We were pleased to participate in a Texas Hold'Em Tournament at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, to benefit the Caucus of TV Producers, Writers and Directors. Elizabeth Daley, Dean of USC School of Cinema, and John Langley, Producer, Writer and Director (Cops), were honored for educating and mentoring new filmmakers. Langley known as the "Father of Reality TV", is revving up for the 20th season of Cops, which started the ball rolling for all reality shows.
| Marion Ross (Happy Days) & Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) at Poker Party|
Since it was a poker tournament, we bent the ear of Jamie Gold, winner of $12 million in the 2006 World Series of Poker. Other luminaries hoping to win the 41" flat screen TV (among other fab prizes), included Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Joan Van Ark, and Robb Weller, who was a very able announcer.
|Lou Ferrigno with Sheriff Lee Baca|
Thanks go to Caucus Chair, Vin Di Bona, Event Chairs, Producers Ava & Chuck Fries, and Dale Olson, famed publicist, whose more than 150 movie campaigns include the Christopher Reeve Superman, and Halloween series. Dale is now aiming for Broadway with an exciting musical about the international phenomenon Roller Derby. He is producing the musical, with Eugene Harbin and Michael Cook, and has rounded out a top production team including five time Tony nominee Donald McKayle as Director/Choreographer; and six time Tony nominee Harold Wheeler (Dreamgirls) has composed the score, originally written by the late John Braden.
|Producer Chuck Fries, honorees John Langley and Elizabeth Daley, Vi Di Bono, Caucus Chairman|
The musical will first be presented as part of the NY Musical Theatre Festival Sept. 20-26 at St. Clements, prior to Broadway. And yes, the actors will be on roller skates!
Another friend of ours, Lou Ferrigno, (Incredible Hulk) was the keynote speaker for graduation ceremonies for the new L.A. Reserve Deputy Sheriffs. The actor, author, and world champion body builder was sworn in last year as a LA Country Reserve Deputy Sheriff, and was certified to an upgrade Level 11, after many hours of on the job training and study in advanced weaponry.
|"Roller Derby" Team" Co-Producer, Eugene Harbin, Director/Choreographer, Donald McKayle, Writer, Barry Arnold, Producer, Dale Olson|
Recently, Lou was offered a role in the new Universal Pictures Hulk, staring Edward Norton now in production, and is considering being a participant in Dancing with the Stars. I bet the big guy is even light on his feet!
Some of those enjoying the Moroccan themed pool side after party at the Figueroa Hotel, included Lou's gorgeous wife, Carla, TV star Yancy Arias (Die Hard 4), Edward Lozzi, Diedre Hall and of course, Sheriff Baca, who is most proud of his star pupil.
|Jamie Gold, Champion, World Series of Poker|
Save the Date: On Saturday, August 25th, Dame Elizabeth Taylor will present the Marianne Williams Founder Award to Shirley MacLaine, for her dedication to Project Angel Food. This event marks the official opening of a new kitchen, purchased and renovated by this organization, whose mission it is to nourish the body and spirit of those affected by HIV/Aids, and other serious illnesses. Also lauded will be L.A. designer Xorin, who will receive the Angel Award, for his dedication to the cause. For further info please go to www.projectangelfood.org or call 323-845-1800. Hope to see you there on the Hollywood Beat!