lopez, Lauren Velez, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, John Leguizamo, Daisy Fuentes, and Cristián de la Fuente have all been added as presenters.

The show will feature a significant format change, with specially produced packages highlighting Latinos in the entertainment field. One of the Latino performers in each category will be honored for Special Achievement. Celebrities confirmed as presenters and performers are David Archuleta, Jake T. Austin, Benjamin Bratt, Jordana Brewster, Cristián de la Fuente, Oscar De La Hoya, Nelly Furtado, Daisy Fuentes, Andy Garcia, Joanna Garcia, Selena Gomez, Sean Kingston, Eva LaRue, John Leguizamo, Mario Lopez, Jesse Metcalfe, Rita Moreno, Enrique Murciano, Oscar Nuñez, Pitbull, Dania Ramirez, Efren Ramirez, James Roday , Adam Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, Roselyn Sanchez , Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Sofia Vergara, Lauren Velez, Nadine Velazquez, Kat Von D, and Rainn Wilson.

The 2009 ALMA Awards will be hosted by Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez. This year’s Title Sponsor is PepsiCo. Gold Sponsors are AT&T, Comcast, Doritos, Gatorade, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Quaker, Target, and Tropicana. Silver Sponsors include ConAgra Foods, L’Oreal Paris, McDonalds, Prudential, State Farm Insurance Companies, Verizon, and the Walt Disney Company. To date, the key media partners for the 2009 ALMA Awards include People en Español, AOL Latino, and SíTV.
The show will tape on Thursday, September 17 at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. The 2009 ALMA Awards will air Friday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ABC
To learn more about this year’s ALMA Awards, please visit

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AIDS Walk LA 2009 – Diversity News#3960 Outgoing Team Leader and Welcomes the New Team Leader for the remaining of the year

By Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Diversity News Staff
Hollywood, CA --- September 15, 2009 Diversity News Publications announced the official outgoing of Cecilia Ojinaga as team leader and welcomes Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, an actress, model, host and choreographer as the new Team Leader for the remaining of the year.

“I’m very sad that Cecilia Ojinaga have to step down as Diversity News#3960 Team Leader to take care of some personal matters. Also I am so happy that she will remain on board as team member with her to support Team Diversity News#3960 of AIDS WALK LA.” Said Esteban “Steven” Escobar, CEO, President, Owner of Diversity News Publications, Editor-In-Chief for Diversity News and Team Captain for Diversity News #3960.

Mr. Escobar concluded
“I am please to welcome Tish “ThaDish” Roberts as our new Team Leader for Diversity News#3960 of AIDS WALK LA 2009. I have been watching Ms. Roberts as team member and she have given over the 110% in making sure people get involved in a great cause. The money raised will benefit people at risk with education, research, prevention for HIV/AIDS.”

Ms. Roberts have been promoting AIDS WALK LA event in many social online networks and reaching out to her friends, family and professional network.

“I am interested in being the Team leader, because I understand the seriousness of HIV/AIDS and I want to encourage others to help find a cure for this preventable disease. It is the 'forgotten and silent killer' and we should all remember that we could DIE from it if we don't protect ourselves and find a cure.” Said Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, actress, model, host and choreographer and now Diversity News #3960 Team Leader for AIDS WALK L.A. 2009.

Diversity News Publications, do not compensate any team leader or captain that participates in Diversity News#3960. They are volunteers, that put their own valuable time and they get exposure, gain experience. They are able to learn or put in practice their marketing, public relations and fundraising skills.

Ms. Roberts continued
“I am honored to be a "FACE" in the community promoting social changes that will only add to all of us humans having a better quality life. I want to show that not only I am an African-American woman (which happen to have the highest percentage of HIV). I am not afraid to speak up and out about not only protecting my self, but others especially young people to KEEP aware about this life threaten illness.”

“I would like our TEAM to reach all of our donation goals as well as having the LARGEST walking team in AIDS WALK history. All I can do is lead by example and do the best that I can. I want to encourage, motivate and inspire others to do the same.” Ms. Roberts concluded.

She have made the necessary arrangements with her company Classy Sassy Par Tease and reach out to The Back Stage Culver City Management to allow her to host the ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTIVE & AIDS WALK TEAM SIGN-UP event to be held on September 24, 2009 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Back Stage Culver City is located at: 10400 Culver Blvd. (Motor, Across the Street from Sony Studios) in Culver City, CA.

“I am stepping down, as a Team Leader and Tish Roberts will be our new Team Leader. I'm truly sorry that I am unable to full fill the commitment as a Team Leader, but never the less I know that Tish Roberts, would be the best candidate for this position.” Said Cecilia Ojinaga, Former Diversity News#3960 Team Leader.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles benefits APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles) and other non profit corporations in the Los Angeles County.
Diversity News #3960 has been participating since 2003 to the present with AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES to raise money for a great cause that help others and to give back to the community where they do business.

About Tish Roberts:
Tish “ThaDish” Roberts, is known as a one woman entertainment wrecking machine. Have been performing, choreographing, and writing for over 20 years. Her career has progressed and expanded in the fields of modeling, stand-up, and voice over work. Tish “ThaDish” Roberts will be feature “In Coming2Hollywood Season 2” as one of the up and coming personality. Tish “ThaDish” Roberts is the Principal/CEO of Classy Sassy Par Tease, a company available for your parties and entertainment events needs. For more information you can email: for prices. You can visit her Facebook page at You can add Tish “ThaDish” Roberts to your LinkedIN professional network with the above email address and follow her on Twitter at:

About Diversity News Publications:
Is a public relations firm specialize in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations who combines all sources in one.
Diversity News Publications Public Relations division is available to help you with your public relations projects feel free to email: for special rates.

Diversity News Publications parent company is E.E. and Diversity News Publications Enterprises who owns Diversity News Productions, Diversity News Printing Services, Diversity News Publishing, Diversity News #3960, Diversity News Magazine & Revista Diversidad.
For more information you visit web site at or follow on Twitter at:

About AIDS WALK Los Angeles:
Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has raised $59 million for HIV programs and services in Los Angeles County, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in California. AIDS WALK L.A. Created and produced by MZA Events AIDS Walk Founder/Producer: Craig R. Miller

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Hollywood, CA --- September 9, 2009 Diversity News Publications announced the official launch of brand new consumer news magazine web site.

"I’m very happy to present to all you a brand new image with a well developed site." Said Esteban "Steven" Escobar, CEO, President & Owner of Diversity News Publications and Editor-In-Chief for Diversity News.
Diversity News Publications will official launch the brand new site party at a local venue. Time, date, location and venue to be announced soon.

He continue "As you may know we used to be a company homepage since 2007, now we are more "A Consumer News Magazine" featuring News, Entertainment, Features, Sports, Classifieds, Display Ads and much more."

Diversity News is different publications that have branded its name with thousands of educated consumers, executives, news makers and the rest of the media. Diversity News goes to the field and cover events live and then write about it to share online world wide. The is why Diversity News is different and unique publication. Diversity News do not intend to compete with other established sites. They hope to work with others together to make mutual sites even better because there is always room for improvement.

Mr. Escobar concluded "I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thanks Rob Bledsoe of for the Design and excellent job with the brand new site. Also to his wife Christa Bledsoe, Editor of The Star Celeb for introducing me to Rob. I am glad I decided to work with Mr. Bledsoe."

Diversity News Publications want to thanks many people and companies for trusting, allowing us with their media coverage. Also for welcoming us to their private and public events. Diversity News is accepting classifieds and display advertisements, please feel free to contact us at

About Esteban "Steven" Escobar:
He came to the USA at age of fourteen and he took advantage of all the opportunities presented to him. Now you are the judge of his whereabouts. The rest like they say is history with much more to come.

About Diversity News Publications:
Is a public relations firm specialize in Advertising, Design, Marketing, Printing & Public Relations who combines all sources in one.
Diversity News Publications parent company is E.E. and Diversity News Publications Enterprises who owns Diversity News Productions, Diversity News Printing Services, Diversity News Publishing, Diversity News #3960, Diversity News Magazine & Revista Diversidad. For more information visit web site at

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff ______________________________________________________
On 7-25-2009 Classy Sassy Par Tease and Weekend Rock Stars Entertainment brought from New York to Hollywood D.J. Chew Fu Phat and celebrated Chew Fu Phat first time ever LA premier party. The premier party was held from 9 pm to 2 am.

“I created and produced the L.A. Chew Fu Premiere Party, because not only did I want to introduce the amazing "Super DJ", and "Serial Fixer" to the West coast, I wanted to put Classy & Sassy Par Tease on the map as an event company to be reckoned with.” Said Tish Roberts, Principal of Classy & Sassy Par Tease.

The full DJ’s lineup: In the Patio were Sohail (1040WK - Austin, Texas), Captain Chronic (1040WK- Dallas, Texas), Hypnotic (1040WK - Austin, Texas) and including the “Serial Fixer” CHEW FU (Brooklyn Zoo - NY, NY).
Inside Bar: 5 Signs DJ’s: Foniks, Alcendor, Abstract Butta Fingas, Kyle Kyte (NSOK) from Los Angeles, CA. And Under the Table DJ’s: were JOE U KNO and Dstrukt from Carson, CA.

She concluded “Classy & Sassy Par Tease has been around for 2 years. I personally have been producing and coordinating events, live shows, and parties for 20 years. I want not only Hollywood to take notice of the quality and commitment of our dedication to each event , I want the whole world to know. I as the principal at Classy & Sassy Par Tease want to the public to know that if they want to hire a company that not only knows how to party, but is the party. We are professional, loyal and ready to accommodate everyone's individual event needs.”

Live appearances by: Frankie Finch; fashion designer and Ms. Fitz; model and Chew Fu Phat girlfriend. People that attended the event have fun and enjoying the music by all the DJ’s, but in particular by DJ Chew Fu Phat who appeared around 11 pm to 1 am.

The HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN is located at 1006 Seward Street Hollywood, CA 90028.

About Tish Roberts:
She is known as “Tish D Dish Roberts,” A one woman entertainment wrecking machine. Have been performing, choreographing, and writing for over 20 years. Her career has progressed and expanded in the fields of modeling, stand-up, and voice over work. For more information you can visit her Facebook page at and you can follow her on Twitter at:

About Chew Fu:
Mega-producer/ DJ extraordinaire Peter Kardolus aka CHEW FU’s rise to musical acclaim is the result of a tireless work ethic that has made him the darling of bloggers and critics worldwide. A seasoned creative-executive-hybrid CHEW FU brings over 15 years of experience as a freelance producer, musician, and music supervisor. CHEW FU has produced and remixed tracks, songs, and commercials for some of the today’s and tomorrow’s most notable artists and corporations including: Diddy, Doug E. Fresh, Faith Evans, Sean John, J-Cast, Justin Timberlake, Clipse, LL Cool J, 112, Foxy Brown, TDK, Ghost Face Killa, Adidas America, Carl Thomas, The Cocoa Brovaz, Twix Brand, New Era Cap, Royce The 5’9”, Jazmine Sullivan, and JVC. In addition, CHEW FU has scored or produced music for countless television series, pilots, and films. CHEW FU graduated with honors from the internationally renowned Utrecht Conservatory where he received his Masters in Fine Arts while studying alto sax. For more information visit his website at

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