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Established in 1986, Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization based in New York City that seeks solutions to the problems of racism and exclusion in theatre, film, and television. It serves as an expert advocate and educational resource for the full creative participation of American arts and entertainment professionals who are African American, Asian American, Native American, Latino, South Asian, Arab American, those who are Deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision, or who have intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities. The Alliance promotes and facilitates inclusive hiring practices and standards, diversity in leadership, and balance portrayals of persons of color and persons with disabilities.

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Filmmaker Noah Baumbach has written, directed and acted in numerous films and received a 2005 Academy Award nomination for the “Made in NY” film The Squid and The Whale, which he wrote and directed. He also won the Director’s Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival and best original screenplay awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics and National Board of Review for the film. The Squid and The Whale also received three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture, and six Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture. Baumbach, who was raised in Brooklyn, also directed the Paramount Classics film, Margot at the Wedding in 2007.

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Joseph Benincasa joined the The Actors’ Fund of America in 1988 and currently serves as its Executive Director of since 1988. This national, nonprofit human service organization is headquartered in New York City and supports entertainment professionals. Benincasa oversees innovative programs, including comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training, and affordable and supportive housing. He serves on the boards of directors of organizations including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, Career Transition for Dancers and the Times Square Alliance.

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Kevin Breslin's first short film, A Smile Gone, but Where?,was shown at film festivals throughout the world. It premiered on the Oxygen Network along with Mr. Breslin's second short film, Women of Rockaway, which won The Gracie Award for best TV documentary. Breslin, who filmed the “Made in NY” campaign along with producers Jason Goldman and Ko Niizuma, is a director with Maysles Films in New York. In addition to filming Heartbreakers for the Oxygen Network, Breslin’s recent commercials include The Boys and Girls Club of America with Bill Clinton, the Chevy Silverado “This is Our Country” campaign, IBM, Hellmann's Mayonnaise, Mercedes-Benz, and the Hard Rock Brand.


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Brooklyn Workforce Innovations is a not-for-profit community-based network of social enterprises and job-training programs in South Brooklyn. Its mission is to empower low- and moderate-income people by creating living-wage employment opportunities and access to career paths. BWI offers free full-time training leading to industry-recognized credentials, followed by two years of job placement and career services. Brooklyn Workforce Innovations helps New Yorkers develop their careers in commercial driving, telecommunications cable installation, TV and film production, and skilled woodworking. Notable programs include the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program, which has certified more than two hundred “Made in NY” Production Assistants, and the “Made in NY” Production Crafts Training Program, which aims to help women, people of color and struggling New Yorkers prepare for advanced careers in film and television production. 


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Michelle Byrd is a 16-year veteran of American independent film. Since 1997 she has served as the Executive Director of IFP, the nation’s oldest organization nonprofit membership and advocacy group for independent filmmakers. IFP’s events and programs enable filmmakers to share information, build relationships, secure funding and find audiences outside the Hollywood studio system. Since its founding in 1979, IFP has facilitated the development, financing or distribution of 7,000 independent films. More than 20,000 filmmakers have participated in IFP’s programs. Byrd also serves on a number of industry boards, including the LMEC, the Mayor’s Diversity Task Force, the New York Production Alliance, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, which supports the artistic achievements of female actors, writers and directors. 


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In 2008, Gerry Byrne was named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Entertainment Group for Nielsen Business Media. In his new role, he has responsibility for the global entertainment, music and literary publishing enterprises across digital, print and face-to-face platforms. Brands in the portfolio include BillboardThe Hollywood ReporterBack StageKirkus Reviews, The Bookseller, Film Journal International, and film industry expositions. In January 2009 the Media cluster of Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, Editor & Publisher and the Clio Awards were added to his group. 


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Alan Cumming made his professional acting debut as Malcolm in Michael Boyd's production of Macbeth at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, in 1985. He went on to work extensively in the Scottish theatre before his West End debut in Conquest of the South Pole earned him his first Olivier Award nomination. In 1998, he made his Broadway debut when Cabaret transferred to New York City, winning him Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World, NY Press, FANY and Public Advocate awards. He went on to appear on Broadway in Design for Living and as Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera. Off- Broadway he appeared as the Pope in Jean Genet's Elle (which he also adapted) and as Trigorin in The Seagull opposite Dianne Wiest. On TV, he currently appears as Eli Gold in “The Good Wife,” for which he has been nominated for Emmy, SAG, Satellite and Critics Circle awards.

He has also published a novel, Tommy’s Tale; released an album of songs, I Bought a Blue Car Today; and recently had his first exhibition of photographs, Alan Cumming Snaps! He regularly performs in concert, most recently with Liza Minnelli at New York's Town Hall. For his humanitarian work, particularly in the field of LGBT rights and equality, he has been honored by many organizations including HRC, GLAAD, the Trevor Project and the Matthew Shepard Foundation to name but a few. From his homeland he was honored with both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, and was made an OBE in the 2009 Queen's Honors List. Time magazine named him one of the three most fun people in show business.

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He has been honored for his work on both sides of the camera, earning Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations, for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood's true-life drama Invictus. In addition, he garnered dual Golden Globe Award nominations in 2010, for Best Supporting Actor for Invictus and for Best Actor for his performance in Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! Earlier in his career, Damon won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, both for his breakthrough feature Good Will Hunting.

In 2011, Damon starred in Cameron Crowe's true-life comedy/drama We Bought a Zoo, opposite Scarlett Johansson and Steven Soderbergh's action thriller Contagion. He also lent his voice to the animated feature Happy Feet 2, directed by George Miller.

Damon also starred in George Nolfi's thriller The Adjustment Bureau. In 2010, he starred in the Coen brothers' Oscar-nominated remake of the classic Western True Grit, Clint Eastwood's drama Hereafter, and the action thriller Green Zone for director Paul Greengrass. He had previously starred under Greengrass's direction in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon originated the title role of Jason Bourne in Doug Liman's 2002 action blockbuster The Bourne Identity.

His other recent film credits include Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning Best Picture The Departed, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg; Robert De Niro's dramatic thriller The Good Shepherd, with De Niro and Angelina Jolie; and Stephen Gaghan's geopolitical thriller Syriana, with George Clooney. Damon also teamed with Clooney and Brad Pitt as part of the all-star casts of Soderbergh's heist comedy hitOcean's Eleven, and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

Hailing from Boston, Damon attended Harvard University and gained his first acting experience with the American Repertory Theatre. He made his feature film debut inMystic Pizza, followed by roles in School Ties, Walter Hill's Geronimo: An American Legend, and the cable projects Rising Son and Tommy Lee Jones' The Good Old Boys. He first gained attention with his portrayal of a guilt-ridden Gulf War veteran in 1996'sCourage Under Fire.

Together with his lifelong friend Ben Affleck, Damon co-wrote the acclaimed 1997 dramaGood Will Hunting, for which they won an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award, as well as several critics groups awards for Best Original Screenplay. Damon also garnered Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, in addition to his Oscar nomination, for Best Actor. Additionally in 1997, Damon starred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker and appeared in Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy.

The following year, Damon played the title role in Steven Spielberg's award-winning World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, and also starred in John Dahl's dramaRounders, with Edward Norton. Damon earned his third Golden Globe nomination for his performance in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by Anthony Minghella. Damon's subsequent film credits include Kevin Smith's Dogma, with Affleck; Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance; Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses; the Farrelly brothers' comedy Stuck on You; Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm; and George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Damon and Affleck formed the production company LivePlanet, which produced three Emmy-nominated seasons of "Project Greenlight," chronicling the making of independent films by first-time writers and directors. The "Project Greenlight" films produced include Stolen SummerThe Battle of Shaker Heights and Feast. LivePlanet also produced the documentary Running the Sahara, directed by Oscar winner James Moll.. 


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Filmmaker Lee Daniels’ work includes directing Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, which received six Academy Award nominations, including ones for Best Director (the second time an African-American was honored for this achievement) and Best Picture. Additionally, Precious was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film went on to win awards at major international film festivals including Toronto, Deauville, and San Sebastian. Daniels received a historic nomination as the first African-American director to be nominated by the Directors Guild of America.


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In 2009 he received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to film. He also received the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards and was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globes. De Niro served as president of jury at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions and the Tribeca Film Center, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988. Through Tribeca Productions, he develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor. He was an executive producer for the dramatic series “NYC 22” for CBS.

In 2001 De Niro co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture.


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Edie Falco is known to television audiences from her Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning role of Carmela Soprano on the groundbreaking HBO series “The Sopranos.” She has also been featured in recurring roles on the HBO dramatic series “Oz” and the NBC series “Law & Order” and “Homicide.” Falco has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning play Sideman and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. She can currently be seen in the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie,” which is filmed entirely in New York City.

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Tina Fey wrote, executive-produced, and starred as Liz Lemon in NBC’s “30 Rock.” Prior to creating “30 Rock,” Fey completed six seasons as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Fey won numerous Emmy awards and has been named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year, one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People, and one of Time Magazine’s prestigious Time 100. She expanded to feature films in 2004, writing and starring in the hit comedy Mean Girls, which earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. She also starred in Baby Mama and Date Night.

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Foursquare is a location-based mobile service that enables you to share your location with friends by “checking in” via a smartphone app, mobile web of SMS. Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues they want to visit, and providing them with customized recommendations. Merchants and brands leverage the foursquare platform by utilizing self-service tools to obtain, engage, and retain customers and fans. 

With the latest version of the mobile app, foursquare has moved beyond the check-in to really change the way users experience the world around them. They’ve done this by highlighting three things: discovery, encouragement, and loyalty.


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In 2002, Whoopi Goldberg became one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy (Whoopi Goldberg, 1985), the Academy Award (Ghost, 1991), the Golden Globe (The Color Purple, 1985 and Ghost, 1991), the Emmy (as host of AMC’s “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel,” 2002 and a Daytime Emmy for “The View” in 2009) and a Tony (Producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002). She is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other causes and charities. Among her many charitable activities, Whoopi is a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.

Born and raised in New York City, Whoopi worked in theatre and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she performed with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters which became The Spook Showand evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career.

Whoopi made her motion picture debut in Steven Spielberg’s film version of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Her performance in Ghost earned her the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Whoopi has also appeared in such films as Jumpin’ Jack FlashClara’s HeartThe Long Walk HomeSoapdishThe PlayerSarafina!Sister ActMade in AmericaCorrina, CorrinaBoys on the Side,EddieThe Associate and Ghosts of MississippiHow Stella Got Her Groove BackGirl, InterruptedKingdom Come and Rat Race. She has voiced characters in such animated features as The Lion KingRacing StripesDoogal, and Everyone’s Hero. In November 2010, she was part of Tyler Perry’s all-star film adaption of For Colored Girlsfollowed byA Little Bit of Heaven,” with Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal and Kathy Bates.

  On television, Whoopi appeared for five seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation", co-starred with Jean Stapleton in “Bagdad Café” and hosted her own syndicated late-night talk show. She appeared in the Emmy-nominated HBO drama, In the Gloaming, directed by Christopher Reeve, as well as The Wonderful World of Disney’s Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and A Knight in Camelot and appeared in the mini-series “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns.” She starred in the NBC sitcom, “Whoopi,” which she executive produced, as well as the television movies,It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and Showtime’s Good Fences,” which she co-produced with co-star Danny Glover. She produced and appeared on Nick Jr’s “Whoopi’s Littleburg” and currently appears on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning “The View,” for which she has won a Daytime Emmy Award.

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Robert Greenberg has been a pioneer in the advertising and communications industry for more than three decades. He leads R/GA, which has become one of the most successful advertising agencies with a digital expertise, creating integrated marketing campaigns and experiences for the world’s most recognized brands, including L’Oreal Paris, Nike, Nokia and Verizon. To date, Greenberg has won the Academy Award, numerous Clios, Cannes Lions and the D&AD Black Pencil. Among his most notable awards are the 2007 BDA Lifetime Achievement Award, Clio Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Communications in 2003, and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. Greenberg serves on the Board of Directors of the Art Directors Club and many others, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Tisch School of the Arts.

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Actor Marcia Gay Harden has appeared in New York City films including Pollock, for which she received an Academy Award, Meet Joe Black, The First Wives Club, Mona Lisa Smile, and the New York television series "The Education of Max Bickford". Harden, who earned an MFA from the graduate theatre program at New York University, was featured on Broadway in God of Carnage, for which she won the Tony, Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, which earned her a Tony nomination, a Drama Desk Award and a Theater World Award. She has also appeared in the New York Public Theatre’s production of The Seagull. 

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Since its founding in 1986 by Stavros Merjos, HSI Productions has served as one of the premiere independent production companies in the world with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Specializing in cutting-edge commercials and music videos, HSI Productions has produced content for world-renowned companies such as AT&T, General Motors, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, American Express, Kodak, and Nike. HSI has also created music videos for artists such as Madonna, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, and U2. HSI is affiliated with more than twenty of the industry’s most talented directors, allowing the company to stay relevant and set trends in the short form production industry. 

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Warrington Hudlin is one of the founders of the Black Filmmaker Foundation (BFF), a not-for-profit organization that has played a pivotal role in the emergence of the contemporary black film movement. Hudlin is also a founding member of the Media Coalition of Artist of Color, which organizes a monthly networking meeting in New York City to connect film and TV executives from major media companies with media arts organizations that serve communities of color. For the last ten years, with the generous support of HBO, Hudlin has organized the BFF Summit, where the top 100 most influential African Americans, Asians, and Latinos meet the leaders of the film and television industry in a closed-door industry retreat. Hudlin created the BFF Lab, which became the model for similar labs that Hudlin designed and administered as part of diversity initiatives at MTV Networks. Hudlin is a member of the Nielsen Media Research African American Advisory Council and serves on the NYC Task Force on Diversity in Film, Television, and Commercial Production.

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Since its founding in 1997, Hungry Man has been an award-winning international production company headquartered in New York. Hungry Man is home to 20 top-ranking directors worldwide and has produced some of the most popular spots in the world today. During the past year, Hungry Man produced the high profile brand launches of Microsoft as well the Sprint campaign featuring many iconic New York City images and memorable spots for American Express starring Martin Scorsese and Tina Fey. Hungry Man is currently run by its three partners: directors Hank Perlman and Bryan Buckley and Executive Producer Kevin Byrne.

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Kamaria Alvy Johnson was a first year graduate student at Columbia University, where she studied film, when she received her award. Johnson had been a student of the Ghetto Film School, a non-profit organization based in the South Bronx and supported by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, since the School’s inception in June 2000. The School has taught film to hundreds of students, through hands-on production and cinema studies courses. In the spring of 2006, Johnson’s public service announcement, “Thank You New York,” was the winning entry in a program created by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and Ghetto Film School, which challenged students to communicate the message of the City’s attractiveness as a destination for film production and the benefits of the entertainment industry to the City. In “Thank You New York,” residents discover that a film shooting in their community is employing their neighbors and contributing to our local economy.

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Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente are co-presidents of HDNet Films, Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s newly formed high-definition production company that produces features and documentaries, shot with High Definition digital cameras. HDNet work is distributed worldwide through Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theaters, HDNet Movies, Magnolia Home Entertainment and HDNet Films International. With HDNet Films, Kliot and Vicente are in various stages of production with 20 films. Kliot and Vincente also co-founded the production company Open City Films 12 in 2006.

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Heidi Klum is a star in the fashion and entertainment world. Klum established herself as a top model, making great impact for such clients as Victoria’s Secret and appearing on the covers of pop-culture mainstays including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Klum is the host and executive producer of the eight-time Emmy-nominated “Project Runway,” the newest judge on NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent” and the host of “Germany’s Next Top Model,” a runaway hit in that country. Other ventures include maternity lines for A Pea In the Pod and Motherhood Maternity, an active wear collection for New Balance, a collection for Babies “R” Us called Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum and campaigns for Ann Taylor, Carls Jr., and Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy. She also has Heidi Klum on AOL, a channel for women to find information on every topic. 

Klum has been featured in top magazines including Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Allure, Lucky, Self, Town & Country, Redbook, Esquire, Forbes, GQ, British GQ (for which she was named “Woman of the Year” twice in a row) among countless others.

Klum’s acting appearances include ABC’s “Spin City,” “How I Met Your Mother,” The Devil Wears Prada, “Sex and the City,” PBS’ “Sesame Street,” and a voiceover for The Weinstein Company’s Hoodwinked Too. She hosted the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and various specials for MTV, TNT and CBS.

As a testament to Klum’s place in pop culture, Mattel created a Barbie in her likeness. She is also featured in the iconic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Berlin.

Klum is actively involved in charities like The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and God’s Love We Deliver.  Klum also appears in a PSA for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up to Cancer program and served as the 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ambassador.



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Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, games, fashion, food, publishing, and other creative fields. Since April 2009, more than one and a half million people have pledged over $150 million to projects by creators who always maintain full ownership and complete creative control of their work. Kickstarter has hosted projects from Academy Award winners, New York Times best-sellers, Pulitzer Prize finalists, and other luminaries, but the vast majority of projects are from people just like you—creative ideas that a person and their community bring to life. Some are big, some are small. Some are serious, some are whimsical. All are welcome.

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Actress Angela Lansbury is a living legend of theatre, film and television. Her professional work spans nearly seventy years, first with success as a movie star, then as a four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical performer, and next as the star of Murder, She Wrote. In 2007, Ms. Lansbury returned to Broadway where she has since appeared in two plays and a musical, for which she has received three additional Tony nominations and a fifth Tony Award. Most recently, she played Madame Armfeldt in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, earning a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role.

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Spike Leeis a writer-director, actor, producer, author and educator, who has helped revolutionize modern Black cinema. Lee is a forerunner in the ‘do it yourself’ school of independent film. Lee’s latest endeavor is the reinterpretation of the Korean psychological thriller Old Boy, which is slated for an October 2013 release. Prior to this was the release of Bad 25, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album. Lee received a Peabody Award for the documentary If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, which revisits the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast region as residents attempt to rebuild in their cities while also demanding assistance and accountability from their political leaders.

Recent critical and box office successes have included such films as Inside Man, 25th Hour, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled and Summer of Sam. Lee’s films Girl 6, Get on the Bus, Do the Right Thing and Clockers display his ability to showcase a series of outspoken and provocative socio-political critiques that challenge cultural assumptions, not only about race, but also class and gender identity. Lee began teaching a course about filmmaking and black film at Harvard in 1991, and since 2002, Lee has been Artistic Director of the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Production. Lee has combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture: partnering with DDB Needham, he created Spike/DDB, a full-service advertising agency.

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John Leguizamo is currently starring on Broadway in Ghetto Klown directed by Fisher Stevens; the show has received 2011 Outstanding Solo Performance Awards from both The Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle. B'way: Freak (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show and Tony nominations for Best Play and Best Actor), Sexaholic...a Love Story (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance and Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance), and American Buffalo. Off-B'way: Mambo Mouth (Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Vanguardia Awards), Spic-O-Rama (Dramatists' Guild Hull-Warriner Award for Best American Play, Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Broadway Performance, Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance) Other stage credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream and La Puta Vida at the New York Shakespeare Festival and Parting Gestures at INTAR. Television: An HBO presentation of Freak, directed by Spike Lee (Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Specials), ER, House of Buggin', Arabian Nights, and The Kill Point. More than 60 films including: To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar (Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture), Ice Age 1, 2, and 3, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Happening, Righteous Kill , The Babysitters, Where God Left his Shoes, The Take, Land of the Dead, Assault on Precinct 13, Spun, Moulin Rouge (SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture), Summer of Sam, King of the Jungle, Spawn, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, and The Lincoln Lawyer. Upcoming: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, One for the Money, and Fugly!, which Leguizamo also produced and wrote. Follow him on twitter @JohnLeguizamo.

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Actor Jennifer Jason Leigh starred in Noah Baumbach’s film, Margot at the Wedding, in 2007. She has also made her mark as a director, writer and producer in the upcoming film, Greenberg. She has appeared on the New York stage in Proof, Cabaret and Abigail’s Party, a performance which earned her nominations including the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress and the Lucille Lortell Award for Best Actress. She has also appeared in the New York City film Last Exit to Brooklyn, for which she earned a New York Film Critics Circle Award, as well as Palindromes, In the Cut and Single White Female.

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Sidney Lumet'sfilms have received more than 50 Academy Award® nominations, including four as Best Director: for 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and The Verdict -- two of them, perhaps not coincidentally, dramas involving a courtroom.

He has also been honored with an impressive seven Directors Guild of America Award nominations.

The son of actor Baruch Lumet, the director-to-be was a child actor from the age of five until he entered the U.S. Army at 17. After the Army he became a director in the theater and television in New York, where he directed over 250 television shows during the 1950s – many of them live. His credits read like a checklist for Television’s Golden Age, including “Danger,” “You Are There,” “Mama,” “Kraft Television Theatre,” “The Alcoa Hour,” “Goodyear TV Playhouse,” “Studio One,” “Omnibus,” “Playhouse 90,” “The Sacco & Vanzetti Story,” and “The Iceman Cometh.”

Lumet’s last productions for the medium – until this – were “Rashomon,” “The Dybbuk,” “John Brown’s Raid” and “Cry Vengeance,” all for NBC’s “Play of the Week,” airing from December 1960-February 1961.

12 Angry Men, earning three Oscar® nominations, was Lumet’s debut as a movie director -- he had actually been in a movie years earlier as a child actor – and it has been followed by a film career that has included such powerhouse productions as Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Fail Safe, The Pawnbroker, The Anderson Tapes, Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Equus, Prince of the City, The Verdict, Running on Empty, Q&A, and Night Falls on Manhattan.

Along with his standing as one of the art’s most important directors (and often producer), Lumet has also been a screenwriter; first as co-writer of Prince of the City, later as sole writer of Q&A and Night Falls on Manhattan.

Besides his substantial accumulation of Academy Award® nominations, Lumet’s honors also include the Directors Guild’s D. W. Griffith Award, given for an unusually distinguished body of work; the New York Film Critics Award for Prince of the City, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award and a Golden Globe for Network. The Museum of Modern Art in New York has saluted him with a retrospective, as has virtually every major international film academy. In 1997 he was given the Billy Wilder Award for Excellence and Achievement in Film Direction from the National Board of Review, and the Writers Guild of America’s Evelyn Burkey Award for his contribution to films that brought dignity and honor to writers.

His indispensable book, “Making Movies,” has gone into many editions and is widely considered to be the finest, clearest and most direct illumination ever written by a working filmmaker concerning the mysteries of how – and sometimes why – movies are made.

In 2005, Lumet was awarded an Honorary Academy Award by the Academy Board of Governors for “brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture”.

Most recently, he directed “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead” with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei, and Albert Finney released in October 2007.

Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011 at the age of 86.

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Jesse L. Martin starred on Law & Order for nine years as Detective Ed Green, appearing in nearly 200 episodes until his departure in April 2008. He has received multiple Screed Actors Guild award nominations and eight NAACP Image Award nominations for his work on the show. Martin first came to prominence when he starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, the rock opera re-telling of Puccini’s La Boheme. His extensive New York theatre credits run the gamut from Shakespeare to musical comedy and include such productions as Timon of Athens, his Broadway debut, and The Inspector General at National Actors Theatre. His television appearances include Ally McBeal and The X Files; while on screen, Martin has been featured in Mary Stuart Masterson’s directorial debut Cake Eaters, Season of Youth, the independent feature The Restaurant, and Jay DiPietro's feature debut Peter and Vandy, which was filmed in New York.

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With a record-tying five Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and a long list of other accolades to her name, Audra McDonald is among today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and a gift for dramatic truth-telling, the Juilliard graduate is as much at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a high profile career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras. An ardent proponent of marriage equality, McDonald sits on the advisory board of the advocacy organization Broadway Impact and has been featured in campaigns for Freedom to Marry, NOH8, and PFLAG NYC.

Her numerous stage credits include: The Secret Garden (1992 Broadway debut while she was still in school at Julliard), Carousel (1994 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical), Master Class (1996 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play), Ragtime (1998 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical) and A Raisin in the Sun (2004 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play), among others. After four seasons on ABC’s hit television series “Private Practice,” McDonald returned to Broadway, winning her fifth Tony for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. McDonald is the only actress to have accomplished this feat within a 20-year period, and is the youngest performer and first African-American to do so.

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller

Anne is known as half of the comedy team, “Stiller & Meara” but also boasts an impressive solo career. After studying acting with Alfred Linder and Uta Hagen, Anne appeared with Zero Mostel in “Ulysses In Nighttown” and in the first season of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park for Joe Papp. Off-Broadway Anne created the role of Bunny in John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves” and starred in Harvey Fierstein’s “Spookhouse”. She played the 83-year-old mother in Guare’s “Bosom And Neglect” and appeared as the nurse in The Public Theatre’s production of “Romeo & Juliet”.
On Broadway, Anne appeared in Richard Greenberg’s “Eastern Standard” and in the Roundabout’s production of “Anna Christie” for which she received a Tony Award nomination.
As “Stiller & Meara”, Anne and her husband Jerry, gained nationwide fame as a comedy team on the “Ed Sullivan Show”. They have performed together nationally in nightclubs and regional theatres and have made countless appearances on television. Stiller and Meara have received many awards for their radio and television commercials which include Amalgamated Bank, Blue Nun Wine and United Van Lines.
Anne has been featured in the films ‘The Out of Towners’, “Fame”, “The Boys From Brazil”, ‘Lovers And Other Strangers” and “Awakenings”. She was seen in the feature film, “Like Mike” for Twentieth Century Fox and ‘Night at the Museum’ with her son Ben. Her work in independent films include, “The Search for One Eyed Jimmy”, “MIA”, “An Open Window” ‘Judy Berlin’, The Daytrippers”, ‘Southie’, and “Get Well Soon”. Other independent films include ‘Fish in the Bathtub’, ‘The Independent’ and ‘Chump Change’, all featuring her husband Jerry. Most recently Anne has been featured in “When the Evening Comes” (co-starring Philip Bosco), and “Another Harvest Moon” (co-starring Doris Roberts and Ernest Borgnine.) When the Evening Comes was recently screened at the Teaneck Film Festival to a full house. Another Harvest Moon premiered at the Rhode Island Film Festival in August 2009 and in February 2010 was screened at the Sedona International Film Festival. On television Anne appeared for several years as Peggy Moody on ABC’s “All My Children”. Other television appearances include the title role in the CBS series “Kate McShane” and recurring roles on “Rhoda”, “Archie Bunker’s Place”, “Alf”, “Sex in the City” and “King of Queens”. Guest appearances include “Murder She Wrote”, “Heat of the Night”, “Homicide”, ‘Ed’, “Will And Grace” and Law and Order: SVU. Anne also guest starred with Jerry on an episode of NBC’s Mercy.Anne and Jerry were featured in the American Playhouse presentation of “The Sunset Gang” and Anne starred in “Avenue Z Afternoon on the A&E network. She was also featured in the Lifetime network films “Jitters” and ‘What Makes a Family’ (with Brooke Shields and Cherry Jones). Anne has received five Emmy nominations for her television work including a 1997 nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for “Homicide”.
Anne was co-writer (with Lila Garrett) and star of “The Other Woman”, a CBS Movie of the Week, which won a Writer’s Guild Award. Anne’s script “After-Play” was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and enjoyed a sold-out run. “After-Play” then moved Off-Broadway to Theatre Four with Anne starring as “Terry” (and later as “Renee”) and Jerry as ‘Phil’. She and Jerry also appeared in the show when it played at the Cape and Westport Playhouses. Anne received the Outer Critic’s Circle John Gassner Award for Playwriting for “After-Play”. Her last play, ‘Down the Garden Paths’, starred John Shea, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and was produced at The George Street Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre and Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
Anne and Jerry are also the hosts of “So You Want To Be An Actor?” an informational video on the business of acting. She and Jerry have been honored with the Fourth Annual Alan King Award in Humor presented by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture as well as the Productive Aging Award by the Jewish Council for the Aging in Washington, D.C. They also received the Thalia Award from Humber College in Toronto and were honored by ART NY for their contribution to non-profit theatre. In February 2007 Anne and Jerry were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only one of four married couples to ever be honored with their own star. In the summer of 2009, Anne received the prestigious WE CAN Woman of the Year Award on Cape Cod.
Most recently, Anne and Jerry have hosted their own web series, Stiller and Meara.com on Yahoo and Hulu. The series highlights Anne and Jerry’s views on a variety of hot topics. Anne continues to work in all facets of the industry, including a recent television pilot, Rip City (with Christine Taylor) for the TV Land network. In 2011 Anne completed a month-long Off-Broadway run in Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”. Just recently, Anne has done staged reading for the Bleecker Company (“Chip off the Moon” by Bill Quigley) and New Group (“The Watchwoman” by Dan McCabe)



As Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller was nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award, won the 1998 American Comedy Award for ‘Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a Television Series’ and in 2008 was honored by viewers and the Paley Center for Media as ‘TV’s All Time Funniest Relative’. Following Seinfeld Jerry enjoyed a nine-year run as “Arthur Spooner” on the hit CBS series, King of Queens.
Jerry and his wife, Anne Meara were part of The Compass Players (which later became Second City). Then as Stiller and Meara, they performed at David Gordon's Phase II in Greenwich Village. They went on to play record-breaking engagements at Max Gordon's Blue Angel and The Village Vanguard. They toured the country playing Mr. Kelly’s, The Hungry i, The Crescendo, The Flamingo and The Sands, working with Count Basie, The original Supremes, Billy Eckstein and Diahann Carroll. Anne and Jerry performed at The Establishment in London, and appeared thirty-six times on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Jerry made his legit debut in The Silver Whistle with Burgess Meredith then appeared with Lawrence Tibbett and Veronica Lake in the National Company of Peter Pan. T. Hambleton and Norris Houghton cast him as a resident in the first two seasons at the Phoenix Theatre, where he appeared in The Golden Apple and later Coriolanous for John Houseman. He worked again for Mr. Houseman at the Stratford Festival.
Broadway has seen Jerry in Hurlyburly, directed by Mike Nichols, The Ritz, Passione, The Golden Apple, Unexpected Guests, Three Men on a Horse (with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman), What's Wrong with This Picture and The Three Sisters.
He toured the boroughs in the first season of Joe Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival and created the role of Launce in John Guare's musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona. He also appeared as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing with Kevin Kline and Blythe Danner. At Lincoln Center, Jerry appeared in David Mamet’s Prairie Du Chien for Greg Mosher. He played Bourbouroche for Walt Witcover's Masterwork Laboratory Theatre. Jerry played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, the first musical produced at the Guthrie Theatre. He played opposite his daughter Amy in I Ought to be in Pictures and Beau Jest on the Straw Hat Circuit. Jerry starred with Anne in her award winning play, After-Play, at Theatre Four Off-Broadway and theatres on the summer circuit.
Shoeshine, which starred Jerry and his son Ben Stiller, was nominated for an Academy Award in the 1988 Short Subject Category. Other film appearances include The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, Those Lips-Those Eyes, Airport '75, Nadine, The Ritz, The McGuffin, Hot Pursuit, Hairspray (original version) and The Pickle. He and Anne starred in the Joan Micklin Silver film, The Fish in the Bathtub. Other films include On the Line, Servicing Sara and Zoolander, (directed by and starring his son Ben Stiller). His starring role in The Independent opposite Jeaneane Garafolo garnered rave reviews nationwide. Jerry appeared as Mr. Pinky in the musical version of the film “Hairspray” (starring John Travolta) and was seen in the Farrelly Brother’s film “The Heartbreak Kid” (once again co-starring with Ben) Jerry traveled to London to shoot Swinging with The Finkels (with Mandy Moore and Martin Freeman). He is also featured in the documentary “When the World Breaks” which was featured in several film festivals during 2010 and 2011.
On television, Jerry won praise as the charlatan psychoanalyst, Dr. Tamkin, opposite Robin Williams, in a PBS Great Performance of Saul Bellow’s Seize The Day produced by Robert Geller. He also appeared in The Hollow Boy again for Mr. Geller. He and Anne starred together in The Detective (part of The Sunset Gang on American Playhouse). Jerry appeared in the HBO film Subway Stories and as the Devil’s Advocate in Tales From the Darkside. He co-starred on the series Joe and Sons and Tattinger's and has guest starred on Murder She Wrote, Law and Order, LA Law, In the Heat of the Night, Homicide, Touched by an Angel and most recently as a judge on The Good Wife. Jerry was heard as the voice of ‘Pretty Boy’ on the Disney animated series, Teacher’s Pet. He is featured in the animated films, Teacher’s Pet, Lion King 3, Lion King 1 ½, and Food Fight. He was also featured in the CBS holiday special, Robbie the Reindeer. Recently Jerry was heard as the voice of Stickler in the Disney Channel’sanimated series Fish Hooks.
Jerry and Anne have written, performed and produced award winning radio commercials for Blue Nun Wine, United Van Lines and Amalgamated Bank among many others. Jerry appeared as Vince Lombardi in Nike ads, AT&T commercials with his “Seinfeld” wife, Estelle Harris, and for Total Cereal, Glad Bags and America Online 9.0. Currently he is featured in television, radio and print ads for Capital One Bank. He’s also shot two videos for the band Rush, which were used during live performances of their recent tours. Recently he has been helping NYC promote their Million Trees NYC initiative and shot a commercial for Mitsubishi.
Jerry has performed for Isiah Sheffer’s Selected Shorts series, heard on Public Radio reading John Sayle’s At The Anarchist’s Convention, S.J. Perelman’s Eine Kleine Mothmusik and Russel Baker’s Uncle Harold. He and Anne are also featured on the CD One People, Many Stories, for the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. Jerry and Anne host an informational video on the business of acting, entitled So You Want To Be An Actor?
Jerry credits Professor Sawyer Falk at Syracuse University and Esther Porter Lane at the Henry Street Playhouse as his mentors. He has taught at the Herbert Berghof Studio and studied with Uta Hagen. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama from Syracuse University.
In April 2004, Jerry returned to his alma mater, Syracuse University, to perform his own one-man show, An Evening with Jerry Stiller to a rousing standing ovation. He has since performed his show at the Cape Playhouse, at Cornell University, in Morristown NJ, in Queens Theatre in the Park, at the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City, Richmond Hill, Toronto and for several other organizations in Florida and the Northeast.
In February 2007 Jerry and his wife Anne were honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only one of four married couples to ever be honored with their own star. In May of 2004 Jerry and Anne received the Productive Aging Award, presented by the Jewish Council For the Aging in Washington, D.C. and in July of 2004 received the Thalia Award from Humber College in Toronto. Jerry and Anne have been honored by the City of New York with a Crystal Apple Award and are in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Walk of Fame. They were honored with the Fourth Annual Alan King Award in American Jewish Humor, given by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and honored by ART NY for their contribution to non-profit theatre. Jerry has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was the recipient of the first annual George Burns Memorial Award by the Lower East Side Festival. He was also awarded a Biffy by the Baltimore Film Festival and the first Big Apple Orange Award by Syracuse University and is also is on their Walk of Fame. In October 1999 Jerry was honored by The New York Friar’s Club at their annual roast. The televised event, The New York Friar’s Club Roast of Jerry Stiller, received the highest ratings for any program in the history of the Comedy Central Network up to that time.
Jerry’s autobiography, Married to Laughter was published by Simon and Schuster and the audio version of the book, read by Jerry, was released by Random House. The audio version received a 2000 Grammy Award nomination in the Spoken Word category. The paperback version of Married to Laughter was also released by Random House.
Currently Jerry can be seen alongside his wife, Anne in their internet series www.stillerandmeara.com, where they tackle a variety of hot topics.

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Matthew Miller is president and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, an organization whose members account for 80 to 85 percent of all nationally televised commercials in the United States. The Association supports its members by disseminating information, negotiating labor agreements, developing industry standards, providing professional development and marketing American production through the AICP Show, The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. Miller is a member of the board of directors of the Adcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University, serves on the advisory board of the Association of Film Commissions International, and is a trustee of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Producer/Cinematographers Guild of America’s Accidental Death and Dismemberment Fund. Prior to joining AICP, Miller, a native New Yorker, was a director in the Member Services Department of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA).

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A native New Yorker, Lin-Manuel Miranda is the composer-lyricist-star of the 2008 Tony Winner for Best Musical, In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards, nine Drama Desk Nominations, including Best Music, Best Lyrics, and an award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Recently, he collaborated with Stephen Sondheim to translate selected songs in the new revival of West Side Story into Spanish. He has also composed music for PBS’s new show The Electric Company.

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Sheila Nevins is president, HBO Documentary Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax. She was named to this position in February 2004. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 24 Primetime Emmy Awards, 28 News and Documentary Emmys and 37 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 23 Academy Awards, including “Saving Face” (2012), “Strangers No More” (2011), “Born Into Brothels” (2005), “Chernobyl Heart” (2004), “One Survivor Remembers” (1996) and “You Don’t Have To Die” (1989). The series “Cinemax Reel Life” has featured a number of award-winning documentaries including “Big Mama,” winner of the 2001 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, and “Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien,” an Oscar winner in 1997.

Nevins has been honored with several prestigious career achievement awards including the 2009 Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and was made an NYU Tisch School of the Arts Honoree. She is also the recipient of a 2008 Gotham Awards Tribute; a 2005 Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the art of the documentary, the first time the National Television Academy awarded a Lifetime Achievement recognition to a documentarian; and a Personal Peabody in 1999 in recognition of her work and ongoing commitment to excellence. She has supervised the production of more than 1,000 documentary programs for HBO, and won the first George Foster Peabody Award ever presented to a cable program for “She's Nobody's Baby,” which was produced with Ms. Magazine.

Nevins holds a BA from Barnard College and an MFA from Yale University School of Drama in Directing.

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The New Victory Theater was re-dedicated in 1995 as New York’s oldest active theater –marking a new era for 42nd Street in Times Square. Built for the legitimate theater in 1900 by Oscar Hammerstein as the “Theatre Republic,” it helped establish 42nd Street as the city’s new theater district. In his own words, Hammerstein described it as the “perfect parlor theater...a drawing room of the drama dedicated to all that is best in dramatic and lyric art.” In his own words, Hammerstein described it as the “perfect parlor theater...a drawing room of the drama dedicated to all that is best in dramatic and lyric art.”

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@radical.media

@radical.media is a global transmedia company that creates some of the most innovative content across all platforms. It creates, produces and distributes award-winning projects in a variety of media including feature films, television, music programming, commercials, graphic and interactive design, smartphone & tablet applications, exhibitions, events, and original photography. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Sydney and Shanghai, the company’s global network has given it a foundation for identifying and nurturing in-house talent, while offering its client base a global reach for the development, production and distribution of content.

From the Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary The Fog of War, to the Grammy Award®-winning memorial for George Harrison titled Concert for George, @radical.media has received much critical acclaim in the feature film arena. Credits include Jay-Z's Fade to Black, and Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster, which won Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards, Crude, winner of the Cinema For Peace’s International Green Film Award and the National Board of Review’s Best Documentary of the Year, the Academy Award® nominated film Blue Valentine, and the Academy-Award® nominated documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which -ows the epic story of the West Memphis 3 murder trials and the uncovering of new evidence. More recently, @radical.media produced Under African Skies, which won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival, starring Grammy Award® musician Paul Simon.

@radical’s television credits are no less imposing, including the production of the pilot episode of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning series Mad Men for AMC; Emmy® winning series 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America for the History Channel; Master Class and Visionaries, two series for Oprah Winfrey’s new channel OWN; and six seasons of Iconoclasts, produced for the Sundance Channel and sponsored by Grey Goose Entertainment.   In addition, @radical produced Storymakers, a series hosted by Peter Bart and Peter Guber for the AMC Network; In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, which premiered on PBS Great Performances; Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful, for Showtime; Britney: For the Record, Nick Minaj: My Time Now, Drake:  Better Than Good Enough, and Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside, all for MTV Networks; and the award-winning series IBM: Watson, which aired during Jeopardy! The company is currently producing programs for Sundance Channel, MTV, Discovery and OWN.

As the company transcends international borders and various media platforms, it stays true to its pioneering spirit of marrying art and commerce. In the branded content space, @radical.media continues to rewrite the rules, producing innovative content for courageous brands. With Wieden + Kennedy, @radical produced the Nike Battlegrounds series for MTV, which has placed among the network’s highest-rated programs. The company also produced two projects with Nike China airing on CCTV, which both won a Gold and Silver at the One Show Entertainment. Additional long form branded projects include: GT Academy with Nissan, Sony Playstation and TBWA/Chiat/Day for SPEEDTV; Bud Big Time with Anheuser-Busch for ABC Networks; Honda: The Power of Dreams series; The Gamekillers, a scripted reality dating series produced for Unilever's Axe deodorant, as well as Volkswagen’s third season of Racing Under the Green series for the Discovery Channels; Toyota's Two Roads to Baja and its sequel Two Roads to Taupo for The Speed Channel; Ironic Iconic America for the Tommy Hilfiger brand and BravoTV; Summit on the Summit with Proctor & Gamble and MTV to raise the awareness of the global clean water crisis; and Project Shiphunt, a follow-up to last year’s award-winning initiative, Rocket Project, for Sony, Intel and 180LA.

Digital initiatives and application platforms include: The award-winning interactive film The Wilderness Downtown, in conjunction with Google Creative Lab and Arcade Fire, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival and was named FWA’s Site of the Year; the Grammy®-nominated and numerous Webbys Awards® winner The Johnny Cash Project; the Grammy®-nominated app Sting 25 Years; the Gagosian Gallery iPad App, which provides exclusive access to distinguished artists from around the world; The One Campaign App, the first application designed exclusively for advocacy; (2015)Quilt, a digital, social re-imagining of the original AIDS Memorial quilt; 19.20.21, a multimedia initiative to collect, organize and package information on population's effect regarding urban and business planning with TED founder Richard Saul Wurman; Boost Up for the Ad Council, which resides at the Cooper Hewitt Museum; Get Schooled for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom; Bold Moves for The Ford Motor Company; Kodiak for the Vaseline brand; 6 Beers of Separation online and television series for Lion-Nathan Australia; Meet the Lucky Ones for Lincoln Mercury; and The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman for American Express.

The company has also contributed significantly to public awareness campaigns and initiatives such as Conservation International, Get Schooled for the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation and Viacom, 1GOAL for Queen Rania and FIFA, the ONE campaign, (RED), Clinton Global Initiative, and works closely with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater & Television.  

In addition to its Oscar®, Golden Globe®, Grammy® and Webby® wins, @radical.media has earned two Palme d'Or Awards at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.  The company has won numerous Emmys®, Webbys®, D&AD Pencils, One Show Pencils, MTV VMA Awards, Clios, Art Directors Club medals, the prestigious Smithsonian National Design Award for Communications Media and just about every accolade and trophy associated with the advertising and marketing industries, in both traditional and new media.

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In the fall of 2007, best-selling cookbook author Rachael Ray launched the successful syndicated daytime program, Rachael Ray. Now an iconic Food Network television personality, Ray is also editor–in-chief of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. In its inaugural year, Rachael Ray won a 2007 Daytime Emmy Award and was nominated for six others. Prior to Rachael Ray, she created a series of cooking classes, including a course teaching 30-Minute Mediterranean Meals. The CBS station in Albany-Schenectady, WRGB-TV, discovered her and signed her on to do a weekly 30-Minute Meals segment for the evening news, which was nominated for two regional Emmys in its first year. In the spring of 2007, Ray launched a nonprofit organization, Yum-o! that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. The organization also feeds hungry American kids and funds cooking education and scholarships.

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Kelly Ripa is the host of the popular syndicated morning talk show “LIVE! with Kelly.” As she completes her 11th year with the show, she now takes the lead on “LIVE” as the search for a new co-host commences.

After ten consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host with former partner Regis Philbin, the duo recently was honored as co-winners of the 2011 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for “LIVE.” Also during her tenure, the show has been nominated for nine Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show, has received two TV Guide Award nominations for Favorite Daytime Talk Show and multiple People’s Choice nominations for Favorite Talk Show Host.

Ripa ventured into primetime in 2003 on “Hope & Faith,” starring with Faith Ford in the half-hour sitcom, which ran for three seasons on ABC. In 2002, Ripa concluded a 12-year stint as Hayley Vaughan on ABC’s “All My Children.” She won three Soap Opera Digest Awards for her work, two for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress and one for Hottest Romance, which she shared with her real-life husband and co-star, actor Mark Consuelos. Ripa also received three Daytime Emmy nominations, two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

She had a recurring role on the hit NBC series “Ed,” appeared in the telefilm “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie,” and won acclaim for her turn in late night TV’s most coveted role: hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Her voice could be heard as a guest star on the popular animated series “Kim Possible” and “Duck Dodgers.” In 2007, Ripa hosted the TV Land Awards and the "50 Funniest Women Alive" special on the Oxygen network. Ripa also hosted the annual ABC special “Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade” for nine years, eight of them with Philbin. They received a 2006 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special, and again were nominated in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Best known for her television work, Ripa also has several feature films to her credit. She appeared in the acclaimed Miramax feature “Marvin’s Room” in 1996, and in 1999 won the Best Actress award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for her work in “The Stand-In.” Most recently, she was part of the voice cast of the computer-generated animated feature “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Ripa and Consuelos also oversee their SoHo-based production company, Milojo Productions.  Their first effort, the feature documentary “The Streak” for ESPN, told the compelling story of a Florida high school wrestling team with an extraordinary 34-year winning streak.  It premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for a Sports Emmy in the category of Outstanding Sports Documentary.   In addition, Milojo had a first-look development deal with TLC and Discovery, and premiered its first docu-series “Masters of Reception” in 2009.  Following that, the company launched a country-wide search for female inventors and premiered “Homemade Millionaire” on TLC in Fall, 2010, hosted by Ripa.  This past year they also premiered the film "Off the Rez" at the Tribeca Film Festival, and then aired it on TLC.  In addition, the company recently premiered "Jersey Cheer" for Lifetime, and produced "Dirty Soap" for E! with Machete Productions.  They also sold their first scripted project to ABC this past year, entitled "Port Love," and are currently developing more in the scripted arena.  They have several other non-scripted projects in development, and are currently producing the new series "Cheer" for CMT which documents hard-driving coach Patty Ann Romero and her elite competitive cheerleading team as they journey toward the world championship. 

Ripa and Consuelos met on the set of “All My Children” and married in 1996, a year before their characters married onscreen. The couple lives in New York with their three children, Michael, Lola and Joaquin.

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NBC’s Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy Saturday Night Live showcase just celebrated its 35th season last fall. The series is one of the longest-running network television programs in the United States, featuring hundreds of musical guests and celebrity hosts. SNL continues to garner the highest ratings of any late-night television program, entertaining millions each week. Hailed as a “truly a national institution,” Saturday Night Live has won numerous awards since its debut, including twenty-one Primetime Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. SNL was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and was placed seventh on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the Top 100 Entertainers of the past fifty years.

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Sesame Street stands out as the most thoroughly developed and researched preschool television program and media offering with a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on the development of the whole child. Produced in New York since its inception forty years ago, Sesame Street has introduced generations of children to information and experiences ranging from nutrition and space exploration to lessons about cooperation, friendship, and diversity with the help of the beloved Muppets including Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Honored with more Emmy awards than any other television show in history, Sesame Street continues to set the gold standard for excellence in educational media, giving children the best head start in school and life. On November 10, 2009, the show enters it 40th season celebrating the special way it is making the world a little brighter.

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Founded in 2002 by Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody, Smuggler is home to a unique roster of directing talent alongside an experienced and multifaceted bi-coastal production and management team. Awarded “Production Company of the Year” by several leading industry magazines and award shows in the past few years, Smuggler has also brought home the coveted Cannes Lions Grand Prix, the Palme D'Or, Hugo Award and an Emmy amongst other accolades. Smuggler has appeared at the Sundance Film festival where the branded content short film Force 1, created for eBay, was an official selection, and created several branded content television shows for ABC. In 2009, Smuggler opened its doors in the UK and teamed with film and theatre producer, John Hart, to form Smuggler Films.

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At 43, Stacy Spikes is considered one of the leaders of filmed entertainment marketing, currently serving as the Co-Founder and CEO of MoviePass Inc a mobile entertainment subscription company.

Spikes, is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Urbanworld Film Festival. Urbanworld has premiered more #1 films than any other North American Film Festival including Sundance and Tribeca. The Urbanworld Film Festival began, as an impassioned idea that Spikes acted on and made a reality when the festival premiered in August 1997 and is now the largest festival of it’s kind in the world.

In 1989 Spikes accepted a position at Motown Records. Through print and television ads, promotional tours and strategically placed publicity, Spikes helped create and promote the images of many artists. By the age of 23, Spikes was the product manager for Boys II Men, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Queen Latifah, and Eddie Murphy.

Spikes' love of storytelling brought him to film, joining Miramax Films, as the Vice-President of Marketing. At Miramax, Spikes used theatrical trailers, print and television ads, and websites, along with nationwide promotions, to help launch unprecedented marketing campaigns that leveraged films including the first epic of the teenage horror phenomenon Scream, Trainspotting, The Crow 2, Don’t Be a Menace, Emma and more. Film and Music Project directly marketed by Spikes have grossed over $3 Billion Dollars in worldwide sales to date.

His career in film at major studios within the industry ultimately evolved into the entrepreneurial venture known as Urbanworld, a nonprofit organization that manages the Urbanworld Film Festival and other annual film platforms such as the Urbanworld College Tour. Urbanworld also handles marketing for such companies as HBO, BMW TED and more.

Stacy Spikes resides in Greenwich Village New York with his wife and daughter.

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Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller

Anne is known as half of the comedy team, “Stiller & Meara” but also boasts an impressive solo career. After studying acting with Alfred Linder and Uta Hagen, Anne appeared with Zero Mostel in “Ulysses In Nighttown” and in the first season of the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park for Joe Papp. Off-Broadway Anne created the role of Bunny in John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves” and starred in Harvey Fierstein’s “Spookhouse”. She played the 83-year-old mother in Guare’s “Bosom And Neglect” and appeared as the nurse in The Public Theatre’s production of “Romeo & Juliet”.
On Broadway, Anne appeared in Richard Greenberg’s “Eastern Standard” and in the Roundabout’s production of “Anna Christie” for which she received a Tony Award nomination.
As “Stiller & Meara”, Anne and her husband Jerry, gained nationwide fame as a comedy team on the “Ed Sullivan Show”. They have performed together nationally in nightclubs and regional theatres and have made countless appearances on television. Stiller and Meara have received many awards for their radio and television commercials which include Amalgamated Bank, Blue Nun Wine and United Van Lines.
Anne has been featured in the films ‘The Out of Towners’, “Fame”, “The Boys From Brazil”, ‘Lovers And Other Strangers” and “Awakenings”. She was seen in the feature film, “Like Mike” for Twentieth Century Fox and ‘Night at the Museum’ with her son Ben. Her work in independent films include, “The Search for One Eyed Jimmy”, “MIA”, “An Open Window” ‘Judy Berlin’, The Daytrippers”, ‘Southie’, and “Get Well Soon”. Other independent films include ‘Fish in the Bathtub’, ‘The Independent’ and ‘Chump Change’, all featuring her husband Jerry. Most recently Anne has been featured in “When the Evening Comes” (co-starring Philip Bosco), and “Another Harvest Moon” (co-starring Doris Roberts and Ernest Borgnine.) When the Evening Comes was recently screened at the Teaneck Film Festival to a full house. Another Harvest Moon premiered at the Rhode Island Film Festival in August 2009 and in February 2010 was screened at the Sedona International Film Festival. On television Anne appeared for several years as Peggy Moody on ABC’s “All My Children”. Other television appearances include the title role in the CBS series “Kate McShane” and recurring roles on “Rhoda”, “Archie Bunker’s Place”, “Alf”, “Sex in the City” and “King of Queens”. Guest appearances include “Murder She Wrote”, “Heat of the Night”, “Homicide”, ‘Ed’, “Will And Grace” and Law and Order: SVU. Anne also guest starred with Jerry on an episode of NBC’s Mercy.Anne and Jerry were featured in the American Playhouse presentation of “The Sunset Gang” and Anne starred in “Avenue Z Afternoon on the A&E network. She was also featured in the Lifetime network films “Jitters” and ‘What Makes a Family’ (with Brooke Shields and Cherry Jones). Anne has received five Emmy nominations for her television work including a 1997 nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for “Homicide”.
Anne was co-writer (with Lila Garrett) and star of “The Other Woman”, a CBS Movie of the Week, which won a Writer’s Guild Award. Anne’s script “After-Play” was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and enjoyed a sold-out run. “After-Play” then moved Off-Broadway to Theatre Four with Anne starring as “Terry” (and later as “Renee”) and Jerry as ‘Phil’. She and Jerry also appeared in the show when it played at the Cape and Westport Playhouses. Anne received the Outer Critic’s Circle John Gassner Award for Playwriting for “After-Play”. Her last play, ‘Down the Garden Paths’, starred John Shea, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and was produced at The George Street Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre and Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
Anne and Jerry are also the hosts of “So You Want To Be An Actor?” an informational video on the business of acting. She and Jerry have been honored with the Fourth Annual Alan King Award in Humor presented by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture as well as the Productive Aging Award by the Jewish Council for the Aging in Washington, D.C. They also received the Thalia Award from Humber College in Toronto and were honored by ART NY for their contribution to non-profit theatre. In February 2007 Anne and Jerry were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only one of four married couples to ever be honored with their own star. In the summer of 2009, Anne received the prestigious WE CAN Woman of the Year Award on Cape Cod.
Most recently, Anne and Jerry have hosted their own web series, Stiller and Meara.com on Yahoo and Hulu. The series highlights Anne and Jerry’s views on a variety of hot topics. Anne continues to work in all facets of the industry, including a recent television pilot, Rip City (with Christine Taylor) for the TV Land network. In 2011 Anne completed a month-long Off-Broadway run in Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”. Just recently, Anne has done staged reading for the Bleecker Company (“Chip off the Moon” by Bill Quigley) and New Group (“The Watchwoman” by Dan McCabe)



As Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, Jerry Stiller was nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award, won the 1998 American Comedy Award for ‘Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a Television Series’ and in 2008 was honored by viewers and the Paley Center for Media as ‘TV’s All Time Funniest Relative’. Following Seinfeld Jerry enjoyed a nine-year run as “Arthur Spooner” on the hit CBS series, King of Queens.
Jerry and his wife, Anne Meara were part of The Compass Players (which later became Second City). Then as Stiller and Meara, they performed at David Gordon's Phase II in Greenwich Village. They went on to play record-breaking engagements at Max Gordon's Blue Angel and The Village Vanguard. They toured the country playing Mr. Kelly’s, The Hungry i, The Crescendo, The Flamingo and The Sands, working with Count Basie, The original Supremes, Billy Eckstein and Diahann Carroll. Anne and Jerry performed at The Establishment in London, and appeared thirty-six times on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Jerry made his legit debut in The Silver Whistle with Burgess Meredith then appeared with Lawrence Tibbett and Veronica Lake in the National Company of Peter Pan. T. Hambleton and Norris Houghton cast him as a resident in the first two seasons at the Phoenix Theatre, where he appeared in The Golden Apple and later Coriolanous for John Houseman. He worked again for Mr. Houseman at the Stratford Festival.
Broadway has seen Jerry in Hurlyburly, directed by Mike Nichols, The Ritz, Passione, The Golden Apple, Unexpected Guests, Three Men on a Horse (with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman), What's Wrong with This Picture and The Three Sisters.
He toured the boroughs in the first season of Joe Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival and created the role of Launce in John Guare's musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona. He also appeared as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing with Kevin Kline and Blythe Danner. At Lincoln Center, Jerry appeared in David Mamet’s Prairie Du Chien for Greg Mosher. He played Bourbouroche for Walt Witcover's Masterwork Laboratory Theatre. Jerry played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, the first musical produced at the Guthrie Theatre. He played opposite his daughter Amy in I Ought to be in Pictures and Beau Jest on the Straw Hat Circuit. Jerry starred with Anne in her award winning play, After-Play, at Theatre Four Off-Broadway and theatres on the summer circuit.
Shoeshine, which starred Jerry and his son Ben Stiller, was nominated for an Academy Award in the 1988 Short Subject Category. Other film appearances include The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, Those Lips-Those Eyes, Airport '75, Nadine, The Ritz, The McGuffin, Hot Pursuit, Hairspray (original version) and The Pickle. He and Anne starred in the Joan Micklin Silver film, The Fish in the Bathtub. Other films include On the Line, Servicing Sara and Zoolander, (directed by and starring his son Ben Stiller). His starring role in The Independent opposite Jeaneane Garafolo garnered rave reviews nationwide. Jerry appeared as Mr. Pinky in the musical version of the film “Hairspray” (starring John Travolta) and was seen in the Farrelly Brother’s film “The Heartbreak Kid” (once again co-starring with Ben) Jerry traveled to London to shoot Swinging with The Finkels (with Mandy Moore and Martin Freeman). He is also featured in the documentary “When the World Breaks” which was featured in several film festivals during 2010 and 2011.
On television, Jerry won praise as the charlatan psychoanalyst, Dr. Tamkin, opposite Robin Williams, in a PBS Great Performance of Saul Bellow’s Seize The Day produced by Robert Geller. He also appeared in The Hollow Boy again for Mr. Geller. He and Anne starred together in The Detective (part of The Sunset Gang on American Playhouse). Jerry appeared in the HBO film Subway Stories and as the Devil’s Advocate in Tales From the Darkside. He co-starred on the series Joe and Sons and Tattinger's and has guest starred on Murder She Wrote, Law and Order, LA Law, In the Heat of the Night, Homicide, Touched by an Angel and most recently as a judge on The Good Wife. Jerry was heard as the voice of ‘Pretty Boy’ on the Disney animated series, Teacher’s Pet. He is featured in the animated films, Teacher’s Pet, Lion King 3, Lion King 1 ½, and Food Fight. He was also featured in the CBS holiday special, Robbie the Reindeer. Recently Jerry was heard as the voice of Stickler in the Disney Channel’sanimated series Fish Hooks.
Jerry and Anne have written, performed and produced award winning radio commercials for Blue Nun Wine, United Van Lines and Amalgamated Bank among many others. Jerry appeared as Vince Lombardi in Nike ads, AT&T commercials with his “Seinfeld” wife, Estelle Harris, and for Total Cereal, Glad Bags and America Online 9.0. Currently he is featured in television, radio and print ads for Capital One Bank. He’s also shot two videos for the band Rush, which were used during live performances of their recent tours. Recently he has been helping NYC promote their Million Trees NYC initiative and shot a commercial for Mitsubishi.
Jerry has performed for Isiah Sheffer’s Selected Shorts series, heard on Public Radio reading John Sayle’s At The Anarchist’s Convention, S.J. Perelman’s Eine Kleine Mothmusik and Russel Baker’s Uncle Harold. He and Anne are also featured on the CD One People, Many Stories, for the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. Jerry and Anne host an informational video on the business of acting, entitled So You Want To Be An Actor?
Jerry credits Professor Sawyer Falk at Syracuse University and Esther Porter Lane at the Henry Street Playhouse as his mentors. He has taught at the Herbert Berghof Studio and studied with Uta Hagen. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Drama from Syracuse University.
In April 2004, Jerry returned to his alma mater, Syracuse University, to perform his own one-man show, An Evening with Jerry Stiller to a rousing standing ovation. He has since performed his show at the Cape Playhouse, at Cornell University, in Morristown NJ, in Queens Theatre in the Park, at the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City, Richmond Hill, Toronto and for several other organizations in Florida and the Northeast.
In February 2007 Jerry and his wife Anne were honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only one of four married couples to ever be honored with their own star. In May of 2004 Jerry and Anne received the Productive Aging Award, presented by the Jewish Council For the Aging in Washington, D.C. and in July of 2004 received the Thalia Award from Humber College in Toronto. Jerry and Anne have been honored by the City of New York with a Crystal Apple Award and are in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Walk of Fame. They were honored with the Fourth Annual Alan King Award in American Jewish Humor, given by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and honored by ART NY for their contribution to non-profit theatre. Jerry has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was the recipient of the first annual George Burns Memorial Award by the Lower East Side Festival. He was also awarded a Biffy by the Baltimore Film Festival and the first Big Apple Orange Award by Syracuse University and is also is on their Walk of Fame. In October 1999 Jerry was honored by The New York Friar’s Club at their annual roast. The televised event, The New York Friar’s Club Roast of Jerry Stiller, received the highest ratings for any program in the history of the Comedy Central Network up to that time.
Jerry’s autobiography, Married to Laughter was published by Simon and Schuster and the audio version of the book, read by Jerry, was released by Random House. The audio version received a 2000 Grammy Award nomination in the Spoken Word category. The paperback version of Married to Laughter was also released by Random House.
Currently Jerry can be seen alongside his wife, Anne in their internet series www.stillerandmeara.com, where they tackle a variety of hot topics.

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Actress Meryl Streep

For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television.

         Ms. Streep was educated in the New Jersey public school system through high school, graduated cum laude from Vassar College, and received her MFA with honors from Yale University in 1975. She began her professional life on the New York stage, where she quickly established her signature versatility and verve as an actor. Within three years of graduation, she made her Broadway debut, won an Emmy (for "Holocaust") and received her first Oscar nomination (for "The Deerhunter"). In 2011, in a record that is unsurpassed, she won her seventeenth Academy Award nomination for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” For this role, which can currently be seen in theaters, she has won the Academy Award, British Academy Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actress. She will next be seen in "Great Hope Springs," alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.

         Ms. Streep has pursued her interest in the environment through her work with Mothers and Others, a consumer advocacy group that she co-founded in 1989. M&O worked for ten years to promote sustainable agriculture, establish new pesticide regulations, and the availability of organic and sustainably grown local foods.

         Ms. Streep serves as spokesperson for the proposed National Women’s History Museum.
She also lends her efforts to Women for Women International, Women in the World Foundation and Partners in Health. She is a member of the Vassar College Board of Trustees and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been accorded a Commandeur de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, The 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Obama and in 2011 she received a Kennedy Center Honor.

Her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, and she are the parents of a son and three daughters.

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Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, Theatre for a New Audience strives to help develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama, including modern classics, in America. Theatre for a New Audience produces for audiences Off-Broadway and has also toured nationally and internationally. The Theatre’s productions have earned numerous awards and nominations, including the Drama Desk, OBIE and Tony Awards. As part of its commitment to serve a broad audience, Theatre for a New Audience runs the largest Shakespeare education program in New York City. More than 115,000 students have been served through the programs since 1984. Dorothy Ryan, managing director, accepted the award on behalf of the Theatre for a New Audience.

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Actor Tamara Tunie stars in the New York City-based television shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, on which she plays Medical Examiner Dr. Melinda Warner, and As the World Turns, on which she plays Jessica Griffin. A resident of Harlem, Tamara got her start in the City’s theatre community, where she appeared in the Broadway musical Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, starred in David Merrick’s revival of OH KAY!, and, after September 11, co-starred with Broadway veterans in the 20th anniversary concert of DREAMGIRLS. She has starred in Julius Caesar on Broadway with Denzel Washington. Her New York film credits include roles in The Devil’s Advocate, Caveman’s Valentine and City Hall, where she played a press secretary to a Mayor played by Al Pacino.

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Tumblr is a media network powered by an army of independent creators and home to an audience of more than 300 million unique visitors. Founded by David Karp in 2007, Tumblr is headquartered in New York City.



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Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente are co-presidents of HDNet Films, Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner’s newly formed high-definition production company that produces features and documentaries, shot with High Definition digital cameras. HDNet work is distributed worldwide through Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theaters, HDNet Movies, Magnolia Home Entertainment and HDNet Films International. With HDNet Films, Kliot and Vicente are in various stages of production with 20 films. Kliot and Vincente also co-founded the production company Open City Films 12 in 2006.

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Barbara Walters has arguably interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history. She is so well known that her name and a brief biography are listed in the American Heritage Dictionary. She has interviewed every American President and First Lady since Richard Nixon. She made journalism history by arranging the first joint interview with Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin in November 1977. Another of her “firsts” was an hour-long primetime conversation with Cuban President Fidel Castro – an interview which has been printed in half a dozen languages and shown all over the world.

In September 2004, after 25 years as co-host and chief correspondent of ABC News’ “20/20,” Ms. Walters left the show to begin a new phase in her career at the network. She remains an active member of the news division and network, substantially increasing the number of primetime ABC News specials, in addition to her “Barbara Walters Specials.” Ms. Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news.

Ms. Walters’ is also creator, co-owner, executive producer and co-host of “The View,” recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Talk Show.” In August 2009, “The View” hosts received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host. In May 2009, “The View” hosts were chosen as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time. In July 2009, Forbes ranked “The View” #11 among “30 of the Most Influential Women in Media.”

Prior to joining ABC she appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” for 15 years. She began as a writer on the “Today Show,” and within a year became a reporter-at-large, developing, writing and editing her own reports and interviews. In 1963, she became a co-host of the program without the official title, but in 1974 NBC officially designated her as the program’s first female co-host.

Ms. Walters is a New York Times best-selling author for her memoir Audition, released in 2008. Over the years, Ms. Walters has received national recognition for her work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards, including 11 Emmy Awards.



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Harvey and Bob Weinstein founded Miramax Films in 1979, naming the company after their parents, Miriam and Max. Under Harvey and Bob’s leadership, Miramax Films released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films, including sixteen Best Picture nominations over a span of sixteen years: The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Chicago, Gangs of New York, In the Bedroom, Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, Shakespeare in Love, Life Is Beautiful, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Il Postino, Pulp Fiction, The Piano, The Crying Game and My Left Foot,  as well as a Best Picture nomination for The Hours, which was a co-production. The outstanding quality of Miramax's films under the Weinsteins’ leadership was represented in the company's success in the annual Academy Awards race.

In October 2005, Bob and Harvey Weinstein officially launched their new multi-media company, The Weinstein Company. Dimension Films, the genre label founded by Bob in 1993 while at Miramax Films, is included under The Weinstein Company banner. Dimension Films is committed to producing science fiction, thriller, action, family and horror films. Dimension releases include Wes Craven’s Scream franchise, the Scary Movie franchise, Golden Globe nominated Bad Santa, Robert Rodriguez’s successful Spy Kids franchise, The Others, for which Dimension received a Golden Globe nomination, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk till Dawn and Frank Miller’s Sin City, among others. Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as The Reader, Blue Valentine, The King’s Speech, I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Iron Lady, W.E., The Artist, Bully, Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, they have received 321 Oscar nominations and won 78 Academy Awards.



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WFT Productions is a full-service digital agency based in New York City that creates unique mobile and web experiences. In 2009, WFT Productions won the NYC BigApps Contest Grand Prize for Best Overall App and the Data Visualization Grand Prize for Wayfinder Mobile, an augmented reality app that provides a live view of the nearest MTA subway stops using a smart phone’s camera. WFT has done work for the City of New York and New York Cares, and its founding partners have broadly diverse backgrounds and experiences with brands including Apple, Kodak, Starbucks, BMW, IBM, and Microsoft.

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Lauren Zalaznick has spent her entire career in media from her start as an independent feature film producer to her current role as Chairman, NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. She was named Chairman in January 2011 when Comcast and GE completed their transaction creating a joint venture consisting of NBCUniversal businesses and Comcast's cable networks, regional sports networks, and certain digital properties. In this role, she oversees Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, Style, mun2, Sprout and Telemundo. Additionally, she runs the digital properties iVillage, DailyCandy, Swirl, Fandango, and the Integrated Strategic Marketing group, which includes the company-wide initiatives Green is Universal, Healthy at NBCU, Hispanics at NBCU and Women at NBCU.

For the past seven years, Zalaznick held various positions within NBCUniversal – most recently as the President of NBCUniversal’s Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks. She was named to that position in May 2008, when she added iVillage to her portfolio and announced the launch of Women at NBCU, a sales and marketing initiative designed to create custom solutions for advertisers seeking to connect with a highly targeted female demographic. The previous four years, Zalaznick had successfully led Bravo to each of its 5-record setting best years, as Bravo transformed from a niche network into a Peabody and Emmy-Award winning, pop-culture phenomenon; while simultaneously running Oxygen since November 2007 after NBCUniversal’s acquisition of the female targeted network.

Zalaznick arrived at NBC after the network’s acquisition of Universal (in May 2004) where she was the President of the critically acclaimed Universal-owned TRIO network from May 2002 – December 2005. Her first television job was at VH1 in 1994 as Vice President, Marketing & Promotion, but Zalaznick launched her career in film, producing a number of independent feature films including the Cannes and Sundance Festival award-winning films, Kids, Safe, and Girls Town.

She is a member of the NBCUniversal Foundation board and chairs the Women At NBCU advisory board. Zalaznick also is a member of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s MediaNYC2020 and sits on the Brown University Women's Leadership Council and the Brown University Creative Arts Council. In 2010, Fortune included her in their “50 Most Powerful Women” issue; in 2009, Time magazine named Zalaznick one of the “Time 100: World’s Most Influential People,” Vanity Fair named her to their “New Establishment” list, and she was the subject of a New York Times Magazine cover story in October 2008.

Zalaznick received her B.A. from Brown University -- a double major in English literature and pre-med -- and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and three children.

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Robert Greenberg
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Joe Benincasa
Marcia Gay Harden
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Jennifer Jason Leigh
Matthew Miller
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