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  • Soledad O'Brien
    Emmy Award Winning Journalist
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    Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. At the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists of current day. In June 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories.

    O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful documentary series for CNN, “Black in America” and “Latino in America,” which will continue to be produced under Starfish Media Group (“SMG”). Through SMG, O’Brien will contribute additional programming to CNN, as well as short-form segments for Al Jazeera America. Through SMG, O’Brien entered into a multifaceted partnership with HBO, joining the “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” team in June 2013, giving her the opportunity to further delve into the compelling storytelling for which she is known, except now through the vast prism of sports.

    Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored on “Weekend Today” and contributed to segments on “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News.” In 2003, O’Brien transitioned to CNN, where she was the face of CNN’s morning news shows for many years. O’Brien’s coverage of race issues has won her two Emmy awards and she has a third Emmy for her reporting on the 2012 presidential election. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody Award. She also received another Peabody Award for her coverage of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I. DuPont Award.

    O’Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek magazine’s “10 People who Make America Great.”

    In 2013, O’Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives.

    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, O’Brien and her husband, Brad, created the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. This year, they will provide funding to 25 deserving young women.

    O’Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.
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  • Michael Strahan
    Co-Host
    LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL, FOX NFL SUNDAY ANALYST, AND SPECIAL CO-HOST FOR ABC’S GOOD MORNING AMERICA
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    Legendary Super Bowl Champion and Emmy-nominated “Fox NFL Sunday” analyst Michael Strahan is the co-host of popular morning talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.” Strahan joined the program in September, 2012, and recently celebrated the very successful first year of his partnership with co-host Kelly Ripa.

    Prior to joining the ranks of the top sports broadcasters in the country, Strahan’s entire 15-year football career was typified by the charisma and sportsmanship that made him a seven-time Pro-Bowler and one of only four players ever to lead the NFL in sacks for two seasons. His spectacular NFL career resulted in Strahan being named to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, the sport’s highest honor.

    Strahan lead the New York Giants to a dramatic Super Bowl victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in 2007. In 2001, Strahan completed what is widely considered to be one of the greatest seasons ever for a defensive player, breaking the 18-year-old NFL single season sack record with 22.5 sacks. His record still stands today. The charismatic leader of the New York Giants was named the NFL’s 2001 Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, making him the first New York Giant to win the award since Lawrence Taylor.

    Strahan recently added to his broadcasting portfolio by taking on the role of special co-host for ABC’s top-rated morning program, “Good Morning America.” With a natural affinity for people and an effortless ease in front of the camera, Strahan’s previous hosting duties included “Pros v. Joes,” which pitted amateur contestants against professional athletes in a series of athletic feats. Strahan co-hosted the family cable show “Backyard Stadiums” on DIY Network and built outdoor recreational projects with his co-host. In addition, he participated in the kid-friendly show “Giants on Deck” and the YES Network show “Sack and Renovate,” in which he led a guided tour inside his 100-year-old home. Strahan also tackled the world of scripted network primetime television as the star of “Brothers,” a 30-minute sitcom on Fox from Sony Pictures Television.

    Dedicated to many charitable works, Strahan donates his hands and heart to numerous charities including St. Jude Children’s hospital, The USO and Cedar Sinai’s Sports Spectacular.

    Strahan was a vocal and visible leader among the athletic community in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy. As the player representative for the Giants, Strahan led the charge in calling for the league to cancel its games following the event.

    Born in Houston, Texas, Strahan spent most of his youth in Germany, where his father Gene was stationed in the U.S. Army. Strahan returned to the U.S. for a portion of high school and soon was recruited to play football at Texas Southern University. As a senior at Texas Southern, Strahan was selected first team All-America by the Associated Press when he recorded a school-record 19 sacks and 62 tackles, 32 of which cost opposing teams 142 yards in combined losses.

    Now partnered with longtime friends Constance Schwartz and Mark Sudack to form SMAC Entertainment, Strahan brings his skills, determination, leadership, experience and humor to the multi-dimensional entertainment management, branding, and production company. In October 2013, they announced the start of production on an untitled biopic of boxer Arturo Gotti, alongside executive producer Mark Wahlberg. Additionally, Strahan hosted and executive produced Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kid’s Choice Sports Awards in July 2014.
  • Perez Hilton
    Perez Hilton Info Events
    Since launching the celebrity entertainment blog PerezHilton.com in 2004, Perez Hilton has created a media empire that spans across online, publishing, television, radio, music, and live events. In addition to his PerezHilton.com blog, which has become one of the leading sources for celebrity news amassing over 300 million hits a month, Hilton runs five additional digital properties focused on fashion, fitness, family, animals, and a mobile app. Hilton has published three books, hosted and appeared on numerous television programs like The View, The Talk, Wendy Williams, Miss USA, The Today Show and GMA. Hilton's passion for music as lead him to create the hugely successful music event series "One Night In…" in 2008, which features up-and-coming and top musical acts and four volumes of the popular album "POP UP". On radio, Hilton is host to the twice-daily celebrity and entertainment news feature "Radio Perez." Hilton was named the #1 Web Celeb in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Forbes Magazine, one of the 15 most influential Hispanics in the US by People en Espanol, the 2009 Hispanic of the Year by Hispanic Magazine, one of Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People of 2007' and as a tastemaker, 'Newsweek' has compared his influence on the music scene to Oprah's book club. 2010 Perez Hilton appeared on The Ellen Show to declare a change to Perezhilton.com that 'needed to happen' to help end gay bullying, Hilton told Ellen he wanted to lead by example, declaring "I want to be part of the solution, I want to be the change I want to see in others." Hilton carried his anti bullying message to OUT Magazine, The Advocate, Oprah's Life Class and The Trevor Project. 2012 Perez 'made jaws drop' according to Huffington Post as he flaunted his new healthy lifestyle at Logo's NNN Awards which also included an impressive six pack, and a weight loss of about 80 pounds. On February 17, 2013, Perez surprised his fans by welcoming a son, Mario Armando Lavandeira II, into the world via surrogate. The birth of "Perez Jr," as he is affectionately called, made headlines around the world and was featured on the front page of the LA Times, HELLO Magazine, Parenting Magazine, and UK Daily Mail. Still, in 2014 Perezhilton.com is the only major entertainment website privately owned and operated. Visit Perez Hilton online at www.perezhilton.com. Join Perez Hilton on Facebook with over one million LIKES, Twitter with over 6 million followers and @perezhilton with over 181k followers.

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