Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) will be among several invited musical guests for The WIN Awards, according to a press release from the Women’s Image Network. Proceeds from the award show and a video game conference held earlier that morning will benefit Yusuf’s Small Kindness children’s charity.
The awards show will be held on February 17, 2009, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Women’s Image Network Announces The WIN Awards Nominees & Honorees Cloris Leachman and IDG CEO, Mary Dolaher
The WIN Awards add Video Game Panel & Contest
Monday, December 22, 2008— Los Angeles, CA— Since 1993 the non-profit corporation Women’s Image Network has produced The WIN Awards to honor outstanding individuals in politics, business, music and the media who promote gender parity through their creativity and leadership. On February 17, 2009 The WIN Awards will applaud actors, directors, producers, video games, films and television. The esteemed WIN Award Honorees are Academy Award and Emmy Award winner, Cloris Leachman and IDG World Expo CEO, Mary Dolaher.
The 2008 Invited Musical Guests are Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, Sheryl Crow and Elton John while Chris Isaak and Margaret Cho have been tapped to host. (Subject to change).
The WIN Awards 2008 Living Legend Recipient is Oscar-winner, Cloris Leachman who, at eighty two years (young!), was the oldest dancing demon to have ever appeared on the hit ABC reality series, Dancing With The Stars. In 1946, Cloris was crowned Miss Chicago and continued to work in film and theatre where she honed both her comic and dramatic abilities. In 1971, Ms. Leachman was rewarded an Oscar for the film, The Last Picture Show. Cloris received nine Emmy® awards and is also the only actress to have received an Emmy® in five different categories. Ms. Cloris Leachman has created hundreds of remarkable television, theatre and film roles, including starring in her own television series Phyllis, which ran was a spin-off from her work on the popluar The Mary Tyler Moore show. With her former husband George Englund, Sr, Cloris raised five children, all actors.
The WIN Awards inaugural Interactive Industry Achievement Honoree Mary Dolaher will be feted for having provided innumerable contributions to the video game industry, including running E3 Expo for over a decade, creating a new E for All Expo for consumers, and her role in the development of “Into the Pixel”, an outstanding video game art exhibition. Next Generation has several times named Mary Dolaher one of the top 25 people in the video game industry. Ms. Dolaher now serves as CEO of the IDG World Expo, a leading producer of trade events including Macworld and REVEAL Los Angeles. Ms. Dolaher joined IDG World Expo after having been Senior Vice President of the Entertainment Software Association, where she ran the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), known globally as the video game industry’s leading annual event. Bob Carrigan, CEO of IDG Communications Inc., will
2 present the special tribute to Ms. Dolaher. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world’s
leading research, technology media and event company.
For the first time since 1993 The WIN Awards have added a video game category to this longstanding TV & Film Hollywood awards show. Also at a breakfast conference held on the morning of The WIN Awards show, February 17, 2009, WIN will host a developers/publisher panel discussion. Poised on the cusp of a gaming industry revolution that will forever change how people interact with their televisions and connect with others. WIN founder, Phyllis Stuart said, “In addition to producing our longstanding Hollywood TV and Film awards show, thanks in part to our panel moderator, Seamus Blackley, CAA interactive department head, a physicist and former game developer turned Hollywood agent, we aim to produce a panel discussion on February 17th (the morning of The WIN Awards show) to discuss the cultural convergence between Hollywood and video gaming. The panel will be a cross-section of high-caliber television artists, filmmakers, video game developers and publishers who will examine relevant issues such as the delicate balance between themselves and how developers balance time with technology”.
Proceeds from The WIN Awards and its Gaming Conference will benefit Small Kindness a children’s charity founded by Yusuf Islam and the WIN programs that promote gender parity.
Established in 1993 the non-profit organization Women’s Image Network, (WIN), first produced The WIN Awards to celebrate those who promote gender parity through their creativity and leadership. In 2002, WIN began inviting television broadcasters and film studios to submit their shows and films to honor seasoned professionals whose work forward its mission “To Foster A World Where Everyone WINs”. Much larger now, WIN Awards honor seasoned television, film and video game professionals whose work forwards its mission “To Foster A World Where Everyone WINs”.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: http://www.thewinawards.com
WHAT: The WIN Awards 2008
WHEN: Tuesday, February 17TH 6:30 p.m. Reception 8:00 Show
WHERE: El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, California