Monday, November 16, 2009

News Round-up: JKJ, Rowell, Stamos, Lawrence, Longoria

THR honors Eva Longoria Parker
Actress and humanitarian activist Eva Longoria Parker (Gabrielle, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) has been named Philanthropist of the Year by The Hollywood Reporter. THR's Philanthropy Issue on Monday highlights Longoria Parker and her philanthropic pursuits. The paper will host a private reception Monday evening in her honor in West Hollywood.

53rd Telethon of Stars Raises $427,321
The 53rd Annual Lions Club WPSD Telethon of Stars went on the air Saturday night at 10 - live from the Carson Center in downtown Paducah. At the end of the telethon on Sunday afternoon, the celebrities and tv anchors and hosts announced they had raised $427,321 in pledges. DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip Kiriakis) took part in this year's activities. He answered phones and took contribution pledges Sunday morning to boost calls.

Life of breakthrough author remembered in Milford, Rowell keynote speaker
The sounds of gospel music and the words of speakers from all walks of life echoed throughout Milford Town Hall as the town celebrated the 150th anniversary of the publication of Harriet Wilson’s groundbreaking novel “Our Nig.” The event featured a keynote address by actress and author Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS), who spoke about Wilson’s life, as well as Rowell’s own life growing up in foster care.

“The story of Harriet Wilson and this book shows the strength of a historic woman and her legacy is something that should be taught in our school,” said Rowell to a crowd of more than 100 people.

John Stamos gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
John Stamos will receive the 2,393 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, honoring a career, which has evolved from GENERAL HOSPITAL (ex-Blackie) to the family comedy FULL HOUSE to Broadway.

Josie Lawrence quits EASTENDERS
Comedienne Josie Lawrence has quit her role as Manda on the BBC One soap EASTENDERS. Lawrence told DS: "It has been an amazing year at EASTENDERS and I have made some fantastic friends among both the cast and crew. I am somebody who likes to do a variety of different projects, and now seems the right time to move on."

Station Websites: New Platform, New Name
Ever since stations took their first steps onto the Web, local broadcasters have been faced with the dilemma of simply moving the station branding, such as call letters or a channel position, to the Web, or creating a unique brand as the URL. As station chiefs speak frequently about not using the Web to regurgitate on-air content, many are similarly trying to avoid repurposing the station's branding in their domain names.

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