January Jones Is Scared FOR Sharks

January Jones Is Scared FOR Sharks

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first_imgAs millions of Americans tune into Discovery Channel’s Shark Week to view hours of programming featuring powerful great white sharks, they might be surprised by a public service announcement (PSA) launched this week by Oceana.The new TV spot features actress January Jones urging people to be scared FOR great white sharks – the future population of great whites off the U.S. West Coast is in jeopardy.Video: January Jones is scared FOR sharks“Healthy oceans need sharks,” commented January Jones, a long time Oceana supporter and shark advocate. “Too many are being caught in fishing nets. There may be only a few hundred adult great whites left off the West Coast. We should be scared FOR great whites.”Recent studies show that great white sharks found off the coasts of California and Guadalupe Island, Mexico, make up a genetically distinct population. Scientist’s estimate there may be only be a few hundred adult great whites left, putting this entire population at risk of extinction. Many young great whites, called pups, are unintentionally caught in fishing nets. In their first few years of life, these pups reside in important nursery areas off of Northern Mexico and Southern California. Here, they are caught in gillnets used by fishermen catching halibut, white seabass, and other commercial fish.While it is illegal to intentionally catch and sell white sharks in California, there are no limits on catching the sharks as bycatch, the accidental take of non-target species like white shark pups. The shark pups (like other animals) often do not survive being caught in these nets and never have a chance to reach adulthood or reproduce. As Oceana California Program Director Geoff Shester noted, “The danger is that since our population is genetically and reproductively isolated from all the other white shark populations in the world, if we lose our sharks we don’t get any back. We lose great white sharks forever in our ecosystem.”To help save great white sharks from gillnets and obtain more research to better understand these iconic sharks, Oceana is campaigning for this population to be listed as an endangered species under the California state Endangered Species Act. To help ensure that these iconic great whites get the protection they need go to www.oceana.org/scaredforsharks and sign the petition.January Jones’ latest PSA marks the third installment of her Scared FOR Sharks campaign. The actress, best known for her role on AMC’s critically acclaimed series “Mad Men”, filmed two previous PSAs for Oceana in the Bahamas and Belize where she swam with lemon sharks and whale sharks. Jones has been an ambassador for Oceana’s shark campaign since 2009.Oceana is a proud conservation partner of Discovery’s Shark Week for the 4th consecutive year. In a related effort to protect the oceans, TOMS Shoes and Discovery Channel teamed up to produce “The Shark Shoe”. Five dollars from each pair goes to support Oceana and a child in need will receive a new pair of shoes. Visit www.toms.com/shark-week.last_img read more

Colbie Caillat And Bella Thorne Go Red For Heart Health

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first_imgThis weekend’s star-studded Go Red For Women/The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection runway show was the first-ever collaboration of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s awareness campaign, The Heart Truth.This year’s Red Dress Collection kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City last night with notables such as Lindsey Vonn, AnnaSophia Robb, Colbie Caillat, Giada De Laurentiis, Bella Thorne and Daphne Oz showing off some of the hottest designers’ red gowns to bring awareness to the number 1 killer of women – heart disease.More than 900 fashion-forward, health-minded attendees turned out in red to support the cause. The event kicked off with Martine Reardon, Macy’s Chief Marketing Officer, and Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association, welcoming the audience. Star Jones, who is a heart disease survivor and an American Heart Association National Volunteer, shared her passionate heart story and introduced the premier of Go Red For Women’s new digital film, The Common Thread. Twenty-two celebrities then walked the runway in their own style – some walking, dancing, and even twirling – to make a statement in red, dressed by both world-renowned designers as well as emerging designers in the fashion incubator programs at Macy’s.Three designers, one each from The Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s on State Street, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City and the Fashion Incubator San Francisco at Macy’s Union Square, designed a gown for the event.Macy’s also made over three heart disease survivors who donned Macy’s three benefitting red dresses from Kensie, XOXO and Calvin Klein and then sat front row for the show.last_img read more

Ricky Gervais Helps BUAV Raise Awareness About Cruel Monkey Experiments

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first_imgWell known for his love of animals and his outspoken defence of their welfare, Ricky Gervais has recently spoken out in support of a new BUAV undercover investigation, which shows harrowing suffering of primates in an EU laboratory.The recent undercover investigation, carried out by the BUAV and the German animal group Soko Tierschutz, at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany (MPI), found primates subjected to immense suffering through the use of severe water deprivation, physical coercion and restraint. The institute is now at the centre of a controversy after the findings of the investigation featured on national German Television (10/09/14).Ricky Gervais has supported the BUAV on a great many of their previous campaigns and has spoken out passionately about the recent investigation, saying: ‘I was deeply saddened and shocked by the BUAV’s latest investigation, which shows the terrible suffering inflicted on these monkeys in an EU laboratory. I urge people to watch the compelling BUAV film and join me in calling for these experiments to end and a full independent inquiry carried out.’The world famous comedian also tweeted news about the monkeys who suffered in the experiments, prompting others, actor Russell Crowe, to get involved and also share the investigations to his 1.57M followers.Other high-profile stars who used their online presence to raise awareness over the monkey suffering included actors Ayden Callaghan, Carley Stenson, Sarah Jane Honeywell, Conservationist Ian Redmond, Author Jane Fallon, Journalist Wendy Turner Webster and Human Rights activist, Peter Thatchell.The primates were used in basic research into how their brains process information. This involved the animals subjected to major surgery to implant devices in their skulls. The water deprived animals were then imprisoned by their necks inside a restraint device in a small dark, sound-proofed chamber. The monkeys were completely immobilised by a post implanted in their skulls to fix their heads in place in front of a computer screen during testing. They had to carry out repetitive tests tasks over and over for up to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, month after month, in order to receive a small fluid reward. Director of Special Projects Sarah Kite, BUAV stated: “Our investigation has exposed the reality for primates in a top EU laboratory. Their lives are one of immense suffering, brutally controlled and manipulated in cruel experiments. We are therefore very grateful to Ricky for using his voice and high-profile to help us raise awareness about these cruel experiments. This is an investigation that raises important ethical, scientific and legal issues which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”last_img read more

Amanda Seyfried Wants To Save Them All

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first_imgOne of Hollywood’s most captivating young actresses, Amanda Seyfried, is so enamored with her canine sidekick, Finn, that she frequently posts photos of his escapades across her social media channels and has him accompany her on talk shows.Amanda Seyfried Wants Your Help To Save Them AllFinn’s presence on social media and appearances on shows including The Late Show with David Letterman have resulted in the dog becoming a celebrity in his own right with his own Twitter account and more than 13,000 followers. Finn’s new-found fame is just fine by Seyfried who wants to remind people that amazing dogs and cats are available for adoption at their local animal shelter.Seyfried is the latest celebrity to join Best Friends Animal Society’s Save Them All campaign. She joins Danny Trejo, Carrie Ann Inaba, Denise Richards, Nils Lofgren, Josef Newgarden and otherluminaries participating in Best Friends’ photo campaign featuring celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.“My dog, Finn, is my best friend. I honestly can’t remember what life was like before he came into mine,” Seyfried said. “I can’t bear to imagine the thousands of incredible dogs and cats that are killed in shelters every single day simply because they don’t have homes. When you adopt, you not only save a life, but you end up with an amazing friend. Please adopt your next pet from a shelter or a rescue group. By working together we can Save Them All.”From her upcoming movies “Ted 2” and “Pan” set for release in 2015, to her memorable roles in “Mama Mia!”, “Les Miserables,” “Mean Girls,” and the HBO series “Big Love” as well as her beauty and luxury product endorsement deals, Seyfried is a recognizable face across television, film, entertainment news and talk shows, and beauty and lifestyle publications. But the many faces of Finn and his ability to balance everything from broccoli to a burger and even a baby duck on his head has earned him accolades such as the “joy of Instagram” and “America’s hidden treasure.”According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 dogs and cats die in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting, and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.Find out how you can Save Them All here.last_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Hosts StarStudded amfAR Inspiration Gala

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first_imgThe stars came out last week to pay tribute to Tom Ford for his contributions to the fight against AIDS at the 5th annual amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles.Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Milla Jovovich, Alessandra Ambrosio, Patricia Arquette, Natasha Bedingfield, Kat Dennings, Balthazar Getty, January Jones, Lisa Kudrow, Gilles Marini, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Ryan Murphy, Kelly Osbourne, Molly Sims, Dita Von Teese, Rita Wilson, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Bryan Lourd.The event, presented by M•A•C Viva Glam and Wells Fargo, raised over $3 million for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow hosted the black-tie benefit at Milk Studios. The night was filled with heartfelt tributes to Ford, and was capped with powerful musical performances. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland performed acoustic renditions of “Paradise” and “Viva La Vida.” The legendary Diana Ross also took to the stage for a show-stopping medley that included “I’m Coming Out,”“Can’t Hurry Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain” and “I Will Survive.” Paltrow surprised the audience with the news of Ross’s performance, which had everyone from Rihanna and Justin Timberlake to Sharon Stone and Miley Cyrus on their feet dancing and singing along.Earlier in the night, Rihanna presented Mr. Ford with his award, praising his “creative genius, leadership, integrity and generosity.” Ford graciously accepted with an acknowledgment of the critical importance of those who are on the front lines fighting HIV/AIDS every day. “There is nothing more important than their diligent fight and tireless commitment,” said Ford. He recounted a time when many of his friends and loved ones were affected by the disease, emphasizing that “there is a reason to remember just how sinister this disease is and to remember the fact that there is still no cure.”As in previous years, the event featured a colorful and competitive live auction, conducted by amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, Sharon Stone, who encouraged guests to give generously to amfAR’s efforts to find a cure for AIDS. The bidding included a lively battle between Miley Cyrus and Tom Ford over a Ryan McGinley photograph, which started at just $5,000 and quickly escalated to $300,000 from Cyrus. Other active participants in the auction included Rihanna, who won an iconic Willy Rizzo photograph print taken in 1949 of Elizabeth Taylor at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France, and Justin Timberlake, who teamed up with Gwyneth Paltrow and doubled a standing offer for a signed Damien Hirst silkscreen print for a total of $80,000. Natasha Bedingfield generously donated $100,000 to the cash call.Another momentous highlight of the night included the announcement of a $1 million gift by philanthropist and amfAR Trustee David Bohnett to further advance amfAR’s “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure for HIV by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next six years.Bryan Lourd and Aileen Getty chaired the event, with Matt Bomer, Ed Chase, Courteney Cox, John Demsey, Michael Patrick King, Daphne Guinness, Simon Halls, Tom Hanks, Tim Hanlon, Alan Poul, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross, JR Savet, Amber Valletta, and Rita Wilson serving as co-chairs. The event was sponsored by M•A•C Viva Glam and Wells Fargo. Microsoft was the Official Technology Partner. Beverages were provided by Fiji Water, Belvedere Vodka and Gloria Ferrer. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.The Inspiration Gala Los Angeles, produced by Josh Wood Productions, is part of a series of amfAR events celebrating all aspects of men’s style. Other events in the Inspiration series have taken place in Paris, New York, Miami, Toronto, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. To date, the Inspiration series has raised nearly $20 million for amfAR.last_img read more

Tom Morello And Kenny Loggins Honored At WhyHunger Chapin Awards

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first_imgThis week, the global nonprofit WhyHunger held its annual WhyHunger Chapin Awards at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, and honored rock guitarist and Grammy Award-winner Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave with the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award; singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins with the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award; and social movement partner Landless Workers Movement (MST), received the WhyHunger Chapin Award.Seth Saltzman, ASCAP Senior Vice President; musician Kenny Loggins; rock musician Tom Morello; Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director; partner honoree Raul Amorim of Brazil’s Landless MovementCredit/Copyright: Diane BondareffHosted by Pete Dominick, comedian and SiriusXM’s Stand Up with Pete Dominick on- air personality, the event was a celebration of music, food and activism that honored social movements changing the world and recognized artist activists making a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty.Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (MST) is a mass social movement formed by rural workers fighting for agrarian reform and against injustice and social inequity. A longtime partner of WhyHunger, since their formation in 1984 MST has experienced many achievements including resettling over 350,000 families on land to produce food.“We believe that supporting social movements and the solutions that derive from grassroots leaders are essential to ending hunger and poverty,” said Noreen Springstead, WhyHunger Executive Director. “I am thrilled to be able to not only honor our partner MST, but our friends and fellow activists Tom Morello and Kenny Loggins who use their musical platforms to fight for social justice.”Tom Morello is a groundbreaking artist and activist whether in his solo career, as an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave or in recently forming his new record label, Firebrand Records, which is dedicated to the global release and distribution of radical, socially conscious music. Tom has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has earned multiple Grammy Awards. Tom has partnered with WhyHunger on several occasions including serving as the musical performer for the 2012 Food Sovereignty Prize that recognizes grassroots leaders that are advancing food sovereignty.“WhyHunger and their partners are tireless fighters for economic justice and human dignity. It is a great honor to stand in the company of these grassroots heroes whose sacrifice and courage continue to build a movement to put an end to the crime of global hunger,” said Tom Morello.Kenny Loggins’ remarkable career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks including Top Gun and Footloose and contributed to 1985’s landmark charity single “We Are the World.” Kenny is a committed environmentalist and has a passion for children’s causes. He is supporting WhyHunger’s 2016 Summer Meals Rocks for Kids campaign to connect kids in need with free, nutritious meals all summer long when they are most in need.“I’m honored to have been chosen by ASCAP and WhyHunger as my passion for children’s causes fits perfectly with WhyHunger’s philosophy. I believe this is the start of a fruitful partnership,” said Kenny Loggins.This year marked the 17th WhyHunger Chapin Awards, celebrating the continued work in supporting innovative grassroots solutions for long-term change. The evening concluded with an After Party that featured DJ Eric Visa, dessert bar and dancing.Special thanks to sponsors, Hard Rock International, Lisa DeBartolo & Don Miggs, Collection 18, ASCAP, Bayer Corporation and Greenberg Traurig, LLP.last_img read more

Bellamy Young Urges Those Impacted by Lung Cancer to Test Talk Take

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first_imgAcclaimed actress and singer Bellamy Young lost her father to lung cancer, and she is now sharing her personal experience as part of Test. Talk. Take Action., a new awareness campaign focused on increasing people’s understanding of biomarkers and the role they play in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).The campaign – led by Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, in partnership with Young and leading lung cancer advocacy groups – encourages those impacted by NSCLC to learn about biomarkers and talk with their health care provider about testing.Biomarkers, substances that can be found in cancer cells, give doctors a more well-defined picture of a patient’s lung cancer. In addition to being used to diagnose cancer, testing for biomarkers can help doctors make informed decisions about the most appropriate treatment for a patient’s lung cancer. There are several different biomarkers that can be used to plan treatment in NSCLC. These include EGFR, ALK, ROS-1, and PD-L1.“One of the most important parts of the lung cancer journey is becoming informed about what you and your loved ones are facing,” Young explained. “When my Pop was diagnosed with lung cancer, we felt helpless and confused. At the time, I just wanted more resources to help us understand and manage his treatment and care.”Leading lung cancer patient advocacy groups supporting the program include Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Free to Breathe, Lung Cancer Alliance, Lung Cancer Foundation of America, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and LUNGevity. These organizations have made it their mission to support people impacted by lung cancer through education, resources and research.Young knows firsthand what people with lung cancer and their loved ones are going through; her father went through 10 months of treatment before he passed away from the disease.She added, “I’m honored to be a part of a campaign that is designed to provide people impacted by NSCLC with information that can help empower them to make informed treatment decisions. I encourage patients and their loved ones to visit www.TestTalkTakeAction.com to get the facts about biomarker testing and start a new dialogue with their health care providers about the next steps in their treatment.”Lung Cancer and the Role of Biomarker TestingLung cancer, which forms in the tissues of the lungs, usually within cells lining the air passages, is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell and small cell. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of all cases.Thanks to advancements in lung cancer research, doctors have found that every lung cancer is different and that they can use biomarker testing to uncover some of the characteristics of a patient’s cancer. Biomarker testing is now widely recommended in NSCLC and by testing, doctors can use the information to plan the best treatment path forward for a patient.“Everyday scientists are learning more and more about lung cancer, including how biomarker testing can play an increasingly important role in the care of people with NSCLC,” said Dr. Suman Bannur Rao, medical oncologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. “The results of biomarker testing can provide critical information that enables us to determine the specific treatments that are more likely to work for a patient.”“At Merck, we’re committed to helping patients affected by lung cancer, which includes developing resources to increase understanding about this disease,” said Jill DeSimone, senior vice president, Merck Oncology. “We are excited to work with the lung cancer community and Bellamy Young on Test. Talk. Take Action. and hope that through education, we can help inspire patients to be their own health care advocate by talking with their doctor about biomarker testing and making informed treatment decisions.”To learn more about comprehensive biomarker testing in NSCLC, including PD-L1, talk to your doctor, and visit www.TestTalkTakeAction.com.last_img read more

Viola Davis Madeleine K Albright And Condoleezza Rice To Take Part In

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first_imgThe Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley announced this week that Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Viola Davis will deliver a keynote address and former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Condoleezza Rice will hold a keynote conversation at the event on Wednesday, February 1st at the San Jose Convention Center.Annie Clark, co-founder of End Rape on Campus and subject of the documentary film “The Hunting Ground,” and Shawn Achor, best-selling author of “The Happiness Advantage” and record-setting TED speaker, will also headline the third annual conference, with more than 6,000 expected to attend.Viola Davis currently stars in the hit ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” for which she became the first African American to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series and also earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an NAACP Image Award and two Golden Globe nominations. Viola will next be seen in “Fences” from Paramount Pictures. The film is starring, directed and produced by Denzel Washington and is adapted from August Wilson’s play. Davis also starred with Washington in the 2010 revival of the play on Broadway. Her portrayal of Rose Maxson brought her a Tony Award. “Fences” was also honored with the Tony Award for “Best Play Revival.” The film adaptation, for which Davis has won the Critics Choice Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award, will release nationwide on December 25th.Madeleine K. Albright made history as the first female Secretary of State, nominated by President Bill Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997. Prior to her service from 1997-2001, Dr. Albright served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and as a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council. Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times best-sellers and she currently serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and as a professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009, only the second woman, after Albright, and the first African American woman to hold the position. Previously, Dr. Rice was the first female National Security Advisor, from 2001 to 2005, to President George W. Bush. Currently, Dr. Rice serves as Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a professor of political science at Stanford University, in addition to being the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.Annie Clark is a co-founder of End Rape on Campus, a group working to end sexual violence on campuses around the country. Working with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, she helped write the Bi-Partisan Campus Safety and Accountability Act and her work is featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Clark is a co-author of the book, “We Believe You,” a collection of 36 essays of campus sexual assault. Shawn Achor is a distinguished Harvard professor and New York Times bestselling author of “The Happiness Advantage” and “Before Happiness.” His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with more than 14 million views.“Once again, Watermark offers an unparalleled opportunity to hear from accomplished, insightful and game-changing leaders,” said Marlene Williamson, CEO of Watermark. “We are proud to present an unforgettable program that will make a difference for women in Silicon Valley and beyond.”Named one of the “Top 100” events in the San Francisco Bay Area by BizBash for its “buzz, innovation, and prominence,” the Watermark Conference for Women offers an unmatched breadth and depth of speakers in fields including new approaches to leadership, gender equity and inclusion, business management, digital strategy, and personal and professional growth. The Watermark Conference will once again host the QVC + zulily Product Search, where participants will have the unique opportunity to showcase their new idea to a panel of QVC and zulily experts, and receive on-site feedback from the panel.The 100+ speakers at the Watermark Conference include: Luvvie Ajayi, award-winning writer and digital strategist; Jenny Blake, millennial expert, author, and business strategist; Michelle Gielan, former “CBS News” anchor, best-selling author and psychology researcher; Tiffany Dufu, chief leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean In; and Caretha Coleman, principal at Coleman Consulting and former chairman of the board of Dignity Health.“Our stellar lineup of speakers represent a diverse array from politics and entertainment to global diplomacy and education,” said Amy Flood, Vice President, Public Affairs of co-chair sponsor Gilead. “Gilead is honored to celebrate the full spectrum of women’s achievements at the Conference and throughout the year.”The Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley is generously underwritten by co-chair partners Juniper Networks and Gilead along with the following sponsors: Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Genentech; Akamai; Boston Scientific; Johnson & Johnson; QVC; Silicon Valley Bank; Applied Materials; BMW; Oracle; Poo-Pourri; State Farm; United; Visa; VMWare and media sponsors KFOG 104.5 San Francisco; KGO 810; KSFO 560; and NBC Bay Area.Registration is now open for the conference.To register or learn more about the event, click here.last_img read more

WIFTT – TORONTO ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 DGC ONTARIO DIRECTOR

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first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, August 8, 2016—Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce producer/director/writer Nadine Valcin as the recipient of the 2016 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Director Mentorship. The mentorship provides one emerging Canadian female director with a two-tiered approach to enriching both their business and creative acumen.“Fueling and supporting female voices is an essential part of our mandate at WIFT-T and this flagship mentorship is an outstanding catalyst for success,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to offer this unique mentorship and we are extremely grateful to our partner, DGC Ontario, for helping us make this opportunity available to our members.”“DGC Ontario is, once again, proud to be a part of the WIFT-T director mentorship program.  We are dedicated to generating opportunity for creators and aiding them in pursuing their goals in the screen-based industry,” stated Bill Skolnik, CEO & Executive Director, DGC Ontario. “We were greatly impressed with the caliber of applicants this year and look forward to following Nadine’s career and to a continued partnership with WIFT-T.” Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The first portion of the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship focuses on business training and guidance through one-on-one mentoring sessions with this year’s business mentor Christina Kubacki – Director of Acquisitions at Entertainment One Films Canada. The second phase of the mentorship will pair Nadine Valcin with DGC Ontario Director member and 2008 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Mentorship recipient, Dawn Wilkinson, who will guide her through various creative approaches.  As the recipient of this mentorship, Nadine Valcin also receives a complimentary 2016 TIFF Industry pass.The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a highly competitive and coveted opportunity. Nadine has shown perseverance and versatility in her work, creating a range of documentary and narrative films in both French and English.  Her credits include her short film In Between and the NFB documentary Black Bold and Beautiful.“I am looking forward to the DGC Ontario Mentorship and working with two very prominent and successful women in the industry,” said Nadine Valcin.  “This very focused and personalized one-on-one opportunity is the perfect fit at this stage in my career as I transition from documentary and factual production to drama. The insights and strategies I acquire in the process will greatly assist me in making that important career leap. The success of past alumna is a testimony to the relevance and strength of this initiative and I am excited to partake in it.”ABOUT NADINE VALCIN:Nadine Valcin is an award winning bilingual producer, writer and director.  She has directed four documentary projects for the National Film Board of Canada, including the critically acclaimed Black, Bold and Beautiful and Une école sans frontières (A School without Boarders).  Most recently, she has written and directed three short dramatic films and is developing two feature films.  Terre d’asile (in French) and My Own Angel (in English).  Nadine has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for the short film In Between.  She holds a professional degree in architecture from McGill University and is an alumnus of Doc Lab, the Women in the Director’s Chair, and the National Screen Institute.  She was an artist-in-residence at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University for the 2015-2016 academic year.  www.rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

CANADA AND GERMANY RENEW AND INCREASE BUDGET OF DIGITAL MEDIA CODEVELOPMENT AND

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Toronto, July 23, 2018 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), the body responsible for film funding and media business development in the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg, announced today the renewal, for a two-year period, of their incentive for the codevelopment and coproduction of digital media projects between Canadian producers and German producers based in Berlin-Brandenburg.The total amount of funding available through the Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive has been increased to approximately CAD $450,000, with each funding organization contributing half of the funds. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the incentive is CAD $300,000.To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under both organisations’ criteria. Projects will have to be created for digital platforms and can be either a game, a web series, multiplatform content, augmented reality or virtual reality experiences. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img CMF-FMC Projects will be evaluated according to a set of criteria, including innovative and creative elements, how they engage the targeted community and audience, the creative team, and the viability of the projects’ budget and timelines.As a further incentive, a delegation of Berlin and Brandenburg producers and developers from the field of digital content will visit Toronto and Montréal from 24 to 28 September 2018. The creators will participate in briefings on the digital media industry, company visits, one-on-one meetings, a co-development lab, as well as matchmaking and networking events. The aim is to bring Berlin-Brandenburg and Canadian companies together and facilitate the develpment of fruitful partnerships between them.How to applyAll applications must comply with the guidelines for the Incentive which are available on both the CMF and MBB websites. Click here to access the guidelines. Submissions are open immediately and will close on December 4, 2018.Projects will be evaluated and chosen by a selection committee composed of representatives from the CMF and MBB. Recipients will be announced in January 2018.Finding an international partnerProducers interested in finding an international partner as part of this incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries. Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission (BBFC), MBB’s first stop agency for film and media producers, offers the same service for the German capital region, which can be accessed by clicking here.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.About Medienboard Berlin-BrandenburgMedienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and media industry in the German capital region. The Media Development division represents Berlin-Brandenburg as a key media location in Germany at international markets and festivals, provides market research and analysis and organizes networking events. The department funds media-related projects, serial formats as well as the development of innovative and interactive content in the games, web, and virtual reality categories. The Film Funding division provides funding for films, serial drama and film-related projects, advises filmmakers on financing issues, and supports the development of the film industry. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

THE ROOKIE Premiere Episode in Review

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first_imgIn advance of next week’s episode, catch up on some hometown love for THE ROOKIE in an Edmonton Journal story by Liane Faulder, who explores “the art of reinvention” parallels between character John Nolan and Fillion’s latest role.Nathan Fillion autographs a CTV poster during a junket at Bell Media headquarters with his personal message: “Who’s The Rookie now? Still me.”ICYMI – to catch up on the first episode of THE ROOKIE this weekend head to CTV.ca and the CTV app in advance of the second episode, airing Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET /8 p.m. MT. With this week’s series’ premiere described in a story by The Globe and Mailtelevision critic John Doyle as “flawless”; and [a drama that] “promises so much, with a likeable male lead and a story line that oozes charm,” CTV’s new fall cop drama THE ROOKIE is one to watch on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET /8 p.m. MT on CTV and the CTV app.Starring Edmonton-born actor Nathan Fillion (CASTLE), the series kicked off with an action-packed episode introducing viewers to John Nolan, a recent divorcee who joins the LAPD as a 40-year old rookie cop looking for a second chance.After 25 years in the television business, Fillion is definitely no rookie, but pokes fun at the longevity of his character John Nolan – while showcasing his “trailer voiceover” skills – in a recent Instagram post, saying “How far would you go before you ran out of breath? For this rookie, the answer may be shorter than you think.” This video offers a glimpse at the talent, tongue-in-cheek humour, and charm that have made Fillion a television star. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ALBERTA FILM AND TV PRODUCTION NOW ON ELECTION PLATFORMS OF POLITICAL PARTIES

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first_imgAdvertisement After months of lobbying for attention from politicians and the public, the province’s beleaguered screen industries have made it onto the election platforms of four major political parties running in the April 16 election, with three suggesting they would follow other jurisdictions in making incentives more enticing for big-budget productions.The Alberta Party, United Conservative Party and Alberta Liberals all make reference to the industry in their official platforms, promising to change from a grant-based program to one based on tax credits. The NDP also released its platform, although it was considerably more vague, vowing to consult with industry stakeholders about changes.Damian Petti, spokesman for the Alberta Screen Industry Action Committee and president of the film workers union IATSE 212, said it’s a sign that politicians see the industry as a key player in economic diversification and recognize its system of incentives needs to be changed if Alberta is to compete with Ontario, British Columbia and, increasingly, Manitoba. This is the first time the industry has been mentioned in election platforms of the major political parties, he said. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img “In Alberta, we’ve survived despite our quirky incentives,” said Petti. “There is kind of a feeling this time around that this is our one big shot to finally fix some of these problems. I’ve not seen the type of unity that we have right now before.” Director Bruce McDonald n the set of Heartland Courtesy, Andrew Bako Andrew Bako / jpg Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Treaty celebrations held in Lower Fort Garry

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Lower Fort Garry national historic site in Manitoba is hosting a week of celebrations commemorating the making of Treaty 1.APTN National News reporter Amy Stretten has this story.last_img

AFN kept oil pipelines resolution from vote over terrorism concerns Manitoba chief

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first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA resolution from Manitoba chiefs calling for “action on oil pipelines” was kept from a vote during the special chiefs assembly in Ottawa last week because a lawyer for the Assembly of First Nations determined it could be interpreted as “terrorism,” according to the chief who proposed the resolution.Waywayseecappo First Nation Chief Murray Clearsky said he was told the resolution had to be substantially changed for it to proceed.“That is what they called it,” said Clearsky, in a telephone interview Monday. “(They said) it is geared more toward terrorism. They were calling me a terrorist. They watered it down to fit whatever their need was and I said, ‘don’t bother.’”The resolution called on the AFN to back planned action by Manitoba chiefs against existing oil pipelines in June and to also create a planning committee to deal with media relations, legal advice and security issues.The action against the pipelines would include blocking access routes to pipeline stations.The resolution stated that Canada’s failure to live up to its end of the treaties had nullified its “legal right to access the property of the rightful Indigenous owners.”The resolution also stated that Canada had “no legal access to resources” in territories where treaties have yet to be signed.Clearsky, who was acting grand chief of Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization during the Ottawa meeting, said he spoke to the AFN’s regional chief for Manitoba Bill Traverse on Thursday who told him the resolution was extremely problematic.“(Traverse) said it didn’t go through due to the fact that it was related too much to being terrorism,” said Clearsky.Traverse could not be reached for comment.The AFN could not be reached for comment.Clearsky said he understood the AFN’s queasiness over the resolution because the organization depends almost totally on government funding to survive.“As I stated that day to the AFN chief, I know it’s hard for (the AFN) to follow through on stuff like this because the government is giving (the AFN) money to run your programs and keep you guys alive,” said Clearsky, whose Ojibway community is part of Treaty 4. “Years ago, we used to protest…today we just sit back and go with the flow…we should be getting louder.”Clearsky said the oil pipeline was only used as an example. He said blockades could also hit highways, railways and airports.“Whatever you can do to slow business down, to make our points so the government will hear us,” said he said.The resolution first surfaced on Wednesday, a day of heated words triggered by the crisis in Attawapiskat.Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson was given the microphone by Clearsky to explain the resolution.Nelson said there were also planned actions in Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as several U.S. states.“The chiefs in Manitoba have been listening and they hear very clearly we have to take action,” said Nelson, at the time. “In June, we are going to have continuous, ongoing demonstration action on the pipelines, from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, to sit on those pipelines until this government comes to their goddamn senses.”Several chiefs also marched to the doors of Parliament Hill that day, stopping traffic along the way.The RCMP was called to intervene and, after a brief back-and-forth, the chiefs and their supporters left the Hill.Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who participated in the march, told an RCMP officer that it was the “beginning.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to meet with a delegation of First Nations leaders on Jan. 24.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Habitat for Humanity helps out BC First Nation

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first_imgAPTN National NewsWith an undisputed housing crisis on many First Nations some leaders are seeking out new innovative ways to meet the needs of their people.Enter Habitat for Humanity. This non-profit has a new national program designed to help put First Nation families i homes.In British Columbia Habitat has partnered with the Tsawassenn First nation to build up to eight houses.Habitat will build the house and the families will pay back the cost of construction interest free based on a cap of 30 per cent of their monthly earnings.Tswawassenn’s chief is excited because she believes the partnership will help build capacity in her community.The First Nation currently has a subdivision ready for 30 homes.last_img read more

The humble and powerful Elijah Harper will be missed

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first_imgBy Melissa RidgenAPTN National NewsWinnipeg – For a man who stood for unity, inclusiveness and equality for all Canadians, it was fitting that this evening, RCMP officers in red serge and Winnipeg Police in full dress uniform stood side-by-side with chiefs in head dresses and lay people from all walks of life to pay final respects to the bridge-builder, Elijah Harper.The funeral at Winnipeg’s Glory and Peace Church was a much more intimate affair than the stately gathering held at the Manitoba Legislature earlier in the day.Some 200 people at the evening service heard personal stories about what Harper meant to friends and loved ones, to Aboriginal people, and to the history of Canada.“There is nobody else who has been called to the role Elijah Harper was called to,” said elder Ed Wood. “Elijah carried out the duties and responsibilities of his calling with strength and courage. When you think of Elijah, think of the eagle feather he showed us years ago as a symbol of strength and unity we continue to receive from his life.”Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak described Harper as an early political role model who later became a friend.“He was a humble and powerful man and we will miss him. The creator has taken back his gift he gave to us,” Nepinak said.On behalf of northern Manitoba chiefs, Grand Chief David Harper said Harper stood for “inclusivity and equality for all Canadians. He stood against distinct society for Quebec.”Earlier in the day, thousands poured into the halls of the Manitoba Legislature to pay final respects to a man whose impact on history was greater than the humility and simplicity that friends and family say embodied Harper.Singing and drumming echoed through the building as an honour guard and First Nations dignitaries greeted those who came to say goodbye and thank you to the man they say dedicated his life to fighting for his people in a quiet but powerful way.“Elijah not only advanced the issues of First Nations people but built bridges with the non-Aboriginal community. He used his personality to really engage people in the issues and make people care,” said Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson.Harper found himself in the national spotlight in 1990 when as an NDP MLA, he stood in the Manitoba legislature, an eagle feather in hand, and refused with a simple “no” to support the Meech Lake Accord. The package to gain Quebec’s acceptance of the Constitution Act of 1982 was not, he said, negotiated with input of Aboriginal people. And so began a filibuster that ultimately prevented the Manitoba Assembly from ratifying the accord and it died on paper.“The spirit Elijah had in this legislature continues today,” said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. “He was a humble person very focused on the needs of his people. Not at all flashy, but he spent his entire life working on issues affecting his people and he did so in the context of being a Canadian.”First Nations leaders from across the country stood in line with regular folks who battled gusty winds and driving rain to pay their respects. Harper’s nephew Clifford Harper, said it was a fitting tribute to a true leader.“Elijah’s dad prayed for him every day his son would make a difference and he sure did,” said Clifford Harper, who traveled with his wife and daughters from their home community of Red Sucker Lake in northern Manitoba to Winnipeg. “His purpose in life was to unite people. That’s the beauty of his life.”Harper died May 17 in Ottawa from cardiac arrest caused by diabetes complications, his family said in a statement.“Five hours after he passed away, an earthquake happened in the Ottawa Valley not far from Meech Lake. I believe from the bottom of my heart that it wasn’t a coincidence,” said Clifford Harper, referring to the 5.2-magnitude quake that hit Friday at 9:43 a.m.Harper’s final resting place will be back at the home he loved on the Red Sucker Lake First Nation.He will be buried there Thursday.Mridgen@aptn.calast_img read more

Cape Dorset school fire leaves community worried for future while bringing back

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFor Nunavut’s small, remote communities, the local school is more than a place to send the kids, it also serves as a hub for an entire community.The high school in Cape Dorset burned to the ground over the weekend, bringing back some tough history, while leaving the community wondering about the future.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has the story.last_img

Vancouver queer festival features two spirit films and actors

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first_imgTina House APTN National NewsThe 28th annual queer festival which showcases films around the world is about to roll into Vancouver.This year a spotlight will shine on Indigenous two spirit films and some top Canadian talent.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Treaty 6 in Alberta celebrates 140th anniversary

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first_imgChris StewartAPTN National News140 years ago, Treaty 6 was signed.50 First nations from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are part of it.On Friday, the city of Edmonton marked the anniversary of the historic signing.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

UN committee calls on Canada for inquiry into missing murdered Indigenous women

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first_imgThe Canadian PressGENEVA – A United Nations committee has joined the chorus of critics who say Canada should establish a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women said Canada has violated the rights of Indigenous women by failing to thoroughly investigate why they are targeted for violence.The body is adding its voice to domestic calls for an inquiry, which the Harper government has repeatedly said isn’t necessary.A committee report released Friday said police and the justice system have failed to effectively protect Indigenous women.It says native women face grave and systematic violations of their rights.“Aboriginal women and girls are more likely to be victims of violence than men or non-Aboriginal women and they are more likely to die as a result,” the report said.“Yet, despite the seriousness of the situation, the Canadian state has not sufficiently implemented measures to ensure that cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women are effectively investigated and prosecuted.”Canada’s formal response to the committee disagreed with the conclusion that there has been such a violation and rejected the call for an inquiry.Committee members Niklas Bruun and Barbara Bailey visited Canada in 2013 to conduct a confidential inquiry into allegations about the violence facing native women and girls.They said the roots of the problem run deep.“The violence inflicted on Aboriginal women is often rooted in the deep socio-economic inequalities and discrimination their communities face and which can be traced back to the period of colonization,” the two said.The committee is made up of 23 independent human rights experts and oversees implementation of the UN Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in countries which have ratified it.last_img read more