Tamala Jones, Margaret O'Brien, Edward Saxon and More Set for 2014 HOLLYWOOD NETWORKING BREAKFAST, 2/27

Cast your pre-Oscar ballot along with Academy Award winners to win prizes and perks at Raleigh Studios during the Hollywood Networking Breakfast on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Raleigh Studios' Chaplin Theater is located at 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Calif.

Special guests will include Tamala Jones (ABC's Castle), Academy Award winner George Chakiris, Juvenile Academy Award winner Margaret O'Brien, as well as featuring special guest speaker, Academy Award-Winning Producer, Edward Saxon, for an audience Q&A.

Participants can cast their pre-oscar ballots for the 2014 Academy Awards and get a chance to win a VIP Red Carpet Hollywood Networking Breakfast Package:

- A FREE Hollywood Networking Breakfast in 2014
- Seating at VIP Head Table with Breakfast Guest Speaker of Selected Breakfast
- Red Carpet Photo with Guest Speaker of Selected Breakfast on Step-and-Repeat
- Priority Consideration for Private Meeting with a Participating Breakfast Speaker
- VIP On-Lot Parking on Day of Selected Breakfast

Come to the event and witness a Q&A and have breakfast with Academy Award-winning producer, Edward Saxon, who's been making critically-acclaimed, successful box office feature films for 25 years. As principal of his own independent production company, he has developed and produced films with FOX UNIVERSAL, WARNER BROTHERS, COLUMBIA, PARAMOUNT, and Disney STUDIOS. Saxon also works with numerous Independent financiers and distributors, including a multi-year pact with participant media (Lincoln, North Country), one of the leading independent distribution companies in the film market. Saxon's films combined have grossed over $700M at the box office worldwide and garnered 21 nominations and 8 Academy Awards. Saxon won his first Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs which swept Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture at the Academy Awards categories in the same year -- and to date remains one of only three films in the history of American cinema to achieve the distinction. Saxon has also produced: Philadelphia, garnering two Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Tom Hanks). Adaptation, which was nominated for 4 Academy Awards; and the Academy Award-nominated documentary Mandela, based on the true life story of Nelson Mandela in which he stars along with former wife Winnie Mandela. Other titles include: Our Family Wedding, Fast Food Nation, Ulee's Gold, Beloved and the HBO Series Enlightened. Saxon has been a member of the Academy since 1991. He has worked with such talent as Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Spike Jones, Jodi Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Demme, Shirley Maclaine, and Christopher Plummer, among others.

Currently Saxon is producing Elsa & Fred starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, directed by Academy Award-nominee Michael Radford (Il Postino), due for release in 2014.

For more information, visit: http://HollywoodNetworkingBreakfast.com.

A partial list of esteemed speakers includes, Ron Meyer, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, Stan Lee, Wes Craven, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Henry Winkler, John Singleton, Lynda Obst, Eric McLeod, Debra Martin Chase, Mike Medavoy, Reuben Cannon, Anthony Zuiker, David E. Kelley, John Sacret Young, Simon Kinberg, James Burrows, Ron Schwary, John Lee Hancock, Mario Van Peebles, among many others.

HBN was founded on the Paramount Studios Lot in 1993 by Sandra Lord, as a means to providing opportunities for industry professionals and emerging talent. Some of the most respected individuals, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, have offered patrons insight and advise. For the last 19 years the event has hosted Academy, Golden Globe, Peabody and Emmy Award winners and nominees, as well as top Hollywood Studio Heads and Production Company Presidents. HNB benefits Changing Images in America (www.ChangingImagesInAmerica.org).

The breakfast benefits Changing Images in America -- a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting diversity in American culture, with a focus on the entertainment industry. The event attracts a diverse group of writers, producers, actors, directors, financiers, attorneys, talent reps, crew and others at various levels of experience and achievement. HNB has proven to be a valuable resource for professional and aspiring industry members. The event has facilitated many collaborations and networking opportunities. A very popular feature for attendees and speakers alike has been the facilitation of a one-time mentorship, wherein speakers take a general meeting, "do lunch" or agree to be shadowed for part of their day by a promising "lucky attendee." This opportunity is all in keeping with Ms. Lord's goal to continue facilitating opportunities of access for attendees - especially those who are prepared and need a "leg up."




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