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Author Sahndra Fon Dufe To Host YEFON: The Red Necklace Official Book Launch and Signing (via Diversity News Magazine)

On Wednesday, April 9n 2014, African Pictures International announced that Author Sahndra Fon Dufe will host her Official Book Launch and Signing to be held on May 3, 2014 at Celebrity Centre International. 5930 Franklin Ave. Hollywood CA 90028 from…

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The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of LA Welcomes Diversity News Publications as Media Partners

January 17, 2012 by  
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We are happy to finally share with all you the news about our professional affiliation with The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of LA.

Diversity News Publications, publisher of Diversity News Magazine and other online blogs, including Diversity News Radio, an online radio show, Diversity News TV on Blip TV and YouTube Channels announced on January 17, 2012 that on August 13, 2011 The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, formerly Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Fernando Valley announced that they officially welcomes Esteban Escobar a.ka. Steven Escobar, President/CEO and Executive Editor-In-Chief of the Diversity News Magazine, Host of Diversity News Radio, Producer and Director of Diversity News TV on Blip TV and YouTube Channels and president of Diversity News Publications as one of their Media Partners.

“Steven Escobar is very passionate and dedicated on his work and has received prestigious awards. FACC- LA is proud to be partners with him and to be working closely him on their upcoming events and functions.” said Mary Ann Omega, Vice President, The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce LA.

“Congratulations to Steven Escobar, Editor-In-Chief, and Diversity News Magazine for becoming a new member and media partner of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles of the San Fernando Valley. I know from personal experience that both the Filipino Community and Steven along with Diversity News Magazine work hard at contributing to the growth of the business community in the greater Los Angeles areas. Congratulations again on what I know will be a prosperous relationship.  Best wishes and much success.” said Dr. Mark Valinsky, president of Valinsky Media Group.

About The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of LA:
FACC- LA is dedicated to establish and uphold itself as the primary advocate, voice, and resource for business organizations not only in the San Fernando Valley but in the Greater Los Angeles area, as well as its neighboring cities and communities. For more information, visit http://www.facc-sfv.org

Mary J. Blige Song ‘The Living Proof’ Featured on The Help, in theaters August 12, 2011

The Help Movie in theaters August 12, 2011On Thursday, May 26, 2011 DreamWorks Pictures and Geffen Records announced today that multiple Grammy® Award–winning recording artist Mary J. Blige wrote and recorded an original song for the soundtrack of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s THE HELP, a film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, opening in theaters August 12, 2011. “The Help” soundtrack – music from the Motion picture, will feature the original song from Mary J Blige “The Living Proof.”  The soundtrack, from Interscope Records, will be available Tuesday, July 26 at select Starbucks locations.

The song, “The Living Proof,” was written and recorded by Blige especially for THE HELP after she saw a screening of the film, which takes place in 1960s-era Mississippi and chronicles the journey of three very different women who come together and embark on a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. “The beautiful thing about these women is that they were very smart,” says Blige. “They chose to walk in love and forgiveness.”  The film really celebrates the courage to inspire change, “To speak to so many women with this song means a lot to me” says Blige. “I wanted to be involved with this film, because I think we need to encourage each other more, we are here to tell a story.” Blige has received 9 Grammy® Awards and four American Music Awards as well as recorded eight multi-platinum albums. Mary J. Blige has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and her next album “My Life Too….The Journey Continues” will be released Sept 20, 2011.

Starring: Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures (Walt Disney Studios)
Release Date: August 12, 2011

Mary Jane Blige (play /ˈbl/; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. A recipient of ten Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. Blige has received the World Music Legends Award for combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s. She was ranked number 100 in the list of 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. In November 2010, Billboard Magazine ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, she ranked second, placing her ahead of Janet JacksonMariah Carey, and Whitney Houston.

Blige started her musical career in 1992, releasing her multi-platinum US selling debut album,What’s the 411? on MCA Records and Uptown. What’s the 411? gave Blige her first Billboard 200 top ten album, which has continued since the release of her debut album until her latest album, Stronger with Each Tear (2009), which became Blige’s seventh consecutive album to debut at number one or number two on the Billboard 200. As of 2010, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles.[1][2]

About The Help Movie: Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon,  “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s,  who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.  From DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media, “The Help” is directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, with screenplay by Tate Taylor. “The Help” releases in theaters August 12, 2011. For more information visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/

Sources: Wikipedia, Walt Disney Studios, EPK.TV
Photo credit to: The Help Facebook

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James Risen, New York Times reporter subpoenaed by U.S. government

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reported that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a subpoena yesterday for the testimony of a New York Times reporter in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA operations officer accused of leaking classified information, highlighting a trend of government attempts to use journalists’ testimony in cases against government employees who reveal government information in exchange for anonymity.
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Federal prosecutors also filed a motion late Monday in support of the subpoena, anticipating that Pulitzer Prize-winner James Risen would seek to have the subpoena quashed. “His testimony is directly relevant to, and powerful evidence of, facts that are squarely at issue in this trial — including the identity of the perpetrator,” the motion says.

In December 2010, a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., indicted Sterling of O’Fallon, Mo., on 10 counts, including unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and obstruction of justice. The government had issued a subpoena for Risen’s testimony in that proceeding, but the trial judge granted his motion to quash without providing an explanation. A 2008 attempt to require Risen to testify before a previous grand jury investigating Sterling failed when that grand jury expired while Risen’s motion to quash the subpoena was pending.

Procedurally, the government’s decision to compel Risen’s testimony by filing a motion in limine — a tool generally used to focus the evidence to be used at trial — along with a subpoena is unusual. Department of Justice spokeswoman Laura Sweeney could not be reached for comment on the move.

Sterling is accused of giving Risen national security information under the condition of anonymity to be published in newspaper articles and Risen’s 2006 book “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.”

Risen’s lawyer, Joel Kurtzberg, confirmed to The Associated Press that Risen will ask a judge to quash the subpoena.

Sterling, who worked at the CIA from 1993 to 2002, had conflicts with the agency, including the filing of a racial discrimination complaint. The indictment alleges these issues served as his motivation for leaking the information.

In its motion, the U.S. government argues that Risen is an eyewitness to the alleged crimes, and no federal law exists that exempts a reporter from his or her obligation to testy.

“The question here, therefore, is not whether the testimony is probative of factual issues that will be before the jury, but whether there exists a reporter’s privilege — either under the First Amendment or common law — that exempts this eyewitness from being called, like any other citizen, to provide relevant facts under oath to the jury . . . the answer is no,” the government lawyers said in the brief.

Indeed, although 40 states and the District of Columbia have shield laws that exempt journalists from having to reveal their confidential sources, there is no such statute at the federal level. However, some federal courts have interpreted the Supreme Court’s 1972Branzburg v. Hayes decision as providing a qualified privilege protecting reporters against compelled disclosure of anonymous sources, especially in civil cases.

According to the motion, the government is also seeking non-confidential information from Risen that would not require revealing his source’s identity, including establishing venue for certain counts, authenticating his book, and providing “necessary foundation to admit the defendant’s statements in the book.” However, many federal courts extend the First Amendment-based reporter’s privilege to unpublished, non-confidential information obtained while newsgathering.

Risen and other reporters have relied on the reporter’s privilege before to avoid giving up source names. He and four other reporters were held in contempt of court in 2004 for refusing to reveal confidential sources in a lawsuit against the government brought by former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee. In that case, a judge ordered a fine of $500 per day until they complied with the order. The five news organizations involved — The New York Times, ABC News, The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post — eventually agreed to pay an unprecedented $750,000 as its share of a settlement in exchange for getting the contempt charges dropped.

The case against Sterling represents a trend of the Department of Justice filing criminal charges against those who leak government secrets. Sterling is the fifth known leaker prosecuted by the Obama administration.

Among them is former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, who faces a 10-count indictment after allegedly leaking government secrets to an unnamed reporter and then reportedly later lying about doing so. The reporter is believed to be Siobhan Gorman, then of the The Baltimore Sun, who wrote a series of articles about problems at the National Security Agency. Drake is scheduled to stand trial in Baltimore on June 13.

The other alleged leakers prosecuted by the Obama administration are: Stephen Kim, a former Department of State analyst who allegedly leaked an intelligence report to an unidentified reporter; Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army private alleged to have leaked classified information to WikiLeaks; and Shamai Leibowitz, a former FBI linguist who was convicted in May 2010 of charges related to the leaking of classified information to an unidentified blogger and sentenced to 20 months in prison.

About James Risen:
James Risen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist for The New York Times who worked previously for the Los Angeles Times. He has written or co-written many articles concerning U.S. government activities and is the author or co-author of two books about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a book about the American public debate about abortion.

Sources: http://www.rcfp.org & Wikipedia

12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Returns to Las Vegas & Air on Univision Network

On Thursday, May 19, 2011 from Miami The Latin Recording Academy announced that Latin music’s most prestigious awards telecast, the 12thAnnual Latin GRAMMY® Awards (www.latingrammy.com), returns once again to Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 10,2011, and will air live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).
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Nominations for the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at a live press conference in Los Angeles (venue to be announced shortly).

“What better place to host the Latin GRAMMYs than Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center and once again offer music lovers unique and memorable performances,” said Gabriel Abaroa Jr., President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy®. “We are delighted to return to the entertainment capital of the world and showcase the best and brightest in Latin music, as well as highlight new and established programs and initiatives throughout Latin GRAMMY Week. We look forward to another successful Latin GRAMMY season.”

Since the annual Latin GRAMMY telecast debuted on Univision entirely in Spanish in 2005, the show has consistently earned increased ratings year after year worldwide. Additionally, the Latin GRAMMYs has become one of Univision’s highest rated shows, as well as the most watched and highly regarded award events by Hispanics.

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit www.latingrammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization’s social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/latingrammys, and a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/latingrammys.

Source: The Latin Recording Academy
Photos credit to: Wikipedia

Editor’s Note: For coverage, photos, videos, updates and breaking news on The 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, please come back to Diversity News Magazine

Demi Moore Husband Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’

May 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Breaking News, Entertainment, TV Shows

Ashton KutcherOn Thursday, May 12, 2011 night time, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ashton Kutcher to replace Charlie Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’ the number one television comedy show on the CBS Network.
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The magazine reports as follows: Ashton Kutcher appears to have won the Two and a Half Men sweepstakes. Two sources close to the deal-making tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actor is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen as the star of TV’s No. 1 comedy. CBS, studio Warner Bros. and Kutcher’s reps at CAA declined to comment on the situation but a deal is said to be all but signed. The exact dollar figure he will be paid is not known but a source says Kutcher is getting a “huge payday” to join the hit sitcom.

The deal came together quickly in the wake of Hugh Grant passing on the opportunity to join the show. Now sources say Men creator Chuck Lorre has crafted a storyline to introduce Kutcher in a way that satisfies the network and studio. “It’s really funny,” says one source. “People are going to love it.”

Kutcher brings a youthful fan base to the CBS show, as well as a big online profile with 6.7 million Twitter followers, which could help CBS promote the show. “Chuck’s really happy,” another source says.

About Ashton Kutcher:
Christopher Ashton Kutcher (pronounced /ˈkʊtʃər/; born February 7, 1978), best known asAshton Kutcher, is an American actor, producer, former fashion model and comedian, best known for his portrayal of Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show. He also created, produced and hosted Punk’d, and played lead roles in the Hollywood films Dude, Where’s My Car?Just MarriedThe Butterfly EffectThe Guardian, and What Happens in Vegas. He is also the producer and co-creator of the supernatural TV show Room 401 and the reality TV showBeauty and the Geek.

About Charlie Sheen: Carlos Irwin Estévez (born September 3, 1965), better known by his stage name Charlie Sheen, is an American film and television actor. He is the youngest son of actor Martin Sheen.

His character roles in films have included Chris Taylor in the 1986 Vietnam War drama Platoon, Jake Kesey in the 1986 film The Wraith, and Bud Fox in the 1987 film Wall Street. His career has also included more comedic films such as Major League, the Hot Shots! films, and Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4. On television, Sheen is known for his roles on two sitcoms: as Charlie Crawford on Spin City and as Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men. In 2010, Sheen was the highest paid actor on television, earning US$1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men.[2]

Sheen’s personal life has also made headlines, including reports about alcohol and drug abuse and marital problems as well as allegations of domestic violence. He was fired from his role onTwo and a Half Men by CBS and Warner Bros. on March 7, 2011. Sheen subsequently announced a nationwide tour.[3]

To Read the complete story, click here visit The Hollywood Reporter

Sources: Wikipedia, The Hollywood Reporter
Photos credit to: Wikepedia
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San Diego County DA Bonnie Dumanis Suing former CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis announced that her office has filed a civil lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court, seeking to nullify the Governor’s commutation of Esteban Nunez’ prison sentence.  The lawsuit is believed to be the first-of-its kind in the nation filed by a District Attorney on behalf of the victims.

Nunez pled guilty to three felony charges in connection with his role in the assault on four young men, including Luis Santos who died as a result of the attack.  Nunez was sentenced to 16 years in state prison.  On his last day in office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted Nunez’s sentence to seven years.

“Once again, we are going to court seeking justice for the victims in this case— Luis Santos, Evan Henderson, Keith Robertson, Brandon Scheerer and their families.” said DA Dumanis.  “A governor who is considering a commutation has a constitutional duty under Marsy’s Law to include the voices of the victims.  In this case, that clearly didn’t happen.”

The civil suit names the Governor of California, Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Warden of Mule Creek State Prison as defendants and respondents and Esteban Nunez as a real party of interest.  In the suit, the DA’s Office argues that the Governor was constitutionally obligated to notify the victims of crime of his intent to commute a sentence and provide them with an opportunity to be heard.  As a result of the Governor’s failure to do that, the victims’ constitutional rights were violated and the Governor’s Executive Order commuting Nunez’ sentence is void and unenforceable.

Nunez, along with a co-defendant, pleaded guilty in 2010 to voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.  The assault occurred during a fight near San Diego State University that left Luis Santos dead from knife wounds and three other victims injured.  Nunez’ guilty plea was accepted by the court with no promises for leniency and he was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for his crimes.  Nunez’ case was being appealed when the commutation was suddenly announced by Governor Schwarzenegger on his last day in office.  Victims in the case learned of the commutation through news reports.

“Marsy’s Law was designed to keep people from being re-victimized and the former Governor’s action violated that law,” said DA Dumanis.   “We don’t argue with the Governor’s constitutional ability to grant pardons or commutations.  Historically, the Governor was entrusted with this power in order to represent the conscience of the community and to insure against miscarriages of justice.  Instead, this last-minute commutation made without all the facts or input from the parties, only fueled the public’s mistrust of government and greatly diminished justice.”

“I support the effort of the District Attorney to achieve justice for the victim’s family and all of San Diego,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

Earlier this year, the District Attorney’s Office also announced support of Assembly Bill 648, which would require the applicant for a commutation of sentence notify the District Attorney 30 days before the governor acts upon the application.  The District Attorney must then notify the victims, and both the District Attorneys and the victims will have the opportunity to provide written recommendations to the Governor for or against the commutation or pardon.  AB 648 is being co-authored by California Assemblymembers Marty Block and Nathan Fletcher.

About San Diego County District Attorney:
The employees of the San Diego District Attorney, in partnership with the Community they serve, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth, justice and protection of the innocent and the prevention of crime through the vigorous  and  professional  prosecution  of those  who  violate the law.

Source: http://www.sdcda.org
Photo credit to: The San Diego County District Attorney Office

General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, Sesame Street Nominated for 38th Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards

May 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Awards, Entertainment News, FEATURES

2011 Emmy Awards
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On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from New York The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards will be broadcast from Las Vegas for the second year in a row on June 19th, 2011 over the CBS Television Network, hosted by Wayne Brady, the Emmy® Award winning actor, singer, and comedian and host of the CBS game show, Let’s Make a Deal.

“It is with great pleasure that the Daytime Emmy® Awards returns to the CBS Network again,” said Darryl Cohen, Chairman, NATAS. “The Daytime Emmy Awards is one of the cornerstones of our business and this year’s Las Vegas-based celebration, produced with our broadcast partner, Associated Television International, and hosted by Wayne Brady promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment.”

The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to game show hosts Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune and Alex Trebek of Jeopardy! “In honoring Pat and Alex, we’re honoring not only two of the great game shows throughout the history of television,” said Cohen, “but two individuals whose talent and personality have given us an additional reason to tune in and watch.”

Associated Television International’s (ATI) President and Emmy® award-winning producer David McKenzie will serve as executive producer of the broadcast.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards gala, which honors the craft behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre will return to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, June 17th, 2011.

The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2010 calendar year.

Today’s announcement of Nominees includes four Winners in the category of Individual Achievement in Animation chosen by a juried panel of peer judges. They are “Diamond” Dave Merritt, Background Design for Toot & Puddle, NICK Jr., Vince Toyama, Background Design for Transformers Prime, The Hub, Christophe Vacher, Color Design for Transformers Prime, The Hub and Kaz Aizawa, Background Painter for T.U.F.F. Puppy, Nickelodeon.

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A breakdown of the awards by network, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP, follows.

The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations:


General Hospital—————————————– 21
The Young and the Restless————————— 20
Sesame Street——————————————— 16
The Bold and the Beautiful—————————- 14
All My Children—————————————— 13
The Ellen DeGeneres Show—————————- 12
One Life To Live—————————————– 12
Penguins of Madagascar——————————— 8
The Electric Company———————————– 7
Today Show————————————————- 6
Transformers Prime————————————– 6
The View—————————————————- 6
Days of Our Lives—————————————– 5
The Oprah Winfrey Show——————————- 5
84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—- 4
As the World Turns————————————— 4
Between the Lions—————————————– 4
Private Sessions——————————————– 4
The Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear———- 4
Biz Kid$—————————————————– 3
Disney Kick Buttowski———————————– 3
Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse———————- 3
The Doctors————————————————- 3
Fanboy and Chum Chum——————————– 3
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman—————————- 3
Giada At Home——————————————– 3
Live with Regis and Kelly——————————- 3
Rachael Ray———————————————— 3
SciGirls—————————————————— 3
Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee——— 3
The Wendy Williams Show—————————— 3
Americas Test Kitchen———————————- 2
Back at the Barnyard———————————— 2
Cash Cab—————————————————- 2
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!—— 2
Dinosaur Train——————————————— 2
The Dr. Oz Show—————————————— 2
Dr. Phil——————————————————- 2
The Martha Stewart Show—————————— 2
The Nate Berkus Show———————————– 2
New Orleans: Getting Back to Normal————— 2
Paula’s Best Dishes—————————————- 2
The Price Is Right—————————————– 2
Secrets of a Restaurant Chef————————— 2
The Wonder Pets!—————————————– 2
Toot & Puddle———————————————- 2
WordGirl—————————————————- 2
Yo Gabba Gabba!—————————————– 2

FOR THE COMPLETE NOMINATIONS LIST VISIT: http://www.emmyonline.org/mediacenter/daytime_38th_nominations.html

or click to 38th annual daytime emmy awards nominations

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting.  Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. NATAS also presents the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital entertainment and technology. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv

About Associated Television International:
Associated Television International is an Emmy Award-winning company that has been successfully producing and distributing television series, specials and feature films for over three decades.  ATI’s programs have aired on all U.S. broadcast networks, major cable channels and with television partners all over the world.  Current series in production include “Heroes Among Us,” “Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World,” “World’s Funniest Moments,” the Emmy-nominated “Laura McKenzie’s Traveler,” and the recently announced untitled Bristol Palin, Christopher Massey and Kyle Massey real-life docu-series for Bio.  ATI has also been Emmy-nominated for its socially conscious programming and won for “America’s Invisible Children” and “On the Edge: The Poverty Crisis in Africa.”

Source: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all the nominees and we wish them good luck.

John Henry, Jess Bravin & Jim Rubin Elected to Reporters Committee Leadership

May 10, 2011 by  
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On Tuesday, May 10, 2011 The Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced that they elected new officers, re-elected nine members and welcomed a newly elected member.
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The top new journalists that were selected for the Reporters Committee executive leadership are:

  • Chairman: John Henry, a freelance journalist who previously was news editor for The Associated Press in Washington and Washington bureau chief of The Houston Chronicle
  • Chairman-elect: Jess Bravin, senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Rubin, co-executive editor of Bloomberg News’ View.

Newly elected to the Steering Committee was Maggie Mulvihill, co-director and co-founder of the non-profit New England Center for Investigative Reporting based at Boston University, where she is also a clinical professor of journalism. A former Nieman fellow at Harvard University, Mulvihill is a former media lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in legal affairs and investigative reporting in New England. She is also a member of the board of directors of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

Steering Committee members re-elected to three-year terms were: Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor and anchor of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”; David Boardman, executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times; Michael Duffy, assistant managing editor and Washington bureau chief for Time Magazine; Rick Dunham, Washington bureau chief for Hearst Newspapers; Ashlea Ebeling, Forbes Magazine staff writer; Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate; Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for the National Law Journal; Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”; and Pierre Thomas, Justice Department correspondent for ABC News. About The RCFP: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was created in 1970 at a time when the nation’s news media faced a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources. 

The Reporters Committee is a nonprofit organization that operates solely on donations and the sale of publications.

Source:  http://www.rcfp.org

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to John Henry, Jess Bravin and Jim Rubin. We want to wish them the best while contributing to RCFP.

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LAWA Response to KCBS-TV and its radio affiliates No Taxpayers’ Dollars Used for LAWA Executives Travel

On Tuesday, May 10, 2011 LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) responded to KCBS-TV and its radio affiliates that No Taxpayers’ Dollars Used for LAWA Executives Travel.
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Here is the statement issue by LAWA:

KCBS-TV and its radio affiliates have aired stories inaccurately reporting that taxpayers’ dollars are used to fund business travel by Los Angeles World Airports executives. Supporting documents, on-camera interview, and the following statement were provided KCBS-TV during the preparation of its stories:

“KCBS-TV received copies of LAWA’s travel policy and all travel expense reports dated January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) senior executives and the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners. KCBS also received expense reports for all LAWA employees who traveled using business-class fares during this same period.

LAWA’s established travel policy closely adheres to the City’s travel policy. The City Controller’s Office reviews and approves all expense reports, and has not notified LAWA of any violations.

LAWA commissioners and employees travel to: develop air service by recruiting new airlines to LAX and ONT; retain and expand air service from existing airlines at LAX and ONT; gain in-depth knowledge of best practices in airport operations, security, finance and other areas of management; tour new airport facilities; meet with state and federal officials; and attend industry conferences or other professional development events. In particular, LAWA senior executives traveled overseas to meet airline CEOs to describe the Bradley West Project and conduct press conferences with local and industry media on the LAX modernization program and new air service.

Unlike other City departments, LAWA’s customers (airlines and their passengers) extend beyond the City’s boundaries to over 65 international and 80 U.S. destinations.

Business-class fares are allowed under both the City and LAWA policies for transoceanic travel of extended duration. During this 15-month period, a total of 12 business-class seats were purchased:

  1. • Feb. 14-17, 2010: LAX-Lima-LAX — one seat for air service development director
  2. • April 16-21, 2010: LAX-Brisbane-Adelaide-Sydney-LAX — one seat for air service development director
  3. • June 12-18, 2010: LAX-economy to Chicago-Madrid-London-Paris-Frankfurt-LAX — one seat for air service development director
  4. • June 13-18, 2010: LAX-London-Paris-Frankfurt-LAX — two seats for executive director and deputy executive director
  5. • June 13-21, 2010: LAX-London-Paris-economy to LAX — one seat for airport commissioner
  6. • Oct. 10-14, 2010: LAX-Dubai-economy to Doha-first class to Abu Dhabi (cost less than economy)-drive to Dubai-LAX — three seats for executive director, deputy executive director and air service development director
  7. • Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2010: LAX-economy to New York-Tel Aviv-Paris-LAX — one seat for assistant police chief
  8. • Dec. 5-8, 2010: LAX-economy to Dallas-San Jose, Costa Rica-Dallas-economy to LAX — one seat for air service development director
  9. • March 26-29, 2011: LAX-Seoul-LAX — one seat for air service development director

Unlike most City departments, LAWA receives NO revenue from the City’s General Fund and must generate our own funding for operating LAX, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports, and aviation property in Palmdale. LAWA also receives NO state or federal funds for our operating costs, other than partial reimbursement of our costs associated with compliance of federally mandated security measures.

No local, state or federal taxpayer dollars are used to pay for LAWA’s travel expenses, including these 12 business-class seats that totaled $98,547, or 0.012 percent of our $817.5 million operating budget during these past 15 months.

LAWA is receiving a return on its continuing investment in overseas travel. Within the past year, four international carriers new to LAX (Air Berlin, Alitalia, Turkish and Iberia) and two existing airlines (Emirates and All Nippon Airlines) introduced a total of 30 new weekly international flights representing nearly one million annual seats at LAX. This new service generated $4.3 million in actual new revenues to LAWA for the same 15-month period. Estimated Fiscal Year 2012 revenues from these airlines, based on the airlines’ current airport traffic and projected schedules, is over $9.5 million.

It also should be noted that the 30 new weekly flights (equivalent to four daily flights) have significant positive impacts to our region, as the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation reports that one average daily, roundtrip, transoceanic flight to/from LAX generates $623 million in economic output annually, and sustains 3,120 direct and indirect jobs in Southern California with annual wages of $156 million.”

About LAWA: Los Angeles World Airports is the Los Angeles city department that owns and operates a system of three airports: Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT) and Van Nuys (VNY). Each plays an integral role in helping to meet the Southern California regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service. Each airport makes a distinct contribution to the strength of the system as it provides a high level of safety, security and service for its customers, communities and stakeholders. LAX is the sixth busiest airport internationally and third in the U.S. ONT ranks 59 among U.S. airports. VNY ranks 25 internationally in the number of flight operations, and is the world’s busiest general aviation airport. Los Angeles World Airports is a self-supporting branch of the City of Los Angeles, governed by a seven-member Board of Airport Commissioners. The Board is composed of public-spirited business and civic leaders who are appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. For more information visit LAWA at http://www.lawa.org/
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Editor’s Note: What do you think about this investigation by KCBS-TV Channel 2 which it was broadcast on Monday, May 9, 2011 at their 11:00 pm news. Do you care about the expensive trips the LAWA executives did?

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