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For Immediate Release

Television's Leading Actors Gather at Variety and Variety.com Emmy Studio

Hollywood’s leading television actors and actresses will gather May 29-30 for intimate and insightful conversation at the Variety and Variety.com Emmy Studio.

Los Angeles, CA, May 29, 2013

Media Contact:
Kristen Barnfield

Chet Mehta,

Hollywood’s leading television actors and actresses will gather May 29-30 for intimate and insightful conversation at the Variety and Variety.com Emmy Studio.  Actors from both the comedy and drama Emmy categories will do interviews with Variety’s leading television and special issues reporters, enhancing Variety’s already comprehensive coverage of awards season.  Interviews will appear in print in Variety’s new weekly edition and videos will stream on Variety.com beginning June 5. 

Confirmed actors include: Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls), Laura Dern (Enlightened), Charles Esten (Nashville), David Morrissey (The Walking Dead), Josh Gad (1600 Penn), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Freddie Highmore, (Bates Motel), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jane Levy (Suburgatory), William H. Macy (Shameless), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Busy Philipps (Cougar Town), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Archie Punjabi (The Good Wife), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Rainn Wilson (The Office) and more.

Since its inception in 2008, The Variety Studio has hosted filmmakers, television creators and showrunners and leading actors for in-depth conversations at film festivals and during awards season events in Hollywood.  Previous participants include: Ben Affleck, Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Orlando Bloom, Gerard Butler, Marion Cotillard, Johnny Depp, James Franco, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Jon Hamm, Shia LaBeouf, William H. Macy, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Alexander Skarsgard, Octavia Spencer, Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Williams.

This year’s Emmy Studio is located at the Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood.  Sponsors include Sony, with its exclusive Sony 4K Ultra HD Televisions, the Saint Vintage luxury jewelry line with a purpose, Electronic Arts showcasing the new lightning-fast Tetris Blitz® game, and FIJI Water with the new FIJI Straw. Variety’s non-profit partner, Easter Seals, will have military veterans present at the studio to discuss ways that Hollywood can support active military, veterans and military families. 

For inquiries, please contact Chet Mehta or Alyssa Some at PR Dept.: chet@pr-dept.com (323-449-2438), alyssa@pr-dept.com (973-945-7682), respectively.

About Variety

Variety and Variety.com provide the industry with the most comprehensive coverage of motion pictures, television and the digital space.  With respected and experienced news reporters in Los Angeles, New York and around the world, Variety marries its historic coverage of entertainment business with technologically advanced website and new weekly print edition, offering readers the in-depth news coverage needed to remain competitive in the ever-changing entertainment industry.  The Variety Group – Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

About Saint Vintage

Saint Vintage: Jewelry with a purpose. Saint Vintage founder and two-time cancer survivor Paige Jansen-Nichols works fervently with her team to fund cancer research one piece of jewelry at a time by donating up to 50% of the proceeds to cancer research all year round.  Saint Vintage takes pieces of the past and turns them into trendsetting treasures.  Known for her hand crafted designs, Paige uses a combination of vintage and antique embellishments, along with semi- precious stones, Swarovski crystals, antique glass, vintage beads and antique pearls, crafting truly one of a kind bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  A number of celebrity fans have linked arms with the Atlanta-based brand, including Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Brittany Snow, Lisa Rinna, and more—all in the name of finding a cure.

About Sony 4K ULTRA HD TV

Sony’s XBR-X900A series of 4K Ultra HD TVs use advanced technology to achieve stunning picture quality with four-times the detail of HD. The XBR-X900A, Ultra HD TV presents rich, authentic color, replicating hard-to-reproduce reds, blues and greens. Any kind of video content, whether it’s from a Blu-ray Disc, cable/satellite or streaming video, is enhanced to near 4K resolution on Sony’s 4K Ultra HD TV. The passive 3D experience is more like going to the movies and delivers a full HD image in 3D. The TVs also offer a more immersive sound experience with front facing magnetic-fluid speakers. These new TVs are also Wi-Fi® capable and offer a wide range of Internet connected services, including Sony’s smart connect solutions, enabling cross-device connectivity between mobile devices and the TV. With features such as One-touch mirroring and TV SideView® viewers have greater control and access to additional content options.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 285 million registered players and operates in 75 countries. In fiscal year 2013, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.8 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news. The Sims, Need for Speed, Mass Effect and Battlefield are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries.  John Madden, NFL and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission. iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

About the Tetris® Brand

The Tetris® brand is one of the leading and most distinctive video game brands and franchises in the world. In the game’s 29 year history, hundreds of millions of players have experienced the Tetris Effect. Tetris branded games are played online over one billion times per month. Loved globally by people of all ages and all cultures, the Tetris game continues to be one of the most widely recognized video games of all time. Tetris Holding, LLC is the owner of Tetris rights worldwide and The Tetris Company, LLC is its exclusive licensee. For the latest information about the Tetris brand and Tetris products, please visit http://www.Tetris.com. For more information about Tetris Blitz, visit https://www.facebook.com/TetrisBlitz.

About FIJI Water

FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs.  Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJI Water has expanded globally to more than 50 countries. Part of the Roll Global LLC family of companies, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in our own backyard through our membership in 1% for the Planet. To discover Earth’s Finest Water, please visit www.fijiwater.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

About Easter Seals

For nearly 100 years, Easter Seals has provided life-changing solutions to the people of our Country. From children and adults living with disabilities, to military families looking to serve their communities, Easter Seals is committed to creating a world of inclusion, dignity, empowerment and independence. We personalize solutions for individuals with autism, and developmental and physical disabilities through innovative therapy, training, education and support services. Recognizing the new and unmet needs of so many returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, we are also addressing serious gaps in service by mobilizing our national network of community-based services through a partnership with Dixon Center (www.theDixonCenter.org). At Easter Seals, we are equipped to serve thousands of individuals and military families across our 70+ affiliates, 550 nationwide service sites, 24,000 professional staff and 40,000 local volunteers. Find out more at www.easterseals.com.

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