The Noble Awards Spotlight Celeb Charitable Work In Style

The First Annual Noble Awards

Janeen Mansour congratulates Morgan Freeman for his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Noble Awards reception.
Janeen Mansour congratulates Morgan Freeman for his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Noble Awards reception.

The event honored Morgan  Freeman – Lifetime  Achievement Award

A Star-Studded Night For First Annual Noble Awards

“It was a successful night, everyone who contributed and participated in the event came away with a warm feeling in their heart,” said Creator and Founder Janeen Mansour of The Noble Awards, held (Sunday, October 18th) at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills.
Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush hosted the first awards show, and he himself was also honored for his dedication as a board member and hustling fundraiser for the Lollipop Theater Network. They bring magic and movies currently in theaters to children confiened to hospitals nationwide due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

The event honored  Morgan Freeman with a Lifetime Achievement Award and dozen other celebs received recognition and a Noble Award for charity work.

Despite being a little under the weather for running a Trianthalon in the name of charity Terri Hatcher accepted her award from Actor James Denton, America’s favorite plummer also on Desperate Housewives.

Janeen Mansour greets Nancy O'Dell, Access Hollywood.
Janeen Mansour greets Nancy O’Dell, Access Hollywood.

Other celebs included  Norman Lear,  Lionel Richie, Laila Ali, Nancy O’Dell, Joel  Madden, Brett Ratner, Kenny Babyface  Edmonds, and Annalynne McCord. There  were some surprises, too like America’s  Got Talent Nick Cannon as one of the presenters.

The awards were sculptured by Antonio Banderas the children at the Shriners Hospitals for Children with the guidance of The Art of Elysium volunteer/actor/sculptor David Grieco.   Joel Madden said, “The artists at The Art of Elysium” should get an award, too.-

The first awards show came off without a hitch and the live music performances enhanced an inspiration evening. It was an evening of entertainment and celebration that honors charities, celebrities and the tremendous work that they do.

‘This event and movement should inspire the next generation to be noble throughout their lives,” said Mansour.

One of the highlights of the musical performance that brought the house down was Monica, introduced by Bill Bush. Born and raised in Atlanta, Monica Denise Arnold is a talented R&B / pop singer, songwriter and actress.  She became the youngest female artist ever to have two back-to-back No. 1 hits on Billboard’s R&B singles chart. Both songs from her three-times-platinum debut, “Miss Thang,” topped the Hot 100 chart and sold one million copies each. In 1998,

“The Boy Is Mine” was released and had three consecutive No. 1 Billboard pop singles. The title track with Brandy spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts and eight weeks at No. 1 on the R&B listing. Additionally, the duet earned Monica a Grammy to add to her American Music, Soul Train and Billboard Awards.

The inaugural NOBLE AWARDS event, produced on behalf of the non-profit Celebrity Charity Awards Corporation, a 501c3, has a mission to unify the efforts of charities with celebrities, philanthropists, media and every day citizens to create
an effective forum for change and service.

Brian McKnight, R&B singer on the red carpet at Noble Awards
Brian McKnight

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 and perform one of his songs live. Brian McKnight (Video)

Another of the highlights of the evening was eight-year old Emily Bear, who performaned live at the Noble Awards show.

Emily Bear, who just released "Always True" album poses with Janeen Mansour at Noble Awards.
Emily Bear and Janeen Mansour

8-year old Emily Bear Pianist Emily Bear has only been playing piano for three years, but at just eight years old, her accomplishments are inspiring and her talent is breathtaking. Classical, jazz and boogie come naturally to her. Emily’s songs were are all written and composed at age seven.

She performs a large list of classics and standards, and also composes her own magical songs. Giving and charity are very important to Emily and a portion of the proceeds from all CD sales are donated to charity foundations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Children’s Hospital, among others. Her latest CD “Always True” is now available in the Store. Her first three CDs, “Five Years Wise”, “The Love In Us” and “Once Upon A Wish” are also available.

Among star-studden music - Lion's King's James Mitchell performs live at Noble Awards
James Mitchell

The Lion’s King’s Timothy Mitchell also sang and played a powerful song on piano sounding much like Steve Wonder with a great stage band backing him up.

Each year the Noble Awards will recognize and honor philanthropic organizations and the celebrities that make considerable contributions to them. This year’s honorees, who attended to accept their award included Nancy O’Dell for Best Buddies InternationalAnnaLynne McCord for The Blind ProjectTeri Hatcher for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Brett Ratner forDoSomething.org, Billy Bush for Lollipop Theater Network, Whitney Burditt for Playing for Change, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds forStand Up To CancerLaila Ali for Women’s Sport Foundation and a charity very close to my heart, The Art of Elysium honoring Joel Madden.


Noble Awards Producer, his son and Ziad Batal with Julio Iglesias Jr. (photo by www.MayoCommunications.com)(
Noble Awards Producer,
his son and Ziad Batal
with Julio Iglesias Jr.
(photo by MAYO)

Julio Iglesias Jr.also provided some soul soothing live singing at the event. 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.

Jennifer Howell, Founder of The Art of Elysium, presented this award to Joel Madden with Lionel Richie, Allison Beck and Stacey Price: “As both an artist and a father, Joel truly embodies a sincere passion for both music and children.  It was evident in his beautiful and humble acceptance speech where he expressed his heartbreak at the thought of a child spending one second inside of a hospital.  A moment that was also extremely moving was when his twin brother Benji (who has spent many days with The Art of Elysium teaching guitar and participating in music workshops) shared his love for his brother with a music dedication.

Nicole Richie (who has also dedicated her talents to the charity) looked on lovingly while her Father introduced Joel and thanked him for loving his daughter so much.  The love, support and generosity that was shown by all members of Joel’s family are the true roots that can help take The Art of Elysium’s mission to every child that spends that terrifying one second in a hospital.”

The Noble Awards Creators and Producers Janeen Mansour and Husband Ziad Batal.
The Noble Awards
Creators
and Producers
Janeen
Mansour and
Husband
Ziad Batal.

Creator Janeen Mansour was thrilled to see her dream come true.

“The goal of the Noble Awards was to highlight the charities there that night and celebrities that champion them,” she said. “Our goal reached far beyond my expectations. The purpose of the Noble Awards is to create awareness and send out a call to action. I feel everyone in the room was inspired and moved and understood the message we were trying to convey. That message is to be a Noble.”

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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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The Economy Expected to Improve Next Year New Study Says

Economist Jack Kyser, LAEDC fields media questions
Economist Jack Kyser, LAEDC fields media questions

LAEDC Report Says Economy ‘nearing bottom’ in ’09, modest growth likely in 2010

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Negative trends in most business sectors. Some key industries–fashion, entertainment and aerospace–facing changed business models. Federal stimulus funding starting to arrive in Southern California.

Los Angeles The U.S. economy “is nearing the bottom this summer” but modest growth is forecast for 2010, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Commission said in a report issued Wednesday.

In its 2009-2010 “Mid-Year Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook,” the LAEDC’s Kyser Center for Economic Research said difficult times would continue for the rest of 2009 and into 2010 for Southern California, the entire state and the nation.

Chief Economist Nancy Sidhu talks to the media about the Forecast.
Chief Economist Nancy Sidhu talks to the media about the Forecast.

“We think the economy is nearing bottom this summer, so the current economic news looks terrible,” said LAEDC Chief Economist Nancy D. Sidhu. “This recession officially began in December 2007 and looks like it will be the deepest downturn since the recession of 1981-1982.”

The LAEDC Forecast projects the U.S. economy will shrink by 2.7 percent during 2009 and then grow modestly — by 1.7 percent — in 2010. Inflation is unlikely to be a problem in the near term, declining by 0.8 percent in 2009.

The report indicates problems have deepened and will persist for the auto and housing industries, noting that conditions have drive two automakers and many suppliers to bankruptcy, while the U.S. housing sector has been shrinking for more than three years. However, the LAEDC said it appears the bottom is near for housing.

With business investment spending and U.S. exports also declining, the only sector that is growing is the federal government. U.S. economic recovery funds are beginning to appear in Southern California and their impact will grow through the rest of 2009 and 2010, the report found.

The continued economic weakness will be reflected in worsening unemployment, with the economy likely losing 5.4 million non-farm jobs for the year and the unemployment rate reaching 10.4 percent in 2010 — the highest since 1982.

“At mid-year 2009, California too is in a serious recession, and the economic news during 2009 has been dismal,” Sidhu said.

California’s housing industry should hit bottom by the end of 2009 but the recovery will be moderate at best, the LAEDC said. The state’s non-farm employment will fall by 694,100 jobs in 2009 and the unemployment rate will average a painful 11.6 percent.

While the state’s housing sector remains in a very depressed state, the retail sector is also being hammered, with sales expected to decline by 12 percent in 2009, following sales declines in both 2007 and 2008.

Jack Kyser, the founding economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research, said the five Southern California counties will continue to suffer in 2009.

“Job losses will continue in construction, manufacturing, retailing and leisure and hospitality services,” he said.

With retail stores of all types continuing to close, the impact is being felt in such other areas as the apparel industry, which is undergoing a change in its business model as store closings reduce the number of potential customers, Kyser noted.

The motion picture/TV production industry is negatively affected by eroding broadcast network audiences and a growing concern for cost containment. The region is also suffering from erosion of in-state feature film production.

“This is not good news for below-the-line workers or the multitude of small suppliers to the industry,” Kyser said.

International trade activity at the region’s ports and airports will continue to decline.

With defense spending set to slow and profit-starved airlines reducing orders for new planes, the Southern California aerospace industry will continue to face difficult challenges in 2009 and 2010.

About the LAEDC
The LAEDC, the region’s premier business leadership organization is a private, non-profit organization established in 1981 under section 501(C) (3). Its mission is to attract, retain, and grow business and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. Since 1996, the LAEDC has helped retain or attract more than 152,000 jobs, providing $7.5 billion in direct economic impact from salaries and $128 million in annual tax revenue benefit to local governments and education in Los Angeles County. Visit www.laedc.org or call (888) 4-LAEDC-1.
[Editors: The study results will be posted @http://laedc.org/newsroom/Midyear-2009-07.pdf andwww.MayoCommunications.com/home.htm.  Media please call George McQuade for advanced copy or link 818-340-5300 or 818-618-9229 or email Publicity@MayoCommunications.com.

Tough economic times spells tough times for editors and writers

Recession Forces Industry
Publications To Do More
With Less Say Editors 

By George S. Mc Quade III
 West Coast Bureau Chief

Most reporters, editors and
writers are doing two jobs 

 “The most significant changes in what I do on a daily basis, like any business, we are being asked to more with less,” said Carl DiOrio, deputy film editor, The Hollywood Reporter. “They don’t want to hear what’s not possible, it is just circumstances that are just a given.”  DiOrio’s message was echoed by Panelists Josh Dickey, deputy entertainment editor, Associated Press and CEO and Co-Founder Michael Stroud, iHollywood Forum, Inc. /Freelance Journalist at an Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS) workshop at ICG local 600, Hollywood, CA. It was moderated by Joe Schlosser, senior vice president, Communications, NBC-Universal Television Studio-Distribution.  

 

Carl DiOrio, film editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Carl DiOrio, film editor, The Hollywood Reporter

“What used to be considered a skeleton staff is now covering the entire entertainment waterfront,” explained DiOrio. “For example I have added DVD beats to my coverage and luckily I had a couple of years experience in working that area for another publication.”

 “The downsizing of publications of all sorts, which has certainly hit the trades, once again just this week at our competitor (Variety), where I used to call home is feeling the cuts,” said DiOrio.  “Whenever someone cuts a beat at one of the trades, it allows them to lower the bar down the street and if you see that the mainstream press is an extension of what we prioritize in our entertainment coverage, there is deterioration in the flow of information out of it.”

 “The layoffs at the entertainment trades such as Variety, Hollywood Reporter and LA Times have created a new demand for freelance journalists,” said Michael Stroud.  “It is not something desirable, but it’s a reality. I have spent the last six or seven years as CEO of a conference company and we have been hit hard as well by the recession. The first thing to go in a recession is marketing and people regard trade shows as an integral part of their marketing.”

iHollywood has two shows at the National Assn. of Broadcasters (NAB) that focuses on digital Hollywood issues and trends entitled,  Advertising Innovation Summit and Mobile Entertainment Summit, which are co-producers of the NAB event.

Michael Stroud talks to Entertainment Publicists about new trends in media. Photo by George Mc Quade
Michael Stroud talks to Entertainment Publicists about new trends in media. Photo by George Mc Quade

“As the conference business falls back somewhat, suddenly there’s this big industry demand for writing, and I am getting a growing number of calls, which is actually is a good thing as I wanted to write more.” Stroud is no stranger to the business and witnessed the rise and fall of

dot.coms while writing for Red Herring magazine in San Jose, CA. “ You can’t support yourself as a freelance writer, so I’m not giving up my day job.”

Stroud predicted that some newspaper and trade publications will disappear in 10-20 years due to Online editions. Stroud, who writes for Hollywood Reporter is working on a “digital power issue.” He contributes to NewTV.com and the newly launched TheWrap.com, which covers Hollywood’s TV, movie and media. “So if you have an extremely powerful and digital pitch, I have done 15  profiles so far for the May Issue, I could use 10 more stories.” 

“It has been an enormous year of pain at the AP, and I think the recession simply accelerated,” said Josh Dickey, deputy entertainment editor, The Associated Press. “The AP has made it not secret that it is changing from a provider of print content to newspapers, to a provider of digital content to everyone but newspapers.”

AP's Josh Dickey talks about the evolution of AP's radio, TV and print divisions. Writers he said have become multimedia experts.
AP's Josh Dickey talks about the evolution of AP's radio, TV and print divisions. Writers he said have become multimedia experts.

The AP stills serves 3,500 newspapers across the world, which is still a big part of its revenue base, but it is not the main part anymore according to Dickey.

“The big assumption people make about the AP is it is the way to get your story into the newspaper across the world,” explained Dickey.  “That’s just a smart part of what we do, or a fifth of the total operations. AP Television has become a massive part of our effort. We are not repurposing a lot of the reporting that’s being done for AP radio, AP Television and to also serve the print reports, which today is called ‘text’, which I prefer to call it news. So we are driving news reports through whatever communication format we are using.”

Dickey noted that AP used to be divided into TV, radio, graphics, photos and print sections doing their own thing. As we are a business-to-business model, most business would take that content and package it as they saw fit.

Learning to be the one woman or
one man band – wave of the future

“Now what’s happening is all of those departments are starting to mingle,” note Dickey. “We have video journalists who are now learning to write the wire. We have print journalists, who are learning to cut audio for the audio wire and radio packages. Pretty soon they’ll be picking up video cameras. I think that the deeper future shows us journalists it’s not just speaking all the languages but knowing all the platforms. The smart college student right now is taking classes in all of these different things, not pigeon-holing themselves in any of them (skills).”

Reporters lose sleep over demanding deadlines

AP’s Dickey admits he finds himself reading emails at 2:00 in the morning just to play catch up with the job and bombardment of information coming to his beat. “My day-to-day responsibilities changed just a few days ago, and they took the deputy title off, and put interim for the time being. We lost Jeannette Adams in New York when she left the company creating a vacuum for me, so I am doing two jobs. I’m tap dancing more and sleeping less. First thing I do when I get into the office is ramp up training on new platforms, and all of our journalists around the globe have to do the same to be able to do each other’s jobs.”

“We never sleep, you are never off deadline when you have the website and something breaks at 10:00 at night they kind of want you to write it up and get it posted as quickly as possible before you go to sleep. News hole or no news hole you do have a way of getting things out and that’s a good thing,” said DiOrio.

“There is going to be things that fall through the cracks in coverage. The news hole is shrinking. If you do not have the advertising support, how much news you can cram into the book is going to be less. As a practical matter less is covered,” said DiOrio.

One huge surprise story that was posted Online, after it aired one week after Susan Boyle Britain‘s Got Talent 2009 Episode 1 – Saturday, April 11th.  Boyle became an overnight sensation when everyone thought she was destined to be voted off the show of Britain’s Got Talent, until she sang on stage. A Youtube version earned more than 44 million visitors Online. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

“I would love to have 60 people in Britain watching YouTube all the time,” said Dickey. “That was an amazing story that took us all by surprise and got legs worldwide.”

All of the writer panelists said they prefer an email pitch, and it you do not hear back from them a follow-up call might be in order. To contact them the writers: 

Joshy Dickey, Associated Press: JDickey@ap.org; Carl DiOrio, Dep. Film Editor, The HollywoodReporter diorio@hollywoodreporter.com and Michael Stroud, IHollywood Forum, Inc., Freelance Journalist: Michael@ihollywood.com

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