Wednesday, August 18, 2004
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Awards to Be Presented at Ceremony Hosted by Isaiah Washington,
Star of ABC's Upcoming Drama Series, "Grey's Anatomy"

Program Offers Mentorship and Funding to Writing, Filmmaking and Directing Talent
The ABC Television Network will present grants to the recipients of the 2004-2005 ABC Talent Development Scholarship-Grant Program on Monday, August 23, at ABC in Burbank. In a ceremony hosted by Isaiah Washington, star of ABC's upcoming drama series, "Grey's Anatomy," cash grants will be distributed to eleven recipients and their sponsoring organizations. Anne Sweeney, Co-chairman, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company and President, Disney-ABC Television Group, Alex Wallau, President, ABC Network Operations and Administration, Stephen McPherson, President, ABC Primetime Entertainment and Mark Pedowitz, President, Touchstone Television and Executive Vice President, ABC Entertainment Television Group, are expected to attend and to congratulate the recipients.

Developed to discover and foster diverse writing, filmmaking and directing talent, the program distributes funds in the form of scholarships and grants to aid in financing and promoting creative efforts. Overseen by Carmen Smith, Vice President, ABC Talent Development, the grant and scholarship awards assist high school and college students and members of non-profit institutions by providing support for the development of new creative ideas or the completion of existing creative projects. Recipients will be paired with a mentor during the 10-month grant period, and the program offers a series of workshops, including pitch meetings at ABC Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

"ABC has a long-standing tradition of discovering, developing and encouraging creative talent from diverse backgrounds, many of whom might otherwise go unnoticed. This initiative, one of the newest programs implemented by Carmen and her team, exemplifies ABC's commitment to support diverse talent in front of and behind the camera," said Ms. Sweeney.

"We believe that this program not only provides the necessary monetary resources, but also the moral and professional support needed for these artists to practice and hone their craft," added Ms. Smith.

Each of this year's scholarship-grant recipients will receive $20,000 for the completion of his/her creative project, and each sponsor organization will receive $10,000 toward the continued support of the arts in their respective communities.

This year's winning individuals and organizations are:

* Eileen Cabiling and Erika Grendiaga for their entry, "Mirror World," a proposed animated feature script that follows the adventures of a pre-teen girl as she goes "through the looking glass" in search of her lost reflection and her self esteem. Eileen and Erika, both American Film Institute graduates and California residents, were nominated by The Imagen Foundation, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization founded in 1985 to encourage and recognize the positive portrayal of Latinos in all media and to increase Latino representation at all levels of the entertainment industry.

* Susan Chiu for her entry, "Rock Bottom," a proposed script and video short about a woman on the verge of losing everything to her own destructive urges. Susan, a resident New Yorker and graduate of NYU, was nominated by the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a non-profit media arts center based in Houston, TX, that promotes the creation and appreciation of film, video and new media.

* Sandy Jimenez for his entry, "The 12th Sister," a proposed animated television pilot about a time-traveling single mother doing whatever she can to protect her infant child. A New Yorker from birth and comic book writer/artist, Sandy was nominated by Film Video Arts, a non-profit organization promoting the education of independent filmmakers and accessibility of low-cost film and video equipment.

* Franklin Jin Rho for his entry, "Homecoming," a proposed feature film script about a young Korean-American man out of touch with his culture, led to travel back to Korea to find his missng father. A native of Virginia and alumnus of AFI, Franklin was nominated by Asian Pacific American Film in Washington, DC. APAF is a non-profit corporation that explores the cross-cultural interface of East and West through art and education.

* Fatimah Tobing Rony for her entry, "Gracie Makes a Movie," a proposed feature-length script about a young woman who travels to her native Sumatra, Indonesia, to bury her grandmother's bones and film a movie about the land. Named after her grandmother (a native Sumatran), Fatimah is an award-winning filmmaker nominated by Visual Communications, a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans

* Helen Truong for her entry, "The Untitled MytHistory Project," a proposed feature length script about two young lovers and their escape from Communist China, and how their history affects the lives of their American-born children and grandchildren. Helen resides in Los Angeles and was nominated by IFP, a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to providing resources, information and avenues of communication for its members: independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts.

Additionally, as a result of a newly formed partnership with the Institute of American Indian Arts, two students from that organization will be awarded grants. They are:

* Deron Twohatchet, a Kiowa/Comanche who graduated of the University of Oklahoma and produced a short film, "Detour: Or How I Spent My Weekend."

* Pierre Barrera, a Lakota and Klamath who attended the University of North Dakota and has worked as an actor in Santa Fe, NM.

This year's judges included: Steve Aranguren, Executive Director, Creative Affairs, Walt Disney Television Production; Jane Aylor, Director of Operations, Washington News Bureau, ABC News; Jonathan Barzilay, Senior Vice President, ABC Children's Programming, ABC Television Network; Denise Bates, Community Relations Director, KTRK-TV, Houston, TX; Robert Billingslea, Corporate Director, Disney Worldwide Services; A'Lelia Bundles, Director, ABC News Bureau; Laurie Byrne, Manager of Community Initiatives, ABC Television Network; Jan Chaloner, Vice President, Marketing, ABC Television Network; Preston Davis, President, Broadcast Operations & Engineering, ABC Television Network; Jocelyn Diaz, Director Comedy, ABC Television Network; Cheryl Fair, News Director, KABC-TV, Los Angeles; Frank Gonzalez, Senior Manager, Talent Development Programs, ABC Entertainment Television Group; Kelly Goode, Senior Vice President, Programming, Lifetime Television; Tom Hebel, Director, Creative Services, The Walt Disney Store; Jean Hester, Director, Production Administration, Touchstone TV; Dawn Jackson, Project Manager, Global Creative, Disney Consumer Products; Sue Johnson, Director of Talent Development for ABC Daytime; Gary Marsh, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, Disney Channel; Tanya Menton, VP, Litigation & Employment Practices, ABC, Inc.; Donna Moy, Executive Director of Accounts, Marketing, ABC Television Network; Minerva Perez, Reporter/Correspondent, KTRK-TV, Houston, TX; Cynthia Ponce-Abrams, Executive Vice President of National Sales, ABC Television Network; John Rose, Vice President, Human Resources, ABC, Inc.; Jeff Rosen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, ABC, Inc.; Anne Marie Sanderlin, Creative Executive, Buena Vista Motion Picture Group; Ron Semiao, Senior Vice President, Programming and Development, ESPN Productions, Inc.; Carmen Smith, Vice President, Talent Development Programs, ABC Entertainment Television Group; Saundra Thomas, Director, Community Services, WABC-TV, New York; Susan Werbe, Vice President Historical Programming, History Channel; Adam Wolman, Executive Consultant, Talent Development Programs.

The AB Entertainment Television Group's commitment to discovering and nurturing diverse talent is exemplified through a variety of landmark programs, including the ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship, the Casting Project, the New Talent Development Scholarship-Grant Program, the Directors Fellowship, the Directing Assignment Initiative, the Entertainment Associates Program and the Emma Bowen Minority Internship Program. For detailed information about these programs or to receive an application, candidates should call the hotline at (818) 560-6894 or go to
ABC Media Relations Contact:
Lauren Tobin (818) 460-7016