George McQuade III returns to MAYO Communications as General Manager/Managing Director

George McQuade III, LAHSA
George McQuade displays his front page story about the Winter Shelter program published on the front page of the Los Angeles Daily News.

After taking a 1.5 year break and working for a City, County and HUD funded government agency, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority,  George McQuade III, the former Communications Director, LAHSA, has returned to MAYO Communications this month to manage the LA based full service public relations firm.

Award-winning MAYO’s past and present clients in music included: Stevie Wonder, Eddie Money, Alice Cooper band members, Saints of the Underground  and Warrior Records(NY/LA) and Nuttin’ But Stringz, a top five America’s Got Talent entry and the violin duo, which became the first instrumental act on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on its 10th Anniversary show.

In TV and the Movie industry MAYO has represented the legendary film director Martin Campbell (James Bond movies, Edge of Darkness with Mel Gibson, Mask of Zorro and Green Lantern to name a few). During the 2008 Writers Guild Strike, MAYO earned 85 million media impressions and placed five clients including the late Chief Economist Jack Kyser, LAEDC and Actor/Producer Timothy Woodward Jr. in the cover story, “Incentives to Film in America”, the Hollywood Reporter, which was published on the first day of the WGA strike. International clients included Hydra Executives reality TV series, Dubai UAE and Americans On DDay, Dublin, Ireland.

George McQuade III with NBCLA Robert Kovacik
NBCLA award-winning Anchor Bob Kovacik and KNBC TV TLAW alum George McQuade III hold one of several of the peacock’s Golden Mike awards at the RTNA 65th Annual Golden Mike Awards.

In the high tech industry MAYO launched Linux 6.O Operating Software in America, which became product of the conference, San Jose and “Product of the Year” on August 18, 1998. RedHat, LINUX first distributor went public and stocks soared from $9 a share to $109 in less than two hours. Other high tech companies included CIHost.com, Dallas, TX, the largest independent hosting company in America; SafeMedia, a Boca Raton, FL software company with the only technology that stops illegal downloading of movies, music and copyright materials over the Internet. MAYO also represented the nation’s number one Smart Grid Technology company, PERI Software, N.J. in a battle with U.S. Dept. of Labor.  in 2010, MAYO launched the media campaign for the largest global mobile phone company (1 billion customers), China Telecom Americas, which open a data center in the business district of downtown Los Angeles.

In government MAYO has represented Southern California Assn. of Governments (1992); Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC) with the four former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis, Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian (also Attorney General now Governor Jerry Brown) in a statewide government nonprofit organization; The East Alameda Corridor and nonprofits included: The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, The International Trade Education Association (ITEP) and Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL)

KNBC Studios with George McQuade III
George McQuade III visits his former employer KNBC-TV, where he was one of two original writers on the first 90 minute weekend show in L.A.”TODAY IN LA WEEKENDS (TLAW).

MAYO’s George McQuade III moderates Social Media workshops and upon requests speaks to universities such as USC, UCLA, Layola Marymount and others nationwide on how to brand yourself and prepare for the Communications industry. McQuade is also a contributing features editor to Yahoo.com and business/high tech/entertainment industry writer for Examiner.com.

For more info about MAYO Communications, visit http://MAYOCommunications.com

Footnote: McQuade also was the voice on KGIL Newstalk Radio, KFI and KNX News Radio covering earthquakes, wildfires and the LA Riots.

In 1978, McQuade was awarded a Medal of Valor by the California State Firefighters Assn. for rescuing a noted cardio vascular radiologist, UCLA Medical Center from his burning SUV in a vehicle accident. LA Council also presented a hero’s award. McQuade is a hero to his wife and two sons.

McQuade serves on the Silicon Beach Young Professional Board (SBYP) in Santa Monica, CA, which is the fastest growing young professionals group in Southern California.

 

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How Social Media has become a game changer for journalists

SPJ LA discusses “Ethics in a digital space & Social Media” @ workshop at NBCLA newsroom, Burbank

This story first appeared on Examiner.com

How to handle negative comments, outside news sources and fake photos were among the Online hot button issues discussed Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 by members of the Society of Professional Journalists, LA Chapter held at NBCLA‘s newsroom.

Social Media has allowed the world to gain access to the news 24/7, however stations like NBCLA found the advancement of technology has prompted many stations to create a social network policy.

SPJLA members huddle in NBCLA's newsroom to discuss "Ethics" Online.

SPJLA members huddle in NBCLA’s newsroom to discuss “Ethics” Online.

“Often, when you’re dealing with Social Media harassment, people tend to have a gut reaction and a panic response, but that could get you into trouble,” explained Olsen Ebright, Social Media manager, NBCLA. Ebright says just having that Social Media “Playbook handy when someone is getting harassed, or when the user has gone too far, it sets the tone on how to handle everything professional.”

“If there are profanities or personal attacks NBCLA will delete those comments,” he said. “And sometimes we will post a little note that says, ‘Hey guys lets clean it up,’” Ebright said.

Jonathan LLoyd, managing editor, NBCLA illustrates fake photos and other images that create additional screening work in the news business.

Jonathan LLoyd, managing editor, NBCLA illustrates fake photos and other images that create additional screening work in the news business.

Negative comments aren’t the only issues discussed. Megan Garvey, assistant managing editor, LATimes.com reminded SPJ LA members about the identity mistakes made during the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last December.

Mekahlo Medina, Reporter @NBCLA talks about "Ethics in a Digital Space" at SPJLA media workshop.

Mekahlo Medina, Reporter @NBCLA talks about “Ethics in a Digital Space” at SPJLA media workshop held earlier this month.

“Our policy is to leave the original story up, but correct it with an updated version as soon as possible,” she said.

Smarter cell phones have created another challenge for the media when news tips and fake images sent into the newsroom.

Managing Editor Jonathan Lloyd showed SPJ LA members an example of a flood victim photo that had been touched up in Photoshop. He said it was not an easy catch, except for the level of the flood waters surrounding people trapped didn’t look right. And they didn’t match the shoreline level. The image was not used.

Jonathan Lloyd, NBCLA illustrates images sent to the newsroom, while SPJLA President Alice Walton looks on.

Jonathan Lloyd, NBCLA illustrates images sent to the newsroom, while SPJLA President Alice Walton looks on.

“One of the major challenges we have is vetting information from outside sources,” Lloyd said. “Everyone has a way to supply us with information. Some of the information is very alluring when it comes to the immediacy of it and the spectacle of it, especially if they’re sending us an image for example. So we face the challenges of how do we vet this information by outside sources, which include who may not be trained journalists?” explained Lloyd.

Lloyd also noted that journalists have to deal with these new digital issues the same way handle traditional news gathering sources.“We use the same instincts, the same methods and skills we’ve always relied on as journalists, whether we’re dealing with digital space or something outside of the digital space.”

As for celebrities breaking news or contributing to stories, he said,“Very few stories we produce are generated by celebrities, but if there’s story that impacts our viewers, we try to verify the facts before it airs,” said Managing Editor Jonathan Lloyd, NBCLA.

And NBC LA’s Digital News Anchor Mikahlo Medina agrees that the advancement of technology and Social Media have presented journalists with a whole new set of ethical issues.

“Dealing with Social Media, dealing with digital issues as a one man band, how to aggregate information from users into your story are some of the challenges,” said Mekahlo Medina.

“I think a lot of people want accuracy. No one wants to read a story, and then five minutes later find out it was not right or that police grabbed the wrong suspect,” he said.

Medina used the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut as an example of how the suspect’s brother was first arrested and how images of his arrest went viral Online and then later the story was corrected.

“I think it’s a work in progress and as journalists dive into Social Media and the digital space, they’re realizing that they have to take extra steps in confirming and going forward with different sources or different stories they’re reporting on,” Medina said.“I think especially with conglomeration of media entities you have a conflict of interest in so many cases and one of the guiding principles need to be full disclosure,” said Royal Oaks, an attorney who represents Radio and TV Journalists in SoCal (RTNA) over the last two decades. He was also attending the workshop at NBCLA.

“There’s an old saying that, ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant.’ You want to be transparent, of which newspapers do this pretty well when they make some acknowledgement that, some corporate parent owns them and they’re involved in the substance of the story,” Oaks said. “Broadcasters don’t put out quite as much disclosure and they need to focus more on that issue.”

George McQuade III  is national writer on Digital PR trends, business, smart grid technology, corporate communications, reputation management, SEO and entertainment publicity. He welcomes your comments and story ideas @ gmcquade@gmail.com. Thx for sharing.

 

 

Social Media insider tips for creating that right buzz for you business

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Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS) huddle to talk about Social Media best practices.

Social media took publicists by surprise, providing immense opportunities and significant challenges for many PR Pros, who are still trying to figure out how to measure success. About 150 PR Pros packed into ICG Union Local 600 auditorium, Hollywood, CA. this month (10-21-11) to sort it all out.

EPPS President Henri Bollinger (left)
Dawn Wilcox, A and P and
Tracy St. Pierre,
NBC at EPPS Social Media workshop.

The seven member panelist included Dawn Wilcox, A&P, Tracy St. Pierre, NBC,  Beth Braen, NATPE, Andrew Stachler, Warner Bros., Jenny Connelly and Laurel Whitcomb both of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  It was moderated by Rosalind Jarrett, the Screen Actors Guild Awards®.

a photo of Beth Braen, NATPE
Beth Braen, NATPE at EPPS workshop.

One of the big concerns in social media is that business has only a small view of their social media marketing campaigns, and often have no clue of how something such as the rate of posting on Facebook might influence the amount money spent by first-time visitors. Or how retweets by an influential blogger might boost membership or awareness of a brand. Wilcox told the crowd unlike a year ago, social media has brought more accountability.

“It’s more challenging now, but it also now gives us the opportunity to be more strategic,” she said.

One hot button issue is how to respond to negative posts or comments on Facebook, Twitter, company websites or articles Online in the comment section. Most panelists agreed you can not ignore them, and Beth Braen, senior vice president marketing for NATPE  said her nonprofit organization is committed to being a catalyst for the content revolution. Braen says NATPE engages visitors and encourages them to participate on its site.


Todd Beck, president of Beck Media & Marketing
, LA agrees.  He says don’t ignore the negative comments, but be careful responding until you’ve had a chance to analyze the motive or the reason for the posts.

Beck also noted that sometimes by taking the agitated visitor offline or sending a direct email or twitter message you can diffuse the situation.

Vice President Andrew Stachler of Interactive Marketing, Warner Bros. says at WB, despite cutbacks, the motion picture studio is careful what it posts, and recently “WB put one person in charge of social media,” he said.

“Think of Facebook to be used for marketing, and Twitter as a mini news releases,” NBC’s Tracy St. Pierre told the EPPS crowd.

PHOTO OF NBC TRACY ST. PIERRE

NBC’s Tracy St. Pierrehas worked on everything from daytime, primetime and late night to specials and made for TV movies.  She continues to oversee campaigns for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Whitney” and the midseason drama “Awake.” Additionally,  she works with her PR, marketing and digital teams at NBC to create and implement social media events for the network.

photo of Dawn Wilcox Allison & Partners
Dawn Wilcox Allison & Partners

Panelist Dawn Wilcox, GM, A&P noted that the Social Media has changed the demands for new hires at her firm and she has seen noticeable progress in a technology difference just over the last year.
The growth of social media community is important from likes and comments on Facebook to retweets and direct messages on Twitter or Google+, a large amount of user activity on your company website shows not only you can engage your audience offline, but it also coverts those users on a path you have total control over – your website.

Once you bring in customers you also need to be consistent, aligning  everything with your main goal- revenue.

The EPPS media workshops are usually the third Thursday of the month.  For more visit: http://www.eppsonline.org.

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Entertainment Publicists to mix it up at the Kiss Club in Hollywood

There will be door prizes, and it is a great way to

network with media pros and entertainment

publicists. Contact the info on this poster

send to me my the EPPS  manager.

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National Media Expert to moderate powerful Social Media Workshop “How to market and sell your film” @LA Femme international Film Festival

Social Media Workshop “How To Create A Buzz For your Film” at 6TH Annual La Femme International Film Festival Four-Day Event

Award Winning Journalist George Mc Quade to moderate Social Media Workshop at LA Femme Film Festival Saturday 10 am to Noon.

 
“Engaging film enthusiasts about your movies and projects is critical,”  said Panel Moderator George Mc Quade, V.P. MAYO Communications.

Hollywood, CA – MAYO Communications announced today it is sponsoring the first social media workshop at the 6th Annual La Femme International Film Festival, October 16th, 10 AM  to Noon, Hollywood, CA,  The four-day event  (Oct. 14-17th), will be held at the Renberg Theatre, 1125 N McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA,  90038.

“Now that you have your film completed, trailer, website and traditional media, don’t forget to engage your biggest fans via social media,” said George Mc Quade, social media workshop moderator.

George Mc Quade live in TV interview

“Engaging film enthusiasts about your movies or projects is critical to a

Former TV and Radio Newsman George Mc Quade in a live interview.

successful campaign. This year the Film Festival is presenting a timely social media workshop to help filmmakers optimize content and buzz about their movies projects.”  The seminar “How to market and sell your film” is expected to be sold out.

The two hour program and film media workshop panel features actors, directors, producers, webisode producers, SEO experts, Online social media experts, film publicists with cutting edge techniques for brand awareness, better ROI and tracking of films with little or no budgets. The workshop is for beginners and the experienced.

The panelists, who will offer social media insider tips about Online tools for film marketing will include:

Mekahlo Medina, KNBC-TV News Anchor "RAW"

 

Mekahlo Medina – Mekahlo Medina, news anchor/reporter KNBC-TV. Mekahlo Medina currently serves as anchor of KNBC’s avant-garde digital service, “News Raw.” “News Raw” allows viewers to join KNBC staff and journalists as they decide what news stories will be covered each day and what was going on behind-the-scenes when the stories were covered. Available on KNBC’s digital channel 4.4 and on the station’s web site, www.nbc4.tv,  “News Raw” provides news updates throughout the day and also takes a look at what’s “hot” on the Internet. Medina joined KNBC in January 2006 to front this new endeavor. Prior to KNBC Medina work in TV news in Minnesota, Arizona, and New Mexico markets.  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/station/about-us/Mekahlo_Medina.html

Guatham Chandna Cloud 21 PR

 

Gautam Chandna -Chandna Chandna is an International Social Media and Digital PR Guru and the force behind Cloud 21 PR (www.cloud21.com) . He is currently involved in devising and implementing successful Social Media strategies for clients ranging from Actors, Filmmakers, Fashion Designers, Corporations and Retail establishments. He has been involved in online marketing since 2000, social media and blogging since 2003. He is currently ranked in the Top 100 Digital PR professionals on Twitter.

“How to market and sell your film via social media” workshop is from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Renberg Theatere, 1125 N. Mc Caden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038. You must RSVP @www.lafemme.org.

Actress, Producer Kristina Hughes, Performer Track Founder

Kristina Hughes (SAG / AFTRA) – actress, entrepreneur, author, producer, casting coordinator and publicity director. Kristina is the co-founder of Holdon Log – “The Standard in Performer Organizational Tools”; the leader in business and marketing products and services for the Entertainment Industry.

Kristina’s acting credits include appearances in numerous network, studio and independent projects like Boston Legal, Old School and Green River. Look for Kristina in the soon-to-be-released interpolated rotoscoped film, Helicon and the mega-hit series The Resolve and Vegan 101.

 

 

Henna Merchant – the Principal of Clicked Digital PR & Marketing

Henna Merchant

Communications, an agency that combines digital influence, social and traditional media, public relations, and marketing to produce a persuasive communications mix.

 

Clicked experience extends across many industries ranging from emerging online technology start-ups to real estate brokers, medical real estate developers, and nonprofits.

 

 

Brian Vermeire (AFTRA) wears many hats in the Entertainment Industry as a writer, producer, executive producer, host and actor for various networks/production companies such as FOX, The Disney Channel, The Family Channel, Vin DiBona Productions and HombreTV. Brian is also a respected stand-up comedian known in the Los Angeles market as the “sharp and witty comedian with a ‘late night-style’ talk show host appeal.”

Comedian Brian Vermeire takes social media to new heights

Brian is the CEO of Holdon Log ~ the Entertainment Industry’s number one provider of organizational logbooks and Webware (www.PerformerTrack.com)

for performers. Brian has traveled as a seminar leader or guest speaker for SAG Conservatory, SAG Foundation, The Actor’s Network and Children in Film to name a few.

 

 

 

 

 

Amber J. Lawson Babelgum.com

 

Amber J. Lawson, who manages the comedy channel at babelgum.com and has thus overseen as executive producer comedy shorts by Landline TV, original content like Date A Human.com, and the second seasons of The Crew and Old Friends.

Prior to Babelgum, Lawson was VP of Programming at Mania TV and a

comedy producer with National Lampoon. There’s more than 800 hours of hand-picked films and film-related programming on the site. Babelgum’s films products feature action and adventure, animation and anime, classics, comedy, clips and interviews, documentary, drama, horror and thriller short films.

About La Femme International Film Festival


LA Femme Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on women filmmakers’ platforming their commercial films for the world wide audience. It is a Festival for those women who want to have an equal opportunity in commercial entertainment desiring to change, enhance, or become leaders in the industry as a Director, Writer, Producer or Director of Photography.For more info visit www.Lafemme.org.

For press credentials call Donna Hull at 213-926-3301 or email llapage@lafemme.org. For the seminars and event details visit: 2010 Event Program, 2010 Seminars, 2010 Party Schedule and  2010 Screening Schedule.

About MAYO

Workshop Sponsor


MAYO Communications

(www.MayoCommunications.com) is a full service marketing communications and PR firm with offices in San Diego and New York, serving celebrity, corporate and nonprofit clients.  The MAYO niche: Media placement, media training and social media.

“We don’t guarantee media, we just get it!”

Social Media experts say its all about the “Experience” and how you “distinguish” yourself from others

Entertainment Publicists Professional Society Workshop on Social Media at ICG Local 600, Hollywood, CA.

Publicists Learn that “New Media is not new” and “Social Media is the user experience” at EPPS Workshop in Hollywood, CA

By George S. Mc Quade III
West Coast Bureau Chief
O’Dwyer Publications, NY
www.odwyepr.com

“Everything is merging, and it’s about the experience, it’s not about shoving it down your throat, that doesn’t work any more and new media is not new,” Creative Director Dror Mohar, Fuzeit.com

Wylie Stateman, Fuzeit.com, Eric Swatrzman Dror Mohar, Fuzeit.com at EPPS Social Media workshop.

told Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS) crowd at a media workshop Thursday (May 20, 2010) on “A discussion on new terminology and how to overcome the fear of this new media” It was sponsored by the International Cinematographers Union Local 600, Hollywood, CA.

“If you’re not relevant on Google, you won’t found,” said James Hipkin, Red 8 Studios, a leading global interactive and broadcast design agency with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto and Shanghai. “The consumer is taking more and more control on how they want to receive information, and when they want to receive it.  And that’s a key fundamental shift.  It’s no longer about shouting at consumers. It’s now about having the consumer listen to what you say based on when and how they want it.”

Hipkin says there’s a lot of hysteria around DVR’s and not all of it is factual.

Publicists learned that “exclusives” are a thing of the past, and unless media assets like videos, audio and images are tagged and cataloged, they have no value.

“You need to start thinking more sophisticated about platforms,” said Eric, Schwartzman, Online specialists and author of a new book coming out on social media.

“How are you going to post your social media on your own site when you do control the data? There used to be a clique that said, ‘content is king. And the idea was if you owned a copyright, you were ultimately in control of the marketplace, because you could withhold access to it if you’d like to. But we know that’s not possible anymore.

Eric Schwartzman Social Media Expert

And if content truly was the king, how did Steve Jobs corner the record industry without owning a single copyright? He made it easier to get music through iTunes than anyone else could provide. Although compelling content is critical, it’s got to be easy to get.”

Scwartzman says “New Media” is not new anymore. “What you should be thinking about is Social Media, and you have to think less like Warren Cowen (prominent American film industry publicist –Rogers & Cowan, who died May 14, 2008), may he rest in peace, and more like ‘Julie’ the cruise director of the ‘Love Boat’, because you’re making a community helping others communicate amongst themselves.”

Sandi Padnos, EPPS board member, James Hipkin, Red 8 Studios, Doug Faigin, CNS and Richard Knafelc, PR Newswire.

“We all know everything, the information is out there,” said Mohar, fuseit.com. “It’s easy to get access to make the same (media) pitch that any one else does. It’s even easier to get that context, and resurface it, but it’s how it feels, and how it feels on so many levels, not how it feels to just your customer, your consumer, your client, but how it feels to you.”

“Social media has not changed the way we gather news,” said President Doug Faigin, of City News Service (CNS) , the largest metro wires service in the country serving southern California, which 90 percent of the media subscribe to.

EPPS Media workshop on Social Media. “Don’t rule out traditional media City News Service Doug Faigin told publicists. Photo by MAYO PR

“Because of the economic difficulty the region is undergoing, whenever we have a rare opening, we get far more resumes and the quality of journalists applying for jobs at CNS are rated higher.”

The difficulty Faigin sees with new media is fact checking. “How do you know it’s credible, just because it’s out there is it right? The old media has the credibility of some expertise regardless how controversial the piece (story) may be suspect. Never the less, it’s a starting point, and not some blogger out their spouting off his or her ideas that may or may not be based on fact.”

Panelists also warn to not overlook traditional media, TV, radio and newspaper. “We still have AM and FM radio,” said Account Manger Richard Knafelc, PR Newswire.” “There’s some content that works better down different pipes. The definition of New Media is like an awkward teenager. He makes a lot of noise, but doesn’t do much.

Richard Knafelc, PR Newswire tells publicist content can not be “crap in and crap” out in distribution of media.

It doesn’t matter what service or distribution you use, but it comes down to content. We can throw everything under the sun out there for our clients, but if the content is crap in and crap out, it doesn’t matter how you get it out there. That’s something I’ve come across quite a bit. We try to educate our clients that just because there’s a new toy out there to play with, it doesn’t mean it’s going to cost you more than if you distribute it traditionally going wide.”

“You should think about all mixes of media, but distributing it in a private label fashion,” said Wylie Stateman, co-founder and CEO of fuzeit.com.

Wylie Stateman, Fuzeit.com, which produces 10 percent of the multimedia film market Online has earned six Oscars over last 15 years. Stateman has been personally nominated for five Academy awards and several British Academy awards. photo by MAYO PR.

“You’re not sending out your important information through YouTube, Twitter or whatever. We think there’s a future in multimedia, if you have control in delivery of it.  You should be able to analyze who receive it, how they use it, and if they shared it. But the most important thing is to develop compelling content.”

Fuszeit.com, which produces 10 percent of the multimedia film market Online has earned six Oscars over last 15 years. Stateman has been personally nominated for five Academy awards and several British Academy awards.
“I need a publicist, because no one really knows who I am,” said Stateman. “It’s important to understand not only the need for content, but the production of content. What we have done at fuzeit.com is develop tools to allow people to express themselves with video, with audio, with images and texts.”

Schwartzman noted the President Obama’s White House staff capitalized on Social Media and keywords like “Freedom”

To reach the panelists all prefer email:

James Hipkin: james@red8studios.com

Richard Knafelc: Richard.knafelc@prnewswire.com

Dror Mohar: dmohar@fuzeit.com

Erick Schwartzman: ericbennettschwartzman@gmail.com

Wylie Stateman: wstateman@fuzeit.com

For Entertainment Publicity call MAYO Communications,
818-340-5300 or 818-618-9229 or Publicity@MayoCommunications.com

Brian McKnight and Julio Iglesias, Jr., along with Emily Bear and Timothy Mitchum To Perform Live at First Annual Noble Awards in Beverly Hills Sunday

Teri Hatcher to receive a Noble Award Sunday for her work with Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  pictured at Grammys (www.babble.com)
Teri Hatcher to receive a Noble Award Sunday for her work with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. pictured at Grammys (www.babble.com)

Teri Hatcher, Norman Lear, Lionel Richie, Laila Ali, Nancy O’Dell, Joel Madden, Brett Ratner, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, Billy Bush and Annalynne McCord have been confirmed on star-studded list of celebrity humanitarians attending the red carpet and Noble Awards event this Sunday, Oct. 18th at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills.
Morgan Freeman is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award and is also confirmed.
Brian McKnight is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and pop and R&B musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who can play nine instruments: piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, French horn and trumpet.

Brian McKnight is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and pop and R&B musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who can play nine instruments: piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, French horn and trumpet. Brian rds.

Brian Mc Knight to perform at First Annual Noble Awards, Sunday, Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Brian Mc Knight

Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 11 albums to date, 7 of them have gone platinum, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and has sold over 20 Million albums worldwide. He just released a new album last month. Brian McKnight (Video)

8-year old Emily Bear – One of the youngest if not the world’s youngest composer, who played at the White House will perform live Sunday at Beverly Hilton during the two hour Noble Awards show.

Emily was the youngest solo performer in the history of the Ravinia Festival, has performed with many well known musicians, appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” five times and performed at the White House. See Events for more info and Galleries for photos and videos.
Julio Iglesias Jr. – Dejame volar


Julio Iglesias Jr. was born in Madrid, Spain to well-known singer, Julio Iglesias and Isabel Preysler. He moved to Miami, Florida at a very young age, a place he now considers home. Although he has spent his whole life surrounded by music, his own personal journey into the music industry didn’t begin until the late 90’s when he released his first album in English titled“Under My Eyes” with Epic Records. With the desire to go back to his roots and reestablish himself, the budding musician searched for new territory to conquer. Julio chose to sing in Spanish and the result is the mind-expanding Tercera Dimension.


Access Hollywood's Billy Bush will MC the two hour Noble Awards Sunday.
Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush will MC the two hour Noble Awards Sunday.

The two-hour event, hosted by Access Hollywood’s very own Billy Bush, seeks to annually honor up to a dozen charities and celebrities who actively support them, elevating awareness of these organizations and the impact of their work.Celebrities who will accept awards on behalf of the charities being honored include Laila Ali (Women’s Sports Foundation), Bush (Lollipop Theater Network), Kenny Edmonds (Stand Up to Cancer), Teri Hatcher (Childrens Hospital Los Angeles), Norman Lear (Playing for Change), Joel Madden (The Art of Elysium), Annalynne McCord (The Blind Project), Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell (Best Buddies), Eva Longoria Parker (Padres Contra El Cancer) and Brett Ratner (DoSomething.org).

The Blind Project, The Lollipop Theater Network, Padres Contra El Cancer and Playing for Change will be honored along with six other previously announced charities.
During the ceremony, each will be presented with an award sculpture, designed by Antonio Banderas, with personal touches added by children who participated in The Art of Elysium workshop at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Brian McKnight and Julio Iglesias, Jr., along with Emily Bear and Timothy Mitchum will provide live musical performances throughout the evening.
“We are delighted to present these eleven distinguished charities and their celebrity supporters with the inaugural Noble Award,” said Janeen Mansour, creator and executive producer of the Noble Awards. “We hope this will inspire a revolution for giving not only in Hollywood, but globally.”
For more information, please visit www.thenobleawards.org.

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