THURSDAY, JULY 26th Sessions:
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ABC News Session
ABC News
"Katie" (Syndicated)
Disney ABC Domestic Television
"General Hospital"
ABC Daytime
Beverly Hills Ballroom
"Revenge" Set Visit
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6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cocktails with "Happy Endings" & "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"        
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"Happy Endings"
"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"
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The Beverly Hilton
July 26-27, 2012

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ABC News Session

Ben Sherwood

Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks
President, Disney|ABC Television Group

Ben Sherwood is Co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney|ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business.

In this role Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network. He also oversees Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of more than 100 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels or channel feeds available in 163 countries in 34 languages, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands.

Additionally, Mr. Sherwood’s responsibilities include oversight of cable network ABC Family, and the company’s equity interest in A+E Networks, Fusion, and Hulu. All told, the Disney/ABC portfolio is responsible for the creation of more than 24,000 hours of original content each year.

Prior to this, Mr. Sherwood was president, ABC News, a position he had held since December 2010. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of ABC News' broadcasts as well as ABC News Radio,, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online.

During Mr. Sherwood’s tenure, “Good Morning America” became the #1 morning TV news program, and the news division won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

Mr. Sherwood began his career in journalism in 1989 when he joined ABC News as an investigative associate producer and then producer for ABC News’ “PrimeTime Live.” In 1997, he joined NBC’s “Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” first as broadcast producer, then senior producer, and ultimately senior broadcast producer. Mr. Sherwood returned to ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of “Good Morning America.”

Over the years Mr. Sherwood’s journalism and non-fiction essays have been published in many respected publications. He is the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels: The Man Who Ate the 747 (2000) and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2004). In July 2010, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and was released by Universal Pictures under the title “Charlie St. Cloud.” He also authored The Survivors Club (2009), a New York Times' best-selling exploration of the science and secrets of surviving extraordinary adversity – and how to apply those lessons to everyday challenges.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in 1986, Mr. Sherwood earned an AB degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master’s degrees in British imperial history and development economics.

Mr. Sherwood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and serves on the boards of the National Constitution Center, the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues and City Year Los Angeles.

Tom Cibrowski

TOM CIBROWSKI, senior executive producer
Tom Cibrowski was named senior executive producer of "Good Morning America" in March 2012, overseeing editorial content and production of ABC's popular morning news program. Cibrowski was the executive producer of the broadcast from 2006-2012 and was "Good Morning America's" senior broadcast producer from 2002-2006. Under his leadership, the newscast won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program three times and was nominated six times.

Now in its 37th year, "Good Morning America" is watched by millions of people who wake up to the show's award-winning combination of breaking news, hard-hitting interviews, exclusive investigations, cutting-edge medical information and financial reporting. The program provides in-depth, useful information on a wide variety of topics, including the economy, politics, health and medicine, personal finance, the workplace, education, the environment and entertainment. The week of April 9, 2012, "Good Morning America" was the No. 1 morning newscast for the first time in 16 years, snapping NBC's historic 852-week winning streak. The two programs have traded weekly wins ever since as the "Good Morning America" audience continues to grow.

In 2011, while executive producer of "Good Morning America," Cibrowski led coverage of major global breaking news events including the death of Osama bin Laden, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, the Royal Wedding in London and the death of Whitney Houston. Additionally he has produced multiple interviews with Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton, helped shepherd "Good Morning America's" 2008 Presidential election coverage and the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Cibrowski is a seasoned international producer. He was with Diane Sawyer in Iraq immediately before the war started and returned with Robin Roberts six months after combat began. In 2003 he traveled to Bahrain and Kuwait with Charles Gibson to produce a series about the generals leading the war effort.

Cibrowski began his career at ABC News as a desk assistant in 1990 in the Washington bureau. He has covered a wide-range of major domestic and international news events as an ABC News producer, including the Bosnian war and Oklahoma City bombing, the downfall of dictators in Indonesia and Haiti, and the Clinton administration's cruise missile attacks on Iraq. He won an Emmy for reporting on the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Cibrowski attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in journalism. He resides in New York City with his wife and three young children.

Robin Roberts

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George Stephanopoulos

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Sam Champion

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Josh Elliott

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Lara Spencer

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Katie   (Disney ABC Domestic Television)

Show Description

"Katie" is a nationally syndicated talk show hosted by award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television personality Katie Couric. Broadcasting from New York City in front of a studio audience, the timely and topical daytimeprogram blends entertainment, information and stories of the day in a format that is engaging, compelling and interesting. Katie explores what's going on in the world, using her personal experience and insight to get to the heart ofwhat matters most to viewers. The show includes powerful segments and thoughtful interviews with newsmakers, celebrities, and everyday people whohave extraordinary stories to tell. Airing in over 96% of the country, "Katie" is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television and is executive produced by Katie Couric and Rachel Miskowiec.

Katie Couric

Host of the nationally syndicated talk show, "Katie"

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, well-known cancer advocate, and New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.

Couric hosts and executive produces her own syndicated daytime talk show, Katie, which premiered in national syndication in September 2012. She also serves as a special correspondent for ABC News, contributing to ABC World News, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, This Week, and primetime news specials. Couric joined the Disney/ABC Television Group in August 2011.

Couric's steady rise in television news was affirmed over her unprecedented 15-year run as Co-Anchor of NBC News' Today (1991-2006) and by becoming the first solo female anchor of a national nightly news broadcast, as Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (2006-2011). At CBS News, Couric was also a contributor to 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, and CBS News primetime specials.

In addition to her career as an anchor and broadcast news reporter, Couric is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Livesand the co-author of two successful children's books, The Brand New Kid and The Blue Ribbon Day. She also wrote a monthly column for Glamour magazine, featuring interviews with dynamic female role models, including First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Couric plays an active role across various social media platforms, including Twitter (@katiecouric) and Facebook. While at CBS, Couricdeveloped several online content initiatives, including @KatieCouric, an original, weekly web show featuring interviews with top newsmakers, authors, and cultural figures. She also expanded CBS News' primetime 2008 election year coverage by creating and anchoring post-primetime webcasts from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, and President Obama's 100th day in office.

Over the past two decades, Couric has covered the most important news stories around the world, including the bombing in Oklahoma City, The Clarence Thomas hearings, the terrorist attacks of September 11, the shooting at Columbine High School, the earthquake in Haiti, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the shooting in Tucson that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others. She has also covered eight Olympic Games, the funeral of Princess Diana and the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011. Her 2008 interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is considered one of the most impactful political interviews in recent memory.

Couric's interviewing and reporting skills have won her many awards through the years: The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast in 2008 and 2009. The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism awarded Couric the Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement in 2009 for "National Impact on the 2008 Campaign," and in 2009, the University of South Dakota and Freedom Forum awarded her the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

In 2010, Couric was awarded an Alfred I. duPont Award for her interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric was awarded a second duPont for a series she conceived on the impact of the recession on children in America. She also received an Emmy for Outstanding Interview for her profile of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, entitled "Saving Flight 1549."

Couric is a tireless advocate for cancer research and awareness. She is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), an organization that has raised nearly $200 million in funds to accelerate research that can get new therapies to patients quickly. In May 2008, she and other network news anchors participated in the first SU2C broadcast, an unprecedented effort that culminated in a one-hour, commercial-free, primetime program on ABC, CBS, and NBC in September 2008.

After losing her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, Couric became a public leader in the fight against the country's second largest cancer killer. In March 2000, Couric launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff to fund cutting-edge research in colorectal cancer and generate awareness about the life-saving value of screening. Following Couric's on-air colonoscopy in 2000, a scientifically documented 20% increase in the number of colonoscopies performed across the country was dubbed "The Couric Effect" by researchers at the University of Michigan. Couric's series on colon cancer received the George Foster Peabody Award and led to a 2001 RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for NBC News.

Couric helped co-found The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Monahan Center, which opened in March 2004, provides a comprehensive, fully integrated multi-disciplinary program, stressing education and prevention in addition to diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. The Monahan Center's mission focuses on the seamless coordination of all needed care for patients and their families facing the difficult diagnosis of gastrointestinal cancer. As part of her work to generate funds for both the Center and the nine scientists whose research the NCCRA supports, Couric has hosted three extremely successful benefits.

Couric began her broadcast journalism career as a desk assistant at ABC News in Washington, D.C. in 1979. Over the next 10 years, she worked as an assignment editor, associate producer, producer, and political correspondent for CNN, and reported for WTVJ in Miami, Florida and WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., before joining NBC News in 1989 as deputy Pentagon reporter. In June 1990, she was named NBC's first national correspondent.

Born in Arlington, Virginia, Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in English and a focus on American Studies. She lives in New York City and has two daughters.

General Hospital (ABC Daytime)
(Weekdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET / 1:00-2:00 p.m., PT)

Show Description

"General Hospital," which celebrated its 51st anniversary on April 1, 2014, continues its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure that takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles in upstate New York. The glamour and excitement of those who have come to find their destinies in this familiar seaport town intertwine with the lives, loves and fortunes of beloved, well-known faces. As always, love, danger and mind blowing plot twists continue to abound on "General Hospital" with contemporary storylines and unforgettable characters.

At 50-plus historic years and growing, "General Hospital" has received the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record eleven times. The medical drama is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production. Filmed in Hollywood, CA, the show aired its 13,000th episode on February 24, 2014.

The producing and writing teams of "General Hospital" consistently deliver thrilling and action-packed storylines featuring romantic moments, lost loves rekindled, dysfunctional family dynamics, suspenseful weddings, twisted villains, adventurous heroes and so much more. As a result, the show's ratings have rocketed this season.

The show that TV Guide hailed as the "All-Time Best Daytime Soap" in their 40th Anniversary special edition, "General Hospital" has also won a number of awards from the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild for Outstanding Achievement. "General Hospital" is known for its high profile celebrity guest stars and some of the more iconic names include Milton Berle, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Elizabeth Taylor.

For many years, "General Hospital" has worked alongside and been praised by numerous national organizations for elevating public awareness of important health and social issues. Some of those real-life issues featured in conjunction with specific storylines include awareness of sexual responsibility, HIV/AIDS-related storylines, tolerance and understanding for gay, lesbian and transgender people, bipolar disorder, accurate portrayals of tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction, breast cancer awareness, sexual child abuse and organ donation.

Several past and current cast members have received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their work on the show. Notably, in 1993, both the late Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) and original cast member John Beradino (Dr. Steve Hardy) received their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"General Hospital" was created by husband-and-wife soap writers Frank and Doris Hursley and premiered on April 1, 1963. In 1978, Gloria Monty was brought in as executive producer and is credited with the creation of the first supercouple, characters Luke Spencer and Laura Webber. Their 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.

The executive producer of "General Hospital" is Frank Valentini, and Ron Carlivati is the head writer.


FRANK VALENTINI, executive producer

Frank Valentini became executive producer of ABC's "General Hospital" in January 2012. Previously, he was executive producer of ABC's multi-award winning daytime drama, "One Life to Live." Valentini was honored with an Emmy Award for producing in 2002 and two consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009 as a part of the "One Life to Live" directing team, and in 2011 for the ABC daytime "What If" webisodes. In addition, he was nominated for a DGA Award in 2002.

Prior to being named executive producer at "One Life to Live," Valentini held various positions on the show, including associate director, stage manager and coordinating producer. In addition to his duties at "OLTL," he served as a guest director on the ABC Daytime drama "All My Children." In 2008, he added commercial director to his credits with the "Endless Drama" broadcast and web campaign for ESPN. He directed ABC Daytime's innovative series of "What If" webisodes that began airing on and on July 12, 2010. The 10-part series features well known characters from "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" answering the questions, "What would happen if two characters from different soaps ran into each other? What would they say?"

Valentini has a vast knowledge of contemporary music, which he acquired when he served as a radio station music director, talent scout for Steam Records and freelance writer for VH-1. He served for two years on the board of the New Group Theater Company. He received his degree in film & television production from the University of Buffalo. He has traveled to over 75 countries, and in 2002 he became a published photographer.

Tony Geary

Luke Spencer on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

As portrayed by legendary Anthony Geary since 1978, Luke Spencer has been described as the most popular character in soap opera history*. One critic said: "Geary's individualism, uniqueness and awesome range is the most notable in Daytime (television) history," a statement that is typical of the actor's reviews. In 2012 Geary broke his own record as the most honored actor in Daytime Emmy history when he won his seventh Outstanding Lead Actor Award for his portrayal of Luke Spencer. He won his first Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in 1981 and received his additional Emmy Awards in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Equally impressive, he holds nominations in 1980, 1982, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2009.

In January 1991, Geary originated a second role on "General Hospital" with his portrayal of Bill Eckert, a cousin of Spencer's and a man of many -- often dark -- colors. He was seen on-screen as both Bill Eckert and Luke Spencer as the story progressed, until the death of Eckert.

Geary has come a long way from Coalville, Utah, the small mountain community of 800 where he was born. He was a gifted student, attending the University of Utah as a Presidential Award Scholar in theater. Jack Albertson saw him perform there and cast him in "The Subject Was Roses." The production, starring Albertson and Martha Scott, toured Hawaii and settled at the Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles, where Geary decided to establish himself. His ensuing musical theater credits comprise a catalogue of classics. Highlights in this period were his co-starring engagement with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas in "Your Show of Shows" and a tour as Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Geary has performed in more than 50 stage productions throughout the United States. His appearance in the one-man show, "Human Scratchings," performed to sold-out houses in Los Angeles in 1996, earned him unanimous critical acclaim and a DramaLogue Award. His other extensive theatrical credits include roles in productions of "The Wild Duck," "The Inspector General," "The Cat's Paw," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Barabbas" at the Los Angeles Theater Center. He also portrayed Octavius Caesar, opposite Lynn Redgrave and Timothy Dalton, in a production of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" for PBS and the BBC.

Geary has made guest appearances on more than 40 television shows. Among his TV credits are roles on "Starsky & Hutch," "Barnaby Jones," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The Blue Knight," "All in the Family," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "The Partridge Family," "Most Wanted," "Mannix," "The Mod Squad," "Room 222," "Doc Elliot," "Temperatures Rising," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Hotel" and "Murder, She Wrote." He also performed in the television movies "Perry Mason and the Case of the Murdered Madam," "Kicks," "Sins of the Past," "The Imposter," "Intimate Agony" and "Do You Know the Muffin Man?," and in the daytime dramas "Bright Promise" and "The Young and the Restless."

Feature film credits include roles in "U.H.F.," "It Takes Two," "Pass the Ammo," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Penitentiary III," "The Disorderlies," "Private Investigation," "Johnny Got His Gun," "Scorchers" and "Night of the Warrior." In addition, he was seen in the independent feature film "Carpool Guy," which was directed and stars fellow "General Hospital" cast member Corbin Bernsen.

As a producer, Geary received a Cindy Award for the drama "Sound of Sunshine, Sound of Rain," a children's story for Public Radio. He has also taught improvisation and story-theater techniques.

Geary competed in track and field and swimming events as a college student, and also raced horses. He is a certified scuba diver, as well as an accomplished rollerblader. He currently lives in Amsterdam, Holland.

* New York Post; May 22, 2004

Jane Elliot

Tracy Quartermaine Spencer on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

In November 2003, Jane Elliot reprised the role of Tracy Quartermaine on "General Hospital." Tracy, the bratty spoiled daughter of Edward and Lila Quartermaine, first came to town in 1978.

Over a 40-year career, Elliot has compiled an impressive list of credits, which include performances on the stage and roles in television and film. However she is best known for her numerous Daytime characters, among them Carrie on "Guiding Light," Angelica on "Days of Our Lives," Cynthia on "All My Children" and a tour of duty on the short-lived soap "The City," as her most recognized character, Tracy Quartermaine.

In her free time, Elliot enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She resides in Los Angeles.

Maurice Benard

Sonny Corinthos on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

Complex, confident and wise, Sonny Corinthos has taken his hard-earned experience as a street hustler and transformed himself into one of the most powerful figures in Port Charles. Emmy Award-winning Actor Maurice Benard brings his own deeply personal experiences to the portrayal of Sonny by adding color, menace and seduction to an already intricate character. He first appeared in the role on August 13, 1993. He briefly left the show for a year-long hiatus in December 1998. For his portrayal, Benard received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 2003. He was also nominated in 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006 and 2012.

Benard's multi-cultural upbringing began in San Francisco, where he was born to parents from Nicaragua and San Salvador. Uninspired by the traditional education route, he gleaned an education in the open job market after high school. His dark good looks and intense gaze brought him modeling jobs in his early 20s. Following that, he took up acting in numerous theatrical productions in the Bay area.

After auditioning for a role on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children," Benard was cast as Nico Kelly. Two years later he struck out to find new challenges and moved to Los Angeles, where he was soon cast as the lead in the much-publicized TV movie, "Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter." He later added a pivotal role in the feature film "Ruby" to several other prominent film and television credits.

Benard has been a popular voice in the battle against bipolar disorder. He has been very open about his personal battle with the illness, appearing on television programs such as "The View" and "Entertainment Tonight," and has also been featured in People and LA Life Magazines. He is currently working with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) on the "Bipolar Disorder: Do You Know It?" campaign to help educate Americans about the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Benard lives outside of Los Angeles. He enjoys the martial arts, working out and playing host to a menagerie of dogs and cats. He and his wife, Paula, are the proud parents of daughters Cailey Sofia, Cassidy Rose, Heather and son Joshua James.

Nancy Lee Grahn

Alexis Davis on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

Genuine, intelligent and independent are just a few of the words that can describe Daytime Emmy® Award-winning actress Nancy Lee Grahn. The seasoned actress, who arrived at "General Hospital" in 1996, plays strong and savvy Alexis Davis, a brilliant attorney with a sense of humor. In July 2001, Grahn graced the cover of the prestigious magazine "California Lawyer," with a caption that read "Move over Ally; ‘General Hospital's’ Alexis Davis is the best lawyer on TV."

Grahn has won Two Daytime Emmy Awards and has received 8 nominations.

Grahn grew up in Skokie, Illinois, and makes frequent return trips to visit family members. It was in a Skokie community theater production of "Oklahoma" that she landed her first role, "the pony on the left that pulled the surrey with the fringe on top." But as she matured, so did her roles. While attending the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, she had the great fortune to study with Sandy Meisner and Bill Epsen. She went on to land roles in productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Guys and Dolls," "Two for the Seesaw" and "Barefoot in the Park" at various repertory theaters including the Goodman Repertory, Dallas Theatre Center and Michigan's Meadowbrook Theater as well as playing Beverly Wilkes on ABC’s "One Live To Live."

After she decided to move to Los Angeles, Grahn's television career took off. She has recurred on several shows including "Castle," "Murder One," "7th Heaven," "Melrose Place," and "Models Inc.," and guest starred on over 25 primetime shows. It was on NBC’s internationally acclaimed Daytime Drama "Santa Barbara" that Grahn won her first Daytime Emmy. Her ten-year run as Julia Wainwright brought her not only an Emmy, but international fame as well. "Santa Barbara" was the one of the highest watched shows in over 150 countries.

Grahn wrote and produced the very well received roll out segments for the 2013 Daytime Emmys, and most recently has co-written and produced an original digital series for called "GH NOW!" launching January 2015.

The versatile Grahn is also active politically. She was a surrogate for Clinton, Gore, Kerry and Obama as well as founder of "Daytime for Choice," where she toured college campuses to promote Reproductive Health and Freedom. Her charities include chairing the Media Access Awards to promote portrayal of disability in the media. She also has appeared on various talk shows with her father, a recovering alcoholic, to discuss the impact of alcoholism on the family. Additionally, Grahn works closely with the Center for Judicial Excellence, and is currently on the board of the Child and Family Guidance Center, a non-profit organization to promote the health and well-being of children and families through innovative mental health services. She consistently raises money for Smile Train, Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and her father’s, Robert D. Grahn Foundation.
Grahn’s greatest accomplishment was the birth of her daughter, Katherine Grace, who she describes as "heaven on a stick."

As a single working mother, Grahn’s life is filled to the brim. She believes her real purpose in life is to be happy -- and is grateful to be just that.

BIRTHDATE : April 28

Laura Wright

Carly Corinthos Jacks on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

Laura Wright joined the cast of "General Hospital" in November 2005 as Carly Corinthos Alcazar.

Born September 11th in Washington DC and raised Clinton MD, Wright was hit by the acting bug in the eighth grade. She performed in many high school plays such as "Gypsy," "Our Town" and "You Can't Take It With You." She also has a director's credit for the production of "Father Says No." In addition she has few local commercials and numerous fashion shows under her belt.

After being persuaded to audition for the daytime drama "Loving," Wright seriously considered a career in acting and, as luck would have it, was cast of in the ABC Daytime drama. She went on to play the role of Ally Rescott Bowman for four years, and later in its spin-off, "The City."

Wright debuted on "Guiding Light" in August of 1997. There for eight years, she played the role of ex-stripper Cassie Layne. This street smart character won Wright a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best New Character. And in the same year, she was named one of TV Guide's rising stars in daytime.

In 2012 she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Wright resides in the Santa Barbara area with architect husband John and two children, daughter Lauren Elizabeth and son John Michael, where they recently opened a vineyard. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching late-night television with her husband.

Kelly Monaco

Samantha McCall on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

Kelly Monaco originated the highly anticipated role of Samantha McCall ("Sam") in October 2003. Rebellious yet sexy, Sam currently finds herself trying to get former fiancé Jason Morgan back into her life while still dealing with the news that her nemesis, Alexis Davis, is really her biological mother. In the category of Outstanding Lead Actress, Monaco was an Emmy nominee for this role in 2006.

Monaco's television credits include co-hosting the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were broadcast for the first time from Hollywood. She also starred in the first season of the ABC primetime summer mega-hit, "Dancing with the Stars," where she won the dance championship. She had a three-and-a-half-year stint on the ABC Daytime drama "Port Charles," garnering her first Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003). Her television debut occurred in 1997, when she landed a recurring role on "Baywatch." While shooting "Port Charles," she also guest starred opposite Charlie Sheen and Heather Locklear in a season finale of ABC's "Spin City." In addition she has appeared in the feature films "Idle Hands," "Mumford" and "BASEketball."

Monaco grew up on the East Coast, where she participated in soccer, swimming, track and softball, among other sports. Her family moved from the bustling city of Philadelphia to the more peaceful environment of the Poconos. In addition to athletics, she participated intensely in speech, debate and theater in high school.

Monaco is involved in numerous children's charity events and programs for the elderly. She resides in Los Angeles.

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Jason Thompson

Dr. Patrick Drake on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

Jason Thompson joined the cast of "General Hospital" in November 2005 as Dr. Patrick Drake, Noah's arrogant yet brilliant neurosurgeon son. Thompson received consecutive nominations for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2011 and 2012.

The St. Albert, Canada native left home at the young age of 18 to find fame and fortune in the modeling industry. Soon thereafter, a respectable career in modeling and commercials – including for The Gap – allowed Thompson to pay the bills and afford to travel internationally. He admits that becoming an actor was never far from his thoughts.

Thompson has an impressive resume of theater, film and television roles. His theater credits include lead roles in the plays "The Academy," "More than You" and "Jakob." He also starred in the films "Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy" and "Divide."

His television credits include guest-starring roles on "Deep," "Felicity," "Zoe," "MTV Undressed" and "Flipper." In addition, he portrayed the role of Dr. Drake in the highly-successful primetime spinoff, "General Hospital: Night Shift," on SOAPnet.

Thompson currently lives in Los Angeles and loves to play hockey and surf. In addition he co-owns two restaurants in Edmonton, Canada.

Michael Easton

Dr. Silas Clay on the ABC's "General Hospital"

Michael Easton stars as Dr. Silas Clay, who originally came to town to meet his nephew. He soon discovered that Port Charles had more in store for him, including a daughter he never knew existed, Kiki Jerome. Kiki is the product of his affair with Ava Jerome, who is a part of the Jerome Mob family. His wife, Nina, recently woke up from a 20 year coma, causing his relationship with Sam McCall to dissolve.

Born in Long Beach, California, Easton was raised in both the United States and Ireland, the native home of his parents. During high school, he began writing poetry and was inspired by Charles Bukowski and Raymond Carver. In college he had a double major in English and history, with an emphasis on Greek History. Before finishing, Easton decided to leave school and travel through Europe. He compiled his writing from the trip into a book entitled "Drift." He returned from Europe and decided to continue his education at the University of California at Los Angeles. He studied writing and directing, and his last course at UCLA was acting. Easton started writing plays while in school and performed them in Los Angeles until he was cast in "Coldfire" in 1990.

In 1991, he appeared in the feature films "The Art of Dying" and "The Killing Zone." Easton played "Days of Our Lives'" Tanner Scofield from 1991-1992 and was chosen as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 1992. Following his stint on "Days," he appeared in the television movie "Shadow of a Stranger" (1992). He then quit acting for almost two years and returned to New York.

In 1994, Easton returned to acting. His television credits include "VR5," the Judith Krantz miniseries "Dazzle" and a guest starring role on "Diagnosis Murder." He also wrote, produced, directed and edited the award-winning independent film "Daedalus is Dead," which premiered at the British Short Film Festival in 1996 and was honored with the award for Best Dramatic Short at the Sea and Sky Festival in Canada. In 1995, Easton starred in "The Door" at the Tamarind Theater in Los Angeles. He was then cast in the role of identical twin brothers in Stephen J. Cannell's action-adventure series "TWO," in 1996, and appeared in "413 Hope Street" in 1997.

Easton became a published poet with Eighteen Straight Whiskeys in October 1997. Following "413 Hope Street," he appeared on "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice." The same year he was cast in the role of Charlie in the television movie "Murder at Devil's Creek" and sold his screenplay based on the life of actor Montgomery Clift. In 1998, he appeared in the Toronto-based Showtime series "Total Recall 2070," for which he received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. In 2000, he appeared in the miniseries "The 70s," and in 2001 he sold a new screenplay entitled "Hunting Icarus" to Neverland Films.

In 2001 he returned to daytime on ABC's "Port Charles," playing twins for a second time in his career -- Caleb and Michael Morley. In 2002, he guest starred on "Mutant X" and then returned to "PC" until the show's cancellation in October 2003. In 2003, he joined "One Life to Live" where he originated the role of John McBain.

In September 2008, DMF Comics released Soul Stealer, the first graphic novel by Easton. The novel explores a vivid, remarkably unique world drawn from the deepest recesses of the human imagination. It is a graphic tale of horror and fantasy that follows one man's breathtaking journey through darkness, madness and ultimately hope. Subsequently two more volumes in the series were released, Soul Stealer: Blood and Rain in 2009 and Soul Stealer: Last to Die in 2010.

HOMETOWN Long Beach, California
BIRTHDATE February 15

Revenge   (ABC Primetime)
(Sundays, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Show Description

When Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) arrived in the Hamptons, she appeared to be nothing more than the friendly, sophisticated "girl next door." But Emily is more than what she seems. When she was a child, her father was framed then murdered by the people he trusted most, leaving her to be consumed by loss, betrayal and rage. Since then, Emily's every social overture has been carefully planned to bring the opulent lives of her enemies crashing down around them. But now, having achieved her goal of taking the Graysons down, a new truth has come to light... her father is ALIVE! How will she continue when the biggest motive behind her revenge is no longer true?

"Revenge" stars Emily VanCamp ("Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood") as Emily Thorne, Madeleine Stowe ("We Were Soldiers," "The Last of the Mohicans") as Victoria Grayson, Josh Bowman ("Prowl") as Daniel Grayson, Nick Wechsler ("Roswell") as Jack Porter, Gabriel Mann ("Chavez," "The Bourne Identity") as Nolan Ross, Christa B. Allen ("13 Going on 30") as Charlotte Clarke, Karine Vanasse ("Pan Am") as Margaux LeMarchal, and James Tupper ("Men in Trees," "Mercy") as David Clarke.

"Revenge" is executive-produced by Sunil Nayar ("Body of Proof," "Oz"), Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey ("The Twilight Saga"). Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts ("GCB," "Mercy") and Alex Taub ("Hart of Dixie," "Drop Dead Diva") also serve as executive producers. The series, created by Mike Kelley, is produced by ABC Studios.

"Revenge" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.


SUNIL NAYAR, executive producer
Sunil Nayar is an executive producer of ABC's "Revenge." Prior to that, he worked on "Body of Proof," "Three Rivers," "CSI: Miami" and "Oz." He began his career at New York's Public Theater and was a Casting Director for ABC in New York.

MARTY BOWEN, executive producer
Marty Bowen is a principal of the West Hollywood based film and TV production company, Temple Hill Entertainment. Temple Hill began a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox in 2012, and their next release is the Fox film "The Maze Runner," which is based on the bestselling YA book series by James Dashner.

Temple Hill's latest release, "The Fault In Our Stars," which is based on John Green's bestselling novel and stars Shailene Woodley, grossed $50 million domestically in its opening weekend. Currently, Temple Hill is gearing up for production of another John Green novel, "Paper Towns," which begins shooting later this year.

Recently, Temple Hill just wrapped production of the Fox 2000 film "The Longest Ride," which is based on the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. Temple Hill also produced two other films based on Nicholas Sparks novels, both of which were directed by Lasse Hallstrom: "Dear John," starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and "Safe Haven," starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough.

Earlier this year, Temple Hill wrapped post-production on the parkour action film "Tracers," as well as "The Roughnecks," a documentary passion project of Bowen's that follows a peewee football team in Fort Worth, Texas.

A Texas native, Marty Bowen began his career in the UTA trainee program and worked his way up to agent and ultimately partner, representing clients including Charlie Kaufman, James Gandolfini and Wesley Snipes. In the spring of 2006, Bowen left his post at UTA and partnered with veteran producer Wyck Godfrey to create the production company Temple Hill Entertainment. They secured a deal with New Line Cinema and immediately entered into production on their first film, "The Nativity Story," from director Catherine Hardwicke.

Most notably, Temple Hill produced the Catherine Hardwicke-directed fantasy love story, "Twilight," based on the bestselling series of books by Stephanie Meyer. This film would be the first in a wildly successful franchise that would go on to gross over $3.2 billion worldwide.

In 2011, Temple Hill Entertainment expanded into television with their first show, "Revenge," created by Mike Kelley and staring Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe. The drama is in its fourth season, and it airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on The ABC Television Network.

Bowen resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

WYCK GODFREY, executive producer
Wyck Godfrey began his career as a creative executive at New Line Cinema after graduating from Princeton University in 1990 with a B.A. in English Literature. While there, he worked on such hits as "The Mask," "Dumb and Dumber" and various films in the popular "House Party" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises. In 1995, he switched to Paul Schiff and Michael London's production company, Horizon Pictures, as senior vice president of production, where he oversaw their development slate and staff at 20th Century Fox.

He joined John Davis at Davis Entertainment two years later as an executive vice president, overseeing the action hit "Behind Enemy Lines," directed by John Moore and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. He was promoted to president in 2001 and later that year, developed and produced the family comedy "Daddy Day Care," directed by Steve Carr and starring Eddie Murphy. In 2003, he produced the summer blockbuster "I, Robot" starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas, and the adventure "Flight of the Phoenix," his second film with director John Moore. He also developed and served as an executive producer on "Alien vs. Predator," directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Godfrey was a producer on "When a Stranger Calls" for Screen Gems, and also the 20th Century Christmas 2006 tent-pole "Eragon," based on the bestselling novel. In all, he produced or executive produced eight films between 2002 and 2006.

In February of 2006, Godfrey left Davis Entertainment and partnered with his friend, former United Talent Agency partner Marty Bowen, to create their own production company -- Temple Hill Entertainment. They secured a deal with New Line Cinema and immediately entered into production on their first film, "The Nativity Story," from director Catherine Hardwicke. The modestly budgeted Christmas-themed movie went on to gross almost $40 million domestically in December of 2006. Next, the two went on to produce the romantic comedy "Management," starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.

The company's big break came in 2008 when they embarked with Summit Entertainment on the production of the first film in "The Twilight Saga," based on the wildly popular book series by Stephanie Meyer. The Catherine Hardwicke-directed "Twilight" introduced a new pop culture sensation, opening on November 21, 2008 to a record-breaking $69.6 million opening weekend. The $40 million film went on to gross almost $400 million worldwide and create a franchise. Chris Weitz's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" had a similarly explosive opening when it hit theaters in November 2009 and went on to gross over $700 million worldwide. David Slade's, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," opened June 30, 2010, making over $300 million in the U.S. alone and almost $700 million worldwide. Bill Condon's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" opened on Friday, November 18, 2011 and grossed $705 million worldwide. The final film in the franchise, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" opened on November 16, 2012 and grossed over $800 million internationally.

Since the Twilight Saga, Temple Hill has entered into a fruitful relationship with Nicholas Sparks - producing two successful book adaptations, "Dear John," starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and "Safe Haven," starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Both films were directed by Oscar winning director, Lasse Hallstrom. They are currently in production on his latest book, "The Longest Ride," starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood and directed by George Tillman.

Temple Hill has also ventured into the independent world by producing "Everything Must Go," written and directed by Dan Rush and starring Will Ferrell, which was released by Roadside Attractions to critical acclaim in 2010, and also the Channing Tatum starrer "10 Years" written and directed by "Dear John" writer Jamie Linden.

In 2012, Temple Hill entered into a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox, which led to their producing "A Good Day to Die Hard" with Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney. Temple Hill just released The New York Times bestseller, "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green, starring Shailene Woodley on June 6th of this year and recently wrapped production on the latest Nicholas Spark's novel "The Longest Ride" starring Britt Roberson. This fall, "The Maze Runner" will be released September 19th, and "Tracers" starring Taylor Lautner will be released later this year.

In all, Godfrey has produced 22 movies grossing over 5 billion dollars worldwide.

GRETCHEN J. BERG & AARON HARBERTS, executive producers
Prior to serving as executive producers on "Revenge," Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts served as executive producers and co-showrunners of ABC's "GCB" and "Off the Map" and NBC's nursing drama "Mercy." Graduates of Northwestern University, the duo started their television career on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210." Writing/producing stints on "Roswell," "John Doe," "Wonderfalls," and "North Shore" preceded the team's creation of "Pepper Dennis," which starred Rebecca Romijn and Josh Hopkins. Additional credits include "Women's Murder Club," "Pushing Daisies," the feature film "Valentine," and a variety of drama pilots for 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Television and ABC Studios. Berg and Harberts hail from Pittsburgh, PA and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, respectively.

ALEX TAUB, executive producer
Alex Taub most recently served as co-executive producer on the CW series, "Hart of Dixie." Prior to that, he was an executive producer on "Drop Dead Diva" and co-executive producer on "Eli Stone." Alex has also written and produced for "Kevin Hill", "Judging Amy," "Felicity" and "Early Edition" among others.

Taub began his career writing the animated series "Life with Louie," for which he earned two Humanitas Awards. He also wrote for a beloved Norwegian sitcom "Mot i Brøstet." He grew up in Massachusetts, and currently lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Emily VanCamp

Emily Thorne on ABC's "Revenge"

With an impressive body of work in film and television, Emily VanCamp has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after young talents.

VanCamp was last seen on the big screen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to the Marvel's popular 2011 superhero film, "Captain America: The First Avenger." She played Agent 13, alongside Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.

VanCamp recently wrapped production on the independent film "The Girl in the Book," directed by Marya Cohn, opposite Michael Nuqvist.

She is best known for her role in the ABC hit series "Revenge," where she stars as Emily Thorne, a mysterious woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family. The series is a contemporary re-imagining of The Count of Monte Cristo, from a female perspective, created by "Swingtown" writer/creator Mike Kelley. The show will return in its fourth season this September.

VanCamp first won over audiences on the WB's critically acclaimed drama "Everwood," opposite Treat Williams and Gregory Smith, where she garnered Teen Choice Award nominations for Best TV Actress three years in a row.

Previously, she starred on ABC's acclaimed hit drama series "Brothers & Sisters," opposite Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Rob Lowe and Calista Flockhart, playing Rebecca Harper. In addition, she starred as the female lead in the ABC miniseries "Ben-Hur," which aired in Canada on CBC/BBC and in the United States in 2010.

In 2010, VanCamp starred in Jonathan Segal's drama "Norman," opposite Richard Jenkins and Dan Byrd. Other film credits include the thriller film "Carriers," alongside Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Christopher Meloni, the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie "Beyond the Blackboard," "The Ring 2," co-starring with Naomi Watts and Simon Baker, the Sundance Film Festival hit "Lost and Delirious," "A Different Loyalty," with Sharon Stone, and "Black Irish," with Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano and Brendan Gleeson. VanCamp also portrayed young Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the miniseries "Jackie O: A Life Story," and was a series regular on the WB series "Glory Days."

Born and raised in Port Perry, Ontario, VanCamp has been performing as a dancer since the age of three. At the age of 12, she attended the prestigious L'Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec, the official training program of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

HOMETOWN Port Perry, Ontario, Canada

Madeleine Stowe

Victoria Grayson on ABC's "Revenge"

As Victoria Grayson on "Revenge," Madeleine Stowe has delighted critics and fans alike with her delicious portrayal of the Grayson family matriarch who is as beautiful as she is evil, but always fiercely defending her family. Stowe was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in A Television Drama in the show's first season. Her next challenge will be her directorial debut on the epic romantic Western she co-wrote, "The Unbound Captives," starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson. Stowe feels privileged to have Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll ("Legends of the Fall," "Braveheart," "Thin Red Line") and producer Charles Roven ("Three Kings," "Dark Knight," "Batman Begins") on her team. The story was inspired by stories she heard while living on her Texas Hill Country ranch.

Stowe had her film debut in "Stakeout," opposite Richard Dreyfuss, and went on to work with Kevin Costner in the Tony Scott-directed "Revenge," and with Jack Nicholson in "The Two Jakes," which he also directed. She starred in Michael Mann's "The Last of the Mohicans," opposite Daniel Day-Lewis, and has worked for directors Terry Gilliam in "12 Monkeys," Michael Apted in "Blink" and Robert Altman on "Shortcuts" -- for which she received the Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics.

Other films include "The General's Daughter," opposite John Travolta, "China Moon," "Playing By Heart," alongside Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery and Gena Rowlands, and "We Were Soldiers" with Mel Gibson. She has also appeared on television in the true story "Saving Milly," from Morton Kondracke's best-selling book about his marriage to his Parkinson's afflicted wife.

Stowe lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Benben, and daughter May, and she is passionate about her work for Haiti alongside the Artists for Peace and Justice.

HOMETOWN Los Angeles, CA

Henry Czerny

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Josh Bowman

Daniel Grayson on ABC's "Revenge"

Josh Bowman's film credits include roles in "So Undercover," "The Last Keepers," "Love's Kitchen," "13 Hours," "Exteriors" and "Prowl."

On the small screen, he has played recurring roles on ABC Family's "Make It or Break It" and on the UK's BBC series, "Holby City."

Bowman's work on the stage includes "Butterflies Are Free" and "This Is Our Youth," for the Lee Strasberg Institute.

HOMETOWN Berkshire, England

Nick Wechsler

Jack Porter on ABC's "Revenge"

Nick Wechsler was in the lead ensemble of the feature film "Fling," directed by John Stewart Muller. His numerous television credits include regular and recurring roles in such series as "Roswell," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Without a Trace" and "Vanished," as well as guest starring roles in "Chase," "Past Life," "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Crossing Jordan," "Cold Case," "Tru Calling" and "Malcolm in the Middle." He has also appeared in the made-for-television movies "Chicks, Man," "Perfect Game" and "Full Circle."

Wechsler's work on stage includes roles in productions of "Rebel Without a Cause," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Waiting for Godot," "Hansel and Gretel," "Pippin," "Asleep on the Wind," "Harvey," "You Can't Take it with You" and "The Actor's Nightmare."

One of eight brothers, Wechsler grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting shortly after graduating from high school.

HOMETOWN Albuquerque, NM
BIRTHDATE September 3

Gabriel Mann

Nolan Ross on ABC's "Revenge"

Gabriel Mann's many television credits include recurring roles on "Mad Men" and "Legend of the Seeker," and guest starring roles on "Carnivale," "Jeremiah," "Time of Your Life," "Wasteland" and "ER." He also starred in several television movies, including CBS's "Heart Full of Rain" and Hallmark Channel's "Harvest of Fire," and provided his voice to the animated series "Wolverine and the X-Men," and "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes."

Mann's numerous and diverse film credits include "The Bourne Supremacy," with Matt Damon; "The Bourne Identity," with Franka Potente and Matt Damon; "The Life of David Gale," with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet; "High Art," with Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell; "Fake," with Robert Loggia and Fisher Stevens; "Psych 9," with Sara Foster and Cary Elwes; "The CoverUp," with Eliza Dushku and John Savage; "Dark Streets," with Bijou Phillips and Isabella Miko; "Demption," alongside Felix Pire and David Krumholtz; "80 Minutes," with Oliver Kieran-Jones and Josh Dallas; "The Ramen Girl," with Brittany Murphy and Tammy Blanchard; "Love and Mary," alongside Lauren German; "Valley of the Heart's Delight," alongside Pete Postlethwaite; "Born Killers," with Lauren German and Jake Muxworthy; "Don't Come Knocking," with Sam Shepard; "A Lot Like Love," with Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet; "Drum," alongside Taye Diggs; "Sleep Easy Hutch Rimes," with Steven Weber; "Abandon," with Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt; "Buffalo Soldiers," with Joaquin Phoenix and Anna Paquin; "Summer Catch," with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jessica Biel; "Josie & The Pussycats," with Rachael Leigh Cook; "Things Behind the Sun," alongside Kim Dickens; "Cherry Falls," alongside Brittany Murphy and Jay Mohr; "Outside Providence," with Alec Baldwin; "Claudine's Return," with Christina Applegate; and "Great Expectations," with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Most recently, Mann returned to the big screen in April 2014 in "Chavez," the biography of civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez. The film was directed by Diego Luna and stars Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich and Michael Pena.

Mann currently resides in Los Angeles.

HOMETOWN Middlebury, VT

Ashley Madekwe

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Christa B. Allen

Charlotte Grayson on ABC's "Revenge"

Christa Allen knew at an early age that she wanted to be in front of the camera. After acting in several commercials, a student film and voiceover, her big break came when she was cast as the young Jennifer Garner at age 13 in the film "13 Going on 30." She later played opposite Garner and Matthew McConaughey in the New Line film, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past."

Allen recently starred in the independent film "One Kind Day," and landed the lead roles in the independent comedy/horror films "Detention of the Dead," which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival this year, and "Deadly Sibling Rivalry."

On television, she has played guest roles on "Cold Case," "CSI" and ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."

HOMETOWN Riverside, CA
BIRTHDATE November 11

Connor Paolo

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Eliza Coupe

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Elisha Cuthbert

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Zachary Knighton

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Adam Pally

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Damon Wayans Jr.

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Casey Wilson

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Liza Lapira

Robin on ABC’s "Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"

Liza Lapira began her career doing workshops and Off-Broadway plays with various theater companies, including Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Play Company and New Dramatists. Her theater credits include "As You Like It," "School for Wives," "The Odyssey" and "No. 11 (Blue and White)."

Lapira’s first television series regular role was as Maggie, Oliver Platt’s long-suffering assistant on the cable series "Huff." Most recently she played neuroscientist Ivy on Joss Whedon’s "Dollhouse." She has also had recurring roles on "Dexter," "ER," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "NCIS."

Film credits include Tony Scott’s "Domino," the independent feature "The Big Bad Swim," J.J. Abrams’ "Cloverfield," "21," "Fast & Furious" and "Repo Men." Lapira was most recently seen in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," opposite Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon and Ryan Gosling.

Lapira is a proud supporter of LA’s BEST, an after-school enrichment program in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Originally from Queens, NY, she currently divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

BIRTHDATE December 3

Michael Blaiklock

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Nashville   (ABC Primetime)
(Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Show Description

The critically acclaimed drama series "Nashville" returns for a third season. In the season two finale, Rayna was left at a crossroads with marriage proposals from both Luke, her superstar boyfriend, and Deacon, her first love and the father of her oldest child. Whom will she choose? And how will she navigate the turbulent road helming her own label, Highway 65? Juliette had lost the security of her newfound love with rising artist Avery, which foundered when she cheated on him with Jeff Fordham, the record label executive who has made no secret of his contempt for her. This season she will not only grapple with that heartbreak, but also with a pregnancy.

Will's sham of a marriage is cracking under the weight of his admission to his wife Layla that he's gay, and to the cameras of the reality show shadowing their every move. Will his burgeoning career be his salvation or an albatross? Scarlett, Gunnar and Avery continue to struggle to find their muses and voices within in the music industry, and the dynamics of their careers, friendships and search for love seems to shift continually.

Rayna's daughters, Daphne and Maddie, cope with their mother's engagement as well as her ever-increasing fame, while her ex-husband, Teddy, forms a shaky new alliance with Rayna's nemesis, Jeff Fordham.

"Music City" can mean so many things to different people. In Nashville, musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.

"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon, Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad and Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad.

Dee Johnson ("Boss," "The Good Wife"), "The War Room," "A Perfect Candidate"), Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") and Steve Buchanan are executive producers of "Nashville." The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.


DEE JOHNSON, executive producer
Prior to "Nasvhille," Dee Johnson was executive producer and showrunner of the series "Boss." She began her writing career on "I'll Fly Away" and continued to rise in the ranks, writing for such acclaimed series as "Melrose Place," "Homicide: Life on the Streets," "The Profiler," "Any Day Now" and "Southland."

In addition to pursuing her own development slate, Johnson has also served as executive producer on "Commander in Chief," the Emmy Award-winning series "ER" and "The Good Wife."

CALLIE KHOURI, creator and executive producer
Callie Khouri galvanized women and sparked nationwide debate in 1991 with the hit movie "Thelma and Louise," her screenwriting debut, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. She received the Oscar, the Golden Globe, the Writers Guild of America Award and a PEN Literary Award for Best Original Screenplay. "Thelma and Louise" took home the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Her second picture, released in August 1995, was "Something to Talk About," starring Julia Roberts, Dennis Quaid and Robert Duvall. Her directorial debut was "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," starring Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd, which she also adapted for the screen. In 2006 Khouri collaborated with legendary television producer Steven Bochco and wrote and directed the television drama, "Hollis and Rae." She has directed her second feature film, entitled "Mad Money," starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.

STEPHEN G. BUCHANAN, executive producer
Steve Buchanan is the president of the Grand Ole Opry Group which is comprised of the iconic Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman Auditorium, legendary WSM-AM radio station and Gaylord Program Services, Inc. Buchanan has led the Group since 1998 and throughout his career has been responsible for the development and production of musical productions, albums and television specials and series. Buchanan directed an $8.5 million renovation of the Ryman Auditorium utilizing the venue to executive-produce such noted musical productions as "Always by Patsy Cline" and "Lost Highway - The Music and Legend of Hank Williams," and was the co-creator and executive producer of "Sam's Place - Music for the Spirit." He also developed and executive produced the musicals, "Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers Musical" and "Stand By Your Man - The Tammy Wynette Story." Buchanan produced the Grammy-nominated Bill Monroe album "Live at the Opry" and Monroe's "Cryin' Holy Unto the Lord." He also produced numerous television specials, including CBS' "Grand Ole Opry's 75th: A Celebration" and the A&E special "Grand Ole Opry: 75 Years in the Making." During the Opry's 80th Anniversary celebration, Buchanan was responsible for the show's monumental return to Carnegie Hall in November 2005 as well as the associated GAC-TV special and the Sony Music DVD release. In 2009, Buchanan helped organize, and served as executive producer of another GAC-TV Special "Country at the White House". He also executive produced "Grand Ole Opry Live" for CMT-TV and GAC-TV from 1999 until 2011, and GAC-TV's "Noteworthy at the Opry" in 2012.

Buchanan received the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, and the Academy of Country Music honored him with the 2014 Jim Reeves International Award

Connie Britton

Rayna Jaymes on ABC's "Nashville"

Four-time Emmy-nominated Connie Britton continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. Her role on "Nashville" garnered both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress, and she sings on all four of "Nashville's" soundtracks, which have sold over 2 million tracks. After stand-out roles on such series such "Spin City," "24" and "The West Wing," Britton starred on one of the best reviewed shows on television, NBC's "Friday Night Lights," created by Peter Berg, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2010 and 2011. She also starred in the film of the same name, opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Britton received a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her role as the female lead in "American Horror Story," Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's Emmy-nominated miniseries.

Britton received two individual nominations from the Television Critics Association, and "Friday Night Lights" was that organization's most-nominated show in its first season, winning Outstanding New Program of the year in 2007, Program of the Year in 2011, a Peabody Award, as well as accolades from the American Film Institute, which ranked it among the ten best shows of 2006-07, and Teen Choice Award nominations two years in a row. Britton was nominated for a Women's Image Network Award (WIN), honoring work that features female protagonists.

Britton stars in the fall 2014 feature film, "This Is Where I leave You" with Tina Fey and Adam Driver, and has completed production on "American Ultra" alongside Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, and "Me & Earl & the Dying Girl" directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, based on the best-selling book.

She starred in the film "The To Do List," alongside Andy Samberg. She received praise for her starring role in Edward Burns' "The Brothers McMullen," which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She had nearly canceled her audition with Burns. As it was, that last meeting of the day turned into the role that would launch her career. She went on to star in three more Burns' films, "No Looking Back," "Looking for Kitty" and "Fitzgerald Family Christmas." Other film credits include "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, Michael Bay's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Women in Trouble" with Carla Gugino and Josh Brolin, "The Lather Effect" and the critically acclaimed feature "The Last Winter," opposite Ron Perlman, which received a Gotham Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast.

Born in Boston, Britton moved to Lynchburg, VA at the age of seven with her family, including her fraternal twin sister. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in Asian studies, spending a term in Beijing, China. Upon graduation she moved to New York, where she spent two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse studying with Sanford Meisner, and then performed in regional theater and off-Broadway productions.

In her free time, Britton, enjoys hiking and yoga. In spring 2014 Connie was appointed as an UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. In this role, she will raise awareness of UNDP's work in poverty eradication and women's empowerment, advocating to the American and global public. Follow her on Twitter @conniebritton.

HOMETOWN Boston, MA / Lynchburg, VA

Hayden Panettiere

Juliette Barnes on ABC's "Nashville"

Hayden Panettiere has amassed a long list of credits at a young age. Widely known for her role as cheerleader Claire Bennett in the hit series, "Heroes," Panettiere is currently starring opposite Connie Britton in the ABC series "Nashville."

She began acting at eleven months-old in commercials, appearing in over 50 as a child. At four, Panettiere began her four-year stint on ABC's "One Life to Live," went to CBS' "Guiding Light" for four more years and then voiced the animated movies "A Bug's Life" and "Dinosaur." She has starred in the films "Remember the Titans," "The Affair of the Necklace," "Joe Somebody," "Raising Helen," "The Dust Factory," "Racing Stripes," "Ice Princess," "The Architect," "Bring It On: All or Nothing," "Fireflies in the Garden," "I Love You, Beth Cooper," "The Forger" and "Scream 4." She also lent her voice to the characters Kate in the 3-D animated film "Alpha and Omega," Red in the animated "Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil" and Channing in "Racing Stripes." TV credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "American Dad," "Robot Chicken," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Ally McBeal," "Touched by an Angel," and the TV movies "Tiger Cruise," "Normal," "Lies My Mother Told Me," "If You Believe" and the telefilm "The Amanda Knox Story."

Her roles have won Panettiere numerous accolades, including a 2013 Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for "Nashville," the 2008 and 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Actress: Action/Adventure, the 2009 Teen Choice Award for Choice Celebrity Activist, the Breakout Actress Award in 2007 at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival and the Favorite Clipped Dramatic Artist Award for 2007 at the 1st Annual Wave Award. She sings on the two "Nashville" soundtracks released in Season One, which at press time had sold over 2 million tracks.

Panettiere is campaign spokesperson for the Whaleman Foundation, an oceanic research, conservation and production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting dolphins, whales and their ocean habitat. As spokesperson she has traveled to Washington, DC to meet with congressmen, was invited to the International Whaling Conference in Portugal and was featured in "The Cove," a 2010 Oscar-winning documentary exposing the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. For her involvement in animal welfare she received the Genesis Wyler Award from The Humane Society of the United States in 2007 and Variety's 2011 Power of Youth Award, recognizing young entertainers who have made significant contributions to philanthropic and charitable causes. In 2012 Panettiere participated as a judge for the "Date with History" contest that chose one young visionary to address the U.N. Rio Earth Summit in June 2012. The jury also included Leonardo DiCaprio, members of the band Linkin Park, Don Cheadle, Daryl Hannah and Sergio Marone.

Panettiere's accomplishments include her ongoing association with Neutrogena. In addition, she can currently be seen as the latest face, form and voice in Cotton Incorporated's "Fabric of our Lives" campaign. Panettiere currently divides her time between Nashville and LA, and can be followed on Twitter @haydenpanettier.

HOMETOWN Rockland County, NY

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Charles Esten

Deacon Claybourne on ABC's "Nashville"

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles "Chip" Esten was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended T.C. Williams High School (made famous in the film "Remember the Titans"). He then attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, where he graduated with a degree in economics and met his eventual wife, Patty. While in Williamsburg, he was lead singer/songwriter in a popular local band, N'est Pas.

Esten made his theatrical debut in London when he portrayed Buddy Holly, singing, acting and playing guitar in the hit West End musical "Buddy." In that role, he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and eventually President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at The White House. He was also very honored to perform with Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin, Buddy's original hit-making bandmates, the Crickets.

It was during his run as Buddy that Esten first appeared on the original British version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," with Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops. When "Whose Line" came to ABC, he became a recurring cast member and frequent song improvisor. Since then, he has appeared on Drew Carey's Improvaganza and toured frequently; performing live improv shows with Stiles, Proops and Jeff B. Davis.

Esten's many additional television credits include recurring roles on "Big Love," "Enlightened," "The Office" and "ER." Besides being the father on Disney Channel's "Jessie," he has been a Klingon on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," a secretary on "Murphy Brown" and Kelly Bundy's fiancé on the series finale of "Married with Children." His film credits include "Swing Vote," "Thirteen Days," "61*" and "The Postman."

In his first two seasons on "Nashville," Esten was honored to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and in the historic Ryman auditorium. Many of the songs he has performed as Deacon Claybourne are available on the "Nashville" soundtracks, including "Nashville: On The Record", which was recorded live at the Ryman. Esten is thrilled to be performing a song live on air for the Season 3 premiere. Even more exciting is the fact that the song he will be playing that night, "I Know How To Love You Now," is an original that he co-wrote with his friend, Deana Carter.

Esten and his wife have two daughters and a son. He can be followed on Twitter @CharlesEsten.

HOMETOWN Pittsburgh, PA and Alexandria, VA
BIRTHDAY September 9

Eric Close

Teddy Conrad on ABC's "Nashville"

After starring for almost a decade on CBS' "Without a Trace" and "Now and Again," Eric Close once again teamed up with the network as the lead of their series "Chaos." Recently, he appeared in four episodes of the critically-acclaimed television series "Suits," opposite Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams.

Prior to his longtime series work, Close starred in the series "The Magnificent Seven," "Dark Skies" and "McKenna," while taking on such long-form features as "Seven Deadly Sins," "Hercules," "Follow the Stars Home," "The Stranger Beside Me," "Long Island Fever," "Without Consent" and "Unanswered Prayers," which was produced by Garth Brooks and based on his hit song of the same title. Close was also in the Golden Globe-nominated miniseries "Taken," executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and his feature credits include "Saving Angelo," "Alvarez & Cruz," "Liberty Maine," "The Sky is Falling," "Taking Liberty" and "American Me." Most recently, he worked with Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper" directed by Clint Eastwood.

Close graduated with a BA in communications from the University of Southern California in 1989. He married his wife, Keri, in 1995 and has two daughters. He and his family love philanthropy and traveling the world. Close is a sportsman, preferring outdoor sports such as rock climbing, snow skiing, tennis, golf, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and fly-fishing. He also enjoys reading historical fiction. He can be followed on Twitter @EricRClose.


Clare Bowen

Scarlett O'Connor on ABC's "Nashville"

Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. A native Australian, she has appeared in several of her home country's iconic television dramas, including "Home and Away," the medical drama "All Saints," "The Cut "and the critically acclaimed comedy, "Chandon."

Shortly after graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2009, she was offered a lead role in the highly controversial feature film, "The Combination," directed by David Field. This was followed by a major role in the thriller, "The Clinic," which screened at several international film festivals, and the independent film "Not Suitable for Children," alongside Ryan Kwanten.

In her U.S. film debut, Bowen starred as the female lead in the western "Dead Man's Burden," which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2012 and was released on May 3, 2013 in limited theaters.

In 2012, Bowen was cast as a series regular alongside Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in the ABC musical drama television series "Nashville." Written by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri, Bowen plays the sweet and talented singer Scarlett O'Connor. Bowen has also performed on the soundtracks of both Season 1 and 2, which at press time had sold over 2 million individual tracks. In the spring of 2014, she also performed as a part of the sold-out, four city "Nashville Concert Tour."

A gifted singer, Bowen has performed in several theatre productions. In her most recent production, she starred as the lead role of Wendla in the Geordie Brookman-directed rock musical, "Spring Awakening," under the co-artistic direction of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Bowen was born and raised in the South Coast of Australia.

HOMETOWN South Coast, Australia

Jonathan Jackson

Avery Barkley on ABC's "Nashville"

Jonathan Jackson began his acting career at the age of 11 and achieved almost instant success. After a few national television commercials, he landed a choice contract role in 1993 as Luke and Laura's son, Lucky Spencer, on ABC's "General Hospital." This role, which he held off and on through 2011, earned him five Daytime Emmy Awards, as well as three additional nominations and four Hollywood Reporter Youngster Awards.

Jaskson's film credits include Disney's "Tuck Everlasting," the independent thriller "Riding the Bullet," based on the Stephen King novel, and "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino. He also starred in "Deep End of the Ocean," the independent feature "True Rights," "The Smiling Suicide Club," "Skeletons in the Closet," "Camp Nowhere," and with Judy Davis in the telefilm "A Little Thing Called Murder."

In addition to acting, Jackson and his brother, Richard Lee Jackson, co-wrote and directed the short film "Crystal Clear," which won three awards in the Brooklyn Film Festival, including Best Dramatic Short, plus a Coen Brothers Award. They also scored the film. Their musical resume continues to grow as their original songs appear in the scores of such movies as "True Rights," "Skeletons in the Closet," "Prisoner of Zenda, Inc." and in other upcoming projects.

Born in Orlando, FL, but raised in Washington State, Jackson now resides in Nashville with his wife, Lisa Jackson, and their three children. He is the frontman for the band Jonathan Jackson + Enation. Together they've released several albums and garnered a Top 10 single on the iTunes Rock Charts. Their upcoming album, "Radio Cinematic" will be released on October 14. He can be followed on Twitter @JonathanJackson.


Sam Palladio

Gunnar Scott on ABC's "Nashville"

Raised by his artist parents in Cornwall, a small beach town outside of London, Sam Palladio stayed nearby to pursue his career as a performer, studying theatre and music at Rose Bruford Drama College where he later graduated.

After graduating, Palladio found himself showcasing his talents in the original cast for the musical "Dreamboats & Petticoats," touring the UK before bringing it into London's West End.

His television credits include his role as Stoke in Season Two and Three of the Showtime hit "Episodes," starring Matt LeBlanc. Additionally he's had appearances on the UK small screen on shows "Doctors" and "The Hour."

Palladio earned critical attention when he appeared in the 2012 television pilot "Nashville." His performance in the soulful rendition of "If I Didn't Know Better" immediately captivated audiences and ignited his music career. He performs on the soundtracks of both Season 1 and 2, which at press time had sold over 2 million individual tracks.

Last year, Palladio appeared in the film "Runner, Runner," opposite Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton. He recently lent his voice to play the lead role of the 'Prince' in the Walt Disney/Lucas Films animated picture "Primrose," opposite Evan Rachel Wood.

Sam also performs and writes his own music. He plays the guitar, drums and piano. Sam is currently shooting season three of "Nashville."

Palladio can be followed on Twitter @SamPalladio.

HOMETOWN Cornwall, England
BIRTHDATE November 21

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ABC Entertainment Executive Session

Paul Lee

Paul Lee is president, ABC Entertainment Group, a position he has held since July 2010. In this role, Lee has oversight of all creative and business operations for ABC Studios as well as all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC Entertainment. He also oversees entertainment programming for syndication and daytime.

Under his leadership, Mr. Lee has shepherded in numerous hit series for the Network, including "Scandal," "Resurrection," "The Goldbergs," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Revenge," "Nashville" and "Once Upon a Time."

So far this season, the Network has delivered 6 of the Top 15 entertainment series on broadcast TV in Adults 18-49 (more than any net), including the No. 1 freshman show ("How to Get Away with Murder"), the No. 1 new comedy ("black-ish") and the Top 2 dramas ("How to Get Away with Murder" and "Scandal"): "Modern Family" (4.9 rating) - No. 2, "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.6 rating) - No. 3, "Scandal" (4.2 rating) - No. 7, "Once Upon a Time" (3.6 rating) - No. 12, while "black-ish" (3.5 rating) and "Grey's Anatomy" (3.5 rating) tie at No. 14. In addition, "How to Get Away with Murder" is the season's highest-rated show with key Women (W18-34/W18-49). Additionally, ABC has had its strongest Thursday start in 5 years opposite the NFL and dominates its non-sport competition on the night and is up by double digits versus the same point last season in Total Viewers (+34%) and Adults 18-49 (+24%). On both Nielsen measures, ABC is off to its strongest start on the night since the beginning of the 2009-10 season. Source: The Nielsen Company, (National, Most Current Program Ratings), 09/22/14-10/26/14

Still to come for the 2014-15 season are "Marvel's Agent Carter," Marvel's second network television series, starring Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"; "The Whispers," from executive producer Steven Spielberg; "American Crime," from Academy Award winner John Ridley; "Secrets and Lies," starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis; and "Galavant," from executive producer Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Crazy, Stupid, Love").

Prior to becoming president of ABC Entertainment Group, Lee led ABC Family from 2004-2010, where he revitalized the cable channel with an ambitious slate of original and acquired programs. In conceiving the mission of the network, he launched a plan to target the young adult Millennial audience on multiple platforms with relatable programming, including "Pretty Little Liars," which is now the leading TV show in social media, as well as "Kyle XY," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Greek," "Make It Or Break It" and "Huge." The network was also home to the biggest programming event on cable with "25 Days of Christmas." Under Lee, ABC Family had an amazing six+ years of consecutive growth.

ABC Family also made the most of new platforms to connect viewers with content. The industry recognized this push for creativity and innovation on this front by awarding ABC Family a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media the following year.

Prior to joining ABC Family, Lee was chief executive officer and founder of BBC America, and was responsible for the development and launch of the company in March 1998, starting as general manager and then chief operating officer. During his tenure, the hit comedy series
"The Office" (British version) garnered two Golden Globes. Other shows under his supervision included the BBC's "Changing Rooms," which formatted into TLC's signature show, "Trading Spaces," "What Not to Wear" and the "Graham Norton Show."

Before arriving stateside, the British-born Lee spent several years at the BBC in London, ultimately serving as channel editor for BBC Prime, the company's 24-hour entertainment channel.

He started his career as a reporter assigned to Belfast, Northern Ireland, at a particularly critical period in the conflict. Upon returning to London, he segued into entertainment, where he became a producer, director and showrunner, going on to earn a BAFTA and a BANFF Award for the BBC documentary series Arena for his portrait of Woody Guthrie.

In 1990 Lee branched out into drama, traveling to Moscow to direct and produce "Oblomov," starring George Wendt of "Cheers" fame. He also produced, directed and wrote TV movies. Before joining the BBC in 1984, Lee worked as an assistant production manager on novelas at the Brazilian national network Rede Globo in Rio de Janeiro.

Lee holds an MA in modern languages (Portuguese and Russian) from Oxford University in England.

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What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside "666 Park Avenue," New York's most seductive address. We all have some burning needs, desires and ambitions. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side, these will all be met – for a price – courtesy of the building's mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O'Quinn). But be careful what you wish for, because the price you have to pay is your soul. ABC's wickedly sensual, sexy and spine-tingling new drama about fulfilling our deepest desires, "666 Park Avenue," will air Sundays from 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET.

When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, arrive in New York City, the glamorous center of industry and media, they are offered the opportunity to manage the historic Drake. Jane, a small town girl with big ambitions, always knew she wanted to be an architect. Henry, a member of the Mayor's staff, is grounded, intelligent and tenacious. They are lured by the intoxicating lifestyle of New York's wealthy elite.

Gavin, who has many skeletons in his own closet, is at the height of his world and commands the dark power of The Drake. Olivia (Vanessa Williams), his beautiful but enigmatic, supportive wife, wears her elegance, wealth and position in society as armor… but cracks will slowly be revealed.

Jane and Henry not only fall prey to the machinations of Gavin and Olivia, but unwittingly live in the dark embrace of the building's supernatural forces which endanger the lives of its residents. These include Brian Leonard (Robert Buckley), a young playwright pining for his early success and promise. Brian's wife, Louise (Mercedes Masöhn), is a rising hot star in the world of fashion photography. Alexis Blume (Helena Mattsson) is a troubled young woman who is the picture of obsession -- what is her real connection to Gavin, and what part will she play in Brian and Louise's life? Tony DeMeo (Erik Palladino), The Drake's doorman, is the eyes and ears of the building. And then there is 14-year-old Nona Clark (Samantha Logan), who has a blossoming psychic ability, allowing her to look into the future of her fellow Drake occupants.

Sexy, enticing and captivating, home to an epic struggle of good versus evil, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its tenants in this new, chilling drama, tempting them through their ambitions and desires.

"666 Park Avenue" stars Rachael Taylor ("Charlie's Angels," "Grey's Anatomy," "Transformers") as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable ("Brothers & Sisters," "Reunion") as Henry Martin, Mercedes Masöhn ("The Finder," "Chuck," "Three Rivers") as Louise Leonard, Robert Buckley ("One Tree Hill," "Lipstick Jungle") as Brian Leonard, Helena Mattsson ("Iron Man 2," "Nikita," "Desperate Housewives") as Alexis Blume, Erik Palladino ("U-571," "ER," "Murphy Brown") as Tony DeMeo and Samantha Logan as Nona Clark, with Vanessa Williams ("Desperate Housewives," "Ugly Betty," "Shaft," "Soul Food") as Olivia Doran and Terry O'Quinn ("Lost," "Millennium," "Hawaii Five-0," "Alias," "The West Wing," "Jag") as Gavin Doran.

Based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce, "666 Park Avenue" was created by David Wilcox ("Fringe," "Life on Mars"), and is executive-produced by Matt Miller ("Chuck," "Human Target"), Wilcox, Gina Girolamo ("The Secret Circle," "The Lying Game") and Leslie Morgenstein ("Gossip Girl," "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars," "The Lying Game," "The Secret Circle," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"). The pilot for "666 Park Avenue" was written by Wilcox and directed by Alex Graves ("Fringe," "The West Wing"), who was also an executive producer. "666 Park Avenue" is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment ("Gossip Girl," "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars") and Warner Bros. Television.


MATT MILLER, executive producer

Matt Miller is currently the show runner and executive producer on the new ABC drama series "666 Park Avenue." Prior to this, he served as show runner on the Fox series "Human Target." He was also an executive producer on the NBC series "Chuck" and a producer on the NBC's "Las Vegas." Early in his career he created the half-hour series "The Grownups" for Columbia Tristar/UPN. A graduate of the University of Michigan and USC's Peter Stark Producing Program, Miller lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.

DAVID WILCOX, executive producer

David Wilcox is currently the creator/executive producer of the new ABC drama series "666 Park Avenue." In previous years he's served as a co-executive producer on the Fox series "Fringe," ABC's "Life on Mars" and NBC's "Law & Order." His writing credits also include "Law & Order: Trial By Jury," "L.A. Dragnet" and Syfy's "First Wave." Wilcox grew up in northern Virginia and is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. He lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.

GINA GIROLAMO, executive producer

Gina Girolamo, Alloy Entertainment's senior vice president of Television, has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. Since joining Alloy Entertainment in May 2010, Girolamo has successfully executive-produced five projects to pilot and series, including "The Lying Game" and "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" for ABC Family, CW's "The Secret Circle," "How to Rock" for Nickelodeon and, most recently, ABC's new drama series "666 Park Avenue."

Prior to joining Alloy Entertainment, Girolamo spent 11 years at NBC Universal, most recently serving as vice president, Comedy Programming for Universal Media Studios. In that position she oversaw the award-winning comedy "30 Rock," as well as the development of dozens of other studio properties.

Previously Girolamo held the position of vice president, Comedy Development at NBC, where she developed many of the network's award-winning hit comedies, including "My Name is Earl" and "30 Rock." Throughout her tenure at the media conglomerate, she was also responsible for such programming as "Providence," "Ed," "Happy Family" and "Committed."

Girolamo was named a member of The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Class of 2007.

LESLIE MORGENSTEIN, executive producer

Leslie Morgenstein is president of Alloy Entertainment, a company within the Warner Bros. Television Group, overseeing operations, strategy and creative development. He previously served as president of the company and its predecessor, 17th Street Productions, Inc., since 1999.

Morgenstein produces or executive-produces Alloy Entertainment's television and feature film projects. Alloy is currently in production on CW's "Gossip Girl" and "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars" and "The Lying Game" for ABC Family, and ABC's new drama "666 Park Avenue". Additionally Alloy produced Nickelodeon's half-hour comedy, "How to Rock."

Alloy Entertainment's feature development slate includes "Sweep" with Vince Vaughn's Wild West Pictures, and "The Luxe" with Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire Entertainment. Morgenstein also served as executive producer on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" feature films, and produced the feature film "Sex Drive" and the DVD-premiere movie "The Clique."

Alloy Entertainment and Morgenstein have been profiled by The New York Times, The New Yorker, ABC News' "Nightline" and Entertainment Weekly among other outlets.

Morgenstein has an undergraduate degree in writing and photography from Sarah Lawrence College, an MBA in finance from New York University's Stern School of Business, and completed his master's work in English and creative writing at the City College of New York. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons and is an avid runner.

Rachael Taylor

Jane Van Veen on ABC's "666 Park Avenue"

Rachael Taylor stars as Jane Van Veen, The Drake's new building manager, on ABC's "666 Park Avenue." Taylor started her international screen career on the global hit "Transformers" for Paramount/DreamWorks, produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Michael Bay and opposite Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Jon Turturro and Jon Voight. From there she moved into the lead role in the psychological thriller "Shutter" for 20th Century Fox and New Regency Studios. The same year she completed filming on the U.S. feature "Bottle Shock," with Chris Pine, Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where Taylor was honored as one of 2008's "7 Fresh Faces in Film".

Taylor returned to Australia to star in the critically acclaimed feature film "Cedar Boys" with Martin Henderson and Les Chantery. Then she moved to New York City for a lead role in the U.S. comedy feature "Splinterheads," and on to the United Kingdom to shoot the psychological thriller "Ghost Machine," opposite Luke Ford and Sean Faris.

Taylor is probably best known to American television audiences for guest starring in an eight-episode story arc on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" in 2011, before joining ABC's reboot of "Charlie's Angels," produced by Drew Barrymore. She wrapped up 2011 with the U.S. feature "Loft," with James Marsden, Wentworth Miller and Karl Urban and directed by Erik Van Looy.

In 2010 Taylor starred in the AFI Best Film Award-winning movie "Red Dog," opposite Josh Lucas and directed by Kriv Stenders. The film took in $21million at the Australian box office, making it the 8th highest grossing Australian film of all time. She followed this up with the U.S. film "Darkest Hour," directed by Chris Gorak, shot in Moscow for Regency Enterprises and also starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby. Taylor finished the year in Australia filming the lead role, opposite Josh Lawson, in Working Dog's romantic comedy, "Something About Ben," directed by Rob Sitch.

In 2009 Taylor had the lead role of the HBO Network's pilot episode of "Washingtonienne," produced by Sarah Jessica Parker. She then returned to Australia to shoot "Summer Coda," with Alex Dimitriades and directed by Richard Grey.

HOMETOWN...............Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
BIRTHDATE..................July 11

Dave Annable

Henry Martin on ABC's "666 Park Avenue"

Dave Annable stars as Henry Martin, a member of the mayor's staff and an ambitious young attorney on ABC's new drama series, "666 Park Avenue."

Annable is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors, with a combination of talent and affable charm that have won over both fans and critics. He was seen in the popular ABC series "Brothers & Sisters," opposite Sally Field, Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths and Matthew Rhys. Produced by "Thirtysomething" star and "Alias" producer-director Ken Olin, the drama lasted five seasons on ABC. Before "Brothers & Sisters," Annable was perhaps best known for his role on Fox's critically acclaimed "Reunion," a complex serial mystery spanning 13 years in which each episode revealed a yearly clue to a controversial murder.

Annable was seen in the New Regency romantic comedy film "What's Your Number," with Anna Farris, directed by Mark Mylod, released in September 2011. He also shot the comedy film "You May Not Kiss the Bride," co-starring with Katharine McPhee, Mena Suvari, Rob Schneider, Kathy Bates, Tia Carrere and Vinnie Jones, and was seen in director Nick Hurran's film, "Little Black Book."

In 2008 Annable participated in an all-star cast benefit of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Award-winning play, "You Can't Take It With You." Directed by the late Nora Ephron, the cast included Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Martin Short, Annette Bening and William Shatner. The one-night-only event benefited the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and played at the campus' Royce Hall.

An avid sports fan, Annable grew up in Walden, a small town in upstate New York, playing baseball, rugby and hockey. He attended college at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he was a member of PSTV (Plattsburgh State Television), and studied acting at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse in NY with Richard Pinter.

Philanthropically Annable has been a supporter of Project A.L.S., and is an Ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, as well as for Stand Up2 Cancer. He also is involved with The Art of Elysium, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, The USO and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Annable and his wife, Odette, were married in 2010.

HOMETOWN...............Walden, NY
BIRTHDATE..................September 15

Vanessa Williams

Olivia Doran on ABC's "666 Park Avenue"

Vanessa Williams stars as Olivia Doran, the stylish, supportive, but enigmatic wife of Gavin Doran, the mysterious owner and landlord of The Drake (played by Terry O'Quinn), in the new ABC drama "666 Park Avenue."

Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today, having conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television.

Her albums "The Right Stuff," "The Comfort Zone" and "The Sweetest Days" earned multiple Grammy nominations and have yielded such classic hits as "Save the Best for Last," "Dreamin," "Work to Do" and "Love Is," as well as the Academy Award-winning single, "Colors of the Wind," from Disney's "Pocahontas." Her recordings also include two holiday albums -- "Star Bright" and "Silver & Gold" -- "Vanessa Williams Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years" and "Everlasting Love," a romantic collection of love songs from the 1970s. Concord Records released her "The Real Thing" in June 2009, for which she received an NAACP nomination for "Outstanding Jazz Artist."

In 1994 Williams took Broadway by storm when she replaced Chita Rivera in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," winning the hearts of critics and becoming a box-office sensation. She garnered rave reviews and was nominated for a Tony Award for the 2002 revival of "Into the Woods." She also headlined a limited special engagement of the classic "Carmen Jones" at the Kennedy Center, and starred in the Encore! Series staged concert production of "St. Louis Woman." She was last seen in Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's "Sondheim on Sondheim," an original Broadway musical that ran in Spring of 2010 at The Roundabout Theatre.

Williams made her film debut in 1986 in "Under the Gun." She has starred in such features as "Eraser," "Hoodlum," "Soul Food," "Dance with Me," "Light It Up," "Shaft" and "Johnson Family Vacation." She starred recently in the independent features "My Brother" and "Somebody Like You," and co-starred in Disney's feature film "Hannah Montana: The Movie." Next up she plays in Tyler Perry's "The Marriage Counselor," out in March of 2013.

On television Williams has starred in such movies and miniseries as "Stompin' at the Savoy," "The Boy Who Loved Christmas," "The Jacksons: An American Dream," ABC's revival of "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Nothing Lasts Forever," "The Odyssey," "Don Quixote" and "Keep the Faith, Baby," and executive-produced and starred in Lifetime's "The Courage to Love" and the VH1 Original Movie, "A Diva's Christmas Carol." She starred in ABC's critically-acclaimed series "Ugly Betty," earning three Emmy nominations as the deliciously wicked Wilhelmina Slater, in addition to numerous individual and ensemble awards and nominations, including SAG, Golden Globes and NAACP Image Awards. In the Fall of 2010, Williams moved to Wisteria Lane as the newest resident on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," where she stirred things up as Renee Perry, Lynette's former college friend and sorority sister. In March 2011, she won the NAACP Image Award for this role and helped carry the show to the end of its eight-year run in May 2012.

In April 2012, Williams and her mother, Helen, landed on the NY Times Best Seller list after publishing the memoir You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss (and Each Other). The book takes readers on a journey through Williams' life – told for the first time from her perspective and with the wisdom and frankness of her mother, the firecracker Miss Helen.

In 2007 Williams achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments as a performer. In December 2010, the International Foreign Press Academy made her the recipient of the 2010 Mary Pickford Award For Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry. The award honors her international achievements and success in film, television, stage and recording over the past 28 years.

Williams' charitable endeavors are many and varied, embracing and supporting such organizations as Special Olympics and many others.

HOMETOWN...............Millwood, NY
BIRTHDATE..................March 18

Terry O'Quinn

Gavin Doran on ABC's "666 Park Avenue"

Terry O'Quinn has made an indelible impression in television, film and theatre. He currently stars as Gavin Doran, the mysterious owner and landlord of The Drake, a historical New York apartment building, who is darkly involved in his tenants' lives in ABC's new drama, "666 Park Avenue."

While honing his craft in such stage productions as "Much Ado About Nothing," "The Glass Menagerie" and "Foxfire," O'Quinn made his feature film debut in Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate." He first gained wide attention by playing the complex and chilling title role in the cult favorite, "The Stepfather." Other film credits include "Places in the Heart," "Black Widow," "Young Guns," "The Rocketeer" and "Primal Fear."

O'Quinn also appeared in such award-winning movies for television as "An Early Frost" and "Roe vs. Wade," leading to recurring and series regular roles on many other shows, including "Millennium," "Harsh Realm," "JAG," "West Wing" and "Alias." His work on "Alias" led creator J.J. Abrams to offer him the role of the enigmatic John Locke in the ground-breaking series "Lost." O'Quinn's portrayal garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2005 and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2007.

O'Quinn most recently appeared in a major arc on the CBS hit "Hawaii 5-0."

HOMETOWN...............Newberry, MI
BIRTHDATE..................July 15

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