Joined by nearly 250 guests at the historic Old U.S. Mint, the California Historical Society, the state’s official non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of the Golden State, hosted a Gala dinner celebrating The Honorable George P. Shultz on January 11, 2018.
“Secretary Shultz has had a distinguished career serving five presidents, holding four key Cabinet positions, and overseeing some of the nation’s most historic, pivotal moments,” said Dr. Anthea Hartig, Executive Director of the California Historical Society, “Dr. Shultz is a man of integrity, leadership, and loyalty – a true statesman who has dedicated his life to serving our nation and advancing important causes. His wide-ranging and long-standing contributions have been acknowledged with a truly remarkable array of awards and honorary degrees, their very variety a testimony to the rich diversity of his contributions.”
The black-tie event took place on the 263rd birthday of Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Treasury Secretary. In 1972, as America’s 62nd Treasury Secretary, George Shultz helped save the 1874 Old U.S. Mint – now a National Historical Landmark – from sale and destruction, ensuring the powerful legacy of the Treasury in the western United States.
A distinguished group of leaders in business, education, government, and philanthropy came together to plan and support the Gala in celebrating one of California’s and the Nation’s true civic legends, in one of the West’s most significant historic buildings.
The Honorary co-chairs for the event were Mr. Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., the Honorable Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and Mrs. Charlotte Mailliard Shultz. The Chair of the Host Committee was CHS Trustee Linda Elliott.
GMC Unveils Custom Black Ice Cream To Celebrate The Launch Of New Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition
Partners with Famed L.A. Ice Cream Shop, Little Damage, Known for Their Gothic Charcoal Ice Cream
Today, GMC has unveiled a limited-edition Denali Ultimate Black ice cream to celebrate the reveal of its new Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition vehicle. The flavor was developed through a partnership with famed Los Angeles ice cream shopLittle Damage, best known for their gothic-inspired charcoal ice cream. Little Damage will be offering free GMC Denali Ultimate Black cones on Thursday, November 30th from sunset to midnight (while supplies last), and then for purchase ($7) through December 10th.
Known for their capable, versatile, and precisely crafted vehicles, GMC is bringing their bold design to Little Damage’s one-of-a-kind creations with a deliciously dark treat. The autumn-themed flavor features cardamom with a light hint of chocolate, layered in with Instagram-worthy silver sprinkles. The sprinkles are inspired by the signature chrome accents seen on the popular GMC Denali trim package, and the cone is topped off with a GMC branded chocolate wafer.
“We wanted to reveal this unique new edition in a completely unexpected way,” said Jennifer Ecclestone, Manager, GMC Communications. “When we found out that Little Damage is famous for its bold, black, precisely crafted ice cream, we knew we found the perfect partner to elevate what customers can find on our Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.”
About the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition
The 2018 Yukon Denali Black Edition is an exciting new package featuring the very best in premium GMC styling and attributes. The Ultimate Black Edition offers all the options available on the Yukon Denali, with a striking exterior look that includes:
• New black-painted 22 inch wheels with chrome inserts
• Polished exhaust tip
• Chrome mirror caps
• Premium carpeted floormats
• Available exclusively with Onyx Black exterior paint
Available on 2WD or 4WD models, the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition includes the Open Road Package, which consists of a nine-month trial of Sirius XM and NavTraffic; power sunroof and rear-seat entertainment system; Power-Retractable Assist Steps; the Enhanced Security Package including door and liftgate lock shields, glass breakage sensors, interior motion detectors, self-powered horn and vertical movement sensors; and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.
For more information about the new vehicle go to media.gm.com.
With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain, to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc
About Little Damage
Located in DTLA, one of the most diverse cities in America, Little Damage is a small family owned business that draws its inspiration from the rich cultural fabric that makes Los Angeles special. We rotate our flavors seasonally and add featured flavors throughout the year. Rather than offering a conventional selection, we offer unique recipes that allow you step outside of your comfort zone and get a little adventurous. Preparing our ice cream is a labor of love. We accept only the best taste and to ensure the quality you deserve, we prepare ice cream daily in small batches, using local ingredients supplied by organic dairy farmers. Our signature black cones are naturally colored with activated charcoal, and hand rolled minutes before you get one.
BRAVO MEDIA RENEWS MULTI-TIERED DEAL WITH LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST AND EMMY™ AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER ANDY COHEN THROUGH 2020
Mazel all around! Bravo Media has signed a three year multi-tiered deal with late night talk show host and Emmy™ award-winning producer Andy Cohen, it was announced today by Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. The deal, which extends through 2020, includes 3 more years of Cohen as host and executive producer of the only live late night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” a renewed first-look development deal with Cohen’s production company, Most Talkative, and his continuing as executive producer of the successful “Real Housewives” franchise as well as hosting reunions and specials.
“Andy is a creative multi-hyphenate dynamo, who through his cheeky charm, fascination and fandom, makes you want to hang out with him – either on the seat next to him or on the screen in front of you,” said Berwick. “He’s an integral part of the Bravo family and brand and we can’t wait to see where he takes ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’ next.”
“This is the show I have dreamt about hosting all my life and it’s as fun today as when we started over eight years ago,” said host and executive producer Andy Cohen. “Thanks to Bravo for supplying the booze to throw three more years of great parties!”
As host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Cohen continues to go there–challenging both celebrities and Bravolebrities on the most interactive show in late-night television. The show also offers fans an unprecedented opportunity to interact with their favorite celebrities in real time whether calling in to ask questions or weighing in via live polls. “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” is consistently making headlines with revealing interviews viewers don’t see anywhere else, and because of this, the Bravo Clubhouse has become a nightly destination for some of the biggest names in pop culture. Whether “Pleading the Fifth,” “Opening The Vault,” or taking shots from the shotski, countless memorable moments have been created during the show’s eight year tenure. Guests this month include Kate Hudson, Will Ferrell, Gayle King, Macklemore, Kandi Burruss, John Mayer and Leslie Odom Jr.
This year has been a pivotal for the series. In 2017, the title of the show changed to “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” (formerly “Watch What Happens Live”) and the series traveled to Los Angeles for the first time ever with a week of star-studded shows. In New York, the talk show moved into a larger, newly renovated Bravo Clubhouse that is better equipped to handle the interactive nature of the series while also doubling the size of its live audience.
“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” recently launched its own podcast! Fans can subscribe to hear every episode plus the live after show and exclusive behind-the-scenes content. To subscribe, click here.
“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” is the #1 late night ad-supported cable talk show of 2017 among F25-54.
Source: Nielsen, L7. 13 Late Night (11P-1A) Ad-supported cable talk shows: Talking w/ Chris Hardwick (AMC), Animal Nation (Animal Planet), Graham Norton Show (BBCA), WWHL, Daily Show (Comedy Central), At Midnight (Comedy Central), The Barstool Rundown (Comedy Central), Problematic (Comedy Central), The President Show (Comedy Central), World Star TV (MTV), Adam Carolla and Friends (Spike), Conan (TBS), and Desus & Mero (Viceland).
About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content focusing on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital, and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Imposters,” and “Odd Mom Out,” in addition to unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises, as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.
The reality is that I conquered every single thing by hard work. There is no better feeling than being recognized, seen, and heard. It means that my message is getting out there louder and louder. Fashion to me is a way to wrap your soul. I love that women and men can look at me to be inspired by who I am, inside and out. I believe this is what makes you a fashion icon.
When you were younger, was there a pivitol moment where you knew fashion would be your life calling?
When I was 16 and was told that I had the body of a model I remember having butterflies in my stomach. I looked at myself in the mirror and said: “One day you will be a top model”. That was my childhood dream. A pure dream that simply means to strive to be the best of the best. Being recognized today as such gives me the strength to keep on working. The beautiful part is that I get inspired everyday by my mentor, Daisaku Ikeda, knowing for a fact that there is no limit to going beyond yourself. I am looking forward to see myself in 5 years. The “no” are there, many times they are stronger than the yes. When they hit me however I know I need to surpass them.
Lastly, who or what influences your current style now? And who are your current favorite brands?
Instagram is my beyond imagination source of inspiration. We dictate trends. Things that we wore months before make it onto the catwalks the following season. This happens all the time with many amazing influencers. Brands are watching us now to pick up inspiration: this is the concrete signal that social media has changed an industry. I am an Italian soul and body, I adore Gucci and Fendi. I take joy in discovering new international brands and selecting the best out of them such as Malika Rajani, Femme Sans Peur, Michelle Nicole. A big shout out to stylist Ninorta Malke for making me discover Dreams On Air, a New York City showroom with amazing innovative labels. As a fashion Influencer discovering the new, seeing their vision, mission, and love gives me so much motivation. Keep on being YOU.
For over fifty years, the American Film Institute has flourished as one of America’s great cultural entities. Its graduates, faculty, supporters, and trustees have included such acclaimed individuals as Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Meryl Streep, Les Moonves, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Jane Fonda, Edward James Olmos, Shonda Rhimes, James L. Brooks, and many other respected leaders in the worlds of film, television, digital media, and philanthropy.
In their new book, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute (Santa Monica Press/October 2017), Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman provide a candid look at how this remarkable organization brought together aspiring filmmakers, educators, and artists who helped AFI become the foremost national champion for moving images as a vibrant art form.
From its early years operating out of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the legendary Greystone mansion in Beverly Hills under the leadership of George Stevens Jr., through its incredible growth into an influential cultural institution at its landmark Hollywood campus under the guidance of Jean Picker Firstenberg, to its continued excellence today under the dynamic leadership of Bob Gazzale, the organization and its history are chronicled in Becoming AFI through in-depth essays written by those who have been involved in its adventures, growth, and success.
“After being asked so many times what our book would be about, we decided to put together AFI’s history as we experienced it personally,” explain Firstenberg and Hindman. “As we structured the book with the stories we wanted to tell from those years, we realized that some of those stories really belonged to other voices. So, we went to several former colleagues and asked them to join our band. Each chapter tells a stand-alone story about an aspect of AFI, but together, they add up to the full picture.”
Becoming AFI provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at how AFI, with passionate determination, overcame the hurdles of advancing technology, political shifts, and new audience dynamics to turn its aspirations into a substantial and highly successful organization, becoming a tireless advocate of moving images as one of America’s most popular forms of art, and maturing into one of the world’s most respected educational and cultural institutions.
“No matter how divisive life in this country may become, the movie theater has always been a place where we can discover what unites us.”
—Vernon Jordan Jr., New York Times“AFI saved our film history. AFI celebrates filmmakers. AFI trains the next generation. Thanks to Becoming AFI for telling us the fascinating story of its fifty-year history. And a big thank you to Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman for documenting all of it! Here’s to the next fifty!”
―Edward James Olmos, actor and AFI trustee
About the Authors
Jean Picker Firstenberg served as president and CEO of the American Film Institute from 1980 to 2007, overseeing the development of AFI as one of America’s greatest national, cultural, and educational resources. She received an AFI Life Achievement Award for Service to the Institute and was named president emerita and a lifetime trustee. In 2016, Firstenberg was named to the California State University Board of Trustees by Governor Jerry Brown, overseeing the largest four-year public university system in the United States, with twenty-three campuses educating the most diverse student body in the nation. Prior to serving at AFI, Firstenberg spent four years as a program officer at the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation. She also served as director of Princeton University’s Publications Office. Firstenberg is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications. She has served on several boards, including that of Boston University (1984–1996), the George Foster Peabody Awards at Georgia University (1985–1997; board chair 1991–1997), and the United States Postal Service Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (2002–2014; committee chair 2008–2014). She has won numerous awards and honorary degrees.
James Hindman, PhD, has spent his career in cinema and performing arts, creating and leading professional and public education programs at major institutions. During his twenty-four years at the American Film Institute, where he served as co-director and chief operating officer, he was provost of the AFI Conservatory, which he nurtured through WASC accreditation. He was also the uncredited producer of the award-winning feature documentary Visions of Light and the television series Starring the Actor. He developed the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Springs, Maryland, as well as numerous television projects and international film and television festivals. Subsequent to AFI, he developed and led film schools in the U.S. and internationally, including the Red Sea School of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan, and New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute in Las Cruces. He is currently on the board of the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, charged with creating a new cinematic and media arts program and facilities for the school. Prior to AFI, he served as head of graduate studies in the Performing Arts Department at American University in Washington, DC, having previously taught at the University of North Carolina. Hindman holds a PhD in drama from the University of Georgia and has served on the boards of the AIDS Service Center and LAMP in Los Angeles. He currently splits his time between Santa Monica, California, and Taos, New Mexico.
Patty Jenkins made history in 2017 when she directed her second film, Wonder Woman, becoming the first woman to direct a studio superhero movie and earning the biggest domestic opening of all time for a woman director. Jenkins wrote and directed her first film, the crime drama Monster, in 2003, launching Charlize Theron’s career with many awards, including an Oscar for Best Actress. Jenkins graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993 and the AFI Conservatory in 2001.
Dana Gioia was appointed Poet Laureate of the State of California in 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown. An award-winning poet who has published five collections of poetry, Gioia served as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009, and was named a USC Judge Widney Professor in Poetry and Public Art in 2011.
David Lynch, born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana. Eagle Scout.
BECOMING AFI: 50 YEARS INSIDE THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE
By Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman
Foreword by Dana Gioia
Preface by Patty Jenkins
Afterword by David Lynch
Santa Monica Press/October 2017
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