*LOS ANGELES – Ford Motor Company Fund recently announced its continued support of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards week by sponsoring the 7th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium and Reception.

The symposium will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, 5230 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.

This year’s symposium, entitled “Diversity and the Business of Television,” will address current market trends which demonstrate the power of the diverse audience in television.

It will examine complex issues surrounding diversity and the economic and creative impact it is having on the business of television.

During this special gathering, entertainment industry executives, community leaders, actors, and creative talent will share their insights with college students discussing television’s changing face, historic television benchmarks and the state of the industry. Over 500 students from area colleges and universities are expected to be in attendance.

“Ford Fund is excited about working with the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium for the fifth consecutive year,” said Pamela Alexander, director, Ford Motor Company Fund.
“Both organizations have an unwavering pledge to encourage students by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to successfully meet their career goals.  Our partnership with the NAACP Hollywood Symposium is mutually beneficial because we are both committed to helping students to nurture their career paths”

Executive director of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Vic Bulluck will moderate the panel, which will include Doug Anderson, SVP Research & Thought, The Nielsen Co.; Keith David, Actor; Dr. Darnell Hunt, Director of UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center; Brian Lowry, Columnist, VARIETY; Cameron Mitchell, Talent Agent, ICM and Millicent Shelton, Director. Following the panel presentation, students will have the opportunity to ask panel participants questions.

Ford Fund will also present a $10,000 check to Sophie’s Voice Foundation, an organization created by thespians Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker in honor of their daughter, Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. Sophie’s Voice Foundation fosters awareness and prevention for children and adults with spina bifida and aims to elevate their quality of life.

Other grants awarded as part of this program include actor Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation and musician Common’s Common Ground Foundation.

The Hollywood Bureau Symposium is one of several popular events that lead up to the live airing of the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday, March 4th at 8 p.m. EST on FOX Network.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and American heritage and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 20,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in dozens of countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the NAACP Hollywood Bureau opened officially in October 2002. The NAACP Hollywood Bureau is a satellite of the National office that deals with issues of diversity programming and minority employment in Hollywood, and oversees the production of the NAACP Image Awards. Recognizing the national and international influence of power of the entertainment industry, the Hollywood Bureau was established as part of the follow-up to the NAACP Diversity Initiative started in 1999.

Edna Sims Bruce
ESP Public Relations
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