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Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford Makes The Play For Healthy HabitsDetroit Lions Matthew Stafford Makes The Play For Healthy Habits

first_img“Making the play” – something quarterback Matthew Stafford does week after week each season with the Detroit Lions – is something he couldn’t accomplish without good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) wants to know how kids in grades four through eight would make Michigan healthier through its second annual “Make the Play for Healthy Habits” video contest.The student that submits the winning video will get to star as a host of his/her own healthy lifestyle video blog series on aHealthierMichigan.org, and will receive a school assembly featuring Stafford.Video submissions are being accepted Jan. 30 – March 29. In April, 10 semifinalists will be selected and notified and their video submissions will be posted on aHealthierMichigan.org for a two-week public voting period. The winner will be announced in early May.“Last year we had such a tremendous response from kids across Michigan to this contest, we are excited to do it again,” said Andrew Hetzel, BCBSM vice president for corporate communications. “Kids are naturally creative. Working with their parents and teachers, Blue Cross wants to see their creativity come to life with the goal of making their schools and communities healthier.”Video submissions should be no more than two minutes long. They should creatively answer the question “What would you do to make Michigan healthier?” and include the student’s perspective on how themselves, their family, teachers and classmates can live a healthier life. Students should explain how they would communicate healthy lifestyle choices with their families and fellow students.Students can submit a video using any digital recording device using an MP3 format, such as a smartphone, iPad, Flip video or webcam, or they can upload a video via YouTube. For more information, please visit aHealthierMichigan.org/kidcontest.Students, grades four through eight, must be enrolled in an accredited public or private learning institution within Michigan to participate.According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. The CDC also reports that 14.2 percent of Michigan adolescents in grades nine through 12 are overweight, while 11.9 percent are obese. In children ages two to five years, 16.3 percent are overweight and 13.3 percent are obese.Schools play a particularly critical role in combating obesity by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that can encourage healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.The “Make the Play for Healthy Habits” kid contest is an extension of BCBSM’s ongoing efforts to combat childhood obesity by encouraging kids to share their ideas using creativity and new media. In addition, this week BCBSM announced that elementary schools can apply for a new round of grant funding from Building Healthy Communities, a partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, Wayne State University’s College of Education Center for School Health and the United Dairy Institute of Michigan. Since 2009, BCBSM, the program’s creator and primary funder, has invested more than $3 million in the Building Healthy Communities program in an effort to promote healthier lifestyles and prevent childhood obesity and its associated health risks.Immediate health effects of childhood obesity: • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of five- to 17-year-olds, 70 percent of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. • Obese adolescents are more likely to have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes. • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.Long-term health effects of childhood obesity: • Children and adolescents who are obese are likely to be obese as adults and are therefore more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis. One study showed that children who became obese as early as age two were more likely to be obese as adults. • Overweight and obesity are associated with increased risk for many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Knowledge and prevention: • According to the CDC, healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases. • The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies and the media, as well as the food, beverage and entertainment industries.Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Stephen Fry Speaks About Mental IllnessStephen Fry Speaks About Mental Illness

first_imgSpeaking to an audience about his bipolar disorder and attempt to commit suicide last year, actor Stephen Fry had some commonsensical things to say.The president of Mind since 2011, a charity that provides information and support to those experiencing mental health problems, Fry is committed to openly discussing mental illness, including his own.“I am the victim of my own moods,” says Fry, “more than most people are perhaps, in as much as I have a condition which requires me to take medication so that I don’t get either too hyper or too depressed to the point of suicide.”Nevertheless, in his hotel room after a day of filming last year, Fry says he took very many pills and a lot of vodka, which caused his body to convulse so much that while unconscious he broke four ribs. It was thanks to his producer visiting his room that Fry was found and taken to hospital.“There is no ‘why’,” says Fry, “it’s not the right question. There’s no reason. If there were a reason for it, you could reason someone out of it, and you could tell them why they shouldn’t take their own life. My role, as I see it, is not to be shy about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people with certain mood disorders.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Will Ferrell To Host Massive Charity Desert ShowdownWill Ferrell To Host Massive Charity Desert Showdown

first_imgWill Ferrell is ready to bring the heat to the Desert Showdown, heading to the desert to commemorate the greatest (and most competitive!) 10th Anniversary of charity tennis and golf yet!Hosted by Will Ferrell, and held at the world famous La Quinta Resort & Club, the event has expanded to two days this year to include “The Will Powered Golf Classic”, a golf tournament unlike any other, exclusive post-round cocktail reception and celebrity entertainment.Leading into the neighboring BNP Paribas Open, the two-day event will benefit Cancer For College, a 501c3, non-profit organization that provides college scholarships for cancer survivors. Since 1993, the charity has granted nearly $2 million to more than 1,000 cancer survivors.To kick off the event on Monday, March 3, 2014, “The 21st Annual Will Powered Golf Classic” will take place on at the renowned Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, CA. The tournament will be played in a shamble format with planned ceremonial tee off at 12 noon featuring Ferrell and Cancer for College Founder Craig Pollard. Following the golf, there will be a private evening reception with hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres at the gorgeous Big Horn Golf Club pool area adjacent to the clubhouse.March 4th, 2014, marks Day 2 and the 10th Anniversary of the Desert Smash, and tennis portion of the Showdown. The day kicks off with The Desert Smash Pro/Celebrity-Am Tennis Tournament, where donating amateurs pay to play with celebrity players and WTA/ATP Tour Pros. Following the Pro/Celebrity-Am Tournament, the fan favorite, Pro-Tennis Exhibition will kick off at 2:15pm on La Quinta’s intimate Stadium Court. This sell-out event, is notorious for bringing together some of the world’s best professional tennis players with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for fun, entertaining tennis in addition to several exciting live auction items auctioned off with the help of the players.Early players scheduled to appear at this year’s exhibition include: loyal Desert Smasher’s ATP World No. 2 Novak Djokovic, and 2013 Australian Open Doubles Champions and ATP World No. 1 Doubles Team Bob & Mike Bryan. Star players that have participated in the past include: WTA World No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Marat Safin, Victoria Azarenka and Mardy Fish. Last year’s big celebrity battle with Novak Djokovic & Jeremy Piven vs. RedFoo and Mardy Fish was an entertaining, fun match that the crowd loved!Ferrell’s reasoning for his involvement in the Smash: “Cancer for College is an amazing cause. To see these cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education is inspiring. You know what else is inspiring? Me embarrassing Kevin Spacey on a tennis court in front of a thousand people. Those Academy Awards aren’t going to help him one bit when I’m raining fire on him from the baseline. It’s going to be a sight to behold. If an exhibition of pure athletic prowess does not make you want to give to this great cause, I don’t know what will.”Kevin Spacey will definitely be bringing the heat to the desert, having been training for months with premier coaches for his Pro/Celeb match against Ferrell. He sounds off taunting, “Will, I have long admired you, as I hope you know; but there will be no mercy in Palm Springs. I have taken this assignment like the greatest method actor who ever walked the face of the boards of the most inspired playhouse of all time… Za Actor’s Studio (and not just Inside but Outside too!) I’m ready, excited and very, very pumped to head out on the court and KILL YOU AT THE NET!!!!!”The Desert Smash Celebrity/Pro-Am Tournament is arguably one of the country’s best, composed of currently ranked WTA and ATP Tour players and some of the best known celebrity players. Past participants include: Stan Wawrinka, Ivan Ljubicic, Dinara Safina, Ernests Gulbis, Daniela Hantuchova, Paul Henri Mathieu, Xavier Malisse, James Blake, Jack Sock and Grand Slam Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Each year, the Desert Smash attracts both celebrity and tennis fans who flock to La Quinta to rub elbows with the world’s best tennis players. Celebrities scheduled to appear this year include event host and “Anchorman” star Will Ferrell, two-time Oscar winner and current House of Cards star Kevin Spacey, Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Brave), Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Live Free or Die Hard), RedFoo (LMFAO), Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Old School), Lance Bass and Boris Kodjoe.Past celebrity attendees included: Michael B. Jordan, Christian Slater, Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Ryan Kwanten, Joe Pesci, Justin Chambers, Timothy Olyphant, Boris Kodjoe, Michael Vartan, Lance Bass, Joanna Garcia, Eliza Dushku, Jennifer Morrison, and Kirk Fox.Capping off an epic two days of fundraising and tennis, the celebration will continue into the night with the 10th Anniversary Desert Smash Player Party, which will give supporters and attendees the chance to rub elbows with both Hollywood celebrities and tennis stars while supporting Cancer for College through an exciting live auction all the while enjoying cocktails, a fun selection of food and a live musical performance by Nelly and Boyz II Men.Ferrell notes: “This event is going to be huge. I believe, between the golf and tennis alone, we’re expecting over 12 million people at the Desert Showdown this year. It might be a record for attendance. It’s gonna make Coachella look like a pancake breakfast. Look, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s going to be a lot of work, but there’s nothing easy about cancer. It can devastate a family physically, emotionally and financially. It’s what makes Cancer for College so important. They make a college education a reality for these survivors who have been through so much. Helping these families after all they have been through is the absolute least we can do.”Find out more about the events here.last_img read more

Garfield Joins The Shelter Pet ProjectGarfield Joins The Shelter Pet Project

first_imgIn celebration of Adopt a Cat Month, beloved animated cat and international icon Garfield has joined The Shelter Pet Project in several new videos and sharable graphics to show the love and joy that shelter pets bring to their owners’ lives.Garfield Joins Shelter Pet ProjectIn the new public service ads (PSAs), characters Garfield and Odie encourage audiences to visit TheShelterPetProject.org to meet cats and dogs available for adoption at local shelters and rescue groups.Garfield and Odie have been beloved fixtures in popular culture since 1978, when the cartoon debuted in 41 newspapers. Today, the famous fat cat is featured in 2,100 newspapers and is the star of the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip. Garfield and Odie have gone on to also star in books, on TV, and even in musicals over the years.“Who better to champion the need to visit a shelter than Garfield?” said Garfield creator and CEO of Paws, Inc. Jim Davis. “Everyone here at Paws, Inc. is so honored to be a part of this initiative. I hope that Garfield can encourage a whole new generation to visit their local animal shelter or rescue group. Who knows, there might be a Garfield or an Odie waiting for them.”June marks a particularly active time for shelters and rescue groups, as it’s the peak of kitten season, when thousands of newborn homeless kittens join other cats available for adoption across the United States. There are cats for every personality in shelters and rescue groups right now, and with each adoption, the number of healthy and treatable pets who lose their lives in shelters each year declines. Currently, about 2.4 million pets still need to find a home each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.“Every shelter pet deserves a loving family, and every loving family deserves an amazing shelter pet,” said Michael Markarian, Chief Program and Policy Officer for The HSUS. “We are thrilled to have the support of Garfield and Odie in urging families to make shelters and rescue groups their first stop when bringing a beloved new four-legged friend into their home.”The videos feature Garfield talking directly to the screen encouraging viewers to go online and see what shelter pets are available in their area. In addition to the videos, the Paws, Inc. team has created a series of animated social graphics depicting Garfield and Odie asking viewers to visit the Shelter Pet Project website. At TheShelterPetProject.org, prospective adopters can browse through a database of dogs and cats available for adoption in their area and learn more about misconceptions around shelter pet adoption as well as about the process of adopting a pet.“If just a small percentage of those looking to acquire a pet in the next year choose to adopt, we can end the euthanization of all healthy and treatable pets across the U.S,” said Rich Avanzino, President of Maddie’s Fund. “Thanks to Garfield, millions of people can see the joy – and laughs – that come with sharing their lives with pets. We couldn’t ask for a better friend to support our campaign.”“The Shelter Pet Project is one of our most beloved campaigns and it has helped countless pets find loving homes and families. This partnership with Paws, Inc. and Garfield will only enhance our message,” said Ad Council President and CEO Lisa Sherman. “Garfield has been an iconic and treasured figure for generations of children and families and he will be such an influential advocate for shelter pets across the country. We are hopeful that he will be able to reach and inspire new audiences.”last_img read more

AnnaLynne McCord To Present Junior League Of Los Angeles Community Leadership AwardAnnaLynne McCord To Present Junior League Of Los Angeles Community Leadership Award

first_imgOn Friday, November 6th, actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas) will present the Junior League of Los Angeles’ (“JLLA”) Community Leadership Award to Carissa Phelps, author/attorney/advocate and founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., for her work helping sexually exploited runaway children and homeless youth.The event is part of JLLA’s annual Community Leadership Forum that is free for the community to attend. It will be held at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles from 9am – 12 noon.Carissa Phelps was the subject of the award-winning documentary, Carissa, the 2008 film that revisits her life as a sexually exploited runaway child living on the streets of Fresno, CA. She’s also the founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., which advocates for runaway and homeless youth, while providing training for organizations to effectively reach out and address homelessness and human trafficking.Actress AnnaLynne McCord has bravely opened up about her own sexual assault experience, and now feels it is time to speak out to aid other women. She just launched her own digital radio show “Truth” which launched 10/1/15 on Smiletime.The Junior League of Los Angeles, now in its 90th year of service, is bringing together members of the community to focus on an important issue impacting the city as it presents the annual Community Leadership Forum. This free community event will be held on November 6, 2015, at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles. Breakfast will be served from 9-10 AM; Speakers & Panel Discussion from 10 AM – 12 PM.This year’s topic will focus on The Disturbing Link Between Foster Youth and Human Trafficking. Featuring prominent experts in their field from the city, state and federal levels, the speakers will include: Carissa Phelps, author, advocate, attorney and founder of Runaway Girl Inc., Dana Harris, LAPD Detective Supervisor, Human Trafficking Investigator, and Maggy Krell, Deputy Attorney General, Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator.Statistics indicate that approximately half of the sexually exploited children on the streets today were at one time living in foster care or in a group home run by the state. The Community Leadership Forum is just one way JLLA is bringing attention to the alarming issues among the foster youth population in the Los Angeles area.JLLA recently established a new partnership with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, a leader in the foster care world that provides children with permanency through adoption, legal guardianship, access to healthcare and an equitable education. This collaboration focuses on females ages 16-21 and empowers them with the life skills to transition out of foster care. For more information, click here.The Junior League of Los Angeles is committed to empowering women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Now in its 90th year of service, JLLA provides volunteers and funding to local non-profit agencies for the benefit and enrichment of the Los Angeles community. Nearly 600 volunteers contribute more than 60,000 hours of volunteer work each year to important projects and programs. In addition to the volunteer services that members contribute, the JLLA has contributed millions of dollars to fund programs and agencies that improve the overall wellbeing of the Los Angeles community.last_img read more

Runners Complete Paris Half Marathon For Naked Heart FoundationRunners Complete Paris Half Marathon For Naked Heart Foundation

first_imgOn 6 March 2016, the Naked Heart Foundation – set up by Natalia Vodianova, Guerlain makeup and Shalimar fragrance muse – joined forces with Guerlain to take part in the Paris Half Marathon.Natalia Vodianova Greats Team Members At Paris Half MarathonThis year’s fundraising goal was to continue charity’s “Summer with Purpose” project and organise much needed integrative summer camps for children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders across Russia.Every March for seven years running, la Maison Guerlain as a committed brand and the Naked Heart Foundation, have been taking part in the Paris Half Marathon. The team this year had 79 runners, consisting of Guerlain and Naked Heart Foundation staff and a number of volunteers, who selflessly raised money for the charity’s work with children with special needs.Laurent Boillot, Guerlain CEO, also took part, and among the other runners there was Naked Heart Foundation trustee Sandra Nedvetskaia, Swiss artist Olympia Scarry, Systems Magazine co-founder Alexia Niedzielski, Museum Frieder Burda curator Patricia Kamp and Natalia Vodianova’s eldest son Lucas Portman.Natalia, who has successfully completed several Paris Half Marathons in the past, personally greeted all the team members at the finish line.The team have managed to raise more than €230,000 in private donations through taking part in the run and there’s still time to support Natalia or any of the other runners on the team’s official fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/teams/summerwithpurpose2016.The “Summer with Purpose” project will provide children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders with an opportunity to enjoy a much-needed summer break. Integrative summer camps, run by the Naked Heart Foundation, bring significant positive changes to lives of people with autism and their families all over Russia. These camps will contribute to the development of their social and communication skills and give them a chance to make friends and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. The project started in 2015 and provided advanced training to 10 specialists and helped organise 5 integrative summer camps for 57 children and young adults with special needs. Now those specialists are applying the methods and approaches they learned on a daily basis and are training their colleagues and volunteers in working with children with autism.last_img read more

Point Foundation Announces 2018 Point Honors GalaPoint Foundation Announces 2018 Point Honors Gala

first_imgPoint Foundation will honor Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow at the annual Point Honors gala in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza hotel April 9, 2018.Notaro, whom Rolling Stone named as one of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time, will receive the Point Impact Award, which is presented to an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ community. Farrow, a contributing writer for The New Yorker whose reporting on the transgender community has received a Stonewall Foundation Vision Award and been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, will receive the Point Courage Award. The award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ community and believe in the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.Additional celebrity participation to be announced soon. Past honorees have included Robin Roberts, Lena Dunham, Jonathan Groff, Wanda Sykes, and Andy Cohen.“Granting scholarships to LGBTQ students of merit like Point Foundation does, makes me hopeful that future generations will feel empowered to go out into the world and have their voices heard, whichever way that manifests itself,” said Notaro. “I am humbled to be recognized by an inspiring organization doing such truly important work.”“Empowering the next generation of LGBTQ students is both life changing for the scholarship recipients and important for the future of our country at a time when we desperately need their voices and, eventually, their leadership,” said Farrow. “I’m grateful for the Point Foundation’s work, and honored to be a part of this event.”“As individuals committed to inquiry and informed discourse, Tig Notaro and Ronan Farrow demonstrate the kind of engaged citizenship that inspires our Point scholarship recipients,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “They each have earned acclaim for confronting challenges with courage, intelligence, and wit. We are fortunate to be able to recognize their accomplishments at Point Honors.”Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.For more information and tickets, please visit www.pointfoundation.org/HonorsNY18.last_img read more

Serena and Venus Williams Join Advisory Board of the Billie Jean KingSerena and Venus Williams Join Advisory Board of the Billie Jean King

first_imgTennis icons and equal rights champions, Serena and Venus Williams have joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) advisory board, it was announced today.In addition to their success on the tennis court, where they’ve captured a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles, along with 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals each, the Williams sisters are strong advocates for equal prize money in the sport. They are also accomplished businesswomen and dedicated philanthropists. In 2016, Serena and Venus teamed up to establish The Williams Sisters Fund, which seeks to support various philanthropic efforts. Their first project, The Yetunde Price Resource Center, was created in honor of their late sister, Yetunde Price.Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters first met at a World TeamTennis clinic in Long Beach, California when Serena and Venus were young girls. They also worked together on the court when King was the Captain of the US Fed Cup and Olympic teams.“I’m thrilled to announce that my dear friends, Serena and Venus Williams, have joined the BJKLI advisory board,” said BJKLI Founder, Billie Jean King. “Without a doubt, they are two of the foremost athletes of their generation and true forces in challenging the public discourse on equality in sport and society. Serena and Venus will be tremendous additions to the BJKLI, and we are pleased to welcome them to our organization.”The BJKLI was founded in 2014 by Billie Jean King, her partner Ilana Kloss, and the global CEO advisory firm, Teneo, in an effort to move the needle forward on issues impacting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Since its inception, the BJKLI has partnered on industry-leading research and hosted a number of symposiums that have brought together diverse leaders from a range of industries to have honest conversations on the state of equality and how to broker tangible positive change.“It is truly an honor to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative,” commented Serena Williams on her appointment. “Billie Jean has been an inspiration to me on and off the court, and I am excited to play a role in shaping the future of the organization and driving its mission forward.”“Billie Jean has been a role model for me and I’ve always admired her spirit of giving,” said Venus Williams. “I’m delighted to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and I intend to continue to do everything I can until Billie Jean’s dream of equality is made real.”The release of the Battle of the Sexes film in 2017 marked a pivotal year for the BJKLI. The organization celebrated at a luncheon at New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. The film, which is centered on the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, highlights the inequality that existed between men and women. It serves as a poignant reminder that while progress has been made in the fight to achieve equality for all, much remains to be done.Building on the momentum of last year, 2018 is a milestone year for both the BJKLI and its founder. The BJKLI recently announced a partnership with Starbucks and support for the company’s commitment to global gender pay equity, encouraging others to embrace the principles of equal pay and make change. In the fall, the BJKLI will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and King will celebrate her 75th birthday. Events are planned to mark both occasions.The Williams sisters join other notable advisory board members including:Billie Jean King; IIana Kloss (Co-founder, BJKLI); Paul Keary (Vice-Chair, BJKLI and Co-founder & COO, Teneo Holdings); Christiane Amanpour (Anchor and Chief International Correspondent, CNN); Jason Collins (Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate); David Furnish (Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation & CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group); Margo Georgiadis (CEO, Mattel); Maritza Gomez-Montiel (Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP); Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft (President, The Kraft Group); Robert McCann (Chairman, UBS Americas); Pat Mitchell (Founder & CEO, POW! Strategies); Andy Roddick (Former World No. 1 and U.S. Open Champion); Pablo Salame (Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs) and Michael Strautmanis (VP of Civic Engagement, The Obama Foundation).For more information on the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, visit BJKLI.org.last_img read more

Yannick Bisson Named ACTRA Torontos 2017 Award of Excellence RecipientYannick Bisson Named ACTRA Torontos 2017 Award of Excellence Recipient

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Yannick Bisson is a true Canadian star,” says ACTRA Toronto President David Sparrow. “His exceptional work at the helm of Murdoch Mysteries attracts millions of viewers across Canada and around the world. Yannick’s popularity proves the wisdom of hiring Canadians to tell Canadian stories. We value his leadership as the federal government considers how best to support Canadian Content in a Digital World.”“None of this is possible without a strong network of colleagues, fans, friends and family,” says Mr. Bisson. “I am so thankful for the team that has come together to create each episode of Murdoch Mysteries for close to 10 years, and for viewers from across the globe who continue to tune in; and for my friends and family, who always inspire me and steadfastly encourage my many endeavors. I am filled with so much gratitude and further committed to giving back to my industry – an industry that has given me so much – in a significant way.”The ACTRA Awards in Toronto celebrate outstanding performances on screen. Three juried awards for outstanding male, female and voice performance are presented in addition to the Award of Excellence and the ACTRA Toronto Stunt Award. The gala takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at The Carlu.ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. Yannick Bisson, star of the hit show Murdoch Mysteries, will be presented with ACTRA Toronto’s 2017 Award of Excellence at a gala show and party on February 25, 2017 at the Carlu. ACTRA Toronto is thrilled to celebrate a great Canadian star from a Canadian production success story as we join in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.Mr. Bisson has amassed over 60 performing credits since 1984. He is best known as Detective William Murdoch in Shaftesbury’s period drama Murdoch Mysteries, for which he won the Canadian Screen Awards’ 2016 Fan Choice Award. He regularly draws 1.4 million viewers to the show in Canada on CBC. Now in its 10th season, Murdoch was named Playback’s 2015 TV Show of the Year and is sold into 110 countries worldwide. Mr. Bisson also won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series for The Adventures of Napkin Man.Mr. Bisson has been a champion of Canadian performers and a vocal opponent of the recent CRTC decision to facilitate the hiring of non-Canadian performers in lead roles in productions funded by Certified Independent Production Funds. Through interviews and social media, he continues to encourage his fellow performers and all Canadians to press the federal government to review the CRTC decision. Other causes and charities he champions include: Artists for Peace and Justice, which supports education and healthcare programs in Haiti; Camp Ooch, a camp for kids fighting cancer; Childhood Cancer Canada; and Sheena’s Place, a support centre for people affected by eating disorders. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Killer Secrets CTVs Chilling New Dramatic Thriller CARDINAL Anchors MidSeason Lineup withKiller Secrets CTVs Chilling New Dramatic Thriller CARDINAL Anchors MidSeason Lineup with

first_imgA harsh winter is in store for Canadians, as CTV’s gripping new original series CARDINAL arrives on Jan. 25, it was announced today. Strategically scheduled in the same timeslot as this fall’s most-watched new series DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, CARDINAL airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, following a CraveTV FIRST LOOK on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The series also airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET beginning Jan. 26 on Super Écran.From Entertainment One (eOne) and Sienna Films, CARDINAL is directed by award-winning Montréal director Daniel Grou, aka Podz (19-2, MINUIT LE SOIR), CARDINAL was adapted for television by Canadian Screen Award-winner Aubrey Nealon (ORPHAN BLACK, SAVING HOPE) from award-winning author Giles Blunt’s John Cardinal Mysteries series. The six-part, bone-chilling drama follows Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) on a deadly hunt for a vicious killer in small Northern Ontario town.Headlining CTV’s action-packed midseason schedule that also includes the return of MASTERCHEF CANADA, the final season of SAVING HOPE, and the series premieres of big-buzz new series TRAINING DAY and TIME AFTER TIME, CARDINAL is squarely positioned to kick off the year as one of the most-anticipated drama debuts of the season. Advertisement About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Additional midseason programming and premiere dates will announced in the coming weeks.“This is an edge of your seat, bone-chilling, event thriller that delivers the drama,” said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. “We’re so proud that CARDINAL can pinch hit for DESIGNATED SURVIVOR during its planned hiatus as we introduce a new era of serialized drama to CTV viewers.”“We are thrilled that CTV’s unwavering enthusiasm for the show has afforded the series the opportunity to be at the forefront of their midseason programming,” said CARDINAL executive producers Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja.Featuring Golden Globe® nominee Billy Campbell (THE KILLING) in the title role, CARDINAL also stars multiple Genie Award-winning actress Karine Vanasse (REVENGE) as his rookie partner, Detective Lise Delorme. The series also stars Brendan Fletcher (The Revenant) as Eric Fraser and Allie MacDonald (YOUNG DRUNK PUNK) as Edie Soames, a young couple in the town. Also appearing are Deborah Hay (The Anniversary) as Cardinal’s wife Catherine; Glen Gould (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) as fellow officer Jerry Commanda; Kristen Thomson (Away from Her) as Sergeant Noelle Dyson, Cardinal’s commanding officer; David Richmond Peck (ORPHAN BLACK) as Corporal Musgrave, an officer in charge of a tightly guarded investigation; Alanna Bale (PRIME RADICALS) as Cardinal’s daughter Kelly; and Robert Naylor (19-2) as Keith.In the premiere episode (available for media review here), entitled “Cardinal” (Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV GO and Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on Super Écran), viewers first meet Cardinal (Billy Campbell) after he’s been demoted for a hunch about a case that he wouldn’t let go. But he is brought back to the Homicide Unit when the body of missing 13-year-old Katie Pine is discovered, proving his instincts correct. As the series unfolds, back on the case, Cardinal’s search for her murderer soon becomes an all-consuming race to stay ahead of a serial killer. Meanwhile, he must manage his own precarious family issues and secrets, and keep a watchful eye on his new partner, Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse), who he believes may have her own secret agenda.CARDINAL is adapted from the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries, a series of six, best-selling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The gripping murder mystery was shot in Winter 2016 in Sudbury, Ont., North Bay, Ont., Atikameksheng Anishnawbek in Northern Ontario, and Toronto.CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, and commissioned for French-language Canadian broadcast by Super Écran. CARDINAL is distributed worldwide by eOne. Executive Producers are Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL) for Sienna Films. The series is also executive produced by Showrunner Aubrey Nealon, who adapted the series for television, and Director Daniel Grou, aka Podz. For Bell Media, Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.Social Media links Advertisement Login/Register With: @CTV_PR @CTV_TELEVISION Billy Campbell – @WOCampbell Karine Vanasse – @karinevanasse Brendan Fletcher – @BrendanFletch1 Glen Gould – @glen_gould David Richmond-Peck – @richmondpeck Karine Vanasse – @karinevanasse Glen Gould – @glengould www.facebook.com/CTV www.facebook.com/SuperEcranlast_img read more

Leonard Cohen to be honoured with memorial concert in Montreal tonightLeonard Cohen to be honoured with memorial concert in Montreal tonight

first_imgAdam Cohen said the artists were chosen based on their ability to entertain a crowd but also to serve his father’s songs well. The event will feature a star-studded lineup of performers including Sting, k.d. lang, Elvis Costello and Lana Del Rey. Login/Register With: Cohen’s son has said the planning for the concert began soon after his father’s death last November at the age of 82. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard are also expected to attend. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Feist, Damien Rice, Ron Sexsmith and comedian Seth Rogen are also set to perform tributes to the beloved singer-songwriter and poet. MONTREAL — A memorial concert will be held in Montreal tonight to pay tribute to the late Canadian artist Leonard Cohen. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

One day left submit your short film for a chance to winOne day left submit your short film for a chance to win

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement How to submit your film.Entries must be under 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2012.Tyler Parr, a previous winner of the Brian Linehan Actors Award for his work in the film Ironied, said about the NSI Online Short Film Festival: “What’s incredible about the festival is that they recognize precisely the commitment, time, expense and especially the passion that go into making a film. They have professional, dedicated jurors that come from a variety of backgrounds, so you know your film is being received with respect.”The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has programmed hundreds of films and awarded over $110K to Canadian media artists. Many of the films are available to watch in the archives.The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Advertisement $3,750 in cash awards are available to be won through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Wednesday, December 13, 2017.Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award. These awards are presented four times a year. The $1,500 Blue Ant Media Documentary Award is presented twice a year. Read about the most recent winners.All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and non-acting award winners are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met). Login/Register With:last_img read more

Des Canadiens en lice aux prix EmmysDes Canadiens en lice aux prix Emmys

first_img Login/Register With: Tatiana Maslany a déjà remporté un Emmy pour son rôle dans Orphan Black  en 2016. TORONTO — Les actrices canadiennes Tatiana Maslany et Sandra Oh sont en lice pour remporter un prix Emmy. Advertisement Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Leur nom figure dans la catégorie de la meilleure actrice dans une série dramatique.Le travail de Tatiana Maslany, qui incarnait de multiples clones dans la série Orphan Black dont la dernière saison a été diffusée sur Space l’an dernier, est ainsi souligné.Sandra Oh, qui a grandi à Ottawa et a étudié à l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada à Montréal, est en nomination pour son rôle d’agente secrète dans la série  Killing Eve diffusée à BBC America. L’émission sera reprise sur la chaîne Bravo au Canada à partir du 22 juillet.last_img read more

TORONTO RAPPER NAV SCORES FIRST NO 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD CHARTS WITHTORONTO RAPPER NAV SCORES FIRST NO 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD CHARTS WITH

first_imgNav performs at the Juno Awards in London, Ont., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Rapper Nav is latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart. ~ Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img In Canada, the album debuted in the top spot as well, with 10,000 units.The 29-year-old rapper’s tally was helped by solid streaming numbers and various merchandise bundles sold through his website.Fans could pick up an array of items, from hoodies to a 12-pack of “Bad Habits”-branded Styrofoam cups, and each included a refundable code for the digital album.Several days after its March 22 release, Nav reissued the album in a “deluxe version” with eight additional tracks.He also released an array of new merchandise bundles during the sales week, including a package that offered an early access pass for his concerts and the album for $10. Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO — Rapper Nav is the latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart.The Toronto performer, born Navraj Goraya, scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Bad Habits, released on the Weeknd’s XO record label.It sold the equivalent of 82,000 album units for the week ending March 28, a figure that includes both physical and digital sales as well as streaming numbers.last_img read more