Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Star Ceremonies on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Upcoming Star Ceremonies


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HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR WENDY WILLIAMS WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Talk Show Host, Wendy Williams will be honored with the 2,677th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, October 17, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6533 Hollywood Boulevard.

Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be CEO of FOX Television Stations, Jack Abernethy and Radio Personality & Walk of Famer Elvis Duran.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

            Wendy Williams, born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, has a career in media that expands over 30 years. She is a media mogul, philanthropist, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author who is best known for her nationally syndicated talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. Recently extended by FOX Television Stations through 2022, and broadcast in more than 50 countries, the program has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. Its place in pop culture has earned memorabilia from the show a place in the Smithsonian Museum. The Wendy Williams Show, now in its 11th season, isproduced and distributed by Debmar-Mercury and averages more than 1.6 million viewers an episode.

Staples of the show include Wendy’s signature segment, “Hot Topics,” in which Wendy gives her candid, unfiltered opinion on today’s pop culture stories, and also includes a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music and sports. Both Williams and the show have earned Daytime Emmy nominations for “Best Talk Show Host” and “Best Entertainment Talk Show.”

            Prior to achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted fan base throughout a successful 23-year career in radio with “The Wendy Williams Experience,” a top-rated daily show. Syndicated nationally, it aired on WBLS in New York and was listened to by an audience of more than 12 million people. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 – one of only a handful of women with that honor.

            With TV, Broadway and film performances to her name, Williams is a seasoned performer, both as herself and in character. Her television credits include appearances on NBC’s 30 Rock as herself, competing on Season 12 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, hosting Game Show Network’s original series Love Triangle, and appearing as a featured guest on ABC’s One Life to Live and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. She also appeared in the major motion picture Think Like a ManThink Like A Man Too, and took center stage as “Mama Morton” in the Tony-winning revival of the musical Chicago.

In the spring of 2014, Williams released her seventh book and first romance novel, Hold Me in Contempt (Harper Collins). The book became a New York Times Best-Seller the first day of its release and sales continue to thrive among her fans.

            Currently, Williams is developing and will executive produce a biopic and a documentary for Lifetime Television with the focus on her early days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show.


HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR HARRY CONNICK JR.  WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

Connick’s star will be placed next to the star of one of his favorite songwriters, Cole Porter

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Grammy and Emmy Award-Winning & Tony-nominated entertainer Harry Connick, Jr.  will be honored with the 2,678th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, October 24, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in front of IgnitedSpaces.

     “When choosing a star location, we try to incorporate ties to the honoree and this one turned out to be a coincidence as we had heard that one of Harry’s favorite songwriters is Cole Porter, who is Harry’s neighbor star. His latest album, titled True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, will be released on October 25th, to be followed by a Broadway show in December entitled Harry Connick, Jr: A Celebration of Cole Porter. Talk about serendipity!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame. “We welcome Harry to our Walk of Fame neighborhood and we are proud to honor him!”  added Martinez.

Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Walk of Famer will be Academy Award-winning actress & producer Renée Zellweger and Trish Kinane, Showrunner and Executive Producer of American Idol & President, Entertainment Programming Fremantle.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

           Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer.

Over the past three decades, Connick has established himself as a musician, singer and composer par excellence, a legendary live performer and a best-selling artist with millions of recordings sold around the world.  Highlights of his music career include several multi-platinum recordings such as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Blue Light, Red Light (Someone’s There)”, “When My Heart Finds Christmas,” “Come By Me”, and “Only You.” 

Connick has appeared in 19 films including: New In Town with Renée Zellweger, Dolphin Tale with Morgan Freeman, Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock, P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Bug with Ashley Judd, and Copycat with Sigourney Weaver, and on television (American IdolWill & GraceSouth Pacific, not to mention his Emmy Award winning concert specials). In the fall of 2016, he launched Harry, a national daytime television show featuring his touring band, which earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations in its two seasons, including two nominations for best host, and a Critics’ Choice nomination for best talk show. On Broadway, Connick received Tony nominations as both a lead actor in The Pajama Game and as a composer/lyricist for Thou Shalt Not.

Despite his busy career, Connick has always found the time to be charitable and has done some of his most important work in his efforts to help New Orleans rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He, along with friend Branford Marsalis, conceived of “Musicians’ Village,” a community in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Musicians’ Village provides homes for Katrina-displaced musicians and its focal point, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, is an after-school teaching facility for children, a performance hall and recording studio for indigent musicians, and a gathering place for the community.  

Connick’s honors, including induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, Honorary Doctorates from Tulane and Loyola Universities and the Jefferson Award for Public Service, have not led Harry Connick, Jr. to slow his creative pace; they only confirm his determination to apply his talents in ways that prove inspirational to other artists and publicly spirited citizens.


HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HONOR DIRECTOR LINA WERTMÜLLER WITH A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that award winning director Lina Wertmüller will be honored with the 2,679th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.  Along with this stellar honor, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that its Board of Governors will present an Honorary Oscar to Wertmüller on October 27th.  

 “Lina Wertmüller has dedicated her talent to all mediums of the arts, including cinema, theatre, opera in addition to writing many songs and novels. We are proud to have this distinguished talent on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame!” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

 Helping Emcee Rana Ghadban, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Pascal Vicedomini, Secretary General of the Capri in the World Institute, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Lina Wertmüller born in Rome on August 14th, 1928 began her journey by enrolling in stage directing courses at the Accademia Pietro Sharoff. After receiving her diploma, she worked in theatre productions with Garinei & Giovannini and became an assistant director. Through her acquaintance with Marcello Mastroianni, she met Federico Fellini and, in 1962, Fellini offered her to be his assistant director on 8 1/2. In the meantime, she worked as writer in radio and television programs such as Canzonissima and Studio Uno.

She made her directing debut with The Basilisks (1963). The film’s subject matter – the lives of impoverished people in southern Italy – became a recurring motif in her later works. In the 70s Wertmüller expressed her creative nature and poetry, by writing and directing The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and Anarchy (1973), Swept Away (1974), All Screwed Up (1974) and Seven Beauties (1975), most of them are performed by Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato.  The Seduction of Mimì and Love and Anarchy were premiered at Cannes Film Festival. Lina Wertmüller’s films were the first by a female director to be selected for Cannes. Her work displays a unique writing and directing style that has proved popular in Italy and abroad.

With Seven Beauties, Wertmüller became the first woman in history to receive four Academy Award Nominations, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Film and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Giancarlo Giannini. Her other films include:  Night Full of Rain (1978); Blood Feud, also known as Revenge (1978). A Night Full of RainA Joke of Destiny, Up to Date and many others.

In 1985, she received the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. Recently, Wertmüller has dedicated to hand down her knowledge in the art of filmmaking to younger generation of future directors, writers and actors. She directed for six years the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Cinecittà and she is still continuing to hold Master Classes at the National Film School and in many film and theatre academies around Italy. Since 1995, Lina Wertmüller has been the honorary President of the Capri in the World Institute, the nonprofit association promoting the Annual International Festivals ‘’Capri, Hollywood’’ and ‘’Los Angeles, Italia’’.  She is also heavily involved in FIRC – an Italian foundation dedicated to supporting cancer research.


ABOUT HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – www.WalkOfFame.com

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies.It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $50,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.com

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – www.HollywoodChamber.net

For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, and Rana Ghadban is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.

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Reminder to Santa Clarita Residents on Preparing for Possible Power Outages.

When Traffic Lights are Out or Blinking – Treat Them as a Four-Way Stop.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Southern California Edison provides electric utility service to residential and commercial customers in Santa Clarita, as well as those located in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County within the Santa Clarita Valley. The company recently advised utility customers that forecast fire weather conditions in Santa Clarita may lead to a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) of electrical lines Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11. This outage could result in Santa Clarita residents being without power and cause stoplights in the City to work intermittently.

In anticipation of this potential power shutoff, the City of Santa Clarita would like to remind motorists about safety procedures when approaching traffic signals that are experiencing a blackout or have lights flashing.

·         Traffic Signal Blackout – If all traffic signal lights at an intersection are not working due to an electrical power failure, the intersection must be treated the same way as a four-way stop sign. Drivers must stop at the intersection and then proceed only when it is safe to do so while yielding to bicycles and pedestrians.

·         Flashing Red Lights – A flashing red traffic signal light means “Stop.” After stopping, drivers may proceed when it is safe, observing standard right-of-way rules.

Drivers are reminded to anticipate pedestrians and bicyclists and be cautious of other motorists who may fail to stop before entering the intersection.

Residents are also encouraged to take precautions and prepare for a power outage that may stretch beyond a few hours. Charge cell phones, spare batteries, laptops and other devices ahead of time. A portable, battery-powered radio can also allow residents to receive updated information from news agencies in the event other devices lose power. You should also have flashlights accessible, learn how to manually open automatic garage doors or gates and prepare to meet special needs of any infant, elderly or disabled members of your household.

For more information on Southern California Edison’s potential power shutoff, please visit sce.com/psps. If you see a downed power line, please stay away, call 9-1-1 and report the issue to SCE at (800) 611-1911.

Santa Clarita Residents Encouraged to Participate in Survey for Housing and Community Development Needs

Results will Guide the use of Community Development Block Grant Funding.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – What are the most pressing issues affecting housing, infrastructure and services offered in Santa Clarita? The City invites residents to participate in the annual Housing and Community Development Needs Assessment Survey. Results are used by the City to help determine how to best allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The survey will be available online in multiple languages from October 9 through November 4, 2019, at santa-clarita.com/Housing.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides the City of Santa Clarita with CDBG funding to benefit lower-income residents in the community. This annual survey allows residents to weigh in on the City’s housing and services priorities and provide feedback on how funding should be distributed to Affordable Housing, Supportive Services, and Community Facilities and Infrastructure.

For more information on the CDBG Program or the Community Needs Assessment Survey, contact Erin Lay, Housing Program Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, at (661) 286-4174.

Universal CityWalk Expands Its Eclectic Dining Options with Newest Restaurant Additions, “A little craving” eatery, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, and VIVO Italian Kitchen.

Universal City, Calif. – October 7, 2019 – Helmed by seasoned executive chefs, Universal CityWalk’s newest restaurants, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana and VIVO Italian Kitchen invite guests to savor an array of culinary concepts, as the popular destination expands its scope of dining options designed for the discerning palates of Angelenos and out-of-town visitors alike.

 With eye-catching traditional Mexican décor in bold hues of oranges, greens and pinks, and complemented by striking, hand-painted murals, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana sits at the heart of CityWalk, bringing an aesthetic vibrancy to the destination. 

With eye-catching traditional Mexican décor in bold hues of oranges, greens and pinks, and complemented by striking, hand-painted murals, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana sits at the heart of CityWalk, bringing an aesthetic vibrancy to the destination. (Universal Studios Hollywood)

Spearhead by Executive Chef Gian Caterina who hails from Brazil, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana serves up fresh ingredients—diced, marinated and grilled—to perfection.

Antojitos features open space seating, private dining rooms and an outdoor patio where guests are serenaded by live musical performances from local Latin artists and mariachi bands.  A large centerpiece bar serves as a new trademark of the restaurant and features over 150 tequilas from around the world, a variety of spirited sampling flights, a selection of handcrafted cocktails and margaritas and cold cervezas served on tap.

Dining for the whole family at Antojitos a new restaurant at Universal City Walk. The “little cravings” eatery features open space seating, private dining rooms and an outdoor patio where guests are serenaded by live musical performances from local Latin artists and mariachi bands. Photo/Los Angeles Life and Style, Sept. 28, 2019

The substantial menu features such delectable items as Guacamole Trio and Chips, including signature guacamole, pomegranate guacamole with queso fresco and pepita guacamole with jalapeños and lime salt; Carnitas Nachos (crispy pork carnitas); Queso Fundido (melted Oaxaca, Chihuahua and cotija cheeses); Chicharrones de Pollo (crispy chicken bites, chili lime salt); Elote (street corn) and Sopa de Tortilla, to name a few. 

Flavorful tacos, made from hand-pressed tortillas, include Carne Asada (tequila marinated steak), Al Pastor (tender pork), Pollo (achiote braised chicken), Chorizo con Papas (ground chorizo with crispy potatoes), Birra de Res (six-hour braised beef), Baja Snapper (crispy fish) and Vegan Chorizo, all served with Mexican crema, refried or black beans and Mexican red rice.

Antojitos Cocina Mexicana serves up fresh ingredients—diced, marinated and grilled—to perfection. A large centerpiece bar serves as a new trademark of the restaurant and features over 150 tequilas from around the world, a variety of spirited sampling flights, a selection of handcrafted cocktails and margaritas and cold cervezas served on tap.
Photo/Los Angeles Life and Style, Sept. 28, 2019

Diners can enjoy a sampling of enchiladas that includes Molé (braised chicken), Rojas (braised beef) and Verdes (three blended Mexican cheese) flavors, or they can opt for any of these as a standalone entrées.

Desserts, the celebratory finale of every good meal, includes such decadent sweets as Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Bar, a trio of Coconut, Pear and Mango Sorbet, traditional Flan and Churros.

Antojitos also caters to dietary restrictions, offering vegetarian options.

Situated within a sleek, modern setting, VIVO Italian Kitchen boasts an open expo kitchen and prides itself in serving heirloom family recipes as part of each carefully prepared meal.

Situated within a sleek, modern setting at Universal City Walk, VIVO Italian Kitchen boasts an open expo kitchen and prides itself in serving heirloom family recipes as part of each carefully prepared meal. (Universal Studios Hollywood)

Featuring both indoor and al fresco dining and serving an array of palate pleasing lunch and dinner menus, VIVO’s signature dishes come to life under the stewardship of Executive Chef Cyndi Tran, whose culinary training translates to the creation of fine Italian cuisine with such menu items as Tuscan kale and white bean soup, creamy garlic mushroom sauté, mussels marina, house-made meatballs, a variety of Paninis, tempting hand-tossed, hearth baked pizzas and a selection of innovative twists on classic pastas favorites.

Warm homemade Italian bread with its crusty exterior and soft, chewy interior, grace each table as diners peruse the menu. Decant homemade desserts include such tempting treats as Chocolate Zucotto Vasi, Ricotta Cheesecake, Tiramisu and homemade Gelato, accompanied by signature rosemary infused homemade butter cookies. A full bar featuring a variety of Italian-inspired cocktails, conceptualized by an expert mixologist, can be enjoyed at the bar or with dinner in addition to a broad wine selection to complement every meal.

The arrival of Antojitos Cocina Mexicana and VIVO Italian Kitchen mark the ongoing celebration of CityWalk, which has boosted the city’s rhythm with a variety of memorable experiences for 25 years.  With the introduction of new restaurants, including popular eateries Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, shopping experiences and the state-of-the-art multi-million dollar renovation of the Universal Cinema, the spotlight continues to shines brightly on Universal CityWalk as one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers.

Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville all accept reservations, and cover a percentage of valet parking at CityWalk.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com and www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride.” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

BILL KRAMER APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES

Los Angeles, Calif. – Bill Kramer has been named director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the museum’s Board of Trustees announced today. Kramer, who served as managing director of development and external relations of the Academy Museum from 2012 to 2016, will take the reins as the institution’s new leader on January 1, 2020, guiding its artistic and cultural vision and overseeing the final phase of the museum’s completion.



“The board unanimously welcomes Bill Kramer as the Academy Museum’s new director,” said Ron Meyer, Chair of the Academy Museum Board of Trustees and Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal. “Bill’s experience and influence in the worlds of design, culture, and academia, coupled with his institutional knowledge of the museum, position him as an ideal leader to guide the museum to its opening and beyond.”

“We are all very enthusiastic about working with Bill again,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “He was an early leader of this project—a visionary who shepherded the initial design and construction process, and helped define the Academy Museum’s identity. In his recent work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he helped execute a ground-breaking expansion of BAM’s visual art program, attracting and connecting with broad and diverse worldwide audiences. We’re confident he will inspire our creative teams and lead the Academy Museum to successful completion.”

“I have a deep connection to the Academy Museum,” said Kramer. “I am so looking forward to working again with the museum’s creative teams, staff, and partners as we prepare to open the doors of our spectacular campus. As I felt when I helped to launch this project, I am confident that we are building the world’s greatest museum experience dedicated to movies.”

During his time at the Academy Museum, Bill oversaw production of the museum’s very first exhibition, Hollywood Costume, which explored costume design in cinematic storytelling, featuring more than 100 iconic movie costumes. The inaugural exhibit welcomed more than 78,000 visitors. Most recently, Kramer served as vice president of development at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), one of America’s most institutionally and programmatically diverse arts organizations, where he led a 45-person team tasked with raising significant private and government funding, overseeing a visual art expansion program, and platforming BAM’s growing film program to an international audience.

Before going to BAM, Kramer was vice president of institutional engagement at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Kramer has led capital and comprehensive campaigns for the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and has served in senior business and fundraising positions at the Sundance Institute and the Columbia University School of the Arts.

During his earlier tenure as managing director of development and external relations of the Academy Museum, Kramer served as the chief planning, public relations, advancement, exhibitions, and government relations officer for the museum’s pre-construction phase, successfully raising $250 million to move the project into construction and managing the project’s public approvals process.

Kramer holds a Master of Urban Planning and Public Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES
The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. The Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, the Museum is restoring and revitalizing the historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The Saban Building will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, an education studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills.

The Campaign for the Academy Museum is headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. These industry leaders join other generous philanthropists who have named spaces, including Cheryl and Haim Saban (The Saban Building), The David Geffen Foundation (The David Geffen Theater), Dalian Wanda Group (The Wanda Gallery), Rolex (Rolex Gallery), Dolby Laboratories/Family of Ray Dolby (The Dolby Family Terrace), The Walt Disney Company (The Walt Disney Company Piazza), Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (The Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery), Steven Spielberg (The Spielberg Family Gallery), Shirley Temple Black and Family (Shirley Temple Education Studio), Cecilia DeMille Presley (Founders Room), Gale Anne Hurd (Hurd Gallery), NBCUniversal, Netflix (Netflix Terrace), Participant Media, Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman (Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Mezzanine), The Simms/Mann Family Foundation (Ted Mann Theater), Jeff Skoll, The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment (The Warner Bros. Entertainment Gallery), Wasserman Foundation (Wasserman Bridge), and Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events LLC/Compass Group USA, Inc. The Academy Museum’s Digital Engagement Platform is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.