Sam Simon Named As Honorary Director Of PETA

first_imgSam Simon — co-creator of The Simpsons and renowned philanthropist— has been named an honorary director of PETA.PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk presenting Sam Simon with a certificateSimon was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and has been helping PETA enormously with its animal rescue programs and youth outreach work, including funding the current nationwide college tour of a virtual reality experience called “I, Chicken,” getting 17 bears transferred from virtually barren concrete pits to a lush new home, and helping rescue several chimpanzees and a horse used for racing, among many other efforts. His support of PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — led them to name their Virginia headquarters after him in 2013, and now he joins Bill Maher, Pamela Anderson, Chrissie Hynde, and James Cromwell in sharing the “honorary director” distinction.Anderson says, “I’ve been lucky enough to join forces with one of my favorite characters, Sam. We’ve been on many campaigns together. I might be able to draw some of the attention, but Sam seals the deal. Money talks, but he doesn’t just give money, he shows up — even against doctor’s orders.”last_img read more

Serena Williams And Muhammad Ali To Be Honored With Jesse Owens Awards

first_imgThe International Athletic Association (IAA) has announced that iconic tennis star Serena Williams and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali are the recipients of the esteemed 2017 Jesse Owens Awards.The prestigious awards recognize sports legends who exemplify the ideals embodied by Olympian and humanitarian Jesse Owens: integrity, perseverance and service.This year’s historic ceremony falls on the 81st anniversary of Jesse Owens’ incomparable triumph at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won four gold medals and defeated Hitler’s superiority ambitions. Herb Douglas Jr., bronze medalist in the 1948 London Olympics and protégé of Jesse Owens, co-founded the Award program with Owens’ widow Ruth and their three daughters in 1981. They saw a need to honor Owens and created this annual, charitable celebration where the biggest sports icons of yesterday and today gather to continue his legacy.“Jesse Owens used the global stage of the Olympics and his status as a world-class athlete to make a considerable difference in the world,” said Herbert P. Douglas, Jr., Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Athletic Association Board of Directors and oldest living African American Olympian. “We are thrilled to be recognizing Serena Williams who is one of the greatest athletes of our time and the quintessence of uncompromising sportsmanship.”Jesse Owens Athlete Trophy:Williams, regarded by many as the best player to grace the tennis court, will be honored with the Jesse Owens International Athlete Trophy. The award is presented annually to the world’s best athlete as voted by a group of electors consisting of sports writers and experts across the world. Serena joins the ranks of past Owens trophy winners Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Sebastian Coe, Haile Gebrselassie, Edwin Moses, Vitali Scherbo, and Eric Heiden, among others.Jesse Owens Global Peace Award:Muhammad Ali, considered one of the most significant global sports figures of the 20th century, will posthumously receive the Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion’s achievements in the ring were arguably exceeded by the symbol of peace and justice he came to represent outside of it. Over time, he became a revered international hero. In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and he passed away in June of 2016. His family will accept the Award in his honor.The gala, a touchstone annual event celebrating the intersection of athletic achievement and ethical sportsmanship, will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2016 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. All proceeds go to the Jesse Owens Scholarship Fund at Ohio State and the Herb Douglas Jr. Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh.For more information, please visit JesseOwensGala.com.last_img read more

YTV ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE DATES FOR THE NEXT TWO FILMS IN ITS

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Instagram:@ytvofficialTwitter:@ytv@CorusPRFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/ytv/YTV is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands include Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Breakthrough EntertainmentBreakthrough Entertainment Inc. is an award winning producer and distributor of premium content for worldwide audiences. The entertainment studio’s operations include the development and distribution of feature films, television and digital content; international co-productions and production services. Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks amongst the industry’s most respected producers of high quality interactive entertainment on mobile and online platforms. Established over 30 years ago, Breakthrough’s library now boasts over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes which air on major networks and digital channels across the globe. The studio has been recognized with international awards including numerous Geminis, Canadian Screen Awards, and Canadian Comedy Awards. www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow @breakthru_ent on Twitter. In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars, beloved Anne Shirley turns thirteen and faces a host of new milestones: first sleepovers, culinary misadventures, and shifting relationships with her bosom friend Diana and academic rival Gilbert Blythe. Through all this, Anne strives to strike a balance between becoming an upstanding, sensible young woman, and embracing her inquisitive and free-spirited nature. Premieres Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Watch YTV’s new trailer for The Good Stars and catch up on the first film Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m. ET/PT or watch it on ytv.com and the YTVGo App starting today.In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and the first signs of declining health. As a special Canada Day celebration, YTV is hosting a marathon of the L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables films concluding with the premiere of Fire & Dew on Saturday, July 1.Originally published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the tale of Anne Shirley and her adventures in Green Gables span over 8 novels and has reached readers in over 25 languages.L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film series is produced by Breakthrough Entertainment in association with L. M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler who served as Executive Producer. Award-winning director John Kent Harrison, who also wrote The Good Stars returns, as well as Susan Coyne who wrote Fire & Dew. Additional cast includes Julia Lalonde and Drew Haytaoglu who star in reprising roles.Visit www.ytv.com for full schedules, episodes, games, blogs, and more. Following the 2016 debut of YTV’s L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film, nominated for three Canadian Screen Awards this year, YTV announced today the world premiere dates for The Good Stars and Fire & Dew, the second and third installments in its film series, respectively. From birthdays to baking to boys, Anne Shirley tries to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence in the second film, The Good Stars, premiering on Family Day, Monday, February 20 at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Anne’s next adventure takes her to Charlottetown in YTV’s final chapter of this classic Canadian tale, Fire & Dew, bowing on Canada’s 150th Birthday, Saturday, July 1.In partnership with Heirs of L.M. Montgomery Inc. and Executive Produced by L.M. Montgomery’s granddaughter, Kate Macdonald Butler, YTV is proud to share its authentic re-telling of this iconic Canadian tale with audiences of all ages. Shot entirely in Canada, the film series features an all-star cast in reprising roles including series star, Ella Ballentine (Anne Shirley), critically acclaimed actor, Martin Sheen, (Matthew Cuthbert), and legendary Canadian actress, Sara Botsford (Marilla Cuthbert). Botsford was recently nominated by the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited Series for her portrayal of Marilla Cuthbert in the first film.“It’s been such a joy bringing my Grandmother’s stories to life on the small screen with Breakthrough Entertainment and YTV,” said Kate Macdonald Butler. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the final two films than with families across the country and on our great nation’s milestone birthday.” Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more