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  • 11 May 2016 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Political Figures, Celebrities, Media & Entertainment Executives Came Together on May 5th to Celebrate Programming for, by and about Women

    Los Angeles – May 11, 2016 – A reoccurring message of empowerment for women and the importance of opening doors for future generations resonated at the Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation (AWM SoCal) 57th Annual Genii Awards held on May 5th during Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center. The gala recognized the very best in media and entertainment and was a fundraiser for the nonprofit AWM SoCal Foundation and its student scholarship program. The Awards Ceremony was co-hosted by comedian Matt Iseman, host for American Ninja Warrior and Erica Olsen, Emmy®-nominated on-air host for CBS2/KCAL9 (and former AWM SoCal president).

    The importance of women helping other women was the general buzz on the Red Carpet and in the Genii Awards Ceremony. AWM SoCal heard from several accomplished trailblazers in media and entertainment during the course of the evening:

    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer presented the Excellence in Documentary Award to her daughter, Nicole Boxer at the gala. “If you really want to know what an excited mother looks like, I am the model. I am thrilled. It’s one of those great moments, because Nicole has worked so hard and her subject matter has been difficult. She has taken issues not in the public eye, like homelessness for women and the trauma they went through, rape in the military, rape on college campuses – very tough issues - and she has brought them to light and I am so proud of her,” stated Senator Barbara Boxer. “It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift.”

    “Just having an evening like this and getting a chance to see other women that you admire and inspire you at this event, it’s a reminder of the importance of connecting with other women and helping other women as well,” stated Tracey Edmonds, co-host for Extra TV. Tracey and her fellow co-host Charissa Thompson took home the Excellence in Entertainment Award.

    “I really like supporting women, especially those who are connected to the industry, because there aren’t enough of them and the more we can put a spotlight on their achievements, the more we can gradually change the narrative,” said Fran Drescher, actor and Founder of Cancer Schmancer. Drescher presented Lisa Meier, VP at Time Warner Cable with the Excellence in New Media Award at the gala and is a two-time Golden Globe, Emmy® nominee, best known for her role as “Miss Fine” on The Nanny, a show that she created and executive produced.

    “I really like the idea of the Rising Star Award and I think it’s really important to support the people coming up the ranks that are trying to pursue their dreams and be excellent in media because they are our future,” said Erica Olsen Genii co-host from the Red Carpet.

    “Meet as many people as possible that are living your passion. There’s nothing more flattering to a mentor, which I now am, than someone that wants to be you,” stated Fran Zone, founder, Zone Communication. “So all you want to do is help them and help them find a better way faster.”

    “This organization (AWM SoCal) reflects women supporting women - really honoring the brilliance of who they are, “stated Gabrielle Carteris on the Red Carpet. “I’m here tonight to be a part of that, not only as a performer, but as the president of SAG-AFTRA, I want to go and recognize some of our members that have really done beautiful work.”

    “Girls should rule the world. This is just the beginning. It should be all women, all the time,” said Tish Ciravolo, President of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars. “Just go after your dreams. Live it every day and drink lots of coffee.”

    “It’s so wonderful to be a woman right now and a director and to have an organization like this (AWM SoCal) lifting other women up,” stated Susan Davis award-winning film director and Honoree.

    “It is so imperative that we lift each other up,” stated Shaun Robinson Emmy® Award-winning journalist and TV host. “I'm really passionate about helping other women coming up in the business. I always mentor young girls and give them advice and try to do my best to empower them.” Robinson, presented the Excellence in Entertainment Award to Extra TV co-hosts Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson at the gala event.

    I would like to congratulate all of the Honorees and Presenters for their incredible contributions to our industry and for their participation in this year’s Genii Awards, “said Bonnie Gallanter, AWM SoCal VP Programming and Genii Awards Producer. “It takes a village to produce an event like this, and we are so fortunate to have the support of these amazing men and women, our Genii co-hosts and the support of our incredible sponsors, volunteers and Board members that made an evening dedicated to ‘celebrating women in media and entertainment’ possible."


    AWM SoCal Board of Directors and Genii Co-hosts

    Congratulations to all of the 57th Annual Genii Awards Participants:

    Genii Awards Co-hosts

    • Erica Olsen, On-air for CBS2/KCAL9
    • Matt Iseman, Former doctor turned comedian, Matt Iseman currently hosts American Ninja Warrior and will be seen this fall on Celebrity Apprentice.

    Excellence in Documentary Award

    Film Competition Awards

    • Award Presentation byJosh Welsh, President, Film Independent (which produces the Spirit Awards, LA Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA and Project Involve)
       
    • Honorees:

    Excellence in Entertainment Award

    • Award Presentation byShaun Robinson, Emmy Award-winning journalist, TV host, author, producer, philanthropist including a special congratulations video from Mario Lopez
    • Honorees: Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson, Co-hosts, Extra TV 

    Excellence in Journalism Award

    • Award Presentation byDarnell J. Cates, Youth ambassador for the Freddie Mac Foundation Wednesday's Child program
    • HonoreeChristine Devine, News Anchor at Fox KTTV

     Excellence in Radio Award

    • Award Presentation byTalaya Trigueros, On-air personality from 94.7 The Wave
    • HonoreePat Prescott, On-air personality from 94.7 The Wave 

     Inspiration Award

    • Award Presentation byAnne Sweeney, Netflix Board Member and former President of Disney ABC Television Networks
    • HonoreeMaggie Bellville, Vice President, Hitachi Consulting and member of the U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment Industry executive team 

    Excellence in New Media Award

    • Award Presentation byFran DrescherActor, Founder of Cancer Schmancer, Health Advocate, Activist
    • HonoreeLisa Meier, Group Vice President, Time Warner Cable Media Sales, West Region 

    Excellence in Advertising Award

     Scholarship Presentations

    • Awards Presentation byFran Zone, Founder of Zone Communication and the creator of The Zone Method™
       
    • Honorees:
      • Paige Parker, Graduate student at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism  
      • Amia Yokoyama, Graduate student at California Institute of the Arts
      • Faith Strongheart, Graduate school student at UCLA

    Rising Star Award

    • Award Presentation byJulie Kertes, General Manager, National Parenting Product Awards
    • HonoreeAnnette Covarrubias, Digital Sales Planner at CBS Radio 

    Excellence in Management Award

    • Award Presentation byDonna Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sales, VUBIQUITY
    • HonoreeSherry Brennan, Senior Vice President, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks

    Genii Awards Red Carpet - Hosted by Laura Nickerson

    Special Guests on the Red Carpet

    • Tish Ciravolo
      Founder and President of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars  
    •  Moris Deniso
      A European winner of the DANCING WITH THE STARS, Belarus, and also a top finalist on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance, Ukraine 
    • Lindsay McCormick
      Sports broadcaster and actress; Lindsay is starring in the upcoming film, "The Bounce Back."
    •  James Anderson
      Linebacker for the NFL New Orleans Saints
    • Laura McKenzie
      Award winning television host, actress, writer, producer and director. Laura's long running travel program, Laura McKenzie's Traveler is in its 10th season. 
    • Yesi Ortiz
      Assistant Music Director for Power 106, known for her popular mid-day show from 10am to 3pm on Power 106.

    The Genii Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence in media and entertainment and is generously sponsored by Hitachi Consulting, Fox Networks, SAG-AFTRA and VUBIQUITY. Media sponsors include Digital Hollywood and Multichannel News. Product sponsors include 240sweet, Amur Spirits Limited, Athleta, Bodyline by Maria Leone, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc, evian Natural Spring Water, KIND Snacks, KLARETY, Markwins Beauty - wet n wild, nodpod, PizzaRev, Rick Steves' Europe, Inc., Steve Jordan Personal Training , The Coffee Bean.

    Silent Auction supporters include: Adorkbale Apparel,  Arbonne,  Athleta, Black Chateau Publishing, Candles by Dave, Catalina Film Festival, Cinedigm Movie Basket,  CorePower Yoga,  Daisy Rock Girl Guitars,  DC Comics Wonder Woman Collection Package, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc,  Evolue Beauty,  Film Independent,  Long Beach Bayou Festival, Marine Discovery Tours, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Nakeah Cosmetics of Hollywood, Naven,  Ojai Film Festival,  Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, Personal Training by Denise,  R6S, the Premiere Digital Media Agency,  Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. ,  Six Flags Magic Mountain,  Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tannenbaum Chiropractic,  The Grove , The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Utah Office of Tourism & Utah Film Commission Gift Package, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Vicki Abelson - Women Who Write, Wingspan Cyclery bike shop,  Yoga Blend, Young Americans

    Proceeds from the event supported the AWM SoCal Foundation and its Student Scholarship Fund. For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, visit awmsocal.org.

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    To download photos and bios.

    For more information, please contact:                           

    Christina Doan

    Bob Gold & Associates

    310-320-2010

    Christina@bobgoldpr.com

    Kim Spence Dickey

    AWM SoCal

    310-463-4201

    communications@awmsocal.org


  • 03 May 2016 1:09 PM | Anonymous


    57th Annual Genii Awards to be held Thursday, May 5th During Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center

    Los Angeles – May 3, 2016 – Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation (AWM SoCal), a nonprofit organization helping to empower and fuel professional development of women in media, today announced that actor and Founder of Cancer Schmancer Fran Drescher, Emmy® Award-winning journalist and TV host Shaun Robinson and Theranos Chief Creative Officer Patrick Thomas O’Neill have been added as presenters for the 57th Annual Genii Awards.

    The Awards Ceremony will be co-hosted by Erica Olsen, Emmy®-nominated on-air host for CBS2/KCAL9 and comedian Matt Iseman, host for American Ninja Warrior on Thursday, May 5th as part of Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The gala recognizes the best of the best in media and entertainment and is a fundraiser for the AWM SoCal Foundation and its student scholarship program.

    Fran Drescher, actor and Founder of Cancer Schmancer will present the Excellence in New Media Award to Lisa Meier, Group Vice President at
    Time Warner Cable Media Sales. Drescher is a two-time Golden Globe, Emmy
    ®nominee, best known for her role as “Miss Fine” on The Nanny, a show that she created and executive produced. A 15-year cancer survivor, Drescher founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement, a health organization that focuses on early detection, prevention, and policy change.

    "Lisa Meier is a powerhouse and a trailblazer for women in media," stated Fran Drescher. "It will be my privilege to present her with the Excellence in New Media Award at the Genii Gala."

    Emmy Award-winning Journalist and TV Host, Shaun Robinson, will present the Excellence in Entertainment Award to Extra TV co-hosts and award-winning producer Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson at the gala event. As a television personality, author, actress, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Robinson has won the respect and admiration of millions of daily viewers throughout her career, including her work as co-host of the entertainment news show, Access Hollywood.

    "It's truly an honor to present Charissa and Tracey with the Excellence in Entertainment Award at the Geniis," said Shaun Robinson. "These lovely ladies are women of excellence and it's gratifying to take a moment to celebrate their success among friends and peers."

    Chief Creative Officer for Theranos, Patrick O’Neill, will present the Excellence in Advertising Award to Xanthe Wells, former Chief Creative Officer for Pitch Agency.

    “We are grateful to have the leadership and support of Fran Drescher, Shaun Robinson and Patrick O’Neill at this year’s Genii Awards,” said AWM SoCal president Samantha Brown. “We look forward to a wonderful evening of celebration with all of our honorees and presenters.”

    57th Annual Genii Awards Hosts, Honorees and Presenters:

    Genii Awards Co-hosts

    • Erica Olsen, On-air for CBS2/KCAL9
    • Matt Iseman, Former doctor turned comedian, Matt Iseman currently hosts American Ninja Warrior and will be seen this fall on Celebrity Apprentice.

    Excellence in Documentary Award

    Film Competition Awards

    • Award Presentation byJosh Welsh, President, Film Independent (which produces the Spirit Awards, LA Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA and Project Involve)
       
    • Honorees:

    Excellence in Entertainment Award

    • Award Presentation byShaun Robinson, Emmy Award-winning journalist, TV host, author, producer, philanthropist including a special congratulations video from Mario Lopez
    • Honorees: Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson, Co-hosts, Extra TV 

    Excellence in Journalism Award

    • Award Presentation byDarnell J. Cates, Youth ambassador for the Freddie Mac Foundation Wednesday's Child program
    • HonoreeChristine Devine, News Anchor at Fox KTTV

     Excellence in Radio Award

    • Award Presentation byTalaya Trigueros, On-air personality from 94.7 The Wave
    • HonoreePat Prescott, On-air personality from 94.7 The Wave 

     Inspiration Award

    • Award Presentation byAnne Sweeney, Netflix Board Member and former President of Disney ABC Television Networks
    • HonoreeMaggie Bellville, Vice President, Hitachi Consulting and member of the U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment Industry executive team 

    Excellence in New Media Award

    • Award Presentation byFran DrescherActor, Founder of Cancer Schmancer, Health Advocate, Activist
    • HonoreeLisa Meier, Group Vice President, Time Warner Cable Media Sales, West Region 

    Excellence in Advertising Award

     Scholarship Presentations

    • Awards Presentation byFran Zone, Founder of Zone Communication and the creator of The Zone Method™
       
    • Honorees:
      • Paige Parker, Graduate student at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism  
      • Amia Yokoyama, Graduate student at California Institute of the Arts
      • Faith Strongheart, Graduate school student at UCLA

     

    Rising Star Award

    • Award Presentation byJulie Kertes, General Manager, National Parenting Product Awards
    • HonoreeAnnette Covarrubias, Digital Sales Planner at CBS Radio 

    Excellence in Management Award

    • Award Presentation byDonna Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sales, VUBIQUITY
    • HonoreeSherry Brennan, Senior Vice President, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks

    The Genii Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence in media and entertainment and is generously sponsored by Hitachi Consulting, Fox Networks, SAG-AFTRA and VUBIQUITY. Media sponsors include Digital Hollywood and Multichannel News. Product sponsors include 240sweet, Athleta, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc, evian Natural Spring Water, KIND Snacks, KLARETY, Markwins Beauty - wet n wild, nodpod, PizzaRev, Rick Steves' Europe, Inc., The Coffee Bean.

    Silent Auction supporters include: Adorkbale Apparel,  Arbonne,  Athleta Private Party/VIP Experience,  Black Chateau Publishing, Candles by Dave, Catalina Film FestivalCinedigm Movie Basket,  CorePower Yoga,  Daisy Rock Girl Guitars,  DC Comics Wonder Woman Collection Package, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc,  Evolue Beauty,  Film Independent,  Long Beach Bayou Festival, Marine Discovery Tours, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Nakeah Cosmetics of Hollywood, Naven,  Ojai Film Festival,  Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, Personal Training by Denise,  R6S, the Premiere Digital Media Agency,  Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. ,  Six Flags Magic Mountain,  Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tannenbaum Chiropractic,  The Grove Date Night/Shopping PackageThe Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Utah Office of Tourism & Utah Film Commission Gift Package, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Vicki Abelson - Women Who Write, Wingspan Cyclery bike shop,  Yoga Blend, Young Americans

    Proceeds from the event support the AWM SoCal Foundation and its Student Scholarship Fund. For tickets visit awmsocalfoundation.org/tickets.

    For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, visit awmsocal.org.

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    To download photos and bios.

    For more information, please contact:                           

    Christina Doan

    Bob Gold & Associates

    310-320-2010


    Kim Spence Dickey

    AWM SoCal

    310-463-4201

    communications@awmsocal.org


  • 26 Apr 2016 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    Fran Zone, Founder of Zone Communication and Major Contributor to the Scholarship Program Will Present the Awards


    Los Angeles -- April 25, 2016 – Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation (AWM SoCal), today named Paige Parker, Faith Strongheart and Amia Yokoyama the recipients of the 2016 AWM SoCal Scholarship to be presented  Thursday, May 5th at the 57th Annual Genii Awards, held during Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center. All three students will receive financial assistance; a one-year AWM SoCal student membership and are invited to attend the Red Carpet and Genii Awards Ceremony for a special celebration and networking experience with Southern California media professionals.

    The Scholarship Awards will be presented by Fran Zone, Founder of Zone Communication and the creator of The Zone Method™. A past AWM chapter president and member of the Steering Committee to fund the Gloria Steinem Chair at Rutgers University, Zone will also announce her endowment of five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded at the 2017 Genii’s. ‘It is a joy to support AWM SoCal’s next generation,’ she stated. 

    In addition to recognizing the ‘Best of the Best’ within the media industry, the Genii Awards is a fundraiser for AWM SoCal Foundation and its student scholarship program. The 2016 scholarship recipients were selected by a distinguished panel of volunteer judges from SAG-AFTRA, CBS, Starcom and more. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, interests and majors within Southern California applied for consideration.

    “This year, we had a record number of scholarship applications,” said AWM SoCal president Samantha Brown. “The achievements of Paige, Faith and Amia underscore the core values of AWM SoCal. We heartily congratulate them on their well-deserved awards.” The nonprofit organization’s Southern California Affiliate, established in 1952, helps to empower and fuel the professional development of women across the media landscape.

    Los Angeles native Paige Parker is set to graduate this spring with her Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She aspires towards a career in broadcast TV where she can combine her love for adventure with her passion for creating.

    Faith Strongheart is an emerging director with a unique visionary style. She has almost completed her third year of graduate school at UCLA where she is studying directing and is finishing her latest short film, Je Suis Une Mère (I Am a Mother), about a woman struggling to balance work and family.

    Amia Yokoyama is a graduate student at California Institute of the Arts, pursuing an MFA, and a multi-media artist who works with experimental animation, video, 2D mixed media, sculpture and installation.

    The AWM SoCal scholarship fund was established to aid in the higher education of promising students. This fund complements the AWM SoCal mission: to advance the impact of women and men in the electronic media and allied fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry. AWM So Cal Scholarship Director Leslie Simmons, a Los Angeles-based publicist, oversaw the application and judging process.

    The Genii Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence by women in media and entertainment and is generously sponsored by Hitachi Consulting, Fox Networks, SAG-AFTRAand VUBIQUITY. Media sponsors include Digital Hollywood and Multichannel News. Product sponsors include 240sweet, Athleta, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc, evian Natural Spring Water, KIND Snacks, KLARETY, Markwins Beauty - wet n wild, nodpod, PizzaRev, Rick Steves' Europe, Inc., The Coffee Bean.

    Proceeds from the Genii Awards help fund the AWM SoCal Foundation and its student scholarship program.

    Silent Auction supporters include: Adorkbale Apparel,  Arbonne,  Athleta Private Party/VIP Experience,  Black Chateau Publishing, Candles by Dave, Catalina Film FestivalCinedigm Movie Basket,  CorePower Yoga,  Daisy Rock Girl Guitars,  DC Comics Wonder Woman Collection Package, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc,  Evolue Beauty,  Film Independent,  Long Beach Bayou Festival,Marine Discovery Tours, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Nakeah Cosmetics of Hollywood, Naven,  Ojai Film Festival,  Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, Personal Training by Denise,  R6S, the Premiere Digital Media Agency,  Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. ,  Six Flags Magic Mountain,  Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tannenbaum Chiropractic,  The Grove Date Night/Shopping PackageThe Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Utah Office of Tourism & Utah Film Commission Gift Package, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Vicki Abelson - Women Who Write, Wingspan Cyclery bike shop,  Yoga Blend, Young Americans

    Sponsorship and ticket information is available at awmsocalfoundation.org/geniis.

    For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, please visit awmsocal.org.

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    Bios, click here.

    Photos, click here.

    For more information, please contact:

    Bob Gold & Associates

    310-320-2010

    OR

    Kim Spence Dickey

    AWM SoCal

    310-463-4201

    communications@awmsocal.org


  • 18 Apr 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous


    A former doctor turned comedian, Matt Iseman currently hosts
    American Ninja Warrior and will be seen this fall on Celebrity Apprentice.

    Los Angeles – April 18, 2016 Is there a doctor in the house? The answer will be ‘YES’ (and no) at the upcoming Genii Awards! Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation (AWM SoCal), today announced that former doctor turned comedian, Matt Iseman (American Ninja Warrior) will join Erica Olsen, CBS2/KCAL9, as a co-host for the 57th Annual Genii Awards to be held, Thursday, May 5th as part of Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

    Iseman, received his bachelor degree at Princeton and his medical degree at Columbia, but surprised everyone when he quit his job as a doctor and moved out to Hollywood to pursue stand up comedy and he never looked back. Iseman quickly began headlining comedy clubs across the nation and currently hosts American Ninja Warrior for NBC. Yes, he’s tried the course. Nope, he’s not a ninja. His work as a host for Style Network’s Clean House Comes Clean garnered Iseman a Daytime Emmy®. He produced his first show “Saving Mom” for the Style Network. He’s also produced and hosted the Best of American Ninja Warrior for NBC. Iseman made his movie debut in Transformers 2 and made appearances on the Drew Carey Show, NCIS, Courting Alex and had a recurring role on General Hospital. No, he did not play a doctor.

    “I’m looking forward to hosting the Genii Awards with my friend Erica (Olsen) to pay tribute to the women being honored that evening, “ stated Matt Iseman, Genii co-host. “I’m adding my own personal touch to the show, by including a ninja obstacle course for Honorees to complete on their way to the stage, because these women are all winning ninja’s in my book and they have a better shot of finishing it than I do.”

    AWM SoCal is a nonprofit organization helping to empower and fuel professional development of women across the media landscape. The Genii Awards celebrate the notable achievements of women in media and entertainment; and programming for, by and about women.

    “I am thrilled to celebrate the women being honored at the Genii Awards for their incredible contributions, “ replied Olsen, Genii co-host. “And they will be happy to learn that Matt’s ninja course idea was overruled by our producer. It’s always a pleasure working and laughing with Matt – the show is sure to be entertaining and full of memorable moments (sneakers not required)."

    Former AWM SoCal president, Erica Olsen, is an Emmy®-nominated On-air Host for CBS Local and has been the Station Host for CBS2/KCAL9 since 2009. Her credits include hosting Music Minute – weekday series featuring emerging bands performing in LA, Inside SoCal – guide to what’s new and notable in LA, Night at the Sayers Club - music series, Lexus: Music Uncovered and Lexus Night Out - music specials surrounding the GRAMMYs, Level 8 at The Grove – summer concert series, Inside the LA Auto Show – yearly event special, AussieWeek – travel special on Australia. Plus, she’s served as a reporter for the Doctors On Call Phone Bank series and Emmy-winning special Tutankhamen & the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.

    Honorees and Presenters at the 57th Annual Genii Awards:

    U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer will present the Excellence in Documentary Award to her daughter Nicole Boxer, a documentary filmmaker (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) while Netflix board member and former president of Disney ABC Television Networks Anne Sweeney will present the Inspiration Award to friend Maggie Bellville, vice president at Hitachi Consulting. Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson, co-hosts, Extra TV will receive the Excellence in Entertainment Award.

    Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent (which produces the Spirit Awards, LA Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA and Project Involve) will present awards to the following film competition winners: Debris: Escombros, directed by Mary-Lyn Chambers for Best Narrative Short - Drama; Three Strikes, directed by Susan Davis for Best Narrative Short - Comedy; Who Killed Eloa?directed by Livia Perez for Best Documentary Short; Before the Bomb, written by Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi for Best Short Script - Drama; and If I Don’t Lose, I’ll Lose, written by Jean St Clair for Best Short Script - Comedy.

    Darnell J. Cates, Youth ambassador for the Freddie Mac Foundation Wednesday's Child program will present the Excellence in Journalism Award to Christine Devine, news anchor at Fox KTTV; Talaya Trigueros, on-air personality from 94.7 The Wave will present Pat Prescott, on-air personality for 94.7 The Wave with the Excellence in Radio Award; Xanthe Wells, former chief creative officer at Pitch Agency will receive the Excellence in Advertising Award; and actress Fran Drescher (The Nanny) will present Lisa Meier, Group Vice President, Time Warner Cable Media Sales, West Region with the Excellence in New Media Award; Donna Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sales at VUBIQUITY will present the Excellence in Management Award to Sherry Brennan, SVP, distribution strategy & development, Fox Networks Group; and Julie Kertes, general manager for the National Parenting Product Awards will present Annette Covarrubias, digital sales planner at CBS Radio with the Rising Star Award. 2016 student scholarship winners will also be honored at the Genii Awards show.

    The Genii Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence by women in media and entertainment and is sponsored by Hitachi Consulting, Fox Networks, SAG-AFTRAand VUBIQUITY. Media sponsors include Digital Hollywood and Multichannel News. Product sponsors include 240sweet, Athleta, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc, evian Natural Spring Water, KIND Snacks, KLARETY, Markwins Beauty - wet n wild, nodpod, PizzaRev, Rick Steves' Europe, Inc., The Coffee Bean. Proceeds from the event support the AWM SoCal Foundation and its Student Scholarship Fund.

    For tickets visit awmsocalfoundation.org/tickets. For sponsorships visit awmsocalfoundation.org/sponsorships.

    For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, visit awmsocal.org.

    #  #  #  #

    For more information, please contact:                         

    Christina Doan

    Bob Gold & Associates

    310-320-2010

    Christina@bobgoldpr.com


    Kim Spence Dickey

    AWM SoCal

    310-463-4201

    communications@awmsocal.org


    For media kit, click here.

                                                                                      

    For photos, click here.


  • 05 Apr 2016 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Extra TV Co-Hosts Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson to receive Entertainment Award

    Erica Olsen on-air for CBS2/KCAL9 named as Awards Show Host

    Los Angeles – April 4, 2016 – Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation (AWM SoCal), a nonprofit organization helping to empower and fuel professional development of women across the media landscape, today announced that Senator Barbara Boxer, Netflix board member Anne Sweeney and Film Independent president Josh Welsh have been added as presenters for the 57th Annual Genii Awards.

    The awards will be hosted by Erica Olsen, Emmy®-nominated on-air host for CBS2/KCAL9 and will be held on Thursday, May 5th as part of Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Extra TV co-hosts and award-winning producer Tracey Edmonds and Charissa Thompson will be honored at the gala event with the Excellence in Entertainment Award.

    “It’s an honor to receive a Genii Award and walk in the footsteps of so many amazing women in our industry who have been trailblazers in media,” said Tracey Edmonds, Extra co-host and Entertainment Award honoree.

    "I'm so honored not only to be a recipient of this award, but to receive it alongside and with someone (Tracey Edmonds) who is not only a colleague but has become one of my dearest friends," added Charissa Thompson, Extra co-host and honoree.

    Sen. Boxer will present the Excellence in Documentary Award to her daughter Nicole Boxer, a documentary filmmaker (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) while Netflix board member and former president of Disney ABC Television Networks Anne Sweeney will present the Inspiration Award to friend Maggie Bellville, vice president at Hitachi Consulting.

    “The Genii Awards are a day of pride and inspiration for everyone in our industry,” said Anne Sweeney. “We will salute the pioneers, the groundbreakers and the fearless innovators whose hard work has served as an inspiration to us all.”

    Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent (which produces the Spirit Awards, LA Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA and Project Involve) will present awards to the following film competition winners: Debris: Escombros, directed by Mary-Lyn Chambers for Best Narrative Short - Drama; Three Strikes, directed by Susan Davis for Best Narrative Short - Comedy; Who Killed Eloa? directed by Livia Perez for Best Documentary Short; Before the Bomb, written by Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi for Best Short Script - Drama; and If I Don’t Lose, I’ll Lose, written by Jean St Clair for Best Short Script - Comedy.

    “Senator Barbara Boxer, Anne Sweeney, Tracey Edmonds, Charissa Thompson and Erica Olsen are outstanding examples of women of excellence. We are grateful for their leadership and support at this year’s Genii Awards,” said AWM SoCal president Samantha Brown.We are also excited to welcome Josh Welsh as the presenter for our first Film Competition Awards. Organizations like Film Independent and AWM SoCal champion programs to help further women in film and media.”

    Other esteemed presenters and honorees attending the gala include:

    Christine Devine, news anchor at Fox KTTV for the Excellence in Journalism Award; Talaya Trigueros, on-air personality from 94.7 The Wave will present Pat Prescott, on-air personality for 94.7 The Wave with the Excellence in Radio Award; Xanthe Wells, former chief creative officer at Pitch Agency for the Excellence in Advertising Award; Sherry Brennan, SVP, distribution strategy & development, Fox Networks Group, for the Excellence in Management Award; and Julie Kertes, general manager for the National Parenting Product Awards will present Annette Covarrubias, digital sales planner at CBS Radio with the Rising Star Award.

    The Genii Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence by women in media and entertainment and is sponsored by Hitachi Consulting, SAG-AFTRA and Vubiquity. Media sponsors include Digital Hollywood and Multichannel News. Product sponsor is Evian. Proceeds from the event support the AWM SoCal Foundation and its Student Scholarship Fund.

    For tickets visit awmsocalfoundation.org/tickets. For sponsorships visit awmsocalfoundation.org/sponsorships.

    For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, visit awmsocal.org

    For more information, please contact:                          

    Christina Doan

    Bob Gold & Associates

    310-320-2010

    Christina@bobgoldpr.com

    Kim Spence Dickey

    AWM SoCal

    310-463-4201

    communications@awmsocal.org


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  • 25 Mar 2016 7:30 PM | Anonymous
    "We extend our congratulations to the honorees and our appreciation to all the filmmakers that participated in this year's competition."

    Los Angeles -- March 2016 - Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation ( AWM SoCal Foundation) today announced the names of five filmmakers who will be honored at its 57th Annual Genii Awards on Thursday, May 5th at Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence by women in media and entertainment.
     
    "Our jurors had difficult choices to make since we had so many wonderful submissions from filmmakers all over the world," said Minoti Vaishnav, AWM SoCal Events Director. "We extend our congratulations to the honorees and our appreciation to all the filmmakers that participated in this year's competition." 
     
    Film Awards will be given out in the following categories:
     

    Cast: Isabella Luna, Martin Simone, Kate Nichols, Jaime Alvarez, Mariana Anaya, Rudy Casillas, Jake Jacobson, Julie Garnye and David Plascencia  

    Description:         
    Caught in the gears of the 2014 US immigration crisis, twelve-year-old Ana arrives at an immigration detention center with her mute younger brother and a treasured music box. She soon finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.

     
    Director: Susan Davis


    Cast: Heath McGough, Kevin Brunner, Windy Marshall, Janet Haley, Dustin Roller, Lisa Galer, Meghan Longenecker, Bill Carlton, Brooke Becker, Brittany Lauren Bower, Jesse Victor Rodriguez and Tony Garcia

    Description:              
    An ex-con with two strikes on him is trying to go legit but everyone around him seems to have other plans.

     
    Director: Livia Perez


    Description:              
    A critical analysis of the spectacularization of violence and television's approach to cases of violence against women, revealing one of the reasons why Brazil has the fifth highest rate of murders of women in the world.

     
    Writers: Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi


    Description:
    When Child Services plans a visit that could separate ten-year-old Elsa from her brother, she takes matters into her own hands.

     
    Writer: Jean St Clair 


    Description:
    Mabel Morgan is an award-winning deaf actress pressured to lose weight or risk losing her next role to rival Bella Lazari, who uses only basic sign language. The temptations are many. Will she succeed?
     
    The film winners will receive two tickets to the event, where they will be honored with a trophy in recognition of their exceptional programming designed for, by or about women. 
     
    Other honorees announced earlier include: Nicole Boxer, Documentary Filmmaker (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) for the Excellence in Documentary AwardChristine Devine, Television News Anchor at Fox KTTV, for the Excellence in Journalism AwardPat Prescott, On Air Personality for 94.7 The Wave, for the Excellence in Radio AwardXanthe Wells, Former Chief Creative Officer at the Los Angeles boutique agency Pitch for the Excellence in Advertising AwardSherry Brennan, SVP, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks Group for the Excellence in Management AwardMaggie Bellville, Vice President at Hitachi Consulting, for the Inspiration Award; and Annette Covarrubias, AWM SoCal's Corresponding Secretary for the Executive Board of Directors and Digital Sales Planner at CBS Radio for the Rising Star Award.
     
    Former Genii winner and former president of the ABC-Disney Television Group Anne Sweeney will present the Award to her longtime friend, Maggie Bellville.
     
    For tickets, please visit awmsocalfoundation.org/tickets. Proceeds help fund the AWM SoCal scholarship program. 

    Sponsorships are available at awmsocalfoundation.org/sponsorships.Current sponsor is SAG-AFTRA.
     
    For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, please visit awmsocal.org.
     
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    Download Assets:



    CONTACT: 

    Christina Doan

    Bob Gold & Associates

    310.320.2010

    christina@bobgoldpr.com

    Kim Spence Dickey, Press & Community Outreach Director, AWM SoCal; 310.463.4201, communications@awmsocal.org


  • 07 Mar 2016 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCE 2016 GENII AWARDS HONOREES

    Los Angeles -- March 7, 2016 – Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Affiliate (AWM SoCal), a nonprofit organization helping to empower and fuel professional development of women across the media landscape, today announced the names of six women who will be honored at the 57th Genii Awards. More women will be honored at the gala event, which will be held on Thursday, May 5th as part of Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

    The Awards (pronounced “Jeannie” and named in honor of Jeanne Gray McDonald, the Affiliate group founder) acknowledges the notable achievements of women in media and entertainment. Honorees are selected based on their pioneering efforts, dedicated leadership, commitment to quality and excellence, and their community contributions. Genii honorees have made significant contributions to advance the impact of women in media by educating and acting as a resource to its members, the industry and our community.

    “The Genii Awards honors Southern California talent within the arenas of radio, television, film, documentary, journalism and entertainment,” said AWM SoCal president Samantha Brown. “We’re excited to celebrate the contributions of our esteemed colleagues.”

    • Nicole Boxer, a documentary filmmaker (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground) will be honored with the Excellence in Documentary Award
    • Christine Devine, Television News Anchor at Fox KTTV, will receive the Excellence in Journalism Award
    • Pat Prescott, On Air Personality for 94.7 The Wave, will receive the Excellence in Radio Award
    • Xanthe Wells, Former Chief Creative Officer at the Los Angeles boutique agency Pitch will receive the Excellence in Advertising Award
    • Maggie Bellville, Vice President at Hitachi Consulting, will receive the Inspiration Award
    • Annette Covarrubias, AWM SoCal’s Corresponding Secretary for the Executive Board of Directors and Digital Sales Planner at CBS Radio will receive the Rising Star Award

    Former Genii winner and former president of the ABC-Disney Television Group Anne Sweeney will present the award to her longtime friend, Maggie Bellville.

    Past Genii Award Recipients Include:

    Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Whoopie Goldberg, Doris Roberts, Leeza Gibbons, Ellen DeGeneres, among others. 

    Sponsorship and ticket information is available at www.awmsocalfoundation.org/genii-awards-2016. Ticket proceeds help fund the AWM SoCal scholarship program.

    For more information about Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, please visit www.awmsocal.org.

    #  #  #  #

    To download images, click here.

    For more information, please contact:

    Bob Gold & Associates

    310-320-2010

    OR

    Kim Spence Dickey

    AWM SoCal

    310-463-4201

    communications@awmsocal.org

     

    Click here to see this release on PRNewswire.

  • 26 Jan 2016 6:20 AM | Anonymous

     

    BOB GOLD & ASSOCIATES TO PROMOTE ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AFFILIATE 

    SoCal-Based PR Agency to Spearhead Southland Publicity Efforts

    Redondo Beach, CAJanuary 25, 2015 – Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Affiliate (AWM SoCal), a SoCal nonprofit organization helping to empower and fuel professional development of women across the media landscape, today announced it has teamed up with full-service public relations agency Bob Gold & Associates to lead its publicity efforts.

    “We selected Bob Gold & Associates as our PR agency based on the firm’s in-depth understanding and deep experience across the diverse media industry,” said Samantha Brown, AWM SoCal’s board president. “We are delighted to have Bob Gold & Associates’ focus and enthusiasm support our organization.”

    AWM SoCal offers membership to qualified individuals in media and entertainment and provides networking events, education programs, community outreach, mentorship and scholarships. Their premiere event is the Genii Awards, whose honorees are recognized for their pioneering efforts, dedicated leadership, commitment to quality and excellence and their community contributions. Past honorees include Betty White, Florence Henderson, Ellen DeGeneres, Camryn Manheim, Heather Locklear, Jamie Lee Curtis, Candice Bergen, Lucille Ball, Carole Black, Anne Sweeney, Whoopi Goldberg and Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

    “We are thrilled to partner with a local innovative group that works to empower women,” said Bob Gold, president and owner of Bob Gold & Associates. “I’ve known the organization since it was first founded as the American Women in Radio & Television. It is a model of excellence and we have heard from so many local leaders who have found this organization changed their lives and powered their career growth.”

    Founded in 1952, the organization aims to advance the impact of women in media by educating and acting as a resource to its members, the industry and the community. AWM SoCal is dedicated to empowering career development and driving positive change for industry and societal progress.

    For more information, please visit www.awmsocal.org.

    About Bob Gold & Associates

    Bob Gold & Associates provides strategic public relations and marketing services for a wide variety of clients. Founded by Bob Gold in 1997, the agency is dedicated to providing highly-targeted creative services for reasonable fee structures. For more information, visit www.bobgoldpr.com.

    ###

    CONTACT:

    Christina Doan

    Bob Gold & Associates

    +1 310 320-2010

    christina@bobgoldpr.com

  • 13 Jan 2016 9:41 PM | Anonymous

    Attend Alliance for Women in Media SoCal's SPEED MENTORING event --sponsored by SAG-AFTRA-- Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the SAG-AFTRA Plaza, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA. 

    Looking to further your career in television and entertainment? Need some advice about a mid-career change? Or are you just starting out and want to make industry connections? 


    Attend Alliance for Women in Media SoCal's SPEED MENTORING event - sponsored by SAG-AFTRA 

    Los Angeles - Join Alliance for Women in Media Southern California (AWM SoCal) and its award-winning panel of television industry executives for Speed Mentoring, Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the SAG-AFTRA Plaza, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA. A distinguished panel of mentors will be on-hand to offer one-on-one career advice, coaching, and encouragement. AWM SoCal's Speed Mentoring is a television career development event sponsored by SAG-AFTRA.

    AWM SoCal is the longest established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. "Our goal is to empower women in media," said Samantha Brown, president, AWM SoCal. "Speed Mentoring provides attendees with valuable tools and connections that can lead to a new job in the field or help take a career path to the next level."

    Modeled after the "speed dating" concept, participants will have five minutes with each mentor before moving on to the next micro-meeting. Mentees can learn about different jobs within the field of television, how these professionals got their start and how to hone important networking skills. Introductions to the right mentor can provide invaluable career guidance and help to open doors.

    Take this opportunity to make new connections in the television/broadcast and entertainment fields.

    • Swap business cards
    • Bring your resume
    • Get tips from the pros
    • Discover different types of broadcast jobs within television
    • Learn about job openings and internships
    • Meet contacts from executive search agencies
    • Receive AWM SoCal's recommended list of media job sites
    • Make new friends and professional contacts

    This setting is ideal for students and young professionals, but does not exclude those already established who may be seeking a career change. It's all about meeting people, making connections and helping each other. All ages and career levels are welcome. Tickets are $20 for AWM SoCal members and $40 for nonmembers. Students will receive a one-year AWM SoCal membership with their $40 ticket. Space is limited, so register today at www.awmsocal.org/events.

    About SAG-AFTRA:

    SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond. Visit SAG-AFTRA online at SAGAFTRA.org.

    About AWM SoCal:

    Alliance for Women in Media, Southern California Affiliate (AWM SoCal) is the local affiliate to the Alliance for Women in Media, a national, nonprofit organization with nearly 10,000 community members. We extend membership to qualified professionals in the media and entertainment industries. Founded in 1952 as American Women in Radio & Television Southern California (formerly AWRT SoCal), our mission is to advance the impact of women in media by educating and acting as a resource to our members, the industry and our community. AWM SoCal is dedicated to empowering career development and driving positive change for our industry and societal progress. The Southern California Chapter of Alliance for Women in Media offers local benefits to its members.

    For more information about the Southern California Affiliate of AWM, please visit www.awmsocal.org or email communications@awmsocal.org.

    # # # #

    Contact: Bob Gold & Associates for AWM SoCal;

    310.320.2010

    Kim Spence Dickey, Press & Community Outreach Director, AWM SoCal; 310.463.4201, communications@awmsocal.org

    Click here to register.
  • 18 Nov 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    A Celebration of Friendship

    A Satellite Sister is a sounding board for your wacky career plans, a guaranteed New Year's Eve date, someone who’s seen you in your glasses. A Satellite Sister brings information, perspective and balance to your life when you are lacking all three. A Satellite Sister is the person who gets you through, makes you laugh, and, every once in awhile, changes your mind.

    Los Angeles, CA - (Wednesday, November 18, 2015) Join Alliance for Women in Media Southern California (AWM SoCal) Wednesday, December 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Fox Studios Commissary for an evening with the award-winning Satellite Sisters to talk about their latest book, You’re the Best: A Celebration of Friendship, followed by a book signing and holiday party with refreshments and no-host bar. Tickets can be purchased at awmsocal.org/events.

    The Dolan sisters (Julie, Liz, Sheila, Monica, and Lian) created the Satellite Sisters first as a radio show and website in 2000 and then became podcast pioneers with a devoted national fan base as well as best-selling authors. Together they have won 13 Gracie Awards for excellence in women’s media, including Talk Show of the Year and have appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and had a regular column in O Magazine for several years. Their latest project, You’re the Best is a collection of writings about how we rely on our friends to get us up, get us going, get us through and, most importantly, make us laugh.

    “We are excited to welcome sisters Liz and Lian Dolan for our annual holiday celebration,” says Samantha Brown, AWM SoCal President. “They personify AWM’s mission and the important role that friendship plays in both our personal and professional lives. The Dolan sisters will be sharing some of their inspirational stories with us and signing copies of their new book - a collection of essays and writings about Life, Love, Family, Play, and Change.”

    You’re The Best includes the voices of the Satellite Sisters and the Next Generation, spanning ages 15 to 60, and covering how friendships influence choices, relationships, careers, adventures and inevitable changes.

    The evening will kick-off with a 30-minute discussion including the sisterhood:

    Liz Dolan - is the Chief Marketing Officer for Fox International Channels in Los Angeles.



    Lian Dolan - is a best-selling writer and broadcaster.




    You’re the Best is the perfect holiday gift for childhood BFFs, your college roommates, your running group, your book club, your PTA friends or your actual sisters – for anyone you want to tell, “You’re the best.” 

    Event Details: Satellite Sisters Book Signing and Holiday Party

    When: Wednesday, December 9th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Where: Fox Studios Commissary – Parking for guests will be in the Galaxy parking structure located at the entrance to FOX Plaza at 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, 90064. Guests are advised to arrive between 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to avoid parking issues. Please bring photo ID.

    Tickets:

    AWM SoCal members $45 per ticket, non-members $55

    AWM SoCal members ticket + book $60, non-members $75

    Tickets include appetizers, two nonalcoholic drinks and (optional) your book signed by the Satellite Sisters. No host bar is also available. Deadline to register is Monday, December 7, 2015. For more information, visit www.awmsocal.org/events.

    About AWM SoCal:
    Alliance for Women in Media, Southern California Affiliate (AWM SoCal) is the local affiliate to the Alliance for Women in Media, a national, nonprofit organization with nearly 10,000 community members.  We extend membership to qualified professionals in the media and entertainment industries. Founded in 1952 as American Women in Radio & Television Southern California (formerly AWRT SoCal), our mission is to advance the impact of women in media by educating and acting as a resource to our members, the industry and our community.  AWM SoCal is dedicated to empowering career development and driving positive change for our industry and societal progress. The Southern California Chapter of Alliance for Women in Media offers local benefits to its members.

    For more information about the Southern California Affiliate of AWM, please visit www.awmsocal.org or email us at communications@awmsocal.org.

    Kim Spence Dickey, AWM SoCal Affiliate
    Press & Community Outreach Director

    communications@awmsocal.org

    (310) 463-4201

    www.awmsocal.org

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