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

http://www.fulldisclosure.net/

 

The Caucus

http://www.caucus.org/index.html

 

Stanley Sheinbaum

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Stanley_K._Sheinbaum

 

Ed Asner

 

Center for Creative Voices in the Media

 http://www.creativevoices.us/

 

(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

poorer.

 

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

response.

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Rintels

Executive Director

 

 

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

 

 

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