Nominations Announced For The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Nominees for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2015, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris introduced Anna Faris (Mom, The House Bunny) and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker),who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors® live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com and truTV.com Prior to that, SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Committee Member Jason George announced the stunt ensemble nominees during a live webcast on sagawards.tntdrama.com. A replay of both announcements is available for viewing on sagawards.tntdrama.com.

And the Nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Beasts Of No Nation

The Big Short

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Trumbo

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston, Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo

Johnny Depp, James “Whitey” Bulger, Black Mass

Leonardo Dicaprio, Hugh Glass, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, The Danish Girl

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett, Carol Aird, Carol

Brie Larson, Ma, Room

Helen Mirren, Maria Altmann, Woman In Gold

Saoirse Ronan, Eilis, Brooklyn

Sarah Silverman, Laney Brooks, I Smile Back

Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale, Michael Burry, The Big Short

Idris Elba, Commandant, Beasts Of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Abel Rudolph, Bridge Of Spies

Michael Shannon, Rick Carver, 99 Homes

Jacob Tremblay, Jack, Room

Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Supporting Role

Rooney Mara, Therese Belivet, Carol

Rachel Mcadams, Sacha Pfeiffer, Spotlight

Helen Mirren, Hedda Hopper, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Gerda Wegener, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Joanna Hoffman, Steve Jobs

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

Homeland

House Of Cards

Mad Men

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Key & Peele

Modern Family

Orange Is The New Black

Transparent

Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Tyrion Lannister, Game Of Thrones

Jon Hamm, Don Draper, Mad Men

Rami Malek, Elliot, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Jimmy Mcgill, Better Call Saul

Kevin Spacey, Francis Underwood, House Of Cards Continue reading

The 2016 Awards Season Has Begun!: 31st Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

$75,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Filmmakers

Carol” Leads With Six Nominations, Followed by “Spotlight” with Five and “Tangerine” with FourFi_Primary_Logo_RGB_POS

Spirit Awards To Be Broadcast Live Exclusively On IFC, Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:00 Pm Pt / 5:00 Pm ET

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine.Fi_SpiritAwards_Primary_Logo_RGB_POS

This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”

Now in its 31st year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best International Film, Best Documentary and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award and the Truer Than Fiction Award.

Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Spotlight is a remarkable film that excels on every level, but the Nominating Committee thought it was especially deserving of the Robert Altman Award,” said Welsh. “The film is beautifully cast with every member of the ensemble working together to tell the story of the Boston Globe investigating allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church.FI_SA16_NomineeLaurel

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

BEST MALE LEAD

Christopher Abbott, James White

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind

Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Robin Bartlett, H.

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Cynthia Nixon, James White

Mya Taylor, Tangerine

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Kevin Corrigan, Results

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Anomalisa: Producers: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, Dino Stamatopoulos, Rosa Tran

Beasts of No Nation: Producers: Daniel Crown, Idris Elba, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker

Carol: Producers: Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley

Spotlight: Producers: Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

Tangerine: Producers: Sean Baker, Karrie Cox, Marcus Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou

BEST FIRST FEATURE – Award given to the director and producer.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Director: Marielle Heller. Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

James White, Director: Josh Mond. Producers: Max Born, Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Melody Roscher, Eric Schultz

Manos Sucias, Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka. Producers: Elena Greenlee, Márcia Nunes

Mediterranea, Director: Jonas Carpignano. Producers: Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Jon Coplon, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Gwyn Sannia, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan Zacarias

Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Director/Producer: Chloé Zhao. Producers: Mollye Asher, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Angela C. Lee, Forest Whitaker

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded. Continue reading

First Documentary on Mike Nichols Will Launch 30th Season of American Masters

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Launches 30th Anniversary Season with First Documentary about Legendary Director Mike Nichols Premiering January 29, 2016 on PBS

Directed By Elaine May, Featuring New Interviews With Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon And Others

THIRTEEN’s American Masters will launch its 30th anniversary season with the first documentary ever about legendary director Mike Nichols, to premiere January 29, 2016 on PBS. Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, three BAFTAs and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols (November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an artistic trailblazer. As the legendary comedy duo Nichols and May, Nichols and his partner Elaine May revolutionized comedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Now, May has directed the first documentary about her former partner, American Masters: Mike Nichols(w.t.).

The comedy duo Nichols and May (Elaine May at left, Mike Nichols at right).

The comedy duo Nichols and May (Elaine May at left, Mike Nichols at right).

With charm and wit, Nichols discusses his life and 50-year career as a performer and director. American Masters: Mike Nichols(w.t.) features new interviews with his friends and colleagues, including Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and many others, conducted by film, TV and theater producer Julian Schlossberg (Bullets Over Broadway, American Masters — Nichols & May: Take Two, American Masters: The Lives of Lillian Hellman).

Schlossberg also conducted an exclusive interview with Nichols for the film. The documentary features insights and highlights from Nichols’ acclaimed films, including The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch 22, Silkwood, Biloxi Blues, Working Girl, Angels In America and Charlie Wilson’s War, as well as his theatrical productions Barefoot in the Park, Luv and The Odd Couple.

Producing this special was a labor of love. Working with Elaine May was a nightmare,” says Schlossberg, who has produced many of May’s plays, including Relatively Speaking, Power Plays and Death Defying Acts.

Julian Schlossberg was very nice and he really seemed to like me,” says May.

Elaine and Julian can joke about each other because they’ve known each other 40 years, and their work together has been so successful. What seems to unite them in both humor and friendship is a deep love and respect for Mike Nichols and his legacy,” says Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. “They are the perfect team for this documentary.”

"American Masters," THIRTEEN's award-winning biography series, explores the lives and creative journeys of America's most enduring artistic and cultural giants. With insight and originality, the series illuminates the extraordinary mosaic of our nation's landscape, heritage and traditions. Watch full episodes and more at http://pbs.org/americanmasters. (PRNewsFoto/WNET)

“American Masters,” THIRTEEN’s award-winning biography series, explores the lives and creative journeys of America’s most enduring artistic and cultural giants. With insight and originality, the series illuminates the extraordinary mosaic of our nation’s landscape, heritage and traditions. Watch full episodes and more at http://pbs.org/americanmasters. (PRNewsFoto/WNET)

Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel. To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of masters past and present, the series’ companion website (http://pbs.org/americanmasters) offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays and more.

(See two web-exclusive outtakes of a Mike Nichols interview given for the 2012 film American Masters: Inventing David Geffen.)

American Masters: Mike Nichols (w.t.) is a production of Jumer Productions Inc., Witnesses Documentary Productions LLC, Bennington Productions Inc., and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC’s American Masters for WNET. Elaine May is director. Julian Schlossberg is producer. Roy Furman is Executive Producer. Michael Kantor is executive producer for American Masters.

Funding for American Masters is provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Rhoda Herrick, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Jack Rudin, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, and public television viewers. Additional funding for American Masters: Mike Nichols (w.t.) is provided by Harold and Ruth Newman, Daryl and Steven Roth Foundation, Andrew Tobias, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

New Season Of Emmy-Winning Cyberchase Encourages Kids To Get Active With Math

Featuring voices of Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried, Season 10 highlights the intersection of math, health, and the environment

CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP community program challenges kids and educators nationwide to increase daily steps

The CyberSquad is back in action on November 9 when all new episodes of the PBS KIDS math series CYBERCHASE premiere on PBS stations across the country. Produced by THIRTEEN, Season 10 takes kids on educational adventures involving math, health, and the environment – from encouraging kids to be active and eat well, to teaching kids about reducing waste and growing gardens. And today, for the first time, two full-length episodes are premiering online and on the PBS KIDS Video app ahead of the on-air premiere.

NEW SEASON OF EMMY-WINNING CYBERCHASE ENCOURAGES KIDS TO GET ACTIVE WITH MATH (PRNewsFoto/WNET)

NEW SEASON OF EMMY-WINNING CYBERCHASE ENCOURAGES KIDS TO GET ACTIVE WITH MATH (PRNewsFoto/WNET)

To extend the season’s health theme in communities, THIRTEEN partnered with ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to develop CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP, a program that inspires kids and educators to find opportunities to work more steps into their regular day while learning related concepts in math. Across the country, approximately 6,000 children will participate in the program, pursuing a collective goal of adding 30 million extra steps.

CYBERCHASE brings math to life with adventure, humor and kid-friendly themes,” said Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer of CYBERCHASE and Director of Children’s & Educational Media at THIRTEEN. “This season, we’re excited to help foster positive and healthy habits in children and to tap into their love for nature.

Research has linked physical activity in children with physical and emotional benefits as well as positive academic outcomes,” said Daniel Hatfield, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at Tufts University Friedman School. “We collaborated with THIRTEEN with a shared goal of encouraging kids to get up and get moving, and the CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP program motivates and excites kids to do just that.

New digital content from CYBERCHASE is on the way too. For teachers, CYBERCHASE will make lesson plans, video clips and the CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP program guide available for free download through PBS LearningMedia, PBS’ digital media service for K-12 classrooms. Tips and activities for families will be available on PBS Parents. This spring, a new original web series and game will debut.

Season 10 CYBERCHASE premieres include:

“Fit To Be Heroes” – Monday, November 9th
The CyberSquad and their new friend Scanner embark on a quest to build a new Encryptor Chip for Motherboard and cure her virus. With Hacker in hot pursuit, the kids must run, ski, canoe and climb their way to the end of the mission.
Topics: Being Active; Data Representation/Tables

“A Recipe for Chaos” – Tuesday, November 10th
The CyberSquad discovers a popular new restaurant in Castleblanca is serving unhealthy food and Hacker is behind it all. To get Hacker to stop making his unhealthy food, Digit challenges him to a cook-off.
Topics: Healthy Meals; Data Representation/Pie Charts

“A Seedy Business” – Wednesday, November 11th
The citizens of Factoria are back to work but the benefactor of the toy factory is none other than Hacker, and he serves the employees unhealthy meals from vending machines. To get the Factorians out of Hacker’s clutches, the CyberSquad must show them how to grow their own food.
Topics:
Seed to Table; Area

“Parks and Recreation” – Thursday, November 12th
Kids in glamorous Gollywood have no safe place to play. They discover an empty lot that can be converted to a park, but Hacker wants the lot for his new Gollywood Tower. When the CyberSquad learns Hacker is planning to use the tower to corrupt Motherboard’s hard drive, they go up against him at a city council hearing.
Topics: Built Environments; Data Collection and Representation/Surveys, Tally Marks

“Bottled Up” – Friday, November 13th
Radsters are an active bunch, but they have a big problem: water bottles. Way Cool Arena has been turned into a bottle dump, and the beloved skate park is next! The kids and Slider must find a way to get rid of the heaps of empties and reduce future waste while making sure Radsters stay healthy.
Topics: Water; Sampling, Multiplication

CYBERCHASE airs Monday-Friday at 4:30PM and Sundays at 11AM on THIRTEEN in New York. Parents can check listings for their local PBS station for broadcast times in their area and can also stream episodes for free anytime on the Cyberchase website or thePBS KIDS Video app. Continue reading

Television/Online Streaming: Netflix Adds Seven New Original Series For Older Kids

New Offerings Bringing Its Global Original Line Up To More Than 35 Series For Kids Of All Ages

After recently announcing a slate of original series for the pre-school audience, Netflix Inc. will add seven new original series for older kids beginning this December. Building on its partnerships with globally respected brands, Netflix will launch all new stories from LEGO® Bionicle® and LEGO® Friends and the world’s first family is back and funnier than ever in DreamWorks Animation‘s all-new original family sitcom, Dawn of the Croods.

Netflix, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Netflix, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Netflix has a dedicated section for kids featuring dozens of original series for kids as well as TV shows and movies from great partners like PBS, Disney Channel, DreamWorks Animation, Mattel, Hasbro, Scholastic and Lego, all in a commercial free environment. The dedicated section for kids is available across a broad range of devices including PCs and Macs, iPads, game consoles, streaming devices and smart TVs. Members are provided a Kids profile upon sign up and can customize additional profiles for their children. The kids experience features a character bar where you can find a deep selection of great TV shows and movies featuring that character. Kids, parents and caregivers will also be able to scan through row after row of movies and TV shows organized by easy-to-understand genres like superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, featuring clear and simple descriptions of each title.

Netflix is also broadening its offering for tweens and teens; the live action show Lost & Found Music Studios shows us how the next hit song could be just one heartbreak away, while fans of fast and funny will find the stop-motion, action-comedy of Buddy Thunderstruck right up their alley…or race-obsessed Greasepit in this case. The anime inspired Glitter Force joins the growing portfolio of strong girl characters on Netflix. And finally, Netflix is introducing its first ever original animated series produced in Latin America. Las Leyendas (The Legends) is based on a successful trilogy of children’s films from the Mexican animation studio, Anima Estudios.

Details on each show can be found below:

LEGO(R): Bionicle(R): The Journey to One Launching Exclusively On Netflix in 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Netflix)

LEGO(R): Bionicle(R): The Journey to One Launching Exclusively On Netflix in 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Netflix)

LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One (1st Quarter 2016) – The LEGO Group will premiere the Netflix original series, LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One, based on its popular LEGO Bionicle franchise and line of buildable action figures. The new storyline takes place on the mythical island of Okoto, where the forces of darkness are on the move and the evil Makuta is working to cast the world into darkness. The desperate island inhabitants enlist six heroes – called the Toa – to help save their beloved island. Only when the heroes are united, will they be able to battle the forces of evil, defeat Makuta and save Okoto. The four episode season will be available in all Netflix territories globally in early 2016. (LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.)

The Power of Friendship Launching Exclusively On Netflix in 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Netflix)

The Power of Friendship Launching Exclusively On Netflix in 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Netflix)

LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship (2nd Quarter 2016) Another new Netflix original series for kids is LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship featuring characters from the popular LEGO Friends line of construction toys. This series will follow the adventures of five best friends – Stephanie, Emma, Olivia, Mia and Andrea – around their hometown Heartlake City. From summer camp to the basketball court, saving their webcast or helping take care of a friend, the zany antics, adventures and missteps are made all the better by having their best friends by their side. The four episode season will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2016. (LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, BIONICLE are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2015 The LEGO Group.)

Buddy Thunderstruck – 2017 From American Greetings Entertainment with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Buddy Thunderstruck is an action-comedy, stop-motion extravaganza that follows the adventures of a semi-truck racing dog named Buddy and his albino ferret mechanic. It all goes down in race-obsessed Greasepit, a place chock full of larger-than-life characters and nitro-burning, gear-slamming, tire-squealing, fish-tailing good times. Buddy Thunderstruck will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2017 with a 12 episode season.

Las Leyendas – 2017 – Las Leyendas (The Legends) will be the first animated Netflix original series to be produced in Latin America and is based on a successful trilogy of children’s films from the Mexican animation studio, Anima Estudios. Set in the 1800s, this whimsical adventure centers on Leo San Juan, a reluctant but heroic teen boy with the ability to communicate with ghosts and monsters. One day, Leo’s hometown vanishes into another dimension, prompting Leo to join forces with a phantasmagorical group of misfits in order to defeat Quetzalcoatl, an inter-dimensional entity who has sought to conquer the universe for centuries. Leo and his fantastical friends travel on a magic ship across time to the most famous and mystical places on Earth to fight off the evil forces that threaten the welfare of all. The first season of 13 episodes will premiere exclusively on Netflix, worldwide, in 2017. Continue reading

Fall Into Chopped-tober On Food Network With New Tournament Chopped: Impossible And New Series Chopped Junior

Robert Irvine is in the Chopped Kitchen in Chopped: Impossible Premiering on Thursday, October 22nd

Little Chefs with Big Skills Compete on New Series Chopped Junior Premiering on Tuesday, October 27th

October brings two new premieres to Food Network with an impossible stunt and exciting new series hosted by Ted Allen. Former Chopped champions are pushed to their limits when they return to compete in an epic four-part tournament in Chopped: Impossible, premiering on Thursday, October 22nd at 8pm ET/PT. Ted Allen presides over the Chopped: Impossible‘s premiere episode on Thursday, October 22nd at 8pm ET/PT, as competitors are given canned whipped topping to include as an unwelcome appetizer ingredient, the entrees round offers some awfully stinky cookies and when the dessert round arrives, the ingredient has teeth which will force the remaining two competitors to choose whether they will bite back or run scared.

Special guest and contestant Robert Irvine of Food Network's Chopped - Impossible

Special guest and contestant Robert Irvine of Food Network’s Chopped – Impossible

Through three preliminary battles, Restaurant: Impossible’s Robert Irvine will command a seat on the judging panel, as twelve returning champs face some of the most mind-blowing baskets in Chopped history. Three competitors will power on to the Grand Finale, where one will win $15,000 and the chance to throw down in an impossibly daunting wild card round: against Chef Robert. If the last chef standing can beat Robert, they stand to win $25,000 more, for a total of $40,000! But they will have to achieve the impossible to take home the huge prize and be judged along the way by Chopped judges Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Judges Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag and Aarón Sánchez with host Ted Allen on Food Network's Chopped

Judges Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag and Aarón Sánchez with host Ted Allen on Food Network’s Chopped

Then the stakes are big and the competitors are little as talented junior chefs vie for the title of Chopped Junior Champion in new series Chopped Junior premiering on Tuesday, October 27(th) at 8pm ET/PT. Chopped Junior showcases the talents of girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 15 years old seeking to make unforgettable meals from the mystery ingredients under the infamous ticking clock of the Chopped kitchen. They may bring their unbridled energy, big personalities and unstoppable originality to the kitchen, but only one can be crowned Chopped Junior Champion winning the $10,000 prize.

Host Ted Allen is seen on the set of Food Network's Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Host Ted Allen is seen on the set of Food Network’s Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Host Ted Allen checks in on junior chef Grace LaFountain as she cooks with lamb loin chops, mini pepperoni pizzas, Chinese long beans and orzo during round 2 as seen on Food Network's Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Host Ted Allen checks in on junior chef Grace LaFountain as she cooks with lamb loin chops, mini pepperoni pizzas, Chinese long beans and orzo during round 2 as seen on Food Network’s Chopped Junior, Season 1.

Throughout the season of Chopped Junior, ambitious young chefs open their baskets to find mandatory mystery ingredients ranging from pickled pigs feet to tofu to birthday cake and are challenged to create appetizers, entrees or desserts before the clock runs out! Over the course of the season, the junior chefs show their incredible culinary skills as they transform their basket ingredients into masterpiece dishes. Continue reading

Warner Bros. Television’s Heroes, Super Heroes and a Wabbit Arrive at New York Comic Con 2015 from October 8-11

Fans Can See Stars and Producers from Gotham, Supergirl, Blindspot, Person of Interest, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Containment and Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production; Plus Pilot Screenings of Hot New Series Supergirl, Containment and Lucifer.

Warner Bros. Television takes a massive bite out of the Big Apple during 2015 New York Comic Con (NYCC) October 8–11 with six series that include Gotham (Mondays 8/7c on FOX), Supergirl (Mondays 8/7c on CBS), Blindspot (Mondays 10/9c on NBC), Person of Interest (Midseason on CBS), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Midseason on The CW) and Containment (Midseason on The CW); plus, a brand-new series, Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production (Mondays 8/7c on Boomerang), from Warner Bros. Animation.

New York Comic Con, the crown jewel of New York Super Week, will take place October 8-11 at the Javits Center. The show is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention with the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. The show’s panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, while screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. For more information, please visit http://www.NewYorkComicCon.com.

Confirmed to attend New York Comic Con 2015 for panel sessions with fans include:

Gotham’s Ben McKenzie, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, James Frain, Jessica Lucas and executive producer John Stephens

  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renée, executive producer Phil Klemmer and director Glen Winter

  • Blindspot’s Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and executive producer Martin Gero

  • Supergirl’s stars and executive producer Ali Adler

  • Person of Interest’s Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Kevin Chapman, Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi

  • Containment’s David Gyasi, Chris Wood, Claudia Black, Hanna Mangan Lawrence and executive producer Julie Plec

  • Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production’s Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen and producer Gary Hartle

For the third year at NYCC, Warner Bros. Television will host preview night screenings at the Main Stage on Thursday, October 8. Fans will not only view the complete pilot episodes of the hotly anticipated series Supergirl (series premiere Monday, October 26, 8:30/7:30c on CBS), Containment (series premiere Midseason on The CW) and Lucifer (series premiere Midseason on FOX), but also a sneak peek of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (series premiere Midseason on The CW).

Confirmed WBTV panelists will participate in autograph signings taking place the same day as the panel in the NYCC Autographing Area. NYCC signings are first come, first serve and times are as follows:

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

o 3:00–3:30 p.m. – Containment

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

o 11:00–11:30 am. – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
o 11:45–12:15 p.m. – Supergirl
o 12:30–1:00 p.m. – Blindspot
o 1:15–1:45 p.m. – Person of Interest
o 1:45–2:30 p.m. – Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production
o 2:00–2:45 p.m. – Gotham

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION SCREENINGS – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

7:00–9:30 p.m. (Main Stage) WBTV Pilot Screenings: For the third year in a row, Warner Bros. Television offers an advance viewing of pilot episodes; this year, check out three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015–16 television season — Supergirl, Containment and Lucifer — as well as a sneak peek of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Photo Credit: Melissa Benoist stars in Warner Bros. Television's SUPERGIRL, debuting Mon, Oct 26, at 8:30/7:30c on CBS, then airing Mondays at 8/7c. ((c) 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Photo Credit: Melissa Benoist stars in Warner Bros. Television’s SUPERGIRL, debuting Mon, Oct 26, at 8:30/7:30c on CBS, then airing Mondays at 8/7c. ((c) 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Supergirl: In the vast DC Comics Universe of super heroes, the rich mythology of Superman and the planet Krypton is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognizable. Enter Supergirl! Born on the doomed planet Krypton, the preteen Kara escaped at the same time as the infant Kal-El, but didn’t arrive on Earth until many years later after being lost in the Phantom Zone. Now age 24, living in National City and working as an assistant for Catco Worldwide Media mogul Cat Grant, Kara has spent so many years trying to fit in that she forgot to ever stand out. All that changes when she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always destined to be. With the help of Daily Planet photographer James Olsen, her foster sister Alex, and the research of the super-secret, off-the-grid Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) and its head, Hank Henshaw, who are tasked with keeping the Earth safe from aliens, Kara takes to the skies to protect her world.Containment (1)

Containment: When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure in Containment. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise.Lucifer-FOX-season-1-2016-21f25

Lucifer: The story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels, where he owns an upscale piano bar called Lux. When a beautiful pop star is murdered, he feels something awaken deep within him for the first time in roughly 10 billion years. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel Amenadiel, has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. But with the City of Angels at his feet and a newfound purpose, Lucifer’s having too much fun to go back now.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: When heroes alone are not enough … the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat —one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this super hero team-up unlike anything that’s ever been seen on television before.

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5:15–6:15 p.m. (Room 1A06) Containment (Midseason on The CW): When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Containment makes its New York Comic-Con debut with a special screening of the entire pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars David Gyasi (Interstellar), Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), Claudia Black (The Originals), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Spartacus: Vengeance) and executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals).

Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Plec, David Nutter (The Flash, Arrow), Matt Corman (Covert Affairs) and Chris Ord (Covert Affairs). Become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CWContainment and follow the show on Twitter at @cwcontainment.

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Warner Bros. Animation's WABBIT - A LOONEY TUNES PRODUCTION debuts Monday, October 5, at 8/7c on Boomerang. ((c) 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Warner Bros. Animation’s WABBIT – A LOONEY TUNES PRODUCTION debuts Monday, October 5, at 8/7c on Boomerang. ((c) 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

12:15-1:15 p.m. (Room 1A10) Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production Special Video Presentation and Q&A: Get ready for an afternoon of hilarity and hijinks as the looniest animation studio in the world, Warner Bros. Animation, showcases the hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny that everyone loves in Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production. Join producer Gary Hartle (The Mask) and members of the voice cast, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen (The Looney Tunes Show), for a look at this new animated series featuring Bugs in all-new shorts that find the iconic carrot-loving rabbit matching wits against — and getting the best of — classic characters like Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote. Wabbit – A Looney Tunes Production premieres Monday, October 5th at 8/7c on Boomerang. Continue reading

The All-New 36th Season Of THIS OLD HOUSE® Reveals Two Ways To Create Historical Style

A Classic Victorian Restoration And A Brand New 18th Century Style Farmhouse

Premiering October 2015 on PBS

THIS OLD HOUSE is back with its beloved cast of experts featuring two projects that highlight the series’ expertise in both historic restoration and cutting edge building techniques. Week by week, national audiences will see general contractor Tom Silva, master carpenter Norm Abram, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Roger Cook, and host Kevin O’Connor tackle the restoration of a 1890’s Shingle style Victorian house and the building of a new historically-accurate federal style home pre-engineered in a factory. The Emmy® Award-winning home improvement series premieres new episodes October 1, 2015 on PBS (check local listings).

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We are very excited about this upcoming season. We will give viewers both a classic THIS OLD HOUSE project—a deep-dive historic restoration and an exciting twist; a historic style home built from the ground up using some of today’s most innovative building and engineering techniques,” says Senior Producer John Tomlin.

Cast of new season of "This Old House," premiering October 1, 2015 on PBS (check local listings). Left to right: Kevin O'Connor, Roger Cook, Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva and Norm Abram. PHOTO CREDIT: Carl Tremblay (PRNewsFoto/WGBH-TV/THIS OLD HOUSE)

Cast of new season of “This Old House,” premiering October 1, 2015 on PBS (check local listings). Left to right: Kevin O’Connor, Roger Cook, Richard Trethewey, Tom Silva and Norm Abram. PHOTO CREDIT: Carl Tremblay (PRNewsFoto/WGBH-TV/THIS OLD HOUSE)

Season 36 kicks off in Belmont, Massachusetts, a suburb northwest of Boston featuring homeowners Katherine, Murat, and their two children. They have embarked on a journey to bring back their home to its original Victorian style after a previous owner stripped many classic architectural details. The 3,200 square foot Shingle Style house will be transformed back in time making it both architecturally accurate while very livable for a modern family. The show will feature the journey of the family over 16 episodes as they work with THIS OLD HOUSE to restore the traditional Victoria aesthetics, rebuild the former grand front porch, update the kitchen, create a mudroom and convert two bedrooms into a master suite.
In the second project, located on the North Shore of Massachusetts, THIS OLD HOUSE will work with Bill and April as they move with their new baby from the city to the suburbs and break ground on a new pre-engineered 3,000 square foot home with the fine architectural details of late 1700s. This fascinating building style known as “The New Old Home Concept,” captures the essence of historic architecture in a new home with today’s practical layouts and modern amenities. The family purchased the components of the home from Connor Homes which pre-designs and engineers historically accurate homes. This 10 episode arc will cover the techniques of constructing a new home tailored to the aesthetic of a previous time, the implementation of geo-thermal heating and cooling technology, and how automated components bring new efficiency to the construction process. The final result will be a brand new energy efficient home that looks like it has always been there. Continue reading

INC INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS UNVEILS 30 YEARS OF INC NATIONAL TV COMMERCIAL STARRING BRAND AMBASSADOR HEIDI KLUM

Macy’s Latest Spot Features an Original Performance by Heidi Klum, Directed by Rankin

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INC International Concepts unveils its first TV commercial starring Heidi Klum as part of the brand’s “30 Years of INC” celebration and national advertising campaign. The commercial will debut on national broadcast networks starting May 13, 2015.

Based on her long-standing relationship with INC, Klum came to the campaign with a strong, hands-on vision for the creative direction of the spot and worked with Macy’s to assemble a team of renowned creative partners, including longtime collaborator Rankin. In addition to recording the vocals, a rock’n’roll inspired tribute to INC’s 30th, she commissioned Ian Love to write and produce the track.

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Behind the scenes with Heidi Klum as she shot the the first TV commercial as part of INC International Concepts’ “30 Years of INC” campaign. The spot stars brand ambassador Klum, who hit the studio to record the vocals for commercial’s music, an original rock-n-roll inspired version of “Happy Birthday.” The commercial was directed by Klum’s longtime friend and acclaimed photographer Rankin. In the ad, she’s wearing pieces from the Spring/Summer 2015 INC 30th Anniversary Collection.

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Behind the scenes with Heidi Klum as she shot the the first TV commercial as part of INC International Concepts’ “30 Years of INC” campaign. The spot stars brand ambassador Klum, who hit the studio to record the vocals for commercial’s music, an original rock-n-roll inspired version of “Happy Birthday.” The commercial was directed by Klum’s longtime friend and acclaimed photographer Rankin. In the ad, she’s wearing pieces from the Spring/Summer 2015 INC 30th Anniversary Collection.

Ms. Klum was also instrumental in  choosing the trio of looks that she’s seen wearing throughout the spot, including a white body-conscious dress, gold lace jacket, and striking black jumpsuit. All these looks (and others) are part of INC International Concepts’ Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, available exclusively at Macy’s stores and online at macys.com.

The commercial follows the brand’s announcement of its year-long “30 Years of INC” campaign starring Klum and Gabriel Aubry, which includes national print, digital/online, in-store and outdoor components. As part of this commemorative year, INC unveiled a luxe retrospective book in March 2015 and will launch an anniversary capsule collection in September 2015.

INC was founded in 1985 as a men’s brand originally called C.O.D. (Clothes On Delivery). But due to a legal issue, the name had to be changed, and INC International Concepts was born. The rest, as they say, is history—thirty great years of history that has seen the emergence of an international lifestyle brand and Macy’s has spent the last three decades creating unforgettable collections for women, men and the home. Klum previously starred in a TV commercial for INC, shot by Bob Giraldi, in 1997. She also appeared in a print campaign for INC in 1999, and has worked with the brand through her role as host of Project Runway.

Says Klum, “Since we’re celebrating INC’s 30th Birthday, we wanted this commercial to feel like a party. I love to sing, so recording my own version of ‘Happy Birthday’ felt like a natural part of the creative process. I had a blast dancing around on set. I’ve worked with Rankin for over 10 years, and he really knows how to bring out the best in me.

PBS’S AMERICAN MASTERS 2015 SEASON AIRS AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE: A HISTORY

Ric Burns’ New Documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History Premieres Nationwide on THIRTEEN’s American Masters Series Friday, May 15 on PBS in Honor of the Company’s 75th Anniversary

THIRTEEN’s American Masters series teams up with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns to co-produce a new documentary about the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in honor of its 75th anniversary.

American Masters – American Ballet Theatre: A History premieres nationwide Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and delving into the rich history of one of the world’s preeminent ballet companies, Burns combines intimate rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with American Ballet Theatre’s key figures: artists pivotal to the company’s formation, including Alicia Alonso and the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; contemporary luminaries, including dancers Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and artistic director Kevin McKenzie; past and present stars Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo; dance historian and author Jennifer Homans; and prominent dance critics Anna Kisselgoff and the late Clive Barnes.

Alicia Alonso in “Swan Lake.” Credit: Photo by Maurice Seymour

Alicia Alonso in “Swan Lake.” Credit: Photo by Maurice Seymour

The story of American Ballet Theatre, and the breathtaking rise of dance in the U.S. over the last three-quarters of a century, is one of the most inspiring stories in the cultural world,” says Burns. “Ballet is the most poignantly ephemeral and expressive of all the arts, both earthbound and transcendent. And ABT, indisputably one of the greatest dance companies in the world, has torn down an incredible number of barriers, welcoming choreographers of every kind and dancers from around the world.

American Ballet Theatre’s Corps de Ballet in “La Bayadere.” Credit: Photo by Buddy Squires

American Ballet Theatre’s Corps de Ballet in “La Bayadere.” Credit: Photo by Buddy Squires

Gillian Murphy warming up for the Black Swan variation in “Swan Lake.” Credit: Photo by George Seminara

Gillian Murphy warming up for the Black Swan variation in “Swan Lake.” Credit: Photo by George Seminara

Gillian Murphy receives last minute coaching from Kevin McKenzie and Clinton Luckett. Credit: Photo by George Seminara

Gillian Murphy receives last minute coaching from Kevin McKenzie and Clinton Luckett. Credit: Photo by George Seminara

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope, and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT is the only major cultural institution that annually tours the United States, performing for more than 450,000 people. The company has also made more than 30 international tours to 43 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.

When American Ballet Theatre was launched in autumn 1939, the aim was to develop a repertoire of the best ballets from the past and to encourage the creation of new works by gifted young choreographers, wherever they might be found. Under the direction of Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith from 1940-1980, the company more than fulfilled that aim. ABT’s repertoire, perhaps unmatched in the history of ballet, includes all of the great full-length ballets of the 19th century, such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, the finest works from the early part of the 20th century, such as Apollo, Les Sylphides, Jardin aux Lilas and Rodeo, and acclaimed contemporary masterpieces such as Airs, Push Comes to Shove and Duets. In acquiring such an extraordinary repertoire, ABT has commissioned works by all of the great choreographic geniuses of the 20thcentury: George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille and Twyla Tharp, among others.

In 1980, Mikhail Baryshnikov became artistic director of American Ballet Theatre, succeeding Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith. Under his leadership, numerous classical ballets were staged, restaged and refurbished, and the company experienced a strengthening and refining of the classical tradition. In 1990, Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith succeeded Baryshnikov and immediately established an agenda that was dedicated to maintaining the great traditions of the past while aggressively pursuing a vital and innovative future.

In October 1992, former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Kevin McKenzie was appointed artistic director. McKenzie, steadfast in his vision of ABT as “American,” is committed to maintaining the company’s vast repertoire, and to bringing the art of dance theater to the great stages of the world.

Over its 75-year history, the company has appeared in a total of 136 cities in 45 countries and has appeared in all 50 states of the United States. In keeping with ABT’s long-standing commitment to bring the finest in dance to the widest international audience, the company has recently enjoyed triumphant successes with engagements in Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Havana, Tokyo and Beijing. On April 27, 2006, by an act of Congress, American Ballet Theatre became America’s National Ballet Company®.

Isabella Boylston, Joseph Gorak and Thomas Forster executing a variation during class. Credit: Photo by George Seminara

Isabella Boylston, Joseph Gorak and Thomas Forster executing a variation during class. Credit: Photo by George Seminara

As we approach our 75th year, it is a tremendous honor to have Ric Burns and American Masters illuminate ABT’s history in such a rich and meaningful way,” said Rachel Moore, CEO of American Ballet Theatre. “I am certain the expertise and care Ric and his team have devoted to this film will offer a fresh perspective on our art form and serve as a fitting testament to this cultural institution.

In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African-American female soloist and first in two decades at American Ballet Theatre. She is interviewed and performs in Ric Burns’ new documentary “American Masters: American Ballet Theatre.” Credit: Jade Young

In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African-American female soloist and first in two decades at American Ballet Theatre. She is interviewed and performs in Ric Burns’ new documentary “American Masters: American Ballet Theatre.” Credit: Jade Young

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THIRTEEN’s Nature’s Animal Homes Deconstructs a Variety of DIY Dwellings

Wednesday, April 8, 15 and 22, 2015 on PBS

The three-part series provides intimate, never-before-seen views of the lives of animals in their homes

If you are a fan (or in my case, a MAJOR fanatic when it comes to nature programming), The you are going to love Animal Homes.  Animals, like humans, need a place they can call home to provide a safe and stable place to raise a family, but they go about building it in entirely different ways. Whether it is a bird’s nest, bear den, beaver lodge or spider web, these are homes of great complexity, constructed from a wide range of natural as well as man-made materials. This three-part series investigates just how animals build their remarkable homes around the globe and the intriguing behaviors and social interactions that take place in and around them.

Host Chris Morgan examines a beaver dam in Jackson Hole, Wyoming © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Host Chris Morgan examines a beaver dam in Jackson Hole, Wyoming © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Hosting the series is ecologist Chris Morgan (Siberian Tiger Quest, Bears of the Last Frontier), who serves as guide and real estate agent. He evaluates and deconstructs animal abodes, their materials, location, neighborhood and aesthetics. In addition to Morgan opening the doors of animal homes in the wild, he is also in studio showing examples of the incredible diversity of nests and their strength, even trying his hand at building a few. Animal Homes airs on three consecutive Wednesdays, April 8, 15 and 22, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). After broadcast, the episodes will be available for online streaming atpbs.org/nature.

The series features a blend of CGI, animation, CT scans and signature blueprint graphics to highlight engineering principles inside the structures. A variety of cameras, including tiny HD versions, capture unprecedented views inside animal homes without disturbing natural behavior. When appropriate, filmmakers shoot behaviors in slow motion and use infrared and time lapse to reveal how animals create their structures over time and through the seasons.

Animal Homes was filmed both in the U.S. and abroad. The U.S. locations include the Connecticut coast (ospreys and saltmarsh sparrows), North Carolina (ducks), Hawaii (albatross), outside Burlington, Vermont (ravens), Maryland (black bears) and Jackson Hole, Wyoming (beavers). Over the course of three episodes, the series delves into the amazing flexibility animal architects display, the clever choices they make and the ingenious ways they deal with troublesome habitats.

Animal Homes

Program 1: The Nest

Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m.

A broad-tailed hummingbird in Arizona sits in the nest she built © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

A broad-tailed hummingbird in Arizona sits in the nest she built © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

A merganser duckling in North Carolina about to jump from a nest 50 feet from the ground © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

A merganser duckling in North Carolina about to jump from a nest 50 feet from the ground © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Ovenbird nest “blueprint” © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Ovenbird nest “blueprint” © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Close up of young ravens in a cliff face nest in the Green Mountains of Vermont © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Close up of young ravens in a cliff face nest in the Green Mountains of Vermont © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from an inexhaustible diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few also contain man-made materials – colorful twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each one is a remarkable work of art, built with just a beak!  We begin with a museum collection of nests and branch out to scenes in the wild all over the world, where birds arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the all-important task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

Animal Homes

Program 2:  Location, Location, Location

Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.

Host Chris Morgan explores the interior of a bear den in Maryland © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Host Chris Morgan explores the interior of a bear den in Maryland © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

 

Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the correct stream or tree, the correct building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household is a designer and engineer.  Animated blueprints and tiny cameras chart the building plans and progress of beavers, saltmarsh sparrows, woodrats, gray jays, hawks and black-chinned hummingbirds examining layouts and cross sections, evaluating the technical specs of their structures and documenting their problem-solving skills. Animal architecture provides remarkable insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation.

Animal Homes

Program 3:  Animal Cities 

Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

Puffins by a burrow in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Puffins by a burrow in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Host Chris Morgan admires a North American eider duck nest and egg © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Host Chris Morgan admires a North American eider duck nest and egg © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

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Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, Featuring Classics from the Great American Songbook, Airs on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on Friday, April 3 at 10 p.m. on PBS

Grammy-nominated album – featuring legendary songs such as “I Put a Spell on You,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Mood Indigo” – inspires television special

"Great Performances – Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert." Credit: Robert Sebree

“Great Performances – Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert.” Credit: Robert Sebree

Throughout her four-decade career, music superstar Annie Lennox has defied categorization, diving into blues, soul, folk and pop to create songs that captivate and transcend boundaries. In her latest album Nostalgia, Lennox has revealed yet another dimension to her formidable talent.  Although jazz is not the genre for which she is best known, she could no longer resist the magnetic pull of some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics from the American Songbook. Nostalgia, the singer’s seventh solo album, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

And with the Great Performances special, Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert, the singer’s unique interpretations bring a new intimacy to these timeless classics. The special airs Friday, April 3 at 10 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.)

"Great Performances – Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert." Credit: Robert Sebree

“Great Performances – Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert.” Credit: Robert Sebree

In the 60-minute concert – which was taped at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles in January  Lennox performs songs from the Nostalgia album like “Summertime,” “Strange Fruit,” “I Cover the Waterfront” and “God Bless the Child.”

The special features Lennox’s fresh takes on iconic American compositions by such artists as Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, as she pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, interpreting compositions that have moved her, stripping them down to their emotional and musical core and making them her own, demonstrating how these songs continue to resonate even amid the complexities of modern life.

On the album, Lennox approached each song as if she had never heard it before, boiling each down to its bare essence. Working together with co-producer Mike Stevens, Lennox started with keyboards and added instrumentation sparingly such as the lacerating guitar solo in the middle of “Screaming” Jay Hawkins’ torrid “I Put a Spell on You.” The orchestrations are used on the special.

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert was directed by Natalie Johns. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

Great Performances is funded by the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, the Irene Diamond Fund, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Rosalind P. Walter, The Agnes Varis Trust, The Starr Foundation, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, and PBS.

2015 CES Mobile Keynote To Feature Top Executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm

Startups Set To Shift to the Next Gear at 2015 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® announced that executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm will take part in a panel discussion regarding How Mobile is Fundamentally Changing Our World at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

The mobile keynote panel — scheduled for 1 PM Tuesday, January 6 in the Westgate  (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) Theater — will feature top executives including Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux, Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors, Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips and Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. The panel discussion, moderated by CNBC’s co-host of “Squawk Alley” Jon Fortt, will explore how mobile will fundamentally change our definitions of categories like smart home, wearables, automotive and healthcare. The panel will also examine how innovators like Qualcomm, GM, Philips and Electrolux are at the forefront of these disruptive changes.

“Wireless and mobile devices are changing how we live, play and work as global ownership and usage of smartphones and tablets continues to grow,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We are thrilled to have these top leaders with us to discuss how mobile is disrupting and changing the way we live our lives.”

Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux. Brockmann is responsible for product related functions including research and development, design and sustainability. With more than 3,000 people at R&D and design centers worldwide, the organization is spearheading innovation in areas like modularization, energy efficiency and connectivity. Brockmann previously held a number of senior management positions within the Volkswagen Group from 2001-2010. He then joined Electrolux as Head of R&D Major Appliances, and was appointed Group Chief Technology Officer in 2011. His earlier career includes management positions within Valeo Group, 1994–1999, and a position as Project Manager in Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, 2000–2001.

Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors. Abram is responsible for setting and implementing a global infotainment strategy for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, OnStar, Opel, Vauxhaul and Holden. Abram joined GM in January 2012, after serving as president and chief operating officer for Sonos, Inc., a wireless music system for homes. At Sonos, Abram headed up product management, worldwide sales and marketing, inventory, logistics and sales operations. From 1996 to 2007, Abram held a number of positions in business development, product management and engineering.  From 2005 to 2007, he was vice president and senior general manager, marketing for Sony Electronics, responsible for Sony’s television business in the US. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Sharp Electronics and Eastman Kodak.

Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips. Jeroen Tas has over 30 years of global experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive in information technology. Previously he was the Group CIO of Royal Philips, leading IT worldwide to become a fundamental enabler of growth for Philips as a real-time, connected company through internet enabled services like the recently announced HealthSuite digital platform and device cloud services for third parties. He co-founded and served as President, COO and vice-chairman of the Board for MphasiS, an IT and Business Processing Outsourcing company. In the mid-nineties he led Citibank’s Tech Lab, Transaction technology Inc.

Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. Mollenkopf began his career at Qualcomm as an engineer and for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors. Mollenkopf has held a variety of leadership positions including President & COO and President of QCT. As the leader of the Company’s chipset business, Mollenkopf launched the Companies 4G/LTE systems; and drove Qualcomm’s technology leadership position in smartphones.

Jon Fortt, Co-host, Squawk Alley, CNBC.  Fortt is co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” and an on-air editor based at CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.

This keynote panel is part of the 2015 International CES keynote lineup. Other keynoters will include CBS Corp. president and CEO, Leslie Moonves, Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields, Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche and Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich. Additional details are available at CESweb.org/Keynotes.

The 2015 International CES® will also spotlight startup entrepreneurs and innovation across the technology spectrum in an expanded Eureka Park Marketplace at CES Tech West. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today also announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Startup Stage. Owned and produced by the CEA, the 2015 CES will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An anchor for the startup community at CES, the 2015 Eureka Park Marketplace will feature more than 375 exhibitors, 59 percent more than the 2014 CES. Presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and UP Global, Eureka Park provides a platform for new companies to introduce their innovations to venture capitalists, media and buyers. Eureka Park also features concentrated exhibits from startups originating in France and Israel, as well as exclusive exhibits from Indiegogo and TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists.

“CES is becoming known as the key event for innovative startups to increase their exposure and become successful,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.” No other event provides the breadth and depth of exposure to potential customers, investors and media as CES. The growth of Eureka Park is testament to the fact that CES is the ultimate providing ground for companies of all sizes and the place to network and expand your business.”

The Startup Stage, presented by UP Global, in partnership with Magna, will showcase the startup community via four days of programming at CES. The Startup Stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, VCs, media and other young companies. This destination in Eureka Park also features office hours, pitching and networking. View the full schedule at CESweb.org/StartupStage.

Watch ten of the most innovative startups in the world compete live on stage in the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES for the opportunity of a lifetime: to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro will lead the all-star judging panel on Thursday, January 8.

TechCrunch is bringing the premiere startup launch competition, Hardware Battlefield, to CES on Thursday, January 8. Sixteen startups will reveal a brand-new product for the first time to a panel of industry experts and investors while competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. The must-see competition can be watched live at the LVCC, Central Plaza, within TechCrunch’s broadcast tent.

ABC’s “Shark Tank” will host an open call on January 8 at CES for entrepreneurs who wish for the chance to appear on the television show. The open call will be held in section J of the Venetian Ballroom at The Venetian starting at 8 AM. Floored within Eureka Park, the University Innovations Marketplace showcases technologies that stem from colleges, universities, and academic research centers. Along with startups in the beginning stages of development, Eureka Park also will host more established, mid-stage startup companies looking to expand their growth.

For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org.

Renee Fleming Hosts American Voices, a Performance Documentary Celebrating the Very Best in American Singing, on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. on PBS

Featuring stars from all musical genres, including Sara Bareilles, Kim Burrell, Kurt Elling, Renee Fleming, Ben Folds, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Alison Krauss, Norm Lewis, Eric Owens, and Dianne Reeves

The art of singing is center stage in our country’s popular culture: from Glee and 106 & Park to American Idol, The Voice, and Nashville, and even at sporting events and national ceremonies. This star-studded 90-minute performance documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center’s weekend-long American Voices Festival, which was created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November of 2013. The special will air on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. (Check local listings.)

American Voices, a groundbreaking festival of performances, master sessions, and symposia celebrating the rich diversity of American singing, took place November 22-24, 2013 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Conceived and was hosted by world-renowned American singer Renée Fleming, American Voices brought together vocal masters, industry titans, and emerging artists to celebrate the

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“Great Performances” logo, courtesy: WNET New York Public Media (PRNewsFoto/THIRTEEN/WNET New York)

artistry, technique, and challenges of professional singing.

In American Voices with Renée Fleming, camera crews follow vocal masters, industry titans, and emerging artists as they gather at the Kennedy Center to celebrate, explore, and debate the legacy, landscape, and future of American singing.

“The festival explored, across a range of genres, the artistry, business, technology, pedagogy, and community of American singing,” said Fleming. “The idea of bringing a broad spectrum of singers together with some of most powerful music industry leaders was a dream come true for me.”

American Voices with Renée Fleming features highlights from the festival’s unique performances and educational events. During six master sessions, fledgling artists received personal one-on-one mentoring from iconic singers in a variety of genres: Eric Owens in classical, Dianne Reeves in jazz, Alison Krauss with Dr.Thomas Cleveland in country, Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles in pop, Sutton Foster in musical theater, andKim Burrell in gospel.

Joining these acclaimed artists for the genre-spanning festival centerpiece, the American Voices Concert, wereKurt Elling, Josh Groban, Norm Lewis, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.

Throughout the weekend, three sessions programmed by Fleming on “Care of the Professional Voice,” “Trends in the Business and Technology of Popular Music,” and “Voice Training in the 21st Century” will be presented in the Kennedy Center Atrium, intended both for music professionals—including singers, vocal coaches, teachers, agents, producers, and doctors who treat singers—and for all fans of great singing.

American Voices with Renée Fleming is produced for the Kennedy Center by RadicalMedia, and directed byPaul Bozymowski; Justin Wilkes and Sara Enright are producers, with Renée Fleming, Garth Ross, Jon Kamen, and Joe Killian as executive producers. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

Cadillac is the Presenting Sponsor for American Voices with Renée Fleming.

Great Performances is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, and PBS.

Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.

Food Network Star Returns For Tenth Season With New Cast Of Contenders

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Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay Back as Mentors/Judges in Season Premiere on Sunday, June 1st at 9pm ET/PT

Food Network‘s long-running competition series Food Network Star is back for a tenth season in June, with Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay leading the charge to discover the next promising face in food television. The twelve new contenders are put to the test in a season filled with unique competitions challenging their kitchen and on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in Alton, Giada and Bobby’s footsteps and helm their own show. The show’s exclusive web series Star Salvation also returns, giving one eliminated contestant the opportunity to rejoin the on-air competition, which culminates in an audience vote to determine who wins the ultimate prize – their own show on Food Network.

The Selection Committee Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown at the reveal of the Star Challenge "Please Try This At Home" as seen on Food Network Star, Season 10.

The Selection Committee Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown at the reveal of the Star Challenge “Please Try This At Home” as seen on Food Network Star, Season 10.

 

Shot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, Food Network Star season ten kicks off with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, June 1st at 9pm ET/PT, and the winner will be named in the season finale on Sunday, August 10th at 9pm ET/PT. In the season premiere, the contestants are welcomed to Los Angeles for their Star-making journey by the mentors/judges, who invite the cast to their own red carpet premiere party that very night at a Hollywood studio backlot. Each finalist must present themselves to a select group of tastemakers, and prepare their most impressive party bite for the challenge judges and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson.

Upcoming episodes feature a Cutthroat Kitchen competition, viral video challenge from YouTube Space LA, visit to Knott’s Berry Farm, Las Vegas buffet and pool party-themed challenges and an on-camera appearance on Rachael Ray. Guest stars include Food Network personalities Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Jet Tila and Ray.

The finalists are: Luca Della Casa (San Antonio); Emma Frisch (Ithaca, NY); Nicole Gaffney (Atlantic City, NJ); Loreal Gavin (Indianapolis); Chris Kyler (Stafford, VA); Kenny Lao (New York); Christopher Lynch (New Orleans); Lenny McNab (Debeque, CO); Aryen Moore-Alston (Memphis); Sarah Penrod (League City, TX); Reuben Ruiz (Miami) and Donna Sonkin Shaw (New York).

Web series Star Salvation returns for a second outing on Sunday, June 1st and goes live just after Star’s east coast airing.  Available exclusively on http://www.FoodNetwork.com/Salvation and hosted by last season’s Food Network Star winner Damaris Phillips and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the six-episode web-only culinary contest gives eliminated finalists a chance to re-enter the competition. In a nod to the show’s tenth season, two fan favorites from past seasons return in the premiere Salvation challenge to battle the first eliminated finalist. The winner will re-enter Food Network Star on Sunday, July 13.

CBS Announces Stephen Colbert As The Next Host Of “THE LATE SHOW”

The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.

Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. “He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Adding, “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.

Since its launch on Comedy Central in 2005, “The Colbert Report” has received widespread critical acclaim while earning two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations, including an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Series (2013) and three Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2013, 2010, 2008). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

In addition, Colbert is an accomplished author, with two books, I AM AMERICA (and So Can You!) andAMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, appearing on the New York Times best-seller list. AMERICA AGAIN also won a Grammy Award for Spoken Word (2014).

In music, Colbert’s original holiday musical special on Comedy Central, “A Colbert Christmas,” won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (2009) and Emmy nominations for Art Direction, Picture Editing and Original Music and Lyrics. In April 2011, Colbert starred as Harry in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

After graduating from Northwestern University, Colbert was a member of Chicago’s acclaimed Second City improv troupe with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio later created and starred in the CableAce-nominated sketch comedy series, “Exit 57,” and created the cult-hit narrative series “Strangers with Candy,” both for Comedy Central.

Colbert has appeared on series such as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He was also a cast member and writer on ABC’s “The Dana Carvey Show,” wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and voiced roles in DreamWorks’ animated films “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

THE LATE SHOW is broadcast weeknights on the CBS Television Network from 11:35 PM – 12:37 AM, ET/PT.

73rd Annual Peabody Awards Winners Announced

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com. The winners, chosen by the Peabody board from almost 1,100 entries, comprise the best in electronic media for the year 2013. The Peabody statuettes will be formally presented on May 19 at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York CityIra Glass, host and producer of This American Life, which now boasts five Peabodys, will be the emcee. (See complete list of 2013 recipients below.)

The Peabody Awards, the oldest in electronic media, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes. The Peabodys

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia's 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and www.peabodyawards.com.

A record 46 recipients of the University of Georgia’s 73rd Annual Peabody Awards were announced today on CBS This Morning and http://www.peabodyawards.com.

recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.

Established in 1915, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in advertising, digital and broadcast journalism, magazines, newspapers, public relations, publication management and mass media arts. The college offers two graduate degrees, and is home to the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism and the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media.

 

The latest Peabody recipients include a pair of high-profile political melodramas, Netflix’s corrosive House of Cards and ABC’s juicy ScandalA Chef’s Life, a stereotype-cracking nonfiction serial about a farm-to-fork gourmet restaurant in North Carolina’s low country; Burka Avenger, an animated Pakistani series aimed at empowering girls; A Needed Response, a YouTube viral video created by two University of Oregon students that succinctly criticizes rape culture and champions r-e-s-p-e-c-t for women; and two distinctive probes of the dangers of brain injury in professional football, FRONTLINE‘s League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis and ESPN’s Outside the Lines: NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a Health Crisis.

The quality of storytelling in electronic media continues to increase year-after-year, across platforms, producing organizations and nations,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. Jones, director of the Peabody Awards. “The unprecedented number of awards we gave this year reflects this fact. There simply are a larger number of stories that deserve our attention as citizens and consumers. And what a wonderfully rich and satisfying set of stories we’ve called attention to this year!

International Peabody winners include the Philippines’ GMA Network for coverage of the assault and aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan); The Returned, an eerie, elegant supernatural drama from France; the realistic, compelling Danish political serial Borgen; and BBC World News’ in-depth reporting from Inside Syria’sWar.

Local Peabody recipients included  CBS-owned WBZ-TV and WBZ Newsradio for their peerless extended coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing dragnet; KING-TV in Seattle for its revelations about nuclear-waste leaks and mismanagement at a Hanford, Washington, storage facility; Nashville station WTVF-TV‘s reports about Tennessee officials’ involvement in shady business deals; and an exhaustive investigation of Louisiana political contributions – who gives, how much, and what does it buy – that combined the resources of New Orleans station WVUE-TVThe Times-Picayune and http://www.NOLA.com.

Other entertainment series honored included AMC’s Breaking Bad, which earned a second Peabody for its riveting final season; Netflix’s complex, character-driven prison drama Orange Is the New Black; Comedy Central’s racially shrewd sketch showcase Key & Peele; F/X’s The Bridge, an intense, cross-cultural crime drama set on and around the border between Texas and Mexico; and two distinctly different BBC America offerings: the naturalistic mystery Broadchurch and the wildly fanciful Orphan Black, a bioethical thriller about clones.

Web-based winners included Hollow (www.hollowdocumentary.com), an imaginative,  interactive site devoted to a struggling county in rural West Virginia, and A Short History of the Highrise (www.nytimes.com), a clever, highly visual tour of “vertical living.”

Issues of race and ethnicity were explored in several impressive recipients: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Latino Americans, both shown on PBS, traced the history and the ongoing influence of peoples whose presence here predates the forming of the United StatesKen Burns’ The Central Park Fivealso on PBS, revisited a infamous New York rape case that wrongly sent five black and Latino teenagers to prison. National Public Radio reporter Michelle Norris’ The Race Card Project used six-word summations of listeners’ thoughts about race as the basis of remarkably telling feature reports.

A trio of documentaries addressed difficulties facing students and educators in poor, high-crime communities.This American Life‘s two-part Harper High School on radio and PBS’s 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School provide richly nuanced stories of students coping with challenges from child-rearing to gun violence. Best Kept Secret, also shown on PBS, took viewers inside a poor Newark school with an unexpectedly exemplary program for autistic and other special-needs students.

Culture and the arts were represented by such Peabody winners as TCM: The Story of Film, which combined a 15-part retrospective with telecasts of more than 100 classic movies, and Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, a tuneful celebration of the influence of composers such as Irving BerlinOscar Hammerstein III and Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim had a documentary all to himself as well: HBO’s Six by Sondheim, which combined his ruminations on composing with archival and fresh performances of some of his greatest songs. CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was recognized for its unique recipe for blending culinary and cultural reporting.

The rich array of documentary winners included HBO’s tender Life According to Sam, the story of a teenager dealing with an accelerated aging disease, and the cable network’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, an frank report about a Catholic priest who abused more than 200 students at a Milwaukee school for the deaf.

Other documentary winners included The Law in These Parts, a POV film exploring the alternative legal systemIsrael developed for governing its occupied Palestinian territories, and three Independent Lens productions:How to Survive a Plague chronicled the crucial role AIDS activists and organizations like ACT UP played in saving lives and hobbling the epidemic. The House I Live In took stock of what we have to show for our 40-year “war” on drugs, and  The Invisible War assessed the shameful problem of rape in the U.S. military and why it persists.

A pair of documentaries from Al Jazeera America‘s Fault Lines series demonstrated its broad reach and aggressive journalism. Haiti in a Time of Cholera examined the epidemic that has erupted since the 2010 earthquake and underscored the likelihood that U.N. peacekeepers are the source. Made in Bangladesh found evidence of prominent American retailers turning a blind eye to the dangerous practices of foreign subcontractors, practices that led to horrible tragedies like the clothing-factory fire in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 people.

Awards in news included a personal citation to Tom Brokaw, author and former anchor of NBC Nightly News,and another to the current NBC team for In Plain Sight: Poverty in America, an ambitious multi-platform assessment of poverty’s many faces and forms today. A Peabody went to One-on-One with Assad, a CBS This Morning segment in which co-host Charlie Rose civilly but persistently pressed Syria’s president for explanations of his war against his own countrymen. And the public radio series Reveal was honored for The VA’s Opiate Overload, a shocking report about overdose deaths at Veterans Administration hospitals.   Continue reading

THE FACE Season Two Premieres Wednesday, March 5 (10 PM ET/PT) on Oxygen

Twelve model/contestants will compete to become the newest face of Frédéric Fekkai as Oxygen Media premieres the second season of modeling competition series “The Face,” on Wednesday, March 5 at 10 PM ET/PT. The ten-episode season goes beyond the glamour with Naomi Campbell, Anne V and Lydia Hearst as supermodel coaches and host Nigel Barker in a new expanded role as a confidante and advisor to the hopefuls.

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OXYGEN MEDIA REVEALS THE 12 MODELTESTANTS
COMPETING ON “THE FACE” SEASON TWO
PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 AT 10PM ET/PT
Left to Right: Afiya Bennett, Alana Duval, Allison Millar, Amanda Gullickson, Felisa Wiley, Isabelle Bianchi, Khadisha Gaye, Kira Dikhtyar, Nakisha Bromfield, Ray Clanton, Season 2, Sharon Gallardo, The Face, Tiana Zarlin

Throughout the season, the young women selected on Team Naomi, Team Anne V and Team Lydia will have the opportunity to make a life-changing transformation through unprecedented access to clients, national brands and iconic mentorships.  It takes a team of “FaceMakers,” or fashion insiders, to transform a model into a supermodel and the most influential names in the industry will lend their expertise this season including Frédéric Fekkai, ELLE Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers, Pamela Rolland, RuPaul, Tyson Beckford and Karen Elson.  Each week, the brand representatives for the Campaign Challenge will choose the winning team, leaving each supermodel coach from the bottom two teams to nominate a member of their team for elimination and the winning coach to decide who will be sent home.

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In the end, only one girl will be chosen to become a spokesperson and ambassador for Frédéric Fekkai’s 2014 national ad campaign.  As part of the grand prize, the winner will get unprecedented exposure, including a photo shoot for an ad that will run in a national publication and on-camera behind-the-scenes content during Fall 2014 Fashion Week in New York. She will also receive personal mentoring from brand founder Frédéric Fekkai, make personal appearances across U.S. retail stores that carry Fekkai and Frédéric Fekkai salons, have website presence on Fekkai.com and inclusion in social media initiatives. Continue reading

CELEBRITIES GEAR UP FOR FIRST EVER “CHOPPED TOURNAMENT OF STARS”

ATHLETES, ACTORS AND COMEDIANS, OH MY!

Chopped Tournament of Stars premieres Sunday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network

Five Episode Competition Featuring Celebrities Competing in the Chopped Kitchen for Charity

With a $50,000 grand prize for charity on the line, celebrities from different walks of life compete in the ultimate Chopped Tournament of Stars, premiering Sunday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT. The five-part competition series, hosted by Ted Allen, includes four celebrities going head-to-head each week in themed episodes over three rounds: appetizer, entrée and dessert – each featuring mystery ingredients within the Chopped basket. Featuring sports stars, comedians, actors, and for the first time, veterans from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities are judged by a rotating roster of Chopped regulars, including Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian, to determine which celebrity will advance each week to face off in the finale on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm ET/PT, with a chance to win the grand prize for the charity of their choice.
This tournament brings together the most diverse, talented group of celebrities we have ever had compete in the Chopped Kitchen, “ said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. “With $50,000 on the line for their charity, these celebs fill the kitchen with action, drama and comedy as they do everything they can to be the victor.

Episodes include:

Sports Stars compete on Chopped Tournament of Stars

Sports Stars compete on Chopped Tournament of Stars

Premiering Sunday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT
“Sports Stars!”
Four famous athletes bring their fierceness and passion to the Chopped Kitchen for a five-part $50,000 celebrity tournament! With the charities they are playing for in their minds, the competitors open the first basket to find a scary ingredient – alligator. Then in the entrée round, the celebs must cook with some strange eggs and some tiny limes. The final two sports stars that make it to the dessert round put their athleticism and enthusiasm into making a great final dish that includes crystallized ginger and wafer cookies.
Competitors: Brandi Chastain, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Greg Louganis, Charles Oakley
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Geoffrey Zakarian

Lou Diamond Phillips on Chopped Tournament of Stars

Lou Diamond Phillips on Chopped Tournament of Stars

Premiering Sunday, March 16th at 9pm ET/PT
“Rachael vs. Guy!”
These four competitors are all cooking-competition veterans, alums of Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, but they have never stepped foot in the Chopped Kitchen! How will they do with beef tongue and microwaveable chocolate cake in the appetizer basket? Then the stars have a pizza party in the entrée round after they discover leftover slices in the basket. With hopes of making it to the $50,000 finale, two competitors must make desserts using chocolate bars and banana chips.
Competitors: Penn Jillette, Coolio, Lou Diamond Phillips, Carnie Wilson
Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos Continue reading

LOGO TV AND SELECT SEASON 6 QUEENS CAME OUT TO CELEBRATE “RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE” THEMED WINDOW DISPLAYS LAUNCHED AT 14 RICKY’S NYC STORES

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: Bianca Del Rio and Milk of RuPaul Drag Race attend reveal of RuPaul cosmetics line & themed window at Ricky's NYC on December 17, 2013 in New York City.

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 17: Bianca Del Rio and Milk of RuPaul Drag Race attend reveal of RuPaul cosmetics line & themed window at Ricky’s NYC on December 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo Credit: Lev Radin) 

All Event Images Photographed by Lev Radin 

The unbearably long wait is over as RuPaul returns with a brand new field of gorgeous and talented sequin-sporting queens. This February 2014, Logo TV introduces 14 of the nation’s fiercest drag queens who will compete for the crown and determine who will walk away with a $100,000 cash prize and the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar.”

But it’s not just about the wigs and the heels, it’s about performers with passion who prove to be some of the most fascinating characters on television. And this season brings us the biggest personalities the show has ever seen, all vying for the biggest prize in Drag Race history–$100,000. That’s a lot of padding, honey! From deeply revealing work room interactions, to displays of wild creativity during the challenges, to their astounding transformations on the runway.every moment is hilarious, heart-filled, and truly unpredictable. As always a new star-studded panel of celebrity judges will join RuPaul to select and crown America’s Next Drag Superstar.

Our sixth season is rated ‘BBB.’ ‘Bitches Better Beware!’” said Executive Producer, RuPaul. “It’s our most outrageous and sickening cast to date. And quite frankly, I’m scared of these queens.”

In the end, only one contestant will have what it takes to win the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” and a prize package that includes a sickening supply of Colorevolution Cosmetics and a cash prize of $100,000.

Last night,  three of New York City’s latest and greatest drag hopefuls from the upcoming sixth season — VIVACIOUS, BIANCA DEL RIOMILK–came out to Ricky’s NYC (375 Broadway location) to celebrate Logo TV’s partnership with 14 Ricky’s NYC stores highlighting customized window displays “Ru-vealing” each individual contestant in each window from the new cast of the upcoming season. The creative includes a life-sized standee of the featured queen in an environment inspired by the key art from this season.

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 17: Cosmetics on display at reveal of RuPaul cosmetics line & themed window at Ricky's NYC on December 17, 2013 in New York City.

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 17: Cosmetics on display at reveal of RuPaul cosmetics line & themed window at Ricky’s NYC on December 17, 2013 in New York City.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, Steven Corfe and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers.  Brent Zacky and Pamela Post serve as Executive Producers for Logo.

For more information on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and sneak preview clips, go to LogoTV.com.  For up-to-date “RuPaul’s Drag Race” news and exclusives, join the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Facebook page or follow the series on Twitter at @RuPaulsDragRace and #DragRace. Follow along with the live gifs from the show on Tumblr and see photos on the show’s Instagram page.

Emmy-Award Winning Netflix Original Series, “House of Cards” Returns For Second Season Friday, February 14

From Media Rights Capital, All 13-Episodes of Second Season Starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright Available to Netflix Members Everywhere at Launch

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The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” will premiere Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award(® )winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe(®) nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy(®) nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available.

From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award(®) nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of March”) and Academy Award(®) winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “Munich,” “The Insider”), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.

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In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, “American Horror Story”), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s (Michel Gill, “The Good Wife”) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney, “Southland”) demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution. And Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’s once private existence. The Underwoods must overcome these dangers — past and present — to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.

In addition to Spacey, Wright, Mara, Gill and McRaney, the series also stars Mahershala Ali (“Treme”), Sebastian Arcelus (“Person of Interest”), Kristen Connolly (“The Cabin in the Woods”), Nathan Darrow (“Rigged”), Sakina Jaffrey (“Definitely Maybe”), Michael Kelly (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and Molly Parker (“Deadwood”).

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Additional cast members appearing in the series include: Jayne Atkinson (“The Following”), Gil Birmingham (“The Lone Ranger”), Rachel Brosnahan (“Orange is the New Black”), Reg E. Cathey (“Grimm”), Derek Cecil (“Treme”), Terry Chen (“Bates Motel”), Ben Daniels (“Merlin”), Joanna Going (“Mad Men”), Boris McGiver (“Person of Interest”), Mozhan Marno (“In Plain Sight”) Sam Page (“Mad Men”), Kate Lyn Sheil (“V/H/S”), Jimmi Simpson (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Constance Zimmer (“The Newsroom”).

Carl Franklin (“Homeland”), James Foley (“Glengarry Glen Ross”), John David Coles (“Justified”), Jodie Foster  (“Orange is the New Black”) and Robin Wright all direct season-two episodes.

House of Cards,” the first original series produced by Media Rights Capital for Netflix, received enormous critical acclaim for its first season. In the summer of 2013, for its first season, the series made history as the first ever streaming series to earn Primetime Emmy(®) nominations in major categories, including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Spacey), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Wright), Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series (Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Fincher), Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series (Eigil Bryld), Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (Kirk Baxter), Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Jeff Beal). In all, the show took home three Emmy(®) wins for casting, directing and cinematography for its first season.

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Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the second season of “House of Cards” is executive produced by Fincher, Willimon, Joshua Donen, Eric Roth, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Andrew Davies, Michael Dobbs and David Manson. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

Jewelry Television Launches ‘Color Me Stylish’ with David Zyla

Shopping network shows women how to use the power of color

The Jewelry Television (JTV) recently launched a series of broadcast and web-based content aimed to educate women on wearing colorful jewelry and clothing with confidence. Jewelry Television® (JTV) is one of the largest multichannel retailers of jewelry and gemstones in the U.S. appealing to fashion-conscious women, jewelry-making enthusiasts and private collectors. The privately-held shopping network broadcasts high definition programming, 24David Zyla , Emmy ® Award-Winning Stylist and Best-Selling Author’ hours a day, seven days a week, to more than 80 million U.S. households. www.JTV.com offers the most comprehensive jewelry and gemstone Learning Library on the internet, and is the third largest jewelry website according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for 2012.

Hosted by Emmy award-winning stylist and color expert, David Zyla, women now have the opportunity to understand the theory of color and how to incorporate it into their own personal styles.

Zyla, the best-selling author of The Color of Style and Color Your Style, shares practical advice on everything from mixing metals to incorporating many shades of blue into your wardrobe.

My idea is that we all possess a certain set of colors in us and they’re dictated by the colors found in our hair, eye color and skin,” explained Zyla. “My passion is to help people discover and embrace the most authentic, very best versions of themselves, using color as the foundation.”

The network has short, impactful videos to demonstrate easy to remember color and style tips. “We frequently receive questions from customers on how to mix metals. They ask if it’s okay to wear both silver and gold jewelry at the same time,” noted Jill Johnson, vp of marketing for JTV. “David validates that mixing silver, gold and even bronze, copper and pewter is no longer a fashion faux pas, but a fashion statement.”

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JTV is also rolling out ‘David’s Picks,’ a monthly feature exploring the company’s vast product selection to highlight the latest trends, essentials, and seasonal must-haves.

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This is all part of our commitment to educating consumers,” noted Johnson. “Women simply don’t feel dressed without their jewelry so we’re helping them know how much, when, and what to wear. Let’s face it, self-esteem begins each morning when you stand before the mirror and feel confident about how you look.”

Starz Is “Playing Favorites” On Encore With Channel Changes And TV Series/Movie Offerings To Super-Serve Evolving U.S. Audiences

ENCORE BLACK Created for African-American Audiences, ENCORE ESPANOL Offered on Lower Cost Programming Tiers for Wider Access to Latino Households, ENCORE CLASSIC for the Boomer Generation, Nightly Horror Block on ENCORE SUSPENSE

More HD and TV Favorites Added to Perennial Top Movie Mix with ‘Murphy Brown,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Night Court,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “What’s Happening!!” and More To Fortify Premier Consumer Offering in Premium Pay TV Entertainment

Already a favorite for consumers as the most widely subscribed premium pay TV service in the United States with 35 million subscribers, Starz has strengthened ENCORE and its family of thematic multiplex channels and service offerings. The new ENCORE pack of channels bring programming enhancements to further super-serve the nation’s evolving demographics and focus on groups who over-index in viewing within the premium pay TV category.

Starz (www.starz.com) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that th (1)provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation). ENCORE® is the most widely subscribed premium pay TV flagship brand in the United States with 35 million subscribers through September 30, 2013.  Offered by Starz from its operating unit, Starz Networks, ENCORE’s eight premium channel offerings include: ENCORE, ENCORE ACTION, ENCORE CLASSIC, ENCORE WESTERNS, ENCORE SUSPENSE, ENCORE BLACK, ENCORE FAMILY, and ENCORE ESPANOL.  Advanced services options for ENCORE subscribers include ENCORE HD, ENCORE ON DEMAND, ENCORE HD ON DEMAND, and the ENCORE PLAY authenticated online offering. ENCORE subscribers enjoy a wide variety of newer release and favorite premium commercial-free movie programming from leading studios, in addition to a complement of classic TV shows and other original programming.

Beginning December 2, 2013, subscribers can look forward to the following changes:

ENCORE BLACK Replaces ENCORE DRAMA – Showcasing popular programming for the African-American community, ENCORE BLACK will bring a terrific combination of commercial-free premium movie content, comedy such as “Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Stand Up,” and the introduction of TV favorites including: “What’s Happening!!,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “227,” and “Amen.” ENCORE BLACK will be originated in HD and service the strong viewership from the African-American community, which has historically over-indexed on premium channel viewership. The December launch will spotlight Academy Award® nominee, actor Samuel L. Jackson with films such as Unbreakable, Losing Isaiah, Freedomland, One Eight Seven, and more.

ENCORE CLASSIC Replaces ENCORE LOVE – A new addition to the ENCORE HD channel portfolio, ENCORE CLASSIC will be a favorite for the Baby Boomer set, with a mix of generational evergreen movie favorites and classic TV series. Leveraging the deep and broad ENCORE movie library of new release and favorite hits, ENCORE CLASSIC will add TV hits, “Murphy Brown,” “Magnum, P.I.,” and “Night Court” to its programming slate.  Classic movie titles will air every night with a new favorite every day of the month at 9PM ET/PT. Films include Kramer vs. Kramer, American Graffiti, Independence Day, Breaking Away, Stand By Me, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Good Will Hunting, Tootsie, Basic Instinct, The Notebook, and more.

“The Graveyard Shift” Horror Blocks Reigns over ENCORE SUSPENSE Nightly starting at 9pm ET/PT – Younger viewers can get their blood-thirsty and chilling need for horror on ENCORE SUSPENSE every night of the week beginning at 9PM ET/PT and airing until approximately 5AM ET/PT with “The Graveyard Shift.” Another new addition to the ENCORE HD channel portfolio, ENCORE SUSPENSE gives fans a regular eight-hour fix of great horror flicks with the best in high-def picture quality and sound. Top horror films from Hollywood’s best studios, including movies from its own Anchor Bay Entertainment – one of the leading producers and distributors of the horror film genre in the industry: Top horror titles airing in December during “The Graveyard Shift” include Night of the Living Dead, The Fly, Silent Night, The Amityville Horror, The Dead Zone, Resident Evil:  Retribution, and Frozen.

ENCORE ESPANOL Moves to a Lower Tier – For the growing Latino audiences who want 24/7 Spanish-Language premium content, ENCORE ESPANOL will now be made available to multichannel video distributors in the United States to be part of their popular, lower-cost Spanish-language channel bundles.  ENCORE ESPANOL will now enjoy its own Spanish-language film programming from worldwide suppliers and be more than a Spanish-language version of the flagship ENCORE channel. ENCORE ESPANOL will showcase U.S. Television Premieres of Sin Otono, Sin Primavera (Ecuador), Estrella del Sur (Columbia), La Llamada (Argentina), and Lo Azul del Cielo (Columbia).

The new and improved ENCORE family of channels and services are aligned to super-serve its many constituent demographic groups,” said David Baldwin, Executive Vice President of Program Planning for Starz. “Growth in Latino and Boomer populations and continued over-indexing in TV usage by African-American audiences created marketplace opportunities for us to add incremental consumer value to the ENCORE services.  Along with the new nightly horror block, these enhancements will benefit ENCORE subscribers for years ahead.  ENCORE truly is ‘Playing Favorites’ with these improvements to the channels and the ENCORE ON DEMAND and ENCORE PLAY services.”

The ENCORE MOVIE PACK has the most highly engaged audience of any premium package, with subscriber households spending an average 17.3 hours per month watching ENCORE channels.

The December 2 roll-out will also feature brand new channel logos, graphics and audio package as part of a fresh, new on-air style representative of the newly improved and fortified ENCORE channels and services.

Jaguar to Air First Ever Commercial During The Super Bowl Television Broadcast In New Campaign To Launch 2014 F-TYPE Coupe

FAST GROWING BRITISH LUXURY BRAND TO INTRODUCE ITS NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS CAR DURING ONE OF THE MOST-WATCHED SPORTING EVENTS

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Have you ever noticed how in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits?”

Jaguar announced it will launch a new brand and product advertising campaign, themed “British Villains,” for the launch of the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe. The campaign will include the brand’s first television commercial produced for running in the broadcast of the Super Bowl.  The ad is scheduled to have its broadcast debut on Fox during the 2nd half of Super Bowl XLVIII.

Jaguar’s debut commercial in the broadcast of the Super Bowl reflects the momentum the brand has achieved through its sales growth.  It also follows the high-profile sponsorship announced earlier this month that Jaguar will elevate their presence in Hollywood by joining with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) as the official 2013 title sponsor of the BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS.

Jaguar announced a new advertising campaign, themed "British Villains," to launch the F-TYPE Coupe, during a press conference in New York City on November 7, 2013. The campaign will feature Jaguar's first ever television commercial for broadcast in the Super Bowl.    (PRNewsFoto/Jaguar)

Jaguar announced a new advertising campaign, themed “British Villains,” to launch the F-TYPE Coupe, during a press conference in New York City on November 7, 2013. The campaign will feature Jaguar’s first ever television commercial for broadcast in the Super Bowl. (PRNewsFoto/Jaguar)

Jaguar will debut the new F-TYPE Coupe, at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show in November. Year-to-date through October, Jaguar sales have increased 36 percent in the United States, the highest growth in the industry.

The campaign features a 30-second spot and a wide range of digital assets and executions and will play off the idea that Brits have long made the best villains in landmark films, combining intelligence with charm, restlessness with calm, and always confident.  In the world of pop culture, villains disrupt the status quo and challenge the establishment, while living one step ahead of, and better than, the pack. The campaign asks the question, “Have you ever noticed how in Hollywood movies, all the villains are played by Brits?” It will launch with a unique hashtag, #GoodToBeBad, linking to the overall allure of the F-TYPE Coupe and British villains.

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The Jaguar campaign, which will feature renowned British actors, is being filmed by Academy Award-winning British film and television director Tom Hooper in London.  “This is one of those jobs that can really be a lot of fun, so I was quite happy to oblige when Jaguar asked me to be a part of their first Super Bowl commercial,” said Hooper. Continue reading

National Geographic Channel Presents New Evidence That May Unlock the Centuries-Old Mystery of Bigfoot

Two-Hour Special Premieres Sunday, November 17, at 8 PM ET/PT

Has a British scientist finally unlocked the mystery of Bigfoot? Yetis –also known as the Abominable Snowman and one of the most elusive Bigfoot legends– have been recorded for centuries in the Himalayas, with local people and even eminent mountaineers claiming to have come face-to-face with the hairy, ape-like creatures. A photograph of a Yeti footprint, taken by British climber Eric Shipton at the base of Everest in 1951, sparked global Yeti mania.

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New DNA research collected by Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading British geneticist, reveals a unique genetic link the may answer the centuries-old mystery — what is Bigfoot? The results are featured in a new two-hour special, Bigfoot: Revealed [wt], produced for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. and premiering in the U.S. Sunday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. (For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com and follow us on Twitter at @NGC_PR.)

Sykes, professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford, sets off on a global quest to unlock the real story of Bigfoot, collected and tested Yeti hair samples in the western Himalayas to find out what species they came from. After subjecting the hairs to the most sophisticated DNA tests available and comparing the results to other animals’ genomes stored on the GenBank database, he found that he had a 100 percent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone that dates back at least 40,000 years — a time when the polar bear and closely related brown bear were separating as different species.

This is an exciting and completely unexpected result that gave us all a surprise,” says Sykes. The Yeti DNA results are part of the most ambitious Bigfoot DNA analysis the world has ever seen, the Oxford Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project, which looks at the genetic relationship between our own species of Homo sapiens and other hominids.

Last year Sykes put out a worldwide call for samples from formally undescribed species, such as the Yeti in the Himalayas, Sasquatch in America’s Pacific Northwest and the Almasty in the mountains and tundra of Russia. All are mysterious creatures that have fascinated cryptozoologists and confounded scientists for decades. The study set out to discover whether Bigfoot is an ancient hominid, a member of the human family like Neanderthals, giant apes or some other species — or whether it is simply a hoax.

It’s a controversial subject, beset with scandals that have destroyed the careers of respected scientists in the past. But Sykes is undeterred. “‘Bigfootologists’ and other enthusiasts seem to think that they’ve been rejected by science,” he says. “Now I think that’s a complete distortion of what science is about. Science doesn’t accept or reject anything, all it does is examine the evidence and that is what I’m doing.”

Sykes has assembled substantial physical evidence and analyzed more than 30 of the most credible samples he has received. The results, including Sasquatch in the U.S. and Almasty in Russia, will be featured in the two-hour special.

Bigfoot: Revealed [wt] is produced for Channel 4 and National Geographic Channels (NGC) by Icon Films. For Icon Films, executive producers are Laura Marshall and Harry Marshall. For NGC, executive producer is Madeleine Carter; vice president, production & development is Kevin Mohs; executive vice president of programming and strategy is Heather Moran; and president is Howard T. Owens.

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 48 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: The Ultimate Collection Of All Eight Seasons Of Showtime’s Award-Winning Original Series, Weeds, Starring Mary-Louise Parker Arrives On Blu-ray Disc November 5 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Showtime’s smoking hot hit is back with Weeds: The Complete Collection, arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD Ultraviolet) November 5 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. When Nancy Botwin (Parker) faces both sudden widowhood and poverty, she’s determined to do anything to keep her kids in suburbia — including taking on the job of neighborhood pot dealer. Subversive and hilarious, the complete series is as intoxicating as ever, with everyone’s favorite pot-selling soccer mom and the rest of the Botwin clan dealing with the mafia, love affairs, the birth of an illegitimate child and relocation after relocation. Watch as the Botwins’ plans go up in smoke!

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Including seasons one through eight of the popular cable series, the limited edition Blu-ray collection is a must-have for fans and features 16 discs in a special “glowing” acrylic case package along with all-new bonus content featuring Mary-Louise Parker. Headlined by Parker (Red 2) in her Golden Globe® winning role, Weeds also features a hilarious ensemble cast including Hunter Parrish (It’s Complicated), Alexander Gould (Finding Nemo), Justin Kirk (TV’s “Animal Practice”) and Kevin Nealon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”). In addition, the series boasts strong turns from Elizabeth Perkins (Big), Albert Brooks (Drive, Broadcast News), Demian Bechir (A Better Life, TV’s “The Bridge”) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Margot at the Wedding, TV’s “Revenge”) along with celebrated guest stars including singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, Mary-Kate Olsen (Beastly), Michelle Trachtenberg (TV’s “Gossip Girl”) and Zooey Deschanel (TV’s “New Girl”). During its final season, the series lit up the ratings, averaging 3.2 million viewers an episode across all platforms. Continue reading

Best Halloween Costume of the Year Awarded to “Invisible Cowboy” From Arizona Who Wins “Best In Bash” National Champion at the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash”

“OVERKILL THE GIANT ZOMBIE KILLING ROBOT” FROM RHODE ISLAND, “TRIPLE DIP ICE CREAM CONE” FROM WISCONSIN, “GIANT GORILLA” FROM NEW YORK, “NACHO CHEESE MONSTER” FROM MISSOURI, AND “HEADLESS MARIE ANTOINETTE” FROM CALIFORNIA WERE SEMI-FINALISTS

STAR-STUDDED SPECIAL WILL BE BROADCAST OCT. 26 ON THE HUB NETWORK

SPECIAL HOSTED BY SNL’S KENAN THOMPSON WITH PERFORMANCES BY POP-STAR CODY SIMPSON, AMERICA’S FIRST TEEN-GIRL POP-GROUP, FIFTH HARMONY, AND ILLUSIONIST NATHAN BURTON, ALONG WITH COSTUME COMPETITION JUDGES, MARTHA STEWART, HAL SPARKS AND COCO JONES

NANCY O’DELL, TAMERA MOWRY-HOUSLEY, CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND GINA RODRIGUEZ ALONG WITH THEIR FURRY PETS MAKE CELEBRITY PAW-STUME APPEARANCE

PRESENTERS INCLUDE BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, ZACHARY GORDON, NOLAN GOULD, KEEAN JOHNSON, JOEY KING, PEYTON LIST, BAILEE MADISON, RYAN NEWMAN, TODD NEWTON, NICK PURCHA, AND RICO RODRIGUEZ

The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, awarded “The Jackie” for the best Halloween costume of the year to Bill Freitag from Arizona, who won “Best in Bash” National Champion for his costume as “Invisible Cowboy” in the “Blast from the Past” category at the first-ever 50 State Halloween costume competition celebrated during the star-studded taping of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash,” this past Sunday at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The inaugural event, hosted by “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson, will be broadcast Saturday, October 26, 8–10 p.m. ET/5–7 p.m. PT on the Hub Network.

Invisible Cowboy Bill Freitag named "Best in Bash" National Champion on the "Hub Network's 1st Annual Halloween Bash" Oct. 20 presented by Kenan Thompson.  (PRNewsFoto/Hub Network)

Invisible Cowboy Bill Freitag named “Best in Bash” National Champion on the “Hub Network’s 1st Annual Halloween Bash” Oct. 20 presented by Kenan Thompson. (PRNewsFoto/Hub Network)

The costume competition was judged by Halloween-expert Martha Stewart, actor Hal Sparks (“Spider Man 2”), and actress, singer and dancer Coco Jones (“Holla at the DJ”). Freitag wins the $25,000 grand prize and has a chance at a walk-on role on the Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning Series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.” Before being announced as “Best in Bash” National Champion, Freitag was named the semi-finalist in the “Blast from the Past” category for his costume, “Invisible Cowboy.” The semi-finalists in the five other categories were as follows:

  • Thomas DePetrillo from Rhode Island won for “Overkill the Giant Zombie Killing Robot” in the “Mad Genius” category
  • The Pabellon family from Wisconsin won for “Triple Dip Ice Cream Cone” in the “Everyday Stuff” category

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    The “Jackie”

  • Thomas Cavagnaro from New York won for “Giant Gorilla” in the “Animal Kingdom” category
  • Celia Sciaroni from Missouri won for “Nacho Cheese Monster” in the “Howlarious” category
  • Roxanne Coble from California won for “Headless Marie Antoinette” in the “Spooktacular” category

 

The “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” is a star-studded, two-hour special that also includes performances by pop-star Cody Simpson, America’s first teen-girl pop-group, Fifth Harmony, and illusionist Nathan Burton. In addition, entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell (“Entertainment Tonight”), actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (“The Real”) and actresses Candace Cameron Bure (“Make It or Break It”) and Gina Rodriguez (“Filly Brown”), along with their furry pets, will make a special celebrity paw-stumes appearance.

Celebrity presenters include Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”), Zachary Gordon (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), Keean Johnson (“Spooksville”), Joey King (“The Conjuring”), Peyton List (“Jessie”), Bailee Madison (“Trophy Wife”), Ryan Newman (“See Dad Run”), Todd Newton (“Family Game Night”), Nick Purcha (“Spooksville”) and Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”).

Bob Bain serves as executive producer of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” and Paul Flattery is producer for Bob Bain Productions. Viewers can visit www.hubworld.com/halloween to view all of the Halloween costume submissions and learn more about the special.

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Sponsors of the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” include Activision’s Skylanders SWAP Force, Hasbro’s Furby Boom!, Party City and Sparkle® Paper Towels.

Nickelodeon Greenlights Second Season of Hit Animated Preschool Series Peter Rabbit

New Halloween-Themed Peter Rabbit Episode Debuts Friday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 P.M. (ET/PT)

Nickelodeon and independent media company Silvergate Media announced the greenlight of a second season (26 episodes, two half-hour specials) of the hit animated preschool series Peter Rabbit.  Launched on Nick in December 2012, Peter Rabbit is based on the characters created by Beatrix Potter in her classic children’s series The Tales of Peter RabbitPeter Rabbit is produced in conjunction with Silvergate Media and animated by Brown Bag Films.

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NICKELODEON GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF HIT ANIMATED PRESCHOOL SERIES PETER RABBIT. (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon)

The second season will continue to follow the adventures of mischievous Peter Rabbit and his best friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail, as well as many of the much-loved and iconic Beatrix Potter characters, including Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher and Mr. Tod. Season two will see the addition of Mittens the cat, Pig Robinson, and Mr. Tolly the tortoise, along with an expanded animated world for Peter and his friends to explore.

Peter Rabbit has captured the hearts of preschoolers and parents because of the series’ rich stories, loveable characters and stunning animation,” said Teri Weiss, EVP, Production and Development, Nickelodeon Preschool.  “We are excited about continuing our partnership with Silvergate Media on creating this dynamic series that champions determination, discovery and being a good friend.”

Mary Durkan, CEO of Silvergate Media, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Nickelodeon to develop season two of the new Peter Rabbit. Nickelodeon is a fantastic partner and we look forward to continuing the journey of Peter Rabbit with them.”

A brand-new episode of Peter Rabbit, “The Tale of the Giant Pumpkin/The Tale of the Fierce Bad Rabbit,” will premiere Friday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Peter Rabbit reached 6.3 million preschoolers in third quarter 2013.

In “The Tale of the Giant Pumpkin,” Peter sets his sights on the biggest pumpkin in Mr. McGregor’s patch, rolling it out of the garden turns into the ride of a lifetime.  In “The Tale of the Fierce Bad Rabbit,” Peter and his friends set out to taste the sweetest dandelions in the world, only to find they’re protected by the meanest character in the entire valley!

On www.NickJr.com, Nickelodeon’s award-winning website, parents and preschoolers can watch full-length episodes of Peter Rabbit, print Peter Rabbit activities and play free games including the all-new Nutkin’s Nut Catch! game. Coming soon to the site is a Photo Booth application, where kids can customize and decorate photos with Peter Rabbit characters, borders, seasonal stickers, and more.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, was the first in the series to be published by Frederick Warne (1902) and it went on to become one of the best-selling children’s classics of all time. The Tale of Peter Rabbit has never been out of print and is translated into over 35 languages throughout the world. Beatrix Potter’s Classic Tales have delighted children for more than 100 years. Today a wide range of books are published by Frederick Warne under the Beatrix Potter brand, including gift books, storybooks, novelty books and the original classics. Lifetime global sales of the Beatrix Potter books exceed 250 million and over two million books are sold every year worldwide – which is four books every minute.

They’ve Been Filmed Every Seven Years Since 1964. Now the “Kids” Are ’56 Up,’ Premiering on POV, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 on PBS INDIES SHOWCASE

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WHAT BECOMES OF THE DREAMS OF CHILDREN? ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR MICHAEL APTED RETURNS WITH LATEST INSTALLMENT OF GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY EXPERIMENT THAT BEGAN WITH ‘SEVEN UP!’

POV’s 26th Season continues with the national broadcast premiere of Michael Apted’s 56 Up on Monday, October 14, at 10 PM on PBS (Check local listings). The film is the third film in the new PBS Indies Showcase, a four-week series of independent documentaries airing on Monday nights from September 30 – October 21.

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As part of its commitment to provide viewers with year-round access to the creative work of independent filmmakers, the PBS INDIES SHOWCASE is scheduled during the weeks between the seasons of the award-winning series POV and INDEPENDENT LENS and will feature films from both. While PBS features the work of independent filmmakers throughout the year, the SHOWCASE is designed to spotlight their work and increase audience visibility for this important genre.

In 1964, a group of British 7-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, Seven Up. Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs. POV, which presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of 49 Up in 2007, returns with 56 Up to find the group settling into middle age and surprisingly upbeat. Through marriage and childbirth, poverty and illness, the “kids” have come to terms with both hope and disappointment.

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Jackie, Lynn and Sue at age 7

In 1964, director Michael Apted (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorky Park, Gorillas in the Mist) was a young researcher on the experimental documentary series World in Action for a program called Seven Up!, produced for England’s Granada Television. Taking its cue from the Jesuit maxim “Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man,” the film focused on 7-year-olds from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. By asking 14 children about their lives and their hopes and fears for the future, the filmmakers aimed to explore contemporary English attitudes, especially regarding the class system, as expressed by children. And by following the youngsters as they progressed through life, the Up series looked to test the strength of that system and the truth of the Jesuit saying. Was the adult already visible in the 7-year-old?

Director Michael Apted

Director Michael Apted

After Seven Up!, Apted took the series’ directorial helm, and over the half-century since, he has returned every seven years to ask the same subjects to talk about how they see their lives. The result has been a unique, inspired and always-surprising chronicle of lives-in-the-making. In 56 Up, Apted finds the “kids” have mostly weathered the marital, parental and career tumults of middle age with remarkable aplomb, even as they begin facing the challenges of aging, illness and economic crises.

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Tony in 56 Up

Tony in 56 Up

Ebullient, charming, cockney-accented East Ender Tony wanted to be a jockey when we met him in Seven Up! The series followed him as he saw his dream come true and then gave it up to be a cabbie. He’s been successful enough to own a home in England, which he shares with his wife, Debbie, and their children and grandchildren. He also owns a vacation home in Spain. In 56 Up, Tony shows the lot he was planning to develop before the economy turned sour. He seems happy, yet he harbors guilt about infidelities and frustration with the immigrants who have changed his beloved East End. He talks about 32 years of marriage. “High and low, Debbie has stood by me,” he says tearfully. “At the end of it, I still love her so.” As he visits the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, formerly the site of a dog track in his East End neighborhood, he brims with pride. The Up series has brought him such recognition that when astronaut Buzz Aldrin was his passenger, a taxi driver pulled up and requested an autograph. When Tony asked Aldrin to oblige, the other cabbie said, “No . . . I want your autograph.” Says Tony, “To this day I thought to myself, ‘I’m more famous than Buzz Aldrin? He’s the second man to land on the moon!'” Continue reading

OPEN HEART, The Moving Story Of Rwandan Children On A Life-Saving Journey To Receive Open Heart Surgery, Debuts Oct. 14, Exclusively On HBO

OPEN HEART, spotlighting an Italian cardiologist in Northern Sudan as he fights to save young patients who have traveled from Rwanda for this high-risk procedure, debuts MONDAY, OCT. 14 (10:20-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Open-Heart poster

Heart disease is often associated with an unhealthy lifestyle in the West, but in Sub-Saharan Africa treatable maladies such as strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever that causes heart damage, especially in young children and teenagers. Though it is invasive, dangerous and prohibitively expensive, open heart surgery is almost always the only option to save their lives. Sudan’s Salam Centre for Cardiac Emergency is the only hospital on the entire continent that provides free heart surgery for patients from poverty-stricken regions. Dr. Gino Strada, an Italian war surgeon who believes “the right to receive proper health care is a universal right,” founded the non-governmental organization Emergency, which runs the Salam Center, funded by private donors and the Sudanese Government. Continue reading