MISS AMERICA ANNOUNCES THE “PRELIMINARY COMPETITION WEEK” JUDGES FOR THE NON-BROADCAST SEGMENT OF THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION

 

MISS AMERICA ANNOUNCES THE “PRELIMINARY COMPETITION WEEK”
JUDGES FOR THE NON-BROADCAST SEGMENT OF
THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s
Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

The Live Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

The Miss America Organization and dick clark productions announced today the panel of judges for the non-broadcast preliminary rounds of “The 2018 Miss America Competition.” The diverse group of judges will select the top 15 finalists competing for the title of Miss America 2018 during the preliminary week of competition on September 6th – 8th in Atlantic City, NJ. Airing live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT), “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will showcase the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) to compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

The judges will use their expertise in their respective fields to evaluate the young women and their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service.

The panel of experts will evaluate the 51 contestants’ performances in the following categories: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview, and On-Stage Questions. The preliminary judges are listed below (in alphabetical order by first name):

Carolyn Conrad – Carolyn Conrad is an entertainment lawyer with over a decade of experience representing top talent in the television, motion picture, digital and music fields. Her clients have spanned all facets of the industry – from performers, writers, and producers to on-air personalities and influencers – and include Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy nominees and winners. Hailing from Texas, Conrad moved to Los Angeles for college, where she graduated from UCLA and was an All-American swimmer and three-time game show winner. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York, and is involved with Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles and The Bowery Mission and Opening Act in New York.

Karen Knutson – Karen is originally from Alaska but has called Washington, DC home for the last 25 years. Karen is the Global Government Affairs and Policy Leader for Baker Hughes, a GE Company and an attorney with over 30 years of experience in energy policy issues. Prior to working at GE, Karen served in several public policy roles, including Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and the Deputy Assistant to the Vice President of the United States for Domestic Policy. Karen attended law school in North Carolina at Wake Forest University. Her husband, Kent is an executive at Home Depot and she has two wonderful children, Matthew and Ingrid and a slightly bad Labrador named Gunnar.

Kate Bennett – Kate Bennett is a White House reporter for CNN, co-author of CNN Politics COVER/LINE, and co-host of the CNN Politics COVER/LINE podcast. Bennett’s beat includes the Trump family, the first lady, the East Wing of the White House, and the mashup of style, society, and buzz in the nation’s capital. A former magazine and fashion editor, prior to CNN Kate worked for Politico, Independent Journal Review, and Washingtonian, among other outlets. She’s been a lifestyle journalist for almost two decades, chronicling the intersection of people, pop culture, and politics.

Patrick Rush – Patrick Rush’s career started in the Universal Mailroom and from there he found his way into the world of Casting. His credits include: “Party of Five”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “Everwood”, “The OC, “Chuck”, “Dallas”, “The Astronaut’s Wives Club”, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and its sequel, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circles of Love”. Most recently, he cast Marvel’s “Runaways” for Hulu and “Gospel of Kevin” for ABC. Patrick has been nominated for 6 Casting Society of America Awards and was the winner for the television mini-series “In Cold Blood”. Patrick is more than honored to be included in the judging of this year’s Miss America Competition.

Rusty Joiner– With an impressive body of work over the past two years, including his critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning performance in the independent feature “Voiceless” – Rusty Joiner has definitely made his way to Hollywood’s “The Ones To Watch” list. Prior to making the successful transition from modeling to acting, Joiner first gained international recognition as the official Structure Men’s Underwear spokesperson. In addition to campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s and Prada, Joiner graced the cover of Mens Fitness Magazine a record twelve times. His noted film and television roles include: Dodgeball, Amateur Night, Behaving Badly, Resident Evil: Extinction, CSI: Miami, The Closer, Bones, Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives.

Susan Perkins Botsford – Susan Perkins Botsford, representing Ohio, was crowned Miss America-1978.
After her year of service as Miss America, Susan was a featured performer on several Miss America telecasts, emceed numerous state pageants, sang professionally and worked as a reporter for the ABC affiliate in San Francisco. Susan has participated in many volunteer activities supporting our veterans, and in 2009 she toured Iraq with two other former Miss Americas. In May of 1979, Susan married Alan Botsford. They have two married children, a son and daughter, and reside in Boston and Cape Cod.

Vivian Nixon – Vivian Nixon is an entrepreneurial artist, producer, director, choreographer, dancer and actress, whose many talents have fueled her versatile career that ranges from the stage and screen, to the studio and production table. She has appeared in shows ranging from television’s Grey’s Anatomy to Broadway’s Hot Feet. Nixon founded 42 Seven Productions with a handful of Broadway, film and television veterans to bring the best of live entertainment and education to cities across the globe (www.42Sevenproductions.com). She is also the Associate Artistic Director of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.

Celebrity judges for the live broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown”) joining as co-host.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

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Join the Conversation: #MissAmerica

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/

For more information on the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Miss America,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

CHRIS HARRISON RETURNS TO HOST THE 96th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION 

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CHRIS HARRISON RETURNS TO HOST
THE 96th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION
VETERAN ESPN PERSONALITY SAGE STEELE
TO JOIN AS CO-HOST

The “2017 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
 Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s
Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

Chris Harrison

The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that TV personality Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) will return as host of the “2017 Miss America Competition” for his eighth year.  Taking the Miss America stage for the first time, Sage Steele, host and commentator for ABC’s and ESPN’s “NBA Countdown,” will join Harrison as co-host of the legendary competition, which airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.  The evening will be filled with glitz and glam as 52 women compete for the coveted crown and scholarships.

“For 96 years, Miss America has shone light on some of the brightest and most talented young women in the country,” said Harrison.  “This year will surely be a fun-filled night showcasing talent, glamour, fitness, presentation and community achievement as the country’s brightest compete for the crown!”

“There’s always such a high level of drama and competitiveness during the Miss America Competition that rivals many sporting events that I’ve covered,” stated Steele. “I can’t wait to host alongside Chris Harrison to see what this year brings.”

Chris Harrison began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Dallas, Texas native went to Oklahoma City University on a soccer scholarship, and then made the natural transition to sportscasting with a local station. During his six years there, he worked his way up the ranks from part-time sportscaster to weekend sportscaster, and also had the opportunity to cover hard news stories. After moving to Los Angeles in 1999 and landing a job as host of HGTV’s “Designer’s Challenge,” he went on to host ABC’s hit romance/reality series “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” and in 2015 was named the new host of the nationally syndicated game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” In a departure from his many broadcast endeavors, Harrison recently penned his first novel entitled The Perfect Letter, and has done his fair share of acting with roles in the popular television series “Alias,” “The Practice,” “Six Feet Under” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and in feature films “Bounce,” “Showtime,” and “Date Movie.” In his spare time Harrison plays soccer and has become addicted to golf. He has developed a great appreciation for the weather and lifestyle of Southern California, and spends as much time as possible outdoors with 14-year-old son, Joshua, and 12-year-old daughter, Taylor.

Sage Steele is one of ESPN’s most versatile commentators, currently serving as the host of ESPN’s and ABC’s NBA Countdown on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the regular season and for on-site telecasts at the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals. Steele also hosts ESPN’s extensive, on-site NBA All-Star coverage, ESPN’s NBA Summer League coverage and contributes to SportsCenter. Steele was named NBA Countdown host prior to the start of the 2013-14 NBA regular season. In addition to her ESPN position, Steele has co-hosted ABC’s and ESPN’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve coverage during the College Football Championship and has been a featured guest host on ABC’s The View. Steele began her television career as a reporter on local news stations in South Bend, Ind., Indianapolis where she was the beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts, and Tampa working as the beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Steele graduated from Indiana University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports communications. In her spare time, Steele volunteers with the Pat Tillman Foundation and is passionate about working alongside military veterans. She enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her husband and three children.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missamerica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/missamericaorg
Instagram: https://instagram.com/missamericaorg
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissAmericaOrg
Tumblr: http://blog.missamerica.org/
Join the Conversation: #MissAmerica

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Tony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

Ticket on sale information for the “2017 Miss America Competition” will be announced soon.

For more information on the “2017 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming, with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance,” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries, with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.    

TERRY CREWS TO HOST NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES “WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS”

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TERRY CREWS TO HOST 
NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES “WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS,”
PREMIERING FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX
Star of the hit series BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, Terry Crews, has been tapped to host the new unscripted comedy WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS, premiering Friday, Jan. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Crews also hosts the syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”
“Terry Crews is already a cherished member of the FOX family. He’s larger than life, quick on his feet and crammed with charisma,” said David Madden, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “We can’t wait to see him interact with the funniest, most spectacular fails on the planet.”“This show is going to be a blast,” said Crews.  “Like everyone else, I find myself watching these viral videos with my kids and cracking up at the hysterical fails from around globe, which is why I’m so excited to host WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS. It’s going to be non-stop laughter, fun for the whole family and I can’t wait!”

An irreverent one-hour series, WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS is inspired by the hit YouTube channel, FailArmy, which showcases the best “epic fail” viral videos in the most entertaining ways possible. Each week a panel of celebrities and comedians will analyze the videos which have exploded across the internet, with the goal of awarding one with the ultimate “Fail of the Week.” Panelists to be announced soon.

Owned and operated by Jukin Media, the worldwide leader in the discovery, acquisition and distribution of user-generated and viral video content, FailArmy is the premier destination for the funniest videos on the web. FailArmy is a Top 100 YouTube channel with more than six million subscribers and one billion total video views.

Action-movie hero, sitcom star, syndicated game show host, advertising pitchman, former NFL player and best-selling author all describe the man that is Terry Crews. Over the past few years, Crews has been one of those actors whom fans see almost everywhere. As the overworked dad on “Everybody Hates Chris,” a tough guy in the feature franchise “The Expendables,” the loveable goofball in “White Chicks,” “Will McAvoy’s” bodyguard in “The Newsroom,” the pec-popping Old Spice pitchman and randy congressman “Herbert Love” in “Arrested Development,”

Crews has proven that he’s adept at both drama and comedy. He currently stars as “Sgt. Terry Jeffords” on FOX’s Golden Globe Award-winning and SAG Award-nominated comedy series BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, and he is also the newest host of the popular syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” Audiences could also catch Crews on the big screen last year, with roles in Tyler Perry’s “The Single Mom’s Club”; “Draft Day,” with Kevin Costner; and “Blended,” with Adam Sandler. Not one to limit himself, Crews also added author to his resume last year with the release of his first book, “Manhood.”

WORLD’S FUNNIEST FAILS is produced by dick clark productions (dcp) and Jukin Media. Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions; Mike Mahan, President of dick clark productions; Jonathan Skogmo, Founder and CEO of Jukin Media; Josh Entman, Cofounder and Chief Development Officer of Jukin Media; and Nicolle Yaron will serve as executive producers. Mark Bracco, EVP of Programming and Development for dick clark productions; and Assaf Blecher, VP of Programming and Development for dick clark productions will serve as co-executive Producers.

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About dick clark productions
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Weekly television programming, includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as “Rising Star” and the upcoming “Boom!” from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the “American Country Countdown Awards” (FOX), “Hollywood Film Awards (CBS) and “The PEOPLE Magazine Awards” (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances, and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About Jukin Media
Jukin Media is a multi-platform media company and the worldwide leader in the discovery, acquisition and distribution of today’s hottest user-generated video content. The company’s global distribution network includes premier media and entertainment outlets such as CNN, NBC, MTV, Yahoo!, and countless other broadcasters, publishers, and platforms that license its content. Jukin Media produces programs for TV, the web and emerging platforms, and it runs the largest viral video entertainment network on YouTube with more than 800 million monthly views. For more information, visit http://jukinmedia.com.

Comic D.L. Hughley Brings His Standup Routine to The Orleans Showroom April 4-5

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Comic D.L. Hughley Brings His Standup Routine to The Orleans Showroom April 4-5

Comedian, actor, writer and radio personality D.L. Hughley will bring his popular standup act to The Orleans Showroom, April 4 and 5.

Hughley, well-known for his role in the film “The Original Kings of Comedy,” has entertained millions over the course of his career, with appearances on daytime, prime-time and late-night television, as well as film and radio. He also appeared on season 16 of the ABC hit “Dancing with the Stars” alongside dancing partner Cheryl Burke.

On television, Hughley was the producer and star of “The Hughleys,” which ran on ABC and UPN from 1998 through 2002, and was also a series regular on NBC’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” He has appeared on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “S.O.B.: Socially Offensive Behavior, ” ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and has filmed several comedy specials, including “D.L. Hughley: Goin’ Home,” “D.L. Hughley Live,” “Shocked & Appalled” and the HBO special “D.L. Hughley: Unapologetic.”

Additional television and film credits include “Inspector Gadget,” “Scrubs,” “Scary Movie 3,” “Soul Plane,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Glory Daze.” In 2012, his one-hour special, “Reset,” premiered on Showtime and later Hughley went on to co-host a new game show on TBS, “ Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host.”

On radio, he is currently a weekly contributor to the nationally syndicated program, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” Recently, Hughley also began hosting his own afternoon radio show, “The DL Hughley Show.”

In 2012, he released his first humorous book, “I Want You to Shut the F— Up: How the Audacity of Dopes is Ruining America.”

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95 plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

New ‘Millionaire’ Host Cedric The Entertainer Makes Aces of Comedy Debut Dec. 29 – 30

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NEW ‘MILLIONAIRE’ HOST CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER MAKES 
ACES OF COMEDY DEBUT AT THE MIRAGE DECEMBER 29 – 30 
Tickets Now on Sale

The Mirage Hotel & Casino welcomes actor, comedian and new “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” host Cedric The Entertainer when he makes his Aces of Comedy debut December 29 – 30 at the resort. Cedric, best known for his performances in “The Original Kings of Comedy,” “Barbershop” and “Madagascar” franchises, will take the Terry Fator Theatre stage at 10 p.m. each evening.

Tickets priced at $65.99, $75.99 and $95.99, plus tax and service charges, are now on sale. To charge by phone, call (800) 627-6667 or (702) 791-7111. Tickets also are available for purchase online at mirage.comand ticketmaster.com.

Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility and career achievements span throughout his live performances and television and film appearances, solidifying his place as one of the premier entertainers in the world. Breaking new ground this fall as a game show host, Cedric joins “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” for its 12th season in national syndication. Cedric will next lend his voice to Disney Pixar’s upcoming film “Planes,” set for theatrical release in August. In 2012, his sitcom “The Soul Man” debuted on TV Land. Currently in its second season, the hit show stars Cedric as the quirky Reverend Boyce Ballentine, a former R&B music star turned minister.

As an entertainer and comedian, the multi-talented funnyman holds a variety of accolades. Cedric’s first-ever HBO comedy special “Cedric The Entertainer: Taking You Higher,” was the network’s highest rated special in 2006. Other notable honors include the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his FOX Television series “Cedric The Entertainer Presents…” Cedric also received a record-breaking four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his portrayal of Coach Cedric Robinson on WB’s “The Steve Harvey Show.” Cedric was the recipient of the 1996 Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from BET for his groundbreaking work as host of “Def Comedy Jam.”

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About Aces of Comedy
The Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino features one of the most comprehensive and diverse comedic line-ups nationwide. The 1,265-seat Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage hosts more than 100 annual performances. The Aces of Comedy series, launched in 2010, is home to some of the most popular comedians worldwide including Jay Leno, Ron White, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Daniel Tosh, Kevin Hart, Seth Meyers and Jim Gaffigan, among others.