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NBC’s hit series “Parenthood,” now in its final season, received first place in the Drama category in the 2014 Sentinel Awards, presented by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center.
The event, held at the Taglyan Center on Oct. 9, drew some of the top names in the entertainment industry. Producer Jerry Weintraub (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Behind the Candelabra”) accepted the award for “Years of Living Dangerously,” for which he served as executive producer. Alex Borstein, who plays Nurse Dawn on HBO’s “Getting On,” presented the award in the Comedy category, and executive producer and show runner Jason Katims represented “Parenthood.“ Also accepting awards were Dante Di Loreto, executive producer for “The Normal Heart,” and Chris Nee, executive producer and creator of the Disney Junior hit show “Doc McStuffins.”
“The Normal Heart” (HBO) won first place for Drama TV Movie with a powerful story about HIV/AIDS activism in the early 1980’s. Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, and Frank De Julio starred in the film based on the original screenplay by Larry Kramer.
In the Climate Change category, “Years of Living Dangerously,” Showtime’s nine-part documentary television series, won first place for an episode featuring Matt Damon on how rising temperatures are becoming a public health emergency. "Parenthood" won for its storyline about Hank, played by Ray Romano, who learns he may have Asperger’s Syndrome. “Doc McStuffins” won in the Children’s Programming category for a storyline that stresses the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike. “Getting On” took top honors in the Comedy category for it’s dark humor in dealing with the healthcare system in an extended care hospital ward.
This year, the Reality category was expanded to include talk shows and documentaries. “Life According to Sam” (HBO) took first place in the category for the topic of progeria, a genetic condition where symptoms resembling aging appear at an early age.
The awards are presented in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In light of USC’s recent expansion and potential impact on our neighbors, it is crucial that we take stock of the university’s role in the civic and community life beyond our walls, and understand the significant work, service and fellowship already being cultivated by community members and institutions. A three-part series will examine community building in and around USC and South Los Angeles, with a focus on movements and organizations that are responding to the disparities and injustices that structure life in South L.A. Their daily leadership, sacrifice and creativity helps bind South L.A., catalyzing progressive and sustained neighborhood change.
A dynamic discussion will highlight the visions of activists and leaders from the worlds of neighborhood journalism and community organizing. Panelists include journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan, one of the primary chroniclers of African American life in Los Angeles; Francisco Ortega of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission; Community Coalition’s Alberto Retana; and media maker Sahra Sulaiman, who works with South L.A. youth and others in the fight for residents’ safe access to the streets.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel speaks with award-winning journalist Judy Muller at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on October 15, 2014.
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel speaks about the challenges, and opportunities, of conducting public diplomacy in a complex, hyper-connected world.
The former managing editor of Time Magazine, Under Secretary Stengel visited the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on October 15, 2014.
On October 1, 2014, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism inaugurated a new era of digital media education, communication and production with the Grand Opening of the visionary Wallis Annenberg Hall.
Learn how to empower and expand your digital footprint in this JOUR 499 class taught by Prof. Robert Hernandez. Annenberg...Of Course!
In Mobile Journalism, learn how to use the tool in everyone's pocket; the mobile phone, to empower yourself as a journalist. Annenberg... Of Course!
Join Amara Aguilar for a course that will show you how to publish content for tablets and mobile devices. Annenberg...Of Course!
Prof. Robert Hernandez pitches his Augmented Reality Course for the Annenberg...Of Course Series
Clemente Ladrido from the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center is awarded the October 2014 USC Staff Recognition Award.
Vladek Juszkiewicz, Executive Director of Polish Film Festival Los Angeles, discusses film as a cultural force and international collaborations at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School.
A time lapse view of the forum inside Wallis Annenberg Hall during the Grand Opening of the building, at USC Annenberg on October 1, 2014.
Music by Rolemusic, "Shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean", from the album "The Pirate and the Dancer"
USC Annenberg students thank Wallis Annenberg on the opening of Wallis Annenberg Hall, October 1, 2014.
A time lapse video showing the construction of Wallis Annenberg Hall from November 2013 to August 2014. The new building opens October 1, 2014.
Music by Johnny Ripper "Sunspots", from the album "It Never Happened".
HH&S held a panel at the Writers Guild of America, East in New York on Sept. 19 titled “What’s So Funny About Climate Change?” that featured TV legend Norman Lear, top comedy writers and experts.
The discussion kicked off scheduled events surrounding the city’s UN Climate Summit 2014 (Sept. 23), including the People’s Climate March (Sept. 21) and Climate Week NYC (Sept. 22-28).
In addition to Lear, the panel featured Rory Albanese, showrunner for "The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore" and former showrunner, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"; Chris Albers, writer for "Borgia" and writer/producer, "Late Night," "The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien," and "Late Show With David Letterman"; Sidney Harris, science cartoonist for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and other publications; Lyn Lear, environmental activist and producer; Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication; and Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of "The Daily Show" and author of "Lizz Free or Die: Essays." The panel was co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, East.
Serving as co-moderators were Michael Winship, senior writer, "Moyers & Company," and president of the WGAE; and Marty Kaplan, director of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Director Michael Govan discusses the role of art in the digital age and LACMA's Next Generation Program.
The century to come will be dominated by people who are part of the digital revolution. USC Annenberg is at the forefront of studying, chronicling and creating that digital future.
Bumper music by Rolemusic, "Beach Wedding Dance", from the album The Pirate and The Dancer.
An animated explanation of the USC Annenberg Media Impact Project Measurement System, an open-source system for determining how media can engage audiences and determine what works and what doesn't. It combines information about how your story is being seen - everything from web traffic and Facebook likes to offline actions and survey research.
Find out more at mediaimpactproject.org.
Video of Climate Change march courtesy of HH&S Director Kate Langrall Folb.
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D. informs Annenberg Alumni of the exciting changes taking place at the school during this Fall 2014 Semester.
HH&S recently interviewed students ages 7-12 at the MUSE School in Calabasas and other L.A. venues about global warming, capturing their often funny and insightful thoughts.
Drawing on her extensive work as a media researcher, Johanna Blakley examines the best ways to understand how documentaries affect our lives. Her talk focuses on the need to balance the filmmaker's creative vision with a nuanced understanding of audience as key to measuring the true impact of media. The lecture was the keynote address at the 2014 Hot Docs conference in Toronto.
More information at http://hotdocslibrary.ca/en/detail.cfm?filmId=284618
ATVN Executive Producer and USC Annenberg Senior Faith Miller speaks about the unique qualities of USC Annenberg's new Wallis Annenberg Hall.
USC Annenberg Professors speak about the new building, Wallis Annneberg Hall, and the impact it will have on students using the facility.
Julie Chen visits with Mary Murphy and her JOUR 381 class at Wallis Annenberg Hall, on August 26, 2014.
"Affordable Me: The Face of Obamacare on the Ground & on the Air" was co-sponsored by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, and the Writers Guild of America, West.
The panel featured entertainment industry professionals from top TV shows and local health experts: Dr. Zachary Lutsky, writer, "The Night Shift," and an ER physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Meg Marinis, story editor, "Grey’s Anatomy"; Hayley Schore, writer/director of development, "Black Box"; Patrick Sean Smith, show runner and executive producer, "Chasing Life"; Carmela Castellano-Garcia, president and CEO, California Primary Care Association; Maribel Contreras, program director, Asian Pacific Family Center; and Jacqueline Mejia, program manager, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
The event was moderated by Martin Kaplan, director of the Lear Center.
A beginning Q&A with the TV writers was followed by small break-out groups anchored by Smith, Schore, Marinis, Clack and Lutsky. In these sessions, focusing on mental health, youth, immigrant families and ER care, the health experts/activists organized presentations from “community storytellers” who offered their real-life experiences.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Director Michael Govan offers his thoughts on the role of art in cultural diplomacy, addressing the differences and similarities between residents of LA and those from other cities.
Willa Seidenberg of Annenberg Radio News discusses moving into Wallis Annenberg Hall. Seidenberg is most looking forward to the impact the state-of-the-art complex will have on student and faculty collaboration.
Chuck Boyles, Director of Multimedia Technology for USC Annenberg, shows off the converged Media Center at Wallis Annenberg Hall. The building will be complete for its grand opening on October 1, 2014.
Join Professor K.C. Cole in this Annenberg X Course designed to allow USC students to work alongside scientists at the Wrigley Science Institute on Catalina Island.
Learn to repair anything, and share your solutions with a global on-line community. Use critical thinking and communication skills to change the world, one device at a time.
Professor K.C. Cole talks about her class that will visit the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The class is designed allow students to become engaged with the most innovative center for art, science and technology and "human awareness" in the world. Mess around, change minds, contribute to the conversation. Field trip Oct. 23-25
A clip from the new ABC Family series Chasing Life, airing Tuesdays at 9 pm ET/PT. Clip courtesy of ABC Family.
J. Peter Devereaux, Priniciple at Harley Ellis Devereaux, discusses his excitement about USC Annenberg's brand new building, Wallis Annenberg Hall. Devereaux's firm were the architects of this 88,000-square-foot edifice.
Marty Kaplan interviews Elaine Stritch on his Air America radio show.
The new global operating environment is more interconnected and interdependent than ever. The competitive landscape is irreversibly changing, and to be successful, future leaders must be capable of communicating strategically -- possessing not just critical skills, but a unique set of attitudes, perspectives, experience and substantive knowledge.
We at USC Annenberg define this issue as the "Third Space" of 21st century talent requirements, and we have initiated one of the most ambitious and innovative undertakings ever launched in the communications space: the "Third Space" Project.
Video taken with a DJI Phantom Vision 2+ outside the new Wallis Annenberg Hall building at the University of Southern California on June 16, 2014. Video by Joel Zink.
Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival co-founder, Yasemin Yilmaz, shares with us how film festivals create networks and builds bridges between communities and cultures. Making them a perfect cultural diplomacy actor.
Dr. Senem Çevik examines Turkey's soft power resources, specifically the effects of Turkish soap operas.
Michael Govan describes how LACMA's football exhibition reflects the universality of football and the diversity of Los Angeles: one of the most multicultural cities of our global society.
Lear Center Managing Director Johanna Blakley gave the keynote address for the Think Again Conclave, a featured event at the 32nd annual edition of APOGEE, a technical extravaganza including over 6000 students, 100 colleges, and 80 technical events. The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India, hosts the country's biggest technical festival, which has featured talks by Nobel Laureates, CERN scientists, inventors, politicians and social activists from around the globe. Blakley presented her research on "The Social Impact of Social Media," with a focus on the current dynamics in India, where the exchange of ideas and information through virtual communities and networks has assumed unprecedented significance in the past few years. http://bits-apogee.org/2014/#
In this video, Michael Govan, CEO and director of the LACMA, discusses "Fútbol: The Beautiful Game," a LACMA exhibit devoted to diverse contemporary art focusing on the global game.
Graduates from the USC Annenberg School for Communication receive their diplomas and hear from musician, songwriter, and composer, T Bone Burnett, about the value their work will have in an ever-changing world.
USC Annenberg School of Journalism graduates receive their diplomas and hear from KPPC President and CEO Bill Davis.
This segment in the Assignment:China series focuses on the coverage by American news organizations of the dramatic events in Beijing in 1989. Students marched in cities all over China, but it was the demonstrations in China's symbolic center, Tiananmen Square, that captured the attention and imagination of people worldwide and especially in the United States.
When Hu Yaobang died on April 15, students seized on the opportunity to remember him and to criticize his successors. Chinese leaders were divided on how to handle the protests that ensued. What followed was an extraordinary seven weeks where large numbers of Chinese in dozens of cities marched and demonstrated to express their grievances and to call for change. As the political center of China, most of the world's attention was focused on the protests there.
The American press corps in China had grown since the first journalists arrived with the establishment of diplomatic relations, but it was still relatively small compared to today. Covering China remained (and remains) complicated and difficult. In December 1986, for example, two television crews were detained and had their videotape confiscated as they attempted to cover student demonstrations. This segment of Assignment:China focuses on the stories of journalists who struggled to understand what was happening in Beijing that spring and to help Americans get a sense of the issues and forces at play. We hear from them about the political, cultural, physical, and technological challenges of covering the demonstrations, how they were being seen by the larger society, and the response of the party-state.
The press corps grew as the protests continued, especially as the mid-May Soviet Union-China summit meeting drew near. The upcoming meeting between Mikhail Gorbachev and his Chinese counterparts would be the first meeting between the leaders of the Communist giants in three decades. Gorbachev, of course, had made headlines worldwide with his perestroika (restructuring) and glasnost (openness) reforms.
Assignment:China "Tiananmen Square" shows how Gorbachev's arrival and his departure affected the ability of television networks to broadcast news via satellite directly from the square and how reporters used early mobile phones to report from China. But we also learn how essential less-cutting edge technology, such as bicycles, was as well.
For the participants, for the correspondents, and for audiences, an overriding question from April to June 3 was "how will this end?" For many outside China, the ending is most of what is remembered.
The documentary shows how journalists sought to make sense of the party-state's restraint and why the April 26 People's Daily labelling the unrest as "a grave political struggle facing the whole Party and the people of all nationalities" nor the declaration of martial law on May 20 did not end the protests. When the armored personnel carriers and tanks did roll and armed soldiers were sent in, several of the journalists interviewed in Assignment:China were there. We hear how they sought to document the extent of the violence and we learn the story behind the "tank man" image that has come to symbolize the demonstrations and their violent end.
We learn how journalists knew what they reported, but also how their values, expectations, or sources caused them to overemphasize some things and to miss others. And we hear from U.S. Secretary of State James Baker how the immediacy of the coverage meant that the administration needed to react in real time.
Twenty-five years have passed since students and others waved banners calling for greater freedom and official accountability in Tiananmen Square. The patriotism and optimism of the demonstrators and the violence that ended the demonstrations deeply moved people worldwide. Those seven weeks have had a profound influence on what Americans and others think about China. Assignment:China -- Tiananmen Square tells how those stories were brought to American audiences.
2014 James L. Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting taking place at The Four Seasons at Beverly Hills. This year's featured speaker is Guy Raz, host of NPR's TED Radio Hour. The event will honor the life and legacy of public broadcasting pioneer James L. Loper.