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From being the number one overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft through his retirement this past year after helping the Broncos win Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning scorched the record books and distinguished himself as arguably the best quarterback of his generation. Manning revolutionized the game with his talent and football IQ and made his unmatched leadership and quality of character his trademark.
His many on-field achievements throughout his 18 NFL seasons include:
Super Bowl Champion (XLI, 50)
Super Bowl MVP (XLI)
NFL-record 5 MVP awards (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2013)
Walter Payton Man of the Year (2005)
NFL Career record holder in wins (200)
NFL Career record holder in passing yards (71,940)
NFL Career record holder in touchdown passes (539)
A future Hall of Fame quarterback, Manning embodies what it means to be a professional athlete today, making a lasting impact both on and off the field. He has championed numerous charitable organizations to further his positive impact on the community, including the PeyBack Foundation, which he founded to help underprivileged youth in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee.
KATE MCKINNON is a current SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast member who has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on SNL (2014 & 2015 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and 2014 Outstanding Music and Lyrics for "Twin Bed") and is the recipient of a 2014 Best Supporting Actress AMERICAN COMEDY AWARD for her work on the iconic, late night sketch show. Having joined the cast in April 2012, she has entertained viewers with her critically acclaimed impression of Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as other notable impressions including Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres.
Kate will next be seen as 'Jillian Holtzmann' in Paul Feig's 2016 reboot of GHOSTBUSTERS opposite Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones. She co-hosted the 2016 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS with “Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani. She was recently seen in SISTERS, opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and in MASTERMINDS opposite Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis. She can be seen as 'Dallas Boudreau' in THE SPOILS BEFORE DYING and as 'Abra Cadouglas' in DIFFICULT PEOPLE. She will also be seen in the upcoming OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston and in ROCK THAT BODY opposite Scarlett Johannson.
Additionally, Kate voiced the role of 'Stella' in the animated ANGRY BIRDS movie and can be heard in Pixar's FINDING DORY. Kate has also lent her voice to a variety to animated series and specials, including; THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, THE AWESOMES, NATURE CAT, VENTURE BROTHERS, ROBOTOMY, CHINA IL, MOONBEAM CITY and as 'Pez Cat' in Pixar's Halloween special, TOY STORY OF TERROR.
Kate stars in several ‘Above Average’ digital shorts including NOTARY PUBLIX, which she co-created. Prior to SNL, Kate performed at New York's UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATER. She studied Theatre at Columbia University.
Four time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was most recently seen in Warner Brothers’ WAR DOGS, directed and produced by Todd Phillips. Cooper also served as a producer on the film under his and Phillips’ production company, Joint Effort.
Cooper’s upcoming projects include A STAR IS BORN, which is in pre-production and will be Cooper’s directorial debut, and BLACK FLAGS, a television series for HBO based on the book, “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” which Cooper and Phillips will executive produce.
In 2016, Cooper reunited with David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro for Golden Globe nominated JOY. In 2014, Cooper starred as John Merrick in the Broadway production of, THE ELEPHANT MAN which marked his Broadway debut and garned him a Tony nomination for Best Performance by and Actor in a Leading Role. The following year, Cooper reprised his role and brought the entire production, including cast to London debuting the play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
In 2014, Cooper produced and starred in Clint Eastwood and Warner Brothers’ critically acclaimed, Oscar® nominated film AMERICAN SNIPER, which became the top grossing film of 2014. Cooper’s performance as celebrated navy seal Chris Kyle, garnered him his third and fourth Oscar® nominations as actor and producer. AMERICAN SNIPER received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a leading role.
Also in 2014, Cooper was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as the unhinged FBI Agent, Richie DiMaso in the David O. Russell drama AMERICAN HUSTLE, starring opposite Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. AMERICAN HUSTLE was nominated for 10 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Cooper received nominations for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Satellite Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The cast received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2012, Cooper was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pat Solatano in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. The film, directed by David O. Russell, was nominated for eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Cooper was recognized by the National Board of Review for Best Actor and won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. Cooper also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and a Screen Actors Guild® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, as well as nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role.
Cooper’s additional film credits include; THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, THE HANGOVER franchise, LIMITLESS, THE WORDS, THE A-TEAM, NEW YORK I LOVE YOU, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, HIT AND RUN, YES MAN, ALL ABOUT STEVE, WEDDING CRASHERS, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, ALOHA, BURNT and SERENA.
On television, Cooper reprised his role as Ben in the Netflix remake of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP, alongside Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black and John Slattery. Cooper portrayed the character of Will Tippin on the hit ABC series “Alias,” which was on the air for five seasons. Cooper also starred in the F/X Drama “Nip/Tuck” as well as Fox’s single-camera comedy, “Kitchen Confidential,” based on the trials and tribulations of renowned chef Anthony Bourdain. His other television credits include “Jack & Bobby” and a guest appearance on “Sex and the City.”
Born in Philadelphia, Cooper graduated with honors in the English program at Georgetown University. After moving to NYC, he obtained his Masters in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School.
Jill Cress serves as Chief Marketing Officer of National Geographic Partners (NGP). In this role, Cress oversees the overall global brand vision, driving all marketing activities related to conceptualizing and implementing the overall marketing strategy for the National Geographic brand and entities around the world.
Cress focuses on overall brand building to the consumer, cable/satellite industry, advertising community and the creative community. She also leads research and consumer insights, as well as all aspects of marketing, including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, on-air media strategy, and digital marketing.
Previously, Cress was executive vice president of global consumer marketing at MasterCard, where she oversaw the global consumer strategy including the Priceless Platforms, global content strategy, segment inspired marketing. She leveraged creative positioning and scalable new digital platforms, including the incorporation of “Priceless Cities” around the world into MasterCard’s “Priceless” award-winning campaign.
Cress started her career at MasterCard in 1994 as the vice president of sales. She was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Women in Marketing by Brand Innovators and has been a featured speaker at marketing industry events such as the Ad Age Digital Conference and the Modern Media Summit at Mobile World Congress.
Cress received a B.S. in Science Marketing from Indiana University.
Nick Drake is Senior Vice President, Digital at T-Mobile, the company that changed wireless for good. His nearly two decades of experience spans digital marketing, brand management, UX/UI, and multi-channel sales. As the head of T-Mobile’s Digital team, Nick’s main focus is on driving digital transformation and delivering radically simple, personalized customer experiences that are revolutionizing the way customers purchase wireless. @drakenic
As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the National Basketball Association, Pam El is responsible for global marketing for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA D-League.
With more than 30 years of experience, El is recognized as an industry leader for her expertise in brand management, marketing strategy, creative development, and media and sponsorships. Prior to joining the NBA, El was Senior Vice President of Financial Brand Marketing for Nationwide Insurance and also spent over a decade with State Farm Insurance as Marketing Vice President, where she led sales and marketing strategy for the U.S. and Canada. Earlier in her career, El held positions with Terebeam Corporation in Seattle, U.S. West Communications in Denver, and The Martin Agency in Phoenix and Richmond. She began her marketing career in 1983 with Siddell, Matus, & Coughter, also located in Richmond.
El earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Ad Council, and the LeBron James Family Foundation. El currently serves on the board of the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter.
El has received multiple distinctions: named to Advertising Age's 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising, recognized as one of Adweek’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports, selected by Black Enterprise as one of the top 50 Women in Marketing and Advertising and listed by Forbes as one of the top 25 Most Influential Minorities in Sports. She also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from her alma mater.
Pam and her husband, William, reside in New York City.