2014 Environmental Media Awards Honored James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger
LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 18, 2014 – The Environmental Media Association’s (EMA) annual award show recognized several films and television programs for their outstanding contributions to environmental causes and green initiatives. This year’s event, which was held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA, also kicked-off the organization’s yearlong 25th anniversary celebration.
In addition to the winners, a number of honorees were highlighted for their effort to encourage eco-conscious messaging and content in entertainment programming. Honorees included: the executive producers of the groundbreaking SHOWTIME® docu-series Years of Living Dangerously – Daniel Abbasi, Joel Bach, James Cameron, David Gelber, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Weintraub and Maria Wilhelm – received the EMA Outstanding Achievement for Environmental Content Award; Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) was distinguished with the EMA Green Production Award for producing the Fox Fall Eco-Casino Party; and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala and the Pristine Seas Project was honored with the inaugural EMA Board of Directors Heroes Award.
Presented by Toyota and Lexus, the event was hosted by veteran Board member Ed Begley Jr. The show opened with a song from Hot in Cleveland’s Wendie Malick, who was joined by Castle’s Stana Katic and Begley Jr. Additionally, actors Malin Akerman and Rob Corddry entertained the audience, announcing the winner of one of Toyota’s first zero-emission fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in the U.S. following a $100 opportunity drawing. Lastly, Sharon Osbourne took to the stage to announce her decision to go green, inspired by her co-presenter and friend Sara Gilbert. The green carpet and the awards show were live-streamed on E! Online from the Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. lot.
“Over the past 25 years, the Environmental Media Association has tirelessly worked alongside the entertainment community to influence awareness when it comes to our environment. I am honored and privileged to be part of this impactful organization for most of those 25 years," said Ed Begley, Jr. "While we have seen many amazing changes in environmental content in television, film and now digital to greener productions from indies to summer blockbusters, we know that there is much work to be done, and we look forward to the next quarter century. EMA is a pioneer when it comes to education about environmental issues and truly that is what makes all the difference. Knowing the issues and taking small but meaningful steps is what EMA is all about. We have always believed in the power of the individual to help make our children's future a cleaner and safer one. We're confident that media can motivate the public to rally together to make this happen.”
The evening was truly a green production as dinnerware was compostable and glassware was reusable. In addition, chef stations utilized local, seasonal and organic food, while many presenters and attendees wore green designers. Even leftover food was donated to a homeless shelter through the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition.
Notable guests of the evening included Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Joshua Bowman, Rob Corddry, Kristin Davis, Francesca Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Sara Gilbert, Jeff Goldblum, Daryl Hannah, Stana Katic, Norman Lear, Rachelle Lefevre, Angela Lindvall, Wendie Malick, Lamorne Morris, Sharon Osbourne, Dawn Olivieri, Nasim Pedrad, John C. Reilly, Raphael Sbarge, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Darby Stanchfield, Alison Sudol, Emily VanCamp, Karine Vanasse and many others.
The 2014 Environmental Media Award winners are as follows... Feature Length Content: Disneynature Bears (Walt Disney Pictures); Documentary Film: GMO OMG (Compeller Pictures); Television Episodic Drama: Parenthood “All Aboard Who’s Coming Aboard” (NBC); Television Episodic Comedy: New Girl “Menus” (FOX); Reality Television: Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey “A World Set Free” (FOX/National Geographic Channel); Children's Television: Paw Patrol “Pups Save the Bay” (Nick Jr); EMA Digital Video Award presented by TakePart: “Should We All Be Eating Insects?” (AsapSCIENCE), Produced by Gregory Brown, Mitchell Moffit.
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization founded in 1989 by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear. EMA is dedicated to harnessing the power of celebrity and the media to promote sustainable lifestyles and believes through positive role modeling the entertainment community can inspire consumers to take action. The organization has grown into a diverse group of industry professionals from film, television and music dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental awareness through the entertainment business and the media. EMA serves as a valuable link between the entertainment industry and the environmental community. Visit us at online at www.ema-online.org and www.facebook.com/EMAOnline. Since their inception in 1991, the Environmental Media Awards have evolved into a prestigious event, honoring individuals and organizations, as well as films, television productions and their creative teams that increase public awareness of environmental issues. Go to www.ema-online.org and follow EMA on Twitter @green4ema for updates.