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October 1, 2009

The Paley Center for Media Announces Fall 2009 Season

Participants Include: Julie Andrews, Alan Ball, Carol Burnett, Wayne Gretzky, Quincy Jones, Barry Levinson, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Liv Ullmann, and Dick Wolf

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA—The Paley Center for Media today announced details of its fall 2009 season, a rich event series that continues to explore the definition of media and its impact on today’s society from politics to social issues to sports. This fall season, the Paley Center also examines the creative process behind great entertainment, offering a range of events that give fans and media enthusiasts unprecedented access to the cast, creators, and executives behind great dramas and comedies.

The Paley Center for Media: New York Events

This season, the Paley Center explores the intersection of politics and culture at its tenth annual television documentary festival in October. PaleyDocFest09 starts on October 8 with The Way We Get By; American Masters: Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound on October 9; Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall on October 20; The Glass House on October 21; ESPN’s 30 for 30: The Rise and Fall of Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder on October 22; Reporter on October 23; RiP: A Remix Manifesto on October 26; and on October 29 the Festival will close with Poliwood by award-winning director Barry Levinson. Two special PaleyDocFest events which have become mainstays of the Festival are also included this year – The Art of the Documentary Pitch workshop and DOCU-JAM on Saturday, October 17.

On the entertainment side, events include celebrations of the work of icons Julie Andrews, Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra, and Liv Ullmann as captured on radio and television. Comedy highlights include New York Comedy Festival panels with the writers of The Colbert Report and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Other events this season include a two-day event celebrating the vampire legacy on television and in pop culture; and a very special evening with Dick Wolf and the stars of the Law & Order franchise.

The Paley Center for Media: Los Angeles Events

In Los Angeles, the Paley Center will present several dynamic entertainment events including in-person appearances by Peter Berg, Carol Burnett, Wayne Gretzky, Quincy Jones, and Max Lugavere and Jason Silva of Current TV, among others. Also on the roster are evenings with the casts and creators of Drop Dead Diva, and a celebration of the writing process behind HBO’s hit True Blood with Alan Ball and the writing team. Exploring the intersection of new media and culture, the popular Current TV personalities discuss how young filmmakers and activists are harnessing the power of new media to transform society.

A complete Fall09 schedule for The Paley Center for Media is found below, or here on our website.

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

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THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA NEW YORK: FALL SCHEDULE 2009
For more details and updates, visit www.paleycenter.org
*Please note the schedule is subject to change

The Paley Center for Media
Presented in association with New York Comic Con
Shore on the Score: The Music of The Lord of the Rings
Thursday, October 1 at 6:30pm
In Person: Doug Adams (author, The Music of The Lord of the Ring Films); Billy Boyd (Peregrin “Pippin” Took); Howard Shore (composer/conductor, The Lord of the Rings films); moderated by MTV’s Kurt Loder.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

An Evening with Julie Andrews
Monday, October 5 at 6:30pm
In Person: Julie Andrews
Only PaleyAfterDark tickets are still available at 212-621-6780 or membership@paleycenter.org

PaleyDocFest09 Presents THE WAY WE GET BY
In association with P.O.V.
Thursday, October 8 at 6:30pm
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Aron Gaudet, filmmaker; Bill Knight, WWII veteran; Jerry Mundy, former Marine; and Gita Pullapilly, filmmaker.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

PaleyDocFest09 Presents the U.S. Premiere of
AMERICAN MASTERS: JOAN BAEZ – HOW SWEET THE SOUND
Friday, October 9 at 6:30pm
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Anthony DeCurtis, author and contributing editor, Rolling Stone; Susan Lacy, executive producer, American Masters; and Mary Wardon, filmmaker.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

PaleyDocFest09 Presents THE ART OF THE DOCUMENTARY PITCH WORKSHOP
Sponsored by SnagFilms
Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 – 4:00pm
A workshop/competition in which five pre-selected emerging documentary filmmakers pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished documentary executives and producers. 
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $15 for General Public/$10 for Paley Center Members

PaleyDocFest09 Presents DOCU-JAM: A Youth Documentary Showcase
Presented in collaboration with Downtown Community Television New York (DCTV)
Saturday, October 17 at 4:00 - 6:00pm
Outstanding documentaries produced by youth nationwide.
Free with general admission to The Paley Center for Media

PaleyDocFest09 Presents RISE AND FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL
In association with History and ZDF Enterprises
Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30pm
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Oliver Halmburger, filmmaker. Additional panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

PaleyDocFest09 Presents THE GLASS HOUSE
In association with the Sundance Channel
Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30pm
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Melissa Hibbard, filmmaker; Marjaneh Halati, founder, Omid e Mehr Foundation;
and Hamid Rahmanian, filmmaker.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

PaleyDocFest09 Presents the New York Premiere of
ESPN’S 30 FOR 30: THE RISE AND FALL OF JIMMY “THE GREEK” SNYDER
Thursday, October 22 at 6:30pm
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Fritz Mitchell, filmmaker. Additional panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

PaleyDocFest09 Presents REPORTER
In association with HBO Documentary Films
Friday, October 23 at 6:30pm
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Mikaela Beardsley, producer; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; and Eric Daniel Metzgar, filmmaker.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

PaleyDocFest09 Presents RiP: A REMIX MANIFESTO
Monday, October 26 at 6:30pm;
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Brett Gaylor, filmmaker. Additional panelists to be announced.
Admission to this event is FREE, thanks to the generosity of The Documentary Channel

Special 50th Anniversary Salute:  A Celebrity Staged Reading of The Twilight Zone’s “The Masks”
Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30pm
Presented in association with Food for Thought
Audiences will now have a chance to see this memorable Serling script brought to life by Lucie Arnaz, Katharine Luckinbill, Laurence Luckinbill, Robert Walden, Fritz Weaver (schedule pending), and directed by Antony Marsellis.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $50 for General Public/$35 for Paley Center Members
Tickets for the exclusive PaleyAfterDark event following the public event are available at 212-621-6780 or membership@paleycenter.org

PaleyDocFest09 Presents POLIWOOD
In association with Showtime and the Creative Coalition
Thursday, October 29 at 6:30pm
Wine Reception by Cycles Gladiator Wines at 6:00pm free with tickets purchased
In Person: Barry Levinson, Director. Additional panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

Raymond Chandler Meets Craigslist: HBO’s Bored to Death
November 2 at 6:30pm
In Person: Jonathan Ames, creator, executive producer; Jason Schwartzman, "Jonathan Ames". Additional panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

Premiere
Unseen Sinatra: Carnegie Hall, 1980
Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30pm
In person: Frank Sinatra, Jr.; Nancy Sinatra (schedule pending); Tina Sinatra(schedule pending); Twyla Tharp (schedule pending); William Friedkin, director; Nat Hentoff, cultural historian/music critic; George Kalinsky, official photographer for Madison Square Garden
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $30for General Public/$25 for Paley Center Members

Religion, Media, and Culture: Islam and the Media
Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30pm
Funding provided by The Alavi Foundation
On the thirtieth anniversary of the taking of American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, a panel of Muslim and non-Muslim media professionals and scholars will examine the complex issues of both religious extremism and the Islamic quest for social justice.  Panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

New York Comedy Festival and The Paley Center for Media Presents
Television Writing in the Internet Age
Friday, November 6 at 6:30pm
In Person: Rory Albanese, executive producer, The Daily Show; Jim Downey, writer, Saturday Night Live; and Al Jean, executive producer, The Simpsons; John Riggi, coexecutive producer, 30 Rock; Peter Tolan, cocreator and executive producer, Rescue Me. Additional panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $25 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

Writing for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: The Writers of NBC's Late Night Discuss Their Process and Look Uncomfortable
Saturday, November 7 at 2:00pm
In Person: A.D. Miles, head writer; Wayne Federman, head monologue writer; Amy Ozols; Gerard Bradford; Bashir Salahuddin; Diallo Riddle; Anthony Jeselnik; Jeremy Bronson; Mike "Deetch" DiCenzo; and Ali Waller
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $25 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

The Truthiness behind the Lines: An In-Depth Look Behind the Scenes with The Colbert Report Writers
Saturday, November 7 at 5:00pm
In Person: Barry Julien, head writer; Peter Grosz; Max Werner; Peter Gwinn; Glenn Eichler;
Jay Katsir; Rob Dubbin; Michael Brumm; Frank Lesser; Opus Moreschi; and Meredith Scardino
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $25 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

VampFest @ The Paley Center for Media
Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14
The Paley Center for Media celebrates the vampire phenomenon that has taken hold across cultures, media, and generations—with screening, panels, musical events and more.  Join the conversation as we examine the role and importance of this mythical creature in contemporary society. For complete schedule, visit paleycenter.org if you dare!

Law & Order: Twenty Years and Counting
Monday, November 16 at 6:30pm
In Person: Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer with cast members and producers to be announced at a later date.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $25 for General Public/$20 for Paley Center Members
Tickets for the exclusive PaleyAfterDark event following the public event are available at 212-621-6780 or membership@paleycenter.org

Revisiting the Jule Styne/Bob Merrill Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol
Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00pm
This event is presented with the support of the family of Jule Styne and Mrs. Bob Merrill, with additional funding from the children of Russell W. Johnston. Special thanks to Classic Media.
In Person: animator Darrell Van Citters, author of a new book on the making of Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol; Judy Levitow, daughter of the show’s director Abe Levitow; Jack Doulin, casting director, New York Theatre Workshop with surprise guests to ring in the holidays.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

The Music of Johnny Mercer on TV
Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30pm
Special live performances by Klea Blackhurst, Steve Ross, Billy Stritch, Anna Bergman with Barry Day and Robert Kimball, collaborators on the new book The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, and Robert Osborne, host of Turner Classic Movies.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $30 for General Public/$25 for Paley Center Members
Tickets for the exclusive PaleyAfterDark event following the public event are available at 212-621-6780 or membership@paleycenter.org

A Salute to The Kennedy Center Honors
December 10 at 6:30pm
In Person: Jacques d’Amboise; Arthur Mitchell; George Stevens, Jr.; Additional panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

Special Preview
Liv Ullmann Takes on A Streetcar Named Desire
Monday, December 14 at 6:30pm
In Person: Liv Ullmann with Karen Goodman, filmmaker; Kirk Simon, filmmaker
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $20 for General Public/$15 for Paley Center Members

NOTE: All New York events take place at The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street, New York, NY, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA LOS ANGELES: FALL SCHEDULE 2009
For more details and updates, visit www.paleycenter.org
*Please note the schedule is subject to change

The Paley Center for Media Presents the U.S. Premiere of Kings Ransom
A PaleyAfterDark Event with Special Guest Wayne Gretzky
Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm
In Person: Peter Berg, director; Wayne Gretzky; Bruce McNall, former LA Kings owner; Steve Michaels, producer; Bob Miller, LA Kings play-by-play announcer; Peter Pocklington, former Edmonton Oilers owner.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org.  $50 for screening and panel only/$100 for screening, panel, and reception with special guests

The Paley Center for Media Presents the Season One Finale of the Summer Hit Drop Dead Diva
Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00pm
In Person: Josh Berman, creator /executive producer; Margaret Cho, “Teri Lee”; Brooke Elliott, “Jane Bingum”; Ben Feldman, “Fred”; Jackson Hurst, “Grayson Kent”; Neil Meron, executive producer; Josh Stamberg, “J. Parker”; Alex Taub, executive producer; Craig Zadan, executive producer.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $15 for General Public/$10 for Paley Center Members

Inside the Writers Room: True Blood
Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm
In Person: Alan Ball (creator /executive producer) with Kate Barnow, Brian Buckner, Elisabeth Finch, Nancy Oliver, Raelle Tucker, and Alexander Woo.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $15 for General Public/$10 for Paley Center Members

The Paley Center for Media Hosts
Current TV’s Max & Jason Present: Media, Technology, and Transformation
November 12 at 7:00pm
In Person: Max Lugavere and Jason Silva, Current TV; Ryan Scott, chief executive officer , Causecast.org; Courtney Nichols, producer, Blood for Water; Barry Ptolemy, director, Transcendent Man.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $15 for General Public/$10 for Paley Center Members

A Salute to The Kennedy Center Honors
A PaleyAfterDark Event
December 16 at 7:00pm
In Person: Carol Burnett; Quincy Jones; Zubin Mehta; George Stevens, Jr.; Additional panelists to be announced.
Tickets are available at paleycenter.org. $50 for screening and panel only/$100 for screening, panel, and reception with special guests

NOTE: All Los Angeles events take place at The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.

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