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Join our live Emmy chat with director Davis Guggenheim ('Teach') this Thursday

This Thursday, we'll talk with director Davis Guggenheim about his documentary "Teach," which premiered last September on Pivot, a network launched in August 2013 targeting millennial viewers. Join us for our live chat on June 12, at 3:30pm Pt/6:30pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Guggenheim is probably best known for directing the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in which former vice president Al Gore brought attention to the climate change crisis. A rare crossover box office success for a documentary, it won Guggenheim an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. With "Teach," Guggenheim continues to bring attention to the American education system; he previously directed two other films on the subject: "The First Year" (2001) and "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). Narrated ...
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Join our live Emmy chat with Davis Guggenheim ('Teach' director) this Thursday

This Thursday, we'll talk with director Davis Guggenheim about his documentary "Teach," which premiered last September on Pivot, a network launched in August 2013 targeting millennial viewers. Join us for our live chat on June 12, at 3:30pm Pt/6:30pm Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Guggenheim is probably best known for directing the 2006 documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," in which former vice president Al Gore brought attention to the climate change crisis. A rare crossover box office success for a documentary, it won Guggenheim an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. With "Teach," Guggenheim continues to bring attention to the American education system; he previously directed two other films on the subject: "The First Year" (2001) and "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010). Narrated ...
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Participant Hires Former Sony Pictures Exec Ann Boyd for Top PR Slot

Participant Media has hired veteran PR exec Ann Boyd for the newly created post of executive VP of communications.

Boyd will oversee communications strategy and operations for Participant’s film and documentary division, its new TV network Pivot and its digital lifestyle brand TakePart.

Boyd most recently served as exec VP of global communications at Sony Pictures Entertainment, handling its corporate communications and social responsibility teams. She was also a studio representative for the Motion Picture Association and Creative America Coalition.

Boyd will report directly to Participant CEO Jim Berk.

“Ann is a highly respected communications professional with experience leading digital and traditional entertainment companies and global brands,” Berk said. “As Participant expands both globally and into new media, Ann will lead a multiplatform communications group charged with increasing the visibility of our content and reach of our social impact.”

Before joining Sony in 2008, Boyd was VP of corporate communications for Fox Interactive Media,
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Singer John Legend To Perform at Oscar After-Party Governors Ball

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John Legend, nine-time Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter, will take the stage on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration, the Governors Ball.

John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists,” said Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball. “We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.”

Legend’s critically acclaimed 2004 debut album, “Get Lifted,” garnered eight Grammy nominations and earned him a win for best R&B album. That year he also won best new artist of the year and best male R&B vocal performance for the hit single “Ordinary People.” His fourth solo album, “Love in the Future,” is nominated for best R&B album at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Legend’s
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John Legend Set to Bring Soulful Sound to the Governors Ball

John Legend Set to Bring Soulful Sound to the Governors Ball
With the 86th Annual Academy Awards less than two months away, the Academy announced Monday that nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend will perform at its official post-Oscars celebration, the Governors Ball on March 2.

Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball, noted the singer’s accomplishments and said in a statement, “John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists.”

Legend received eight Grammy nominations for his 2004 debut album “Get Lifted” and won the awards for R&B album, new artist of the year and male R&B vocal performance for his hit song “Ordinary People.” Legend’s most recent album “Love in the Future” earned him a R&B album nomination at this year’s Grammys. The artist’s songs have also been featured on the soundtracks of films including “Waiting for Superman,” “Think Like a Man” and “Django Unchained.
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'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '14 with Ryan Seacrest': Minute-by-minute rundown

'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '14 with Ryan Seacrest': Minute-by-minute rundown
First off — Happy New Year! The 42nd Annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2014 with Ryan Seacrest on ABC features an extensive run of celebrity performances and interviews leading up to the famous Times Square ball drop midnight in New York. It also features the longest title of any ongoing annual television special.

Here’s a rundown of all the awkward moments and performances that you may have missed during your Nye festivities:

8:00-10:00 p.m. Et: I foolishly miss Icona Pop and Blondie’s performance during New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents The 30 Greatest Women
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'Playing it Forward' concert series launches with John Legend: On the scene

'Playing it Forward' concert series launches with John Legend: On the scene
It was just an ordinary day by the Culver City Farmer’s Market in Southern California. That was until John Legend showed up for a surprise performance for fans as the first artist in the new concert web series Playing it Forward.

Launched by Crackle, the multi-platinum entertainment network behind Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee among other ventures, Playing it Forward will feature surprise street performance of some of the biggest’s names in music across the country, all benefiting music education and charities of the artists’ choice with a $100,000 donation from Crackle. Playing it Forward is
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Is Oscar winner among PGA nominees for Best Documentary?

Is Oscar winner among PGA nominees for Best Documentary?
The Producers Guild of America has a pretty good track record presaging the Best Picture winner at the Oscars.  Since it began handiing out prizes in 1989, It first feted 16 of the 23 Oscar champs, including the last six in a row.  But how does it do when it comes to forecasting which Documentary Feature will win the Academy Award? Since the PGA began giving out this award in 2007, it has honored three of the six films that went on to win the Oscar while two of its champs were snubbed by the academy and one contended there but was defeated.  2007: "Sicko" (lost Oscar to "Taxi to the Dark Side") 2008: "Man on Wire" 2009: "The Cove" 2010: "Waiting for 'Superman'" (not nominated at Oscars)  2011: "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" (not nominated at Oscars)  2012: "Searching for Sugar Man" And just how many of the PG.
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Watch: 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai's Stunning, Eloquent Comment to Jon Stewart About Pacifism

Watch: 16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai's Stunning, Eloquent Comment to Jon Stewart About Pacifism
It's hard not to get choked up while watching the incredible answer about Pacifism 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai gave to Jon Stewart last night on the Daily Show. Stewart himself seems to be struggling for words, but ultimately comes up with a witty follow-up: "Would your father mind if I adopted you?" Watch below. Yousafzai, a Pakistani advocate for women's and children's educational rights, survived a brutal Taliban assassination attempt last year. After being shot in the head and neck when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus, Yousafzai made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and bravely continues to campaign for access to safe education for Pakistani children. She is now poised to become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate ever, with that announcement coming on Friday (October 11). Meanwhile, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman") got underway on a documentary this past summer on Yousafzai's trip to the Un General Assembly for her.
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CBS' 'Teach': Four hero teachers making an impact on kids

The actions of teachers unions - whether protecting bad teachers, protesting against politicians (or marching for them), and promoting education "reforms" that often seem more about social issues than the three Rs -- often capture the interest of the media, overshadowing the day-to-day work of teachers trying to do the best job they can.

In 2010, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim directed and co-wrote "Waiting for Superman," a documentary that took a frank look at the failures of the American educational system as it showed parents trying to get their children in charter schools.

Much of the media attention for the film focused on a segment that showed how teachers unions fiercely protect political alliances and policies and teachers' job security, often at the expense of needed financial overhauls.

In a two-hour special called "Teach," airing Friday, Sept. 6, on CBS, Guggenheim puts the focus back on exceptional teachers, following four public-school instructors through the 2012-2013 school year.
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What to Watch Friday: Luther Closes the Case, CBS' Teachable Moment, 20/20 Returns and More

On TV this Friday: A baddie locks on Luther in the miniseries’ finale, CBS airs Teach for America, a Bones encore brings Booth’s mom to town (again) and Real Fear 2 shares more scary stories behind big-screen hits. Here are seven programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Teach (CBS) | Two-hour special: Celebs (including Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones, Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer and We Are Men‘s Jerry O’Connell) honor educators in this look at America’s school system. Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman) directs.

8 pm Dear Dumb Diary (Hallmark
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Finding Dory Ending To Be Changed After Backlash From Blackfish

Finding Dory will be getting a rewrite after the momentum that Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary, Blackfish has been picking up. For those who don’t know, Blackfish profiles orcas and the harsh treatment they have received at places like Seaworld. The film has been rated highly by critics thus far and many people who have seen it have stated that they will not be returning to marine parks in the future. Finding Dory was set to have an ending that took place in a marine park, but Pixar is now stating they will rewrite the ending due to the documentary.

Seaworld has received harsh criticism by viewers of Blackfish recently and the company has begun an intense PR campaign, which involved a detailed critique of the movie that was sent to reviewers before they screened the film.

This is an interesting development as it shows the cultural impacts that documentaries
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CBS Sets Date For Davis Guggenheim Docu That Celebrates Teachers

Just in time for back-to-school, the two-hour special Teach, which looks at the American education system through the eyes of teachers, will premiere at 8 Pm September 6 on CBS. Directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the documentary asks the question, “What does it take to be a teacher?” and traces a year inside the classrooms of a fourth-grade teacher and a high school algebra teacher in Denver, a middle school math educator in Kuna, Idaho, and an AP history teacher in Los Angeles. “We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and who we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today,” said Jack Sussman, Evp Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment. “This special celebrates those educators who, despite many hurdles and obstacles, aspire to bring inspiration to their students to succeed.” The special — Guggenheim
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CBS Airing 'Teach,' Davis Guggenheim's Look at Exceptional Teachers

CBS will air "Teach," a new two-hour special from "Waiting for Superman" director Davis Guggenheim, on Sept. 6, the network announced. The show, from Participant Media, follows four exceptional teachers through the 2012-13 school year and answers the question, "What does it take to be a teacher?," CBS said. The special comes at a time when 60 percent of America's teachers are expected to retire in the next decade, CBS said. It kicks off an 18-month campaign by Participant Media to encourage students and recent graduates to go into teaching. "We all have
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Malala Yousafzai Documentary Planned with ‘Waiting for Superman’ Director

Malala Yousafzai Documentary Planned with ‘Waiting for Superman’ Director
Waiting for Superman” director Davis Guggenheim has started shooting a feature-length documentary on 15-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing.

Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt last October by the Taliban. She was shot in the neck and head when gunmen opened fire on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley after being targeted for speaking out for girls’ education in her community.

The project is being produced in association with and fully financed by Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Parkes and MacDonald have a long-standing partnership with Imagenation.

Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest such nominee in history. The United Nations and Gordon Brown, the organization’s special envoy for education, declared July 12, 2013 as “Malala Day” in support of her global education campaign.

The film will include her July 12 speech to the Un General Assembly, her first major public address since being shot.
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In the Works: Guggenheim Starts Doc on 15-Year-Old Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai, Survivor of Taliban Assassination Attempt

In the Works: Guggenheim Starts Doc on 15-Year-Old Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai, Survivor of Taliban Assassination Attempt
A July production start has been set for a feature-length documentary, to be directed by Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman"), on 15-year-old Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, who last year survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban. She was targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her community. After being shot in the head and neck when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her school bus, Yousafzai made a miraculous recovery in Birmingham, England, and bravely continues to campaign for access to safe education for Pakistani children. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was listed as one of  Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2013. Next month, Yousafzai will speak in front of the Un General Assemly in the Us -- her first time in the country -- as a celebration of her 16th birthday. Guggenheim's documentary will capture the event. Count us excited for this one.
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Davis Guggenheim Directing Doc on Education Activist Malala Yousafzai

Davis Guggenheim Directing Doc on Education Activist Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani education activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban on her school bus, will be the subject of a feaure-length documentary that Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for Superman," "An Inconvenient Truth") has signed on to direct. Walter Parkes and Laurie MaDonald are producing with Emirati film and TV production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi, which is fully financing the project. Also Read: Malala Yousafzai, Jay-z, Jennifer Lawrence,  Among Time's 100 Most Influential   Malala became an international symbol for education rights in the Middle East when a gunman shot her in
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Malala Yousafzai's story to be made into a documentary

Pakistani schoolgirl's attempted murder by the Taliban will be the subject of a film helmed by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim

The Oscar-winning director of Al Gore environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth is to bring the story of teenage Pakistani women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived an attack by the Taliban, to the big screen.

Davis Guggenheim, who also directed the acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman, about failures in the American public education system, will take charge of the cameras on the as-yet-untitled project.

Yousafzai, who gave a celebrated speech at the United Nations last week about her hopes for the future on her 16th birthday, was targeted by a gunman as she rode home on a bus after school last October. Militants hoped to silence the teenager and destroy her campaign for girls' education in the troubled Swat valley in Pakistan. But the bullet, which passed through
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Documentary Being Made About Teen Advocate Who Was Shot by Taliban

Documentary Being Made About Teen Advocate Who Was Shot by Taliban
Malala Yousafzai, the child advocate who became an international icon after she was shot by Taliban gunmen last October, will have her story told on the big screen. Davis Guggenheim is teaming with producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, backed by Image Nation of Abu Dhabi, for a documentary about the 16-year-old Pakistani, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Guggenheim helmed critically acclaimed docs Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2007 Academy Award for best documentary feature. Yousafzai first came to prominence after it was discovered that she was the anonymous author of a

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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