Thursday, March 18, 2010

THIRD ANNUAL TELEVISON ACADEMY HONORS TO CELEBRATE EIGHT PROGRAMS

Our family has done two documentaries, for the Discovery Health Channel, to help promote the awareness and acceptance of Autism. The second, Unlocking Autism, is to receive honors as told in the press release below. Our family is the third and last segment shown.

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THIRD ANNUAL TELEVISON ACADEMY HONORS TO CELEBRATE EIGHT PROGRAMS THAT EXEMPLIFY “TELEVISION WITH A CONSCIENCE”

May 5th Ceremony to Spotlight Series
From ABC, CBS, Current TV, Discovery Health, FOX, HBO, and National Geographic

North Hollywood, CA, March 17, 2010 – The eight programs to be honored at the Third Annual Television Academy Honors were announced today by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman and CEO John Shaffner. The evening will celebrate the power of television to change attitudes and lives – and specifically, eight programs that have had significant impact on the viewing audience. These programs concern vital issues ranging from capital punishment to racism, prescription drug abuse and trafficking, autism, the military escort for fallen service members, physician-assisted suicide and important disability issues.

The star-studded evening at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday, May 5th will recognize and pay tribute to the honored programs which were telecast in 2009 on ABC, CBS, Current TV, Discovery Health, FOX, HBO, and National Geographic and exemplify “television with a conscience.” Phil Gurin (The Singing Bee, Miss Universe Pageant) will produce the ceremony for the third consecutive year.

Recipients of the third annual Television Academy Honors are:

CSI “Coup De Grace”– One of America’s most popular dramas tackles the still important and challenging questions of race, profiling and assumptions about racial prejudice. “Coup De Grace” is an emotionally charged story of a veteran cop who kills another off-duty officer by accident and the infighting that ensues between the police and the local community as they work out the ugly details of the case. (Produced by CBS Productions in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television)

GLEE “Wheels”– This dynamic episode weaves three main threads together to paint a portrait of how we treat others – and how we can do it better. In “Wheels,” Will (Matthew Morrison) encourages the Glee Club to support Artie (Kevin McHale), by asking each of them to spend a week in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) compete for a solo traditionally sung by a female performer, while cheerleading coach Sue (Jane Lynch) chooses a student (Lauren Potter) with Down syndrome to join the squad. (Produced by Ryan Murphy Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television)

“Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?” - This film tells five stories of children, ages 6-15, who are coping with grandfathers or grandmothers suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Maria Shriver provides commentary and delivers valuable lessons for the kids, urging them not to blame themselves for what their grandparents do or say. Maria's own father, Sergeant Shriver, suffers from the disease. The film offers up a variety of perspectives on how kids can handle a grandparent's loss of memory through kindness, patience and compassion. (Produced by HBO Documentary Films)
Explorer: “Inside Death Row” - “Inside Death Row” interviews three inmates in Huntsville, Texas, as their dates of execution draw near, and follows the stories of their families and loved ones as they deal with death firsthand. This story is not one of guilt or innocence; it is about how the State of Texas carries out the death penalty, as well as the men and women who, by choice or circumstance, become players in the act of executing another human being. Lastly, it explores how the residents of Huntsville feel towards living in a town that is ground zero for capital punishment in the United States. (Produced by Mannucci Inc. in association with National Geographic Television)

Private Practice “Nothing To Fear” – This thought-provoking episode tackles an issue that is often considered taboo: physician-assisted suicide. In “Nothing to Fear,” Sam (Taye Diggs) and Pete (Tim Daly) struggle with the moral, legal and ethical dilemma of Dr. Ball’s (Joel Grey) request to help him die. Their predicament brings all issues raised by physician-assisted suicide into focus, and the actors’ honest performances shed light on a topic that is often avoided. (Produced by ABC Studios)

Taking Chance – This non-political film about the war in Iraq tells a first-person account of a young Lieutenant Colonel (Kevin Bacon) and his journey accompanying a fallen solder’s remains to his family in Dubois, Wyoming. In the process and through a first-person account, the film gives insight into the military’s policy of providing a uniformed escort for all casualties of war. “Taking Chance” has changed U.S. public policy, allowing families to decide whether the dignified transfers of fallen service members’ remains at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, should be open to the news media. (Produced by the Motion Picture Corporation of America and Civil Dawn Pictures in association with HBO Films)

Unlocking Autism – “Unlocking Autism” explores autism from both a scientific and human perspective, showcasing leaders in the field who are slowly chipping away at the mystery of autism on many different fronts – from the potential causes to effective therapies. This documentary provides an intimate look at those personally affected by autism as they share their hopes and frustrations about coping with the disorder. (Produced for Discovery Health by Figure 8 Films)

Vanguard: “The OxyContin Express” – In the season premiere of “Vanguard,” correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to South Florida, the “Colombia of prescription drugs,” to expose a bustling pill pipeline that stretches from the beaches of Fort Lauderdale to the rolling hills of Appalachia. “The OxyContin Express” is an in-depth investigation of the growing, devastating effects of prescription drug abuse. (Produced by Current TV)

“This year, we were impressed by not only the number of entries received but also by the breadth of subject matters addressed,” says Shaffner. “We went to great lengths to select programs that reflect the mission of the Television Academy Honors committee - to highlight the power of television and its ability to initiate important dialogue and ultimately instigate change.”
 
Lynn Roth, co-chair of the Television Academy Honors committee, adds, “Television Academy Honors is a very special night where we have the rare opportunity to recognize programs that are using the power of television in a positive way. This year’s honorees have created moving and thought provoking television that not only entertains, but informs the audience of important social issues.”  

Television Academy Honors held its inaugural ceremony in 2008. Past honorees include:

A Home for the Holidays (10th Annual)
Brothers and Sisters
Extreme Makeover Home Edition
Stand Up to Cancer
Whale Wars
30 Days
Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq
Boston Legal
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Eligible programs for this year’s Television Academy Honors aired from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2009, and were submitted for fiction/nonfiction as a whole series, single episodes or story arcs up to three episodes. Made-for-television movies, miniseries and fiction/nonfiction specials were also eligible to apply for The Television Academy Honors. For complete details, please visit www.emmys.tv. To purchase tickets, please email honors@emmys.org.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, founded in 1946 at the birth of the medium, is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunication arts, sciences and creative leadership. Known for recognizing outstanding programming through its Primetime Emmy® Awards, the Television Academy also publishes emmy magazine. Its charitable Foundation operates the Archive of American Television, College Television Awards, acclaimed student internships and other educational outreach programs.  For more information on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, its many industry-related programs and services, including year-round events, please visit www.emmys.tv.
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18 comments:

Marina said...

I was just passing tthrough... I have 2 little boys, Constantino with pdd-nos and Salvador who hasn´t been diagnost yet, but is showing some signs of autism.
I'd like to congratulate you on your family, you are a great example!!!

AllyMonster said...

Greetings,

I am the Director of Development at Pie Town Productions, a Los Angeles based television production company. I came across your blog and post about appearing on the Discovery Health documentary series.

We are in the early stages of developing a new show about families with multiple children that have Aspergers syndrome and/or high functioning autism. I’m contacting you to see if you or someone you know might be interested in participating.

We think this could be an amazing opportunity to shed light on misconceptions surrounding an individual's ability to live a fulfilling life with this disorder(s). Our intent is to produce a thoughtful and respectful series that will lead to a greater understanding and sensitivity about Aspergers and/or Autism through the real-life perspectives of the family members featured.

A little about us...Pie Town Productions is an award-winning company that was founded in 1995. We have produced over 3,200 episodes of programming in a variety of formats from daily series to network specials to weekly reality shows. Our client list over the last fifteen-plus years includes: Discovery, TLC, Paramount, A&E, WE, Lifetime Television, Logo, CMT, Discovery Heath, the Food Network, and HGTV. We've brought over 44 series, 36 special projects, and 1 feature documentary to the market, including the Emmy-award winning A Baby Story. We are currently producing the new Food Network hit, Meat and Potatoes and WE's new family docu-soap, Downsized. To see more about our programming go to www.pietown.tv

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to contact me directly for further information.

Thanks very much for your time! I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards --

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5433 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91607
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818-255-9333 (Fax)
ally_weinberg@pietown.tv

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The Sensory Spectrum is hosting a special blog hop of posts from bloggers in June and we'd love to have you participate! Just imagine a list of bloggers sharing their stories about what it’s like to have sensory kiddos! Read more here: http://www.thesensoryspectrum.com/sensory-bloggers-blog-hop-information/

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