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Chris Pine Reads Clark The Shark For Storyline Online

Jun 02, 2017 01:30 pm
Chris Pine is making waves with his newest project! The Wonder Woman and Star Trek star partnered with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online children’s literacy initiative to read the beloved children’s book Clark the Shark written by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Guy Francis and published by HarperCollins. 

Video: Clark the Shark Read by Chris Pine

With its release today, Clark the Shark marks the latest addition to the award-winning Storyline Online, a free educational website & children’s literacy resource.


Clark the Shark tells the story of Clark, a big, boisterous shark attending Theodore Roosterfish Elementary School. While his heart is in the right place, Clark is rowdy, loud and over-the-top. He has trouble containing his excitement for everything in his underwater life. When his classmates stop spending time with him, Clark can’t help but wonder why. After speaking with his teacher Ms. Inkydink, Clark learns that there’s a time and a place for everything – even being boisterous. Highlighting thoughtful morals about friendship, social skills and accepting differences, Clark the Shark can be used to start a conversation with children about impulse control and how to deal with feelings of extreme excitement at times that require a little self-control.

Pine concludes his reading by sharing his thoughts on the book. “I really like this story. I think it speaks to all of us…. We want to be ourselves. We want to yell when we want to yell, and play and laugh and have a good time – but as Ms. Inkydink says, ’There’s a time and a place for everything.’ There’s a time and place to be considerate of other people’s feelings. Just because you want to play and laugh and eat and have fun, sometimes that hurts other people and sometimes other people don’t want to play that way.”


Pine is the latest actor to join an expanding cast of Storyline Online readers. Previous readers include Viola Davis, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, Lily Tomlin, Christian Slater, Betty White and Rita Moreno. Storyline Online features beloved performers reading cherished children’s books out loud alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. The site features 39 videos available at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide, and receives over 14 million views every month.

“Chris Pine is a real champion for children’s literacy. He is an extremely busy actor, yet he made time to read for Storyline Online because he cares about literacy, and thinks it’s important to give back to kids,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAGAFTRA Foundation. “Clark the Shark is a delightful new addition to our digital library. We are so grateful to Chris for his participation.”

Clark the Shark comes with supplemental activity guides for both home and school that strengthen verbal, written and comprehension skills. Aimed at students in the 1st-3rd grades, these activities encourage students to engage in critical thinking and ponder the themes from the book including friendship, empathy and acceptance.

Welcome To EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES 2017

Jun 02, 2017 12:00 pm
Today, EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES – led by Chef Mario Batali – brings the culinary world to the table to raise money for The Global Fund and awareness around the AIDS fight, with activations across the United States and around the world on social media.


From New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, national restaurant groups and popular food brands nationwide are making it easier than ever for people to EAT (RED) throughout the entire month of June, with multiple ways to turn food and drink choices into a force to fight AIDS.

A new EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign PSA, voiced by Mario Batali, highlights the importance of people’s food choices this June, and underlines the power of life-saving HIV/AIDS medication that costs just 30 cents a day in sub-Saharan Africa.


“It’s a beautiful thing when food not only brings people together, but does so in a way that means real impact on the AIDS fight. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of so many of my heroes in the culinary industry we’re taking the campaign all across the country. So whether you’re eating, drinking or joining the emoji food fight on Twitter, your choices really do count this June,” says Mario Batali.

Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED), commented: “It’s so inspiring to see the culinary community wrap its arms and apron strings around a fight as important as this. We’re enormously grateful to Mario and every one of our EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES supporters for making it easy for everyone, everywhere, to become a key ingredient in the fight to end AIDS.”


Throughout June, consumers can look forward to the following activations that make purchasing popular foods – lobster rolls to pizza, salad to waffles and more! — into choices that #86AIDS.

• Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza – Grab a signature (RED) Vine Pizza and an ice-cold Coca-Cola drink, and $1 will be donated to the Global Fund, up to $50,000. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the donations made by Blaze.
• Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is generously supporting the AIDS fight this June with a $100,000 donation to support the work of The Global Fund. Jimmy John’s will also promote EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES and create awareness through a special ‘(RED)’ Snapchat filter at their 2700+ locations in the United States.
• Building on the success of the Jonathan Adler designed (ANDAZ)RED Suite at Andaz West Hollywood, the Andaz brand is continuing its support of (RED) in the month of June by going (RED) for breakfast at Andaz hotels (Maui, West Hollywood, Savannah, Scottsdale, Napa, and both 5th Avenue and Wall Street in New York). For every person who dines in a participating Andaz restaurant for breakfast, the hotel will donate $1 and offer each diner the opportunity to match the donation to double the impact. Each participating hotel will also offer a special signature breakfast item that triggers a $3 donation.
• Hedley & Bennett has collaborated with longstanding (RED) Chef Ambassador, Dominique Ansel, recently named the World’s Best Pastry Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, to create a limited-edition custom apron available for order only during the month of June on
• The Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group restaurants including OTTO, La Sirena and Del Posto in New York, as well as Tarry Lodge, Pizzeria Mozza and others across the U.S will offer special (RED) menu items during June.
• Luke’s Lobster is turning their iconic lobster roll ‘(RED)’ in June! At all 24 Luke’s Lobster locations guests will be given the option to add a $1 donation to fight AIDS to their check. For every dollar donated, Luke’s Lobster will also donate $1, up to $3,000.
• Max Brenner will add two (RED) menu items to their brunch offerings– a strawberry sugar waffle, topped with Max Brenner’s velvety white chocolate sauce, freshly whipped cream and milk chocolate chunks, and the (RED) mimosa.
• The Palm – Visit any location for the signature (RED) menu item, a 35 Day Dry-Aged Prime Bone-In New York 20 oz. Strip Steak ($59)
• The Cheesecake Factory and (RED) partner, Coca-Cola, are joining forces to feature their iconic Ultimate (RED) Velvet Cheesecake & ice-cold Coca-Cola on menus to raise awareness, in addition to a $20,000 donation to fight AIDS.
• Seamore’s – During June, Seamore’s will offer diners a special signature (RED) salad, made with watermelon, tomato, jalapeño, and ricotta
• Lou Malnati’s Pizza is offering a special “Spreading Hearts Box” during June, nationwide. The box includes a heart shaped pizza and a heart shaped chocolate chip cookie, as well as two tiny pewter hearts for the recipient.

Home cooks can also EAT (RED) this June, with limited edition (HELLOFRESH)RED meal kits with exclusive easy-to-follow recipes created by (RED) Chef Ambassadors Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray and Carla Hall. For every new subscriber who orders a (HELLOFRESH)RED meal kit at using code HELLORED, HelloFresh will offer a $20 discount off the first box and make a $20 donation to fight AIDS. Customers can select one (RED) recipe, plus two others, as part of their weekly HelloFresh delivery. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match every donation by HelloFresh, up to $500,000. All customers will have an opportunity to donate directly via the HelloFresh website.

New this year, the first-ever EAT (RED) FOOD & FILM FEST!, presented by Bank of America, will take place in the evening of June 20 in New York’s Bryant Park. Mario Batali, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Ina Garten, Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and The Beatrice’s Angie Mar have collaborated in creating the ultimate evening picnic, giving food fans the opportunity to savor their dishes. Ticketed guests will also enjoy an outdoor screening of Sleepless in Seattle, (BELVEDERE)RED summer cocktails, Birra Moretti beer and wine by Josh Cellars. A limited number of tickets are available at for $100, with 100% of the ticket price going to fight AIDS with (RED). Thanks to dollar matching by Bank of America and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every ticket purchased will generate $600 to fight AIDS.

Additionally, (RED) and Bonnaroo are teaming-up with legendary James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and author, Hugh Acheson for an unforgettable (RED) Supper @ Bonnaroo on June 8. Raising money for the Global Fund, the family-style festival dinner takes place as the first night of Bonnaroo 2017 swings into action. Guests will enjoy Hugh’s special three course (RED) menu, with tickets priced at $75, and 100% of the ticket price going to fight AIDS.

Starting June 1, a new EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES Facebook Messenger bot will give food fans zip code-based details of where to EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES during June, GIFs and sharable food puns.

On June 5, the #REDFoodFight is coming back, giving people the opportunity to tweet food emojis at friends, using #REDFoodFight for a food fight in the name of EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES.

“(RED) is great at coming up with smart, innovative ways for people to support the AIDS fight. The disease has had a devastating impact over 35 years, and though we’ve made huge progress, campaigns like EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES help to remind everyone that we need to keep our feet on the gas to end it for good,” said Marijke Wijnroks, Interim Executive Director of the Global Fund.


Lisa Ling to Speak at MGM Resorts Foundation Women’s Leadership Conference

Jun 02, 2017 10:30 am

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Lisa Ling, executive producer and host of the investigative documentary series “This is Life” on CNN, will speak at The MGM Resorts Foundation’s 11th annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) Aug. 7-8 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Ling, a best-selling author and one of the most respected and well-known investigative journalists in the industry, is expected to address a sell-out crowd at WLC 2017.

The nonprofit conference is designed to inspire attendees to seek their highest level of personal and professional growth by presenting participants with inspiring role models, varying perspectives and strategies for development.

Ling, who has reported from the farthest reaches of the planet, covering harrowing stories for The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, will no doubt captivate audiences with her personal experiences, WLC 2017 organizers said.

“Throughout her career, Lisa has traveled to some of the most dangerous locations in the world in an effort to bring social change through awareness and aid to those who need it most,” said Dawn Christensen, the conference’s organizer and director of National Diversity Relations for MGM Resorts. “She is a champion of women and we are very excited to welcome her to the main stage at WLC 2017.”

Over the past decade, WLC has grown in size, scope and reputation, drawing sellout crowds for the past three years. Through relevant and dynamic programming and acclaimed national speakers, organizers have also established it as the premier conference of its kind in the Western region. Attendance for this year’s event is expected to surpass last year’s record of more than 1,000 attendees. Registration, which costs $485, is selling faster than ever, organizers said.

As executive producer and host of “This is Life” on CNN, Ling has covered a range of issues that impact women, including the scourge of prescription pill addiction in Utah and the recent influx of women in North Dakota’s boomtown.

As the former field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show, contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Ling has reported stories about gang rape in the Congo; the practice of burning brides in India; the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Ling also executive produced and hosted the acclaimed documentary series “Our America” on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. Throughout the show’s five-season run, Lisa embedded in a Midwest town ravaged by an onslaught of heroin, got exclusive access inside an anti-gay religious movement, witnessed the manifestation of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning veterans of war and went undercover to investigate the under-age sex trafficking of minors in Washington, D.C. She has also profiled Americans living beneath the poverty line for the first time, and people serving long prison sentences for crimes they did not commit.

Ling got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News, where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan, as well as stories in dozens of countries around the world. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.

In 2009, Ling’s younger sister and fellow journalist, Laura Ling, was arrested in North Korea while trying to get footage of human trafficking on the North Korean-Chinese border. Lisa Ling launched appeals to the highest U.S. government officials to negotiate her sister’s release, which was ultimately secured after a meeting between President Bill Clinton and Kim Jong Il. The sisters collaborated in Lisa Ling’s first book “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.” She is also the author of “Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood,” which explores the various roles of women in different cultures.

In 2015, President Obama appointed Ling as a member of the Commission on White House Fellows.

WLC 2017 will also feature CNN International anchor and broadcast journalist Natalie Allen as a returning host. The conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and the men who support them. The MGM Resorts Foundation is the conference’s presenting sponsor.

Each year, after costs, proceeds from the event are donated to a nonprofit organization devoted to the welfare and development of women and children in Las Vegas. Dress for Success Southern Nevada, the local nonprofit that provides gently used professional clothing and career counseling services to empower women to achieve economic independence, recently received a $25,000 gift from the 2016 conference.

Registration costs $485 and includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand. Time is also allotted for attendees to build key professional relationships with other women attending while enjoying the hospitality and entertainment of MGM Grand and other MGM Resorts International destinations.

Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference. Current sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Bank of America, R&R Partners Foundation, McCarran International Airport, Cirque du Soleil, America First Credit Union, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Everi Payments Inc. Cashman Photo Enterprises, Agilysys, Inc., L3 Technologies, Inc., and Large Vision Business Network Mixer.

For more information or to register, please visit



Sesame Street Theme Songs And Hollywood Movie Royalties For Sale In Charity Auction

Jun 02, 2017 09:00 am

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Royalty Exchange, the world’s first online marketplace for royalties, is offering a rare chance to buy a stake in music and screenwriter royalties from several popular Sesame Street shows and hit Hollywood movies.

Most notable are the theme songs for Sesame Street favorites “Elmo’s World” and “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.” Also included are screenwriter residuals for Steven Spielberg produced movies “An American Tail” and “Land Before Time.”

These and more than 375 other musical works from the iconic children’s TV series are also included in this catalog, which will be sold in a live auction on The winner will own the royalties to these works and all future royalty income generated by them.

That means any time they air on TV or online, or if someone buys the DVD or CD, or streams the songs online, the buyer earns royalties. Not to mention the bragging rights involved in owning a piece of television history.

Royalty Exchange is making this catalog available on behalf of the estate of Tony Geiss, the legendary Sesame Street songwriter/screenwriter behind the catalog for sale. Both Tony and his wife Phyllis wanted to gift these royalties to a select group of charities after his passing.

Royalty Exchange was selected for its access to over 17,000 investors interested in royalty assets and its ability to produce the best possible results for rightsholders.

“We’re honored to play a small role in helping honor Tony’s wishes,” said Royalty Exchange CEO Matthew Smith. “Competition and transparency will ensure these worthwhile causes get the most out of his talent and generosity.”

The organizations benefitting from the sale are:
• New York Public Library
Doctors Without Borders
• Citi Harvest
American Cancer Society
• National Foundation for Cancer Research
Wildlife Conservation Society
• Central Park Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
Audubon Society
• National Parks Conservation Association

The listing is live on Royalty Exchange now. Bidding will begin at $430,000. Once there is an opening bid, the auction will begin. Investors interested in receiving these royalties can view more details and register to bid at

FAME 35th Anniversary Reunion Concert To Benefit The Actors Fund

Jun 02, 2017 07:30 am

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The Actors Fund announced today that cast members from the hit 1980s musical television series “Fame” will reunite for a 35th anniversary concert to benefit the national human services organization that helps everyone in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition.

The one night only landmark event, which marks the first US concert by the cast since 1985, is set for Thursday, July 13 at 8pm at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Tickets are now on sale at

Featuring original songs from the series, the celebration will reunite original “Fame” stars Debbie Allen (Golden Globe Award winner for her role as “Lydia Grant,” and recipient of two Emmy Awards for her choreography on the show), Jesse Borrego (“Jesse Valesquez”), Cynthia Gibb (“Holly Laird”), Erica Gimpel (“Coco Hernandez”), Billy Hufsey (“Christopher Donlon”), Carlo Imperato (“Danny Amatullo”), Valerie Landsburg (“Doris Schwartz”) and P.R. Paul (“Montgomery MacNeil”). The evening’s musical director is Yaron Spiwak.

“Fame” originally premiered on NBC on January 7, 1982 and won 2 consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 1983 and 1994. Based on the 1980 film of the same name, the series followed the lives of the students and faculty at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts. Over the course of 6 seasons on NBC and in syndication, 136 episodes were produced. The worldwide popularity of the show led to several hit records and sold-out concerts from the UK to Israel.

The “Fame” 35th Anniversary Reunion Concert follows The Actors Fund’s hugely successful concert presentations of “Bombshell” (the musical created within NBC’s “Smash”) and “Grey’s Anatomy: The Songs Beneath The Show.”

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone — performers and those behind the scenes — who works in performing arts and entertainment. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund is a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit


Spotlight: Kelly Ripa’s Charity Work

Jun 02, 2017 07:00 am

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa is television host and actress.

She started supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund after someone she knew contracted the disease. In 2008 she began a role as spokesperson for Electrolux washers and dryers, some proceeds from the sales of which will benefit the Fund.

Ripa supports Love Our Children USA’s Stomp Out Bullying campaign.

Read more about Kelly Ripa’s charity work and events. 

Spotlight: Artists for a New South Africa’s Celebrity Supporters

Jun 02, 2017 06:00 am
Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) was founded in 1989 by Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen, Blair Underwood, CCH Pounder and friends to support the quest to end apartheid.

Since its inception, ANSA has raised and granted over nine million dollars to effective African nonprofits, shipped more than 20 tons of books and medical supplies to poor communities and provided comprehensive, ongoing care to over 3,500 AIDS orphans for the last eight years. ANSA continues to work in the U.S. and Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, advance human rights, preserve the legacy and values of the struggle against apartheid and the brave men and women who led it, and build bonds between our nations through arts, culture and the shared pursuit of social justice.

“We will never forget those who stood by us in our darkest days…You have become a part of the progress we are making…We are strengthened by the knowledge that Artists for a New South Africa will be with us.” ~ Nelson Mandela.

Celebrity supporters

Artists for a New South Africa has 41 known supporters, including Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu

Areas of work

Read more about Artists for a New South Africa’s work and celebrity supporters.


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