George Clooney is recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry.
Clooney’s achievements as a performer and a filmmaker have earned him two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, four SAG Awards, one BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Emmy and four National Board of Review Awards. When Clooney received his eighth Academy Award nomination, he earned a special spot in the Oscar record books. He has now been nominated in more categories than anyone else in Oscar history.
Clooney’s upcoming films include the Coen Brothers’ "Hail, Caesar!", a Universal Pictures film set for release February 5 and TriStar Pictures’ "Money Monster", in which he stars and is producing through his production company Smokehouse Pictures. Additionally through Smokehouse, Clooney will direct the 1950’s noir crime drama "Suburbicon" for Silver Pictures. He will also produce the script by Joel and Ethan Cohen with his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov and Joel Silver. Clooney will direct and produce "Hack Attack" through Smokehouse, based on the book by Nick Davies, "Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch."
Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur, one of them was the 2007 Peace Summit Award, given at the eighth World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace, one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Clooney with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2010 Primetime Emmys.
Later that year, Clooney received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award for his dedication to humanitarian efforts in Sudan and Haiti.
Walter Levitt is Chief Marketing Officer for Comedy Central and is based in the company’s New York City office, reporting to Michele Ganeless, President of Comedy Central. He is a key member of the senior leadership team overseeing all facets of strategic and creative brand development, advertising & promotion, social media and digital marketing.
Since joining Comedy Central in 2011, Levitt has led numerous successful new initiatives including a strategic repositioning of the brand, the introduction of many multiplatform hits including “Key & Peele” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” and the launch of the Comedy Central App. He also oversaw the marketing of Comedy’s Central’s highest-rated specials of all time, “The Roast of Charlie Sheen” and “The Roast of Justin Bieber.” His team has negotiated key partnerships with Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and others. Under Levitt’s leadership, Comedy Central has been widely acknowledged for its innovative multiplatform approach to branding and marketing.
Levitt is one of North America’s top media marketing executives and an industry thought leader. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, has won numerous awards for marketing excellence, and has been profiled in prominent business and marketing publications. He was named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top Thought Leaders” and was listed at #12 on ExecRank’s inaugural ranking of the top CMOs in America. Levitt currently serves on the international Board of Directors of PromaxBDA, the Board of the Banff World Media Festival, and is a past Board Chair of the Canadian Marketing Association. He is also well known for his active involvement in social media, most notably his popular Twitter feed @MediaMktgGuy.
Thomas Middleditch can currently be seen as Richard Hendrix, the central character in Mike Judge’s (recently Emmy nominated) series on HBO, Silicon Valley. Thomas will soon be seen in the feature films, The Final Girls, and The Bronze opposite Melissa Rauch from The Big Bang Theory. Thomas has also been featured on The Office, playing the role of Dwight Schrute's brother, and he was “Fuzzy” in the Paramount Pictures feature, Fun Size. Other film work includes: Wolf of Wall Street, Brass Teapot, The Kings of Summer, The Other Guys, Being Flynn, and Splinterheads. Thomas is a regular performer at UCB, he is a member of The Improvised Shakespeare Company and creates and performs comedy shorts with College Humor.
One of the world’s greatest players of all time, Abby is the #1 all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. Long known as one of the most intense competitors in U.S. history whose years of clutch goal scoring made her a fan favorite. She led the USA in scoring in the 2008 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments, and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. (She missed Beijing 2008 due to a broken leg).
Abby is the leading voice for women’s sports as well as for her generation of female soccer players and athletes. An ambassador for Right to Play and USAID among other organizations, she will continue to inspire others for years to come. Abby is the youngest of 7 children and claims she got her ‘toughness’ from her 4 older brothers.
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