or


[10/18/10 - 07:17 AM]
USA Network and The Moth Launch Characters Unite National Tour
The multi-platform public service campaign is designed "to combat prejudice and discrimination, into communities and schools across the country."

[via press release from USA]

USA NETWORK AND THE MOTH LAUNCH CHARACTERS UNITE NATIONAL TOUR TO USE THE POWER OF STORYTELLING TO PROMOTE GREATER TOLERANCE AND RESPECT

Characters Unite Tour -- "A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power" - to Include Community and High School Storytelling Shows in Five Cities with MVPD Partners

Oscar-Nominee Angela Bassett to Host First Event During CTAM Summit, in New Orleans, on Monday, October 18, with Special Guest Appearance by COVERT AFFAIRS Star Sendhil Ramamurthy

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - October 18, 2010 - USA Network is taking Characters Unite, its multi-platform public service campaign to combat prejudice and discrimination, into communities and schools across the country through a special partnership with The Moth, the renowned nonprofit storytelling organization.

Building on USA's and The Moth's shared commitment of using the power of storytelling to encourage more productive dialogue and foster greater tolerance and acceptance, the partnership includes Characters Unite-themed "Mainstage" storytelling shows in five cities across the country with the support of the Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPD).

"There's no better way to break down the barriers that divide us than to talk about them openly and honestly," said Bonnie Hammer, president, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. "The Moth is about people speaking from their hearts, not from talking points."

Each Mainstage show - entitled A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power - will feature five to six storytellers sharing a true, personal experience of facing bigotry or discrimination, in front of a live audience, without notes. The tales will highlight a time when the storyteller discovered his/her own identity and voice, making for powerful and uplifting evenings.

In addition to the Mainstage shows, USA and The Moth are bringing the project to high schools in each tour city. The high school program includes a series of four after-school workshops during which ten selected students will receive in-depth training from Moth professionals on the art of storytelling and will develop their own five-minute story about prejudice and power. At the culmination of the workshops, the students will tell their stories at an in-school assembly, giving the entire student body the opportunity to start a larger dialogue about respect and understanding. A Characters Unite/Moth storytelling curriculum will also be available to teachers in high schools across the country to allow them to utilize storytelling in their classrooms.

"The Moth offers a forum where personal stories can come to life, introducing audiences to a vast range of human experiences and a way of expressing respect for diversity. We are grateful to USA Network for introducing us to new cities and new storytellers and welcoming them into the Moth community," said Joan D. Firestone, executive director, The Moth.

Angela Bassett will host the first Characters Unite Mainstage storytelling event, which kicks off during the Cable & Telecommunications Association (CTAM) Summit on Monday, October 18. A respected actress of the stage, screen, and television, Bassett was nominated for an Academy-award and won a Golden Globe for her role as Tina Turner in the film "What's Love Got To Do With It." She also received an Emmy nomination for "The Rosa Parks Story." Other film and television credits include "Strange Days," "Waiting to Exhale, "Notorious," "ER," "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and " and "Meet the Browns." In 2011, Bassett will be seen in the blockbuster "The Green Lantern" and the comedy "Jumping the Broom."

Also participating in the New Orleans showcase are:

· Sendhil Ramamurthy, Special Guest - Star of USA's hit series COVERT AFFAIRS.

· Jacqui Vines, Storyteller - Senior vice president and general manager of Cox Louisiana, will share how she went from a foster care child to foster care mother.

· Elna Baker, Storyteller - Author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance and writer for Elle, Glamour, and The Onion, will divulge how one Mexican-Mormon woman realizes that standing out and fitting in are two sides of the same line.

· "Mack" McLendon, Storyteller - A native of New Orleans and former telephone technician, will reveal why he transformed a warehouse for his old cars into the Lower 9th Ward Village, a neighborhood center to bring his community back together in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

· Jeffery Rudell, Storyteller - A graphic designer, writer and winner of The Moth's annual Story Slam Championship in 2003, will disclose what happens when a cherished son comes out of the closet and discovers the conditions of his parents' love.

· Stephanie Summerville, Storyteller - An actor who has worked regionally in both the U.S. and the UK, will recount the moment when a college student, turned home health aide, finds herself tending to a dying member of an extremist hate group.

Both the Mainstage and school events will be held in partnership with Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPD) across the country. USA and The Moth are teaming up with Cox Communications on the first high school program, which will launch on Tuesday, October 19, at Grace King High School, in Metairie, Louisiana.

In addition to New Orleans, USA's and The Moth's Characters Unite tour will make stops in New York, Chicago, Denver and Seattle. The tour coincides with extensive on-air programming, online content and other off-air activities planned for Characters Unite Month, to be announced in advance of its November 15 launch.

The Moth - hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal - is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth features simple, old-fashioned storytelling on thoroughly modern themes by wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth's directors.

The Moth conducts seven ongoing programs - The Moth Mainstage, which tours nationally; The Moth StorySLAM program, which conducts open-mic story competitions around the country; The MothSHOP Community Program, which brings storytelling workshops free of charge to underserved populations; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded over a million times a month; The MothSHOP Business Program, which offers corporate storytelling solutions; MothUP, which enables people to start their own Moth gatherings in their living rooms; and The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and distributed by PRX, which airs on more than 200 public radio stations across the country.

Characters Unite was created in January 2009 by USA Network with the simple premise that life is richer when people see beyond stereotypes and appreciate individual differences. The initiative has included award-winning Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaigns, a multimedia pledge drive for unity, and the first-ever Characters Unite Town Hall moderated by NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw in Washington, DC.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. A division of NBC Universal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.





  [october 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[09/28/16 - 02:03 PM]
VH1 and Freeform Acquire All Five Seasons of "The Mindy Project" from NBCUniversal's Universal Television
The show will begin airing on both networks in October and episodes will also be available on the VH1 and Freeform apps.

[09/28/16 - 02:02 PM]
Universal Cable Productions Signs Development Deal with Alfred Hitchcock Estate
"Welcome to Hitchcock" is a new original anthology series will focus on a single season-long mystery or crime in the spirit of the classic Hitchcock style and legacy.

[09/28/16 - 02:00 PM]
"You're the Worst" Picked Up for Fourth Season on FXX
"Expertly written, brilliantly acted, 'You're the Worst' continues to be hilarious and excellent," said Eric Schrier.

[09/28/16 - 01:03 PM]
Bravo Media Serves Up a Double Dose of Sass as "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Married to Medicine" Return on Sunday, November 6
Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams and Shereè Whitfield are all due back on the former series.

[09/28/16 - 12:36 PM]
"The Durrells in Corfu," Premieres 10/16 on "Masterpiece" on PBS
Keeley Hawes stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary 1930's England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children.

[09/28/16 - 12:10 PM]
Young-at-Heart Seniors Take Center Stage as NBC Orders "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" to Series
The comedy/variety series, from Warner Horizon Television, will be executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey, who will also host.

[09/28/16 - 12:01 PM]
Drama Series "Westworld" Debuts Oct. 2 on HBO
Created for television by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan directing, the series is based on the 1973 film "Westworld," written by Michael Crichton.

[09/28/16 - 12:00 PM]
Starz App Launches on Xbox One
Its intuitive content discovery design and navigation offers ease of use and a compelling user experience, regardless of how the consumer purchased a subscription to Starz.

[09/28/16 - 10:20 AM]
OWN Delivers Its Highest-Rated, Most-Watched and Highest-Ranked Quarter in Network History
OWN spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/28/16 - 09:56 AM]
Celebrate National Coffee Day on Thursday, September 29th with Crackle's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Crackle's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with Jerry Seinfeld, recently wrapped up its eighth season and received a Primetime Emmy(R) nomination this year for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

[09/28/16 - 09:31 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos with "The Voice," "This Is Us"
The newcomer posts big gains from the Peacock's audience a year ago.

[09/28/16 - 09:24 AM]
Velocity's "Bitchin' Rides" Returns with Custom Car Guru Dave Kindig Creating Head Turning, Award-Winning Cars
The series returns for season three on Tuesday, October 11 with special back-to-back episodes at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/28/16 - 09:19 AM]
ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game
Entering competition on September 28, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants currently hold the first and second NL Wild Card spots, respectively.

[09/28/16 - 09:06 AM]
History(R) Honors Veterans Day with Special Marathon Event of the New Original Series, "The Warfighters"
The marathon event will be hosted by executive producer Peter Berg and veteran Special Forces Green Beret Bert Kuntz.

[09/28/16 - 09:04 AM]
"nugs.net Live Stash" Premieres on MTV Live This Sunday Night
The Live Stash debuts with jam-tronica giants The Disco Biscuits this Sunday, followed by Widespread Panic at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre next week.