Evan Shapiro, president of IFC TV, and Sundance Channel will take part in the Cable Center Cable Mavericks lecture series at the University of Texas at Austin. Over in NYC, USA Network’s slogan “Characters Welcome” becomes a reality at the Character Project, sponsored by USA and Vanity Fair and co-hosted by Mena Suvari and Jeff Goldblum. Have a cocktail and view photographs snapped by 11 world-renowned artists at the Steven Weiss Studio in Greenwich Village starting at 7 p.m. Speaking of characters, watch the antics of the not-quite-sexy, over-the-top mother-and-daughter duo in the season finale of Kath & Kim on NBC at 8:30 p.m. Or for some actual sexiness, tune into a bikini-clad Bridget Marquardt of Playboy and Girls Next Door fame as she explores the world’s beaches (sans Hef) on Bridget’s Sexiest Beach.
I wasn't quite sure where to post this and as Jeff is co-hosting the New York event, I thought it appropriate to place it here. -----
USA Network Announces Character Project, an Artistic Initiative To Celebrate the Changing Face of America Today
NEW YORK, March 11, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- USA releases photography book entitled American Character: A Photographic Journey featuring foreword by Tom Brokaw.
USA Network announces the launch of Character Project, an ongoing artistic initiative to celebrate the extraordinary people, from all walks of life, who make this country unique. Inspired by USA's iconic "Characters Welcome" brand, and with the support of the not-for-profit photography organization Aperture Foundation, USA assembled a team of 11 world-class photographers to capture the character of America during the summer of 2008. The artists' work will be showcased in the powerful photography book entitled American Character: A Photographic Journey, published by Chronicle Books. The book will be available beginning March 17 in retailers across the country and internationally, as well as at characterproject.usanetwork.com and other major online outlets.
Featuring each photographer's provocative perspective on our nation's most compelling characters, American Character celebrates the continuously-evolving mosaic of our country. The photographs from the book will be on display in a touring exhibition, co-hosted by Vanity Fair, beginning in New York City Thursday March 12 and visiting six additional cities: Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Character Project photography will additionally be featured in a national print, on-air and out-of-home campaign including a 12-page insert in the April issue of Vanity Fair.
"Characters Welcome is all about USA's unique connection between the characters on our air and the characters at home watching," said Bonnie Hammer, president, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions. "The Character Project celebrates that connection by beautifully showcasing real Americans and their real stories."
Earlier in the night: Vanity Fair sponsored a huge photo exhibit of many famous shutterbug artists like Sylvia Plachy and Mary Ellen Mark at Donna Karan’s Zen Studio at 711 Greenwich Street. This is a huge facility with big white walls, and lots of groovy people eating cool looking hors d’oeuvres.
The whole thing seemed like a movie version of a hip New York party. Rose McGowan posed for pictures. Soap star Ricky Paull Goldin shook hands with fans. People asked Plachy, one of the most famous photographers of our time, where was her son, Adrien Brody, the Oscar winner? Two Law & Order stars— Linus Roache and Jeff Goldblum were there – but they never met and have never met.
Goldblum told me that “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” will finally start in April, six months late. They’ve got five of eight episodes in the can, at last. So what’s his character to like? “His parents were psychiatrists, but he doesn’t speak to his father,” Jeff said while a tall, gorgeous brunette tried to chat him up. “He has a mysterious past.”