What do these Hollywood heavy weights have in common?
Rene Balcer, Emmy and Peabody Award winning writer and producer of landmark television series “Law and Order”; co-creator, writer, and producer of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”
Hinton Battle, dancer, dramatic actor, singer, choreographer, writer, director, and producer as well as America‘s only living three-time Tony Award winner.
Warren Beatty, Oscar-winning writer, producer, director, and actor, winner of the Academy’s 2000 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
Stefan Bechtel, non-fiction author.
Steven Bochco, Multiple Emmy, Peabody, and Humanitas Award-winning writer, producer, and creator of landmark television series, including “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser,” and “N.Y.P.D. Blue.”
Peggy Charren, founder of Action for Children’s Television, winner of the Peabody Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Vin Di Bona, Chairman of the prestigious Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors, winner Emmy and Peabody Awards, creator and producer of “America‘s Funniest Home Videos.”
John Connolly, actor, President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
Blake Edwards, award-winning director, writer, producer, one of only three recipients of the prestigious Preston Sturges Award given jointly by the DGA and WGA, awarded the French Legion of Honor, winner of the French Cesar.
Diane English, multiple Emmy-winning writer and producer, creator of “Murphy Brown.”
Jonathan Estrin , Executive V.P., American Film Institute, Writer/producer/director of film and television, winner of WGA awards, nominated for Emmys and Golden Globes.
Tom Fontana, Emmy, Peabody, and Humanitas Award-winning writer and producer of “Oz,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and “St. Elsewhere.”
Marshall Goldberg, award winning writer, (“Life Goes On,” “LA Law,” “The Paper Chase,” “Newhart,” attorney, Chairman of the Writer’s Guild Industry-Health Fund and Producer – Writers Guild Pension Plan.
Roger Gimbel , Emmy award-winning independent producer.
Craig Haffner, President & CEO Greystone Television , Emmy Award winning Producer.
Leonard Hill, prolific producer and leading member of the prestigious Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors.
Gregory Allen Howard, screenwriter, “Ali,” and “Remember the Titans,” winner of Christopher Award and NAACP Image Award. Winner, Howard University’s Paul Robeson Award.
Gerald Isenberg, Professor, USC School of Cinema – Television, award-winning producer of over one hundred feature and television films, former President of Hearst Entertainment, former Chairman, The Caucus for Television Producers, Writers, and Directors.
Martin Kaplan, Associate Dean, USC Annenberg School For Communication and Director, The Norman Lear Center (as well as a screenwriter).
Richard Masur, actor, director, former President, Screen Actors Guild.
Mary McCormack, star of “K Street” on HBO, critically acclaimed stage, screen, and television actor.
Dorothea G. Petrie, Emmy award winning producer.
Frank Pierson, Oscar-winning writer, director, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the “Oscars”).
Sarah Pillsbury, Oscar and Emmy winning producer.
Marian Rees, renowned independent producer of “Miss Rose White,” “Love is Never Silent,” “Decoration Day,” “A Son’s Promise,” and other films that have garnered eleven Emmy Awards and thirty-six Emmy Nominations, two Golden Globe Awards, six Christopher Awards, the Humanitas Prize, and a Peabody.
David W. Rintels, multiple Emmy and Peabody-winning writer-producer, “Darrow,” “Sakharov,” “Andersonville,” “World War II: When Lions Roared.”
Victoria Riskin, Past President of the Writers Guild of America, west, and award winning writer-producer.
Allen Sabinson, Dean of Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, former President of Production at Miramax Film and senior executive at A&E, TNT, ABC, ICM, NBC and Showtime.
James Sadwith, Emmy-award winning director for “Sinatra,” writer, producer.
Sissy Spacek, Oscar-winning actress.
Sander Vanocur, a forty-year veteran of print and broadcast journalism, including work for The New York Times and Washington Post, NBC and ABC News.
Paul Wagner, Oscar-winning writer-producer-director of documentary and dramatic independent films.
Their Organization has just announced support of our efforts to stop Time Warner Cable from closing down the Public Access Studios in Los Angeles!
The Center for Creative Voices in the Media http://www.creativevoices.us/
has already sent their letter to Attorney General Brown requesting he act on our request to keep the studios open!
In Your Corner
David Hernandez President-Los Angeles Public Access Coalition
Leslie Dutton-Full Disclosure Network
Center for Creative Voices in the Media
(The list is growing daily)
December 24, 2008
Attorney General Jerry Brown
Attorney General’s Office, California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry Unit P.O. Box 944255
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
Dear Attorney General Brown:
We urge you to take immediate action to prevent Time Warner Cable’s
December 31, 2008 closure of fourteen Public Access studios and channels in the
Los Angeles area. This abrupt and unjustified action will be extremely harmful to
independent media artists, and even more harmful to the public.
The Center for Creative Voices in Media is a nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organization founded to preserve in America’s media the original, independent, and
diverse creative voices that enrich our nation’s culture and safeguard its democracy.
We chose the word “preserve” because those voices have been under relentless
assault the past several years as a result of the unprecedented consolidation and
concentration of media into a handful of giant conglomerates.
Public Access channels are a critical means of avoiding the chokehold that
these media leviathans, including Time Warner and its corporate cousin Time
Warner Cable, have over cable and broadcast television. The public interest
requires that they be permitted to continue to operate so that independent voices
can continue to reach an audience over television. This is most especially true in
Los Angeles, the home to so much of the television and video industry. If Public
Access is eliminated in Los Angeles, then Big Media will try to eliminate it
everywhere. Free speech will suffer throughout the nation and the public will be the
We ask you to act positively upon the urgent request for injunctive and other
relief that you received from the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers &
Directors in a letter dated December 10, 2008.
Time is of the essence. We look forward to your immediate positive
Cc: Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa
Ed Reyes, LA City Council
Wendy Greuel, LA City Council
Dennis Zine, LA City Council
Tom LaBonge, LA City Council
Jack Weiss, LA City Council
Tony Cardenas, LA City Council
Richard Alarcon, LA City Council
Jan Perry, LA City Council
Janice Hahn, LA City Council
Bernard Parks, LA City Council
Herb Wesson, LA City Council
Greig Smith, LA City Council
Bill Rosendahl, LA City Council
Eric Garcetti, LA City Council
Jose Huizar, LA City Council
Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Board of Supervisors