45th Annual NAACP Image Awards Live on TV One
By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/30/14 “We are really excited with being partnered with NAACP and it puts TV One and its 10th Anniversary into the major award show game instantaneously. There is no better year for us to premiering our involvement with the Image Awards.” Alfred C. Liggins, President & CEO of Radio One told reporters at the TCA press tour. Alfred Liggins told reporters that he was happy to introduce their next big venture, the “45th Annual NAACP Image Awards,” which will air live on TV One on Saturday, February 22nd at 9:00 p.m. (PT tape-delayed) and a one-hour Live for the Red Carpet at 8:00 p.m. (PT tape-delayed).
The executive producers for this show are Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, and they are currently working on a star-studded show. Assisting them is Tony McCuin as Director, Suzanne Bender and Stephanie Sacco as Talen Producers. The chairman of the NAACP, Leonard James III, announced that TV One would serve as their television home for the next five years. Leonard James went on to say that the Image Award serves as a major annual fundraiser for the NAACP and the support that they receive from sponsors and friends help fund not only the event, but also many of the year round vital programs and initiative of the NAACP. Their major sponsors for the award show are UAW Chrysler, FedEx, AT&T, Hyundai Motors America, Gilead Sciences, Wells Fargo, the Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, Walgreens, Walmart, General Motors, PepsiCo and a long term supporter, Southwest Airlines. He went on to thank their chairman, Roslyn M. Brock, their board of directors, the Image Awards committee and all of their NAACP branches and national staff members.
Leonard James told reporters that “NAACP is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.” (NAACP was founded in 1909). “That half million adult and youth members through the U.S. and the world are on the front lines every day advocating for civil rights in the communities that we live in.” He was thrilled to announce that they received a record breaking number of submissions this year. He said that “2014 represents a significant milestone, in being the 100th anniversary of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, which was created to promote the spirit of race pride and create a sense of unity among black Americas, by Marcus Garvey.” There are two 50th anniversaries as well this year, President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., being awarded the Noble Peace Prize.
Paris Barclay and Cheryl Boone Isaacs are to be inducted into Hall of Fame during the 45th NAACP Image Awards. Paris Barclay was a successful in advertising as a copywriter before moving into music video production, directing music videos for LL Cool J, Bob Dylan and Harry Connick, Jr. and others. Paris Barclay next shifted into television directing and producing 130 episodes of NYPD Blues, ER, The West Wing, Cold Case, Glee, In Treatment, and Sons of Anarchy which he also executive produces. He has won two Emmys (seven nominations) and one DGA Award (ten nominations), been nominated for the Golden Globes and won two NAACP Image Awards (ten nominations), one Writers Guild nomination, and three Peabody Awards. Paris Barclay currently serves as the first African-American President in the Guild’ 77 year history and in 2007, the DGA recognized his service to the Guild with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award. Paris Barclay is also involved in many charitable organizations like Black AIDS Institute, Liberty Hill, GLAAD, and Project Angel Food.
Boone Isaacs was elected the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2013. She was the third woman to achieve this title. Isaacs has served as a governor for the Public Relations Branch for 21 years and became the only person in Academy history to have served every elected office, from secretary to treasurer to Academy Foundation president and vice president. Now that is an accomplishment in itself. Boone Isaacs currently heads CBI Enterprises with consulting on marketing efforts on such films as The Call, The Artist, The King’s Speech, Spider-Man 2 and Tupac: Resurrection. She had previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinemas in 1997 and prior to New Line Cinemas; she was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners Forrest Gump and Braveheart.
On hand at TCA were several Actors to help announce the nominees, like David Oyelowo (The Butler, Jack Reacher); Joe Morton (Scandal, Coma, White Collar) who is a silver life member of NAACP; Keke Palmer (CrazySexyCool, Abducted: The Carlina White Story); Bresha Webb (Love That Girl!, Learning Town, Weeds) and Gina Torres (Suits, Firefly, Serenity).
To see a list of the nominees, go to http://www.naacpimageawards.net and click on Nominees.
About TV One
Launched on January 19, 2004, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, TV One serves more than 57.4 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classis series, movies and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. It also features reruns of sitcoms from the 1970s through 2000s such as The Jeffersons, Amen, A Different World, Good Times, Living Single, Martin and Eve. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is owned by Radio One, the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners, and Comcast Corporation, one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. TV One is available to AT&T, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Verizon and Wide Open West subscribers.