Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards

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In recognition of the Character Approved honorees and their accomplishments, USA in partnership with Vanity Fair hosted an invitation-only VIP cocktail reception in New York City on Thursday, February 25. The event was held at the iconic IAC Building, which was designed by Frank Gehry. USA's Mark Feuerstein unveiled the 2010 honorees and their on-air vignettes.

The cast of Green Day's "American Idiot" performed live. This was their first live appearance in New York City ahead of the show's Broadway debut on Wednesday, March 24. Alexandra Richards held court as the DJ for the evening and several from USA's roster of stars were in attendance, as well as many of the 2010 Character Approved honorees.

The Character Approved Awards are a multimedia campaign honoring individuals who are changing the face of American culture. Inspired by USA's Characters Welcome brand, the initiative is dedicated to celebrating the true trailblazers across a variety of disciplines such as art, philanthropy, new media and film.

"Character Approved is a celebration of the real Characters making an impact on our culture today," said Chris McCumber, USA executive vice president, marketing, digital and brand strategy. "Our honorees are all at the top of their game, and we're thrilled to shine a light on their unique accomplishments."

Character Approved honorees are innovators in their field who are influencing our opinions, our style and our view of the world. They surprise us and inspire us with fresh ideas. They are celebrated by their peers and have an authentic style. USA recognizes these ten individuals for their cultural impact, legacy and persona with the hallmark of recognition, the USA Network "seal of approval":

Green Day, Grammy Award-winning rock band (Music)
Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award-nominated film director, "The Hurt Locker" (Film/TV)
Nora Ephron, best-selling novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright (Writing)
• Narciso Rodriguez, multiple award-winning American fashion designer (Fashion)
• Angela Brooks, groundbreaking sustainable architect, principal of Pugh + Scarpa Architects (Architecture)
• Kehinde Wiley, revolutionary urban arts painter (Art)
• Yves Behar, innovative industrial designer of the Jawbone Bluetooth headset and the $100 XO laptop (Design)
• Dan Barber, renowned restaurateur, Blue Hill and Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Food)
• Jessica Jackley, social entrepreneur and microfinancier, co-founder Kiva.org (Giving)
• Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, game creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band (New Media/Technology)

The honorees will be featured in vignettes introduced by Mark Feuerstein (ROYAL PAINS) and directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), which will debut Thursday, February 25 on USA Network. The vignettes provide an inside look at the lives, the works and influences of these characters, and will be aired over the course of six weeks across the network's programming and online at www.characterapproved.usanetwork.com.

In the program's inaugural year of 2009, USA honored seven visionary characters including Lupe Fiasco, Shepard Fairey, David Chang, Patrick Robinson, Charles Best, Jimmy Wales and Jennifer Siegal. 

 

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Mark Feuerstein

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
President of NBC Universal Cable, Bonnie Hammer

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Fashion designer Nicole Miller

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Alexandra Richards

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Jeff Goldblum

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Jeff Goldblum

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Jeff Goldblum and Bonnie Hammer

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker, Jeff Goldblum, Bonnie Hammer, Mark Feuerstein

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Corbin Bernsen

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Cristian de la Fuente

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
John Gallagher Jr., Rebecca Naomi Jones, Michael Esper, Mary Faber, Starks Sands, and Christina Sajous

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
John Gallagher Jr. and Rebecca Naomi Jones

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Reshma Shetty

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Autumn Holley

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Autumn Holley

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
WWE's Kelly Kelly and wrestler Big Show

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Honoree Yves Behar

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Michael Stuhlbarg and guest

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Honoree Narcisco Rodriguez

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Dule Hill and Nicole Lyn

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Piper Perabo

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Tim DeKay

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Sharif Atkins, Tim DeKay, Matt Bomer, Willie Garson, and Tiffani Thessen

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Ted Gibson

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Angela Brooks

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Chef Dan Barber

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Matt Bomer

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Sharif Atkins

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Willie Garson

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Maggie Gyllenhaal

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Bruce Campbell

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Gabrielle Anwar

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar, Jeffery Donovan and Sharon Gless

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Gabrielle Anwar

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Saffron Burrows

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Honorees / Co creators of Rock Band, Eran Egozy and Alex Rigopulos

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards
Constantine Maroulis

Photo Coverage: AMERICAN IDIOT & More at the Character Approved Awards

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com


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