‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’ steps up its annual ‘Girls Night Out’ contest this year to include a bi-coastal event, including a five night trip to Los Angeles during the 85th Academy Awards, where the winner and up to four of her friends will receive bleacher tickets for the red carpet arrivals, a night out with Kelly Ripa, VIP tickets to the LIVE after-Oscars show as well as $2500 in spending money.
To enter to be considered for the ‘Girls Night Out: Oscar Edition,’ eligible contestants must send ‘LIVE’ a short letter describing their (up to 4) women friends and why they and their friends should be selected for this trip. The entrant must also include a recent photo (non-returnable) of themselves and their friends. In addition, individuals may (but are not required to) also submit a short video (2 minutes or less) offering further explanation of their written entry.
Entrants must also be available for travel to Los Angeles from February 20, 2013 through February 25. Additionally, the chosen winners may be asked to appear on the show during the month of February.
For more information on the contest as well as details for how to enter, visit the official contest announcement page.
ABC has released the following excerpts from ‘The View”s exclusive interview with President Barack Obama, recorded today and airing tomorrow, May 15 on ABC at 11 am ET:
BARBARA WALTERS: Let’s move it along a little bit. You did make that historic decision to say that you’re in favor of gay marriage. There are 30 states which are not. But there are also federal laws that impinge on the rights of gays. They can’t file a joint income tax report; they don’t have social security that they can pass to each other. Will you now fight for a federal bill that gives the same rights to heterosexuals that the federal bill now does not give to gays?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, keep in mind that on issues like social security, for example, a lot of this has to do with what’s called the Defense of Marriage act, DOMA. It was passed originally when Hawaii started making noises about recognizing same sex marriage. The idea was we don’t want that drifting into the federal government, and this is part of the reason why my justice department has said to the courts, we don’t think the Defense of Marriage Act is constitutional. This is something that historically had been determined at the state level, and part of my believing ultimately that civil unions weren’t sufficient and I’ve been a longtime supporter of civil unions for same sex couples was partly because of the issue of social security benefits or other laws, state taxes, things like that. You know part of it was also just knowing friends and family, people that I’d gotten to know who had these wonderful relationships, and they’d say to me, You know what? The words matter. So even though you’re a strong supporter of civil unions, somehow it still says we’re different, and that particular set of conversations that I had is ultimately what led me to this conclusion.
BARBARA WALTERS: Well you’ve talked about talking with your Attorney General. Will you personally fight to repeal that act?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, look, Congress is clearly on notice that I think it’s a bad idea.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Mr. President ,you took a lot of flak for passing the stimulus bill and helping out the banks, and then you took a lot of flack because people felt you didn’t do enough with the folks who were responsible. They didn’t go to jail, nobody got into trouble. So now I’m wondering, because I watched this JP Morgan Chase thing just go down, I’m wondering (A), what do you think happened, and (B), sir, what are you going to do about it, because this has to be the last straw.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well look, first of all, JP Morgan is one of the best managed banks there is. Jamie Dimon, the head of it, is one of the smartest bankers we got and they still lost $2 billion and counting precisely because they were making bets in these derivative markets. We don’t know all the details yet. It’s going to be investigated, but this is why we passed Wall Street reform. The whole point was, even if you’re smart, you can make mistakes, and since these banks are insured, backed up by taxpayers, we don’t want you taking risks where eventually we might end up having to bail you out again, because we’ve done that, been there, didn’t like it. So this is why we raised capital requirements, so that when they do lose money, they’ve got enough money socked away so they can pay off those obligations. This is why we put in place something called the vocal rule that says, if you are a federally insured bank, you can’t make bets on your own trades with your own money that could end up resulting in 2 billion or 3 billion dollar losses. Think about it, this is the best or one of the best managed banks. You could have a bank that isn’t as strong, isn’t as profitable making those same bets and we might have had to step in and that’s exactly why Wall Street reform is so important.
BARBARA WALTERS: You’re very young. You’re what now, 50?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’m 50, 51 this year.
BARBARA WALTERS: Okay so you will still be a very young man even if you run another four years. Can you look ahead and say, this is what I would like to do with my life?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: No. I think at this point, what I want to spend the next 5 years doing is recreating that America where, if you work hard, you can make it, regardless of where you come from, what you look like (HUGE AUDIENCE APPLAUSE/CHEERING) and the one thing, if you don’t mind me taking just a little bit of time on this, you know sometimes you hear about America’s declining or we’re weaker or China’s on the rise or this, that or the other. Let me tell you, I travel all around the world and everywhere you go, if you ask people, where would you want to be, what country you admire, what cards would you like to have in your hand, it’s what we’ve got. We’ve still got the finest workers in the world, the best universities in the world, we’ve the best scientists, the best entrepreneurs, we’ve got the best market system in the world, so we’ve got all the ingredients for success for the next 100, next 200 years, but what’s happened is, is that our politics break down, we’ve become more obsessed with winning the election than setting things up for the next generation, and if we can break through that, I could not be more confident or more proud of the this country and the direction we’re headed. (AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: Will it happen?
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It will happen. I believe it. It always does. (AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: And we’re back with President Barack Obama. Now we know that you know a lot about politics, you know about the law, but do you know about pop culture? That’s the question.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don’t know, but we’re going to find out.
JOY BEHAR: I have some questions.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Fire away
JOY BEHAR: Let’s see what you’ve been reading.
JOY BEHAR: Number one: Which Karadashian was married for only 72 days? (LAUGHTER)
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: That would be Kim. (APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: Very good! (APPLAUSE) Okay
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Because he was a ball player. I know he was a ball player. That’s how I know from watching basketball.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: That’s why. Because I’m sure you don’t watch the show.
JOY BEHAR: Okay, this one you may not know, I’m hoping that you don’t as a matter of fact (laughter)
SHERRI SHEPHERD: Get ready
JOY BEHAR: What’s the controversial sex book that’s on millions of women’s bedside tables?
JOY BEHAR: He doesn’t know it. Good
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I don’t know that. (LAUGHTER/AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
JOY BEHAR: Okay, good. Next.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’ll ask Michelle when I get home (LAUGHTER/AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
SHERRI SHEPHERD: That is the answer
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’ll ask Michelle when I get home what’s going on (LAUGHTER/AUDIENCE APPLAUSE)
President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is the featured guest, TUESDAY, MAY 15 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on ABC’s “The View.” President Obama’s exclusive appearance is part of the show’s continuing “Red, White & View” campaign, which is committed to political guests and discussions. President Obama’s interview, taped Monday, May 14, touches on such topics as his administration’s accomplishments, jobs, the economy and family life inside the White House.
President Obama’s historic visit to “The View” on July 28, 2010 was broadcast on ABC on July 29 and marked the first time a sitting United States President had visited a daytime talk show. His appearance ranks as the show’s most-watched broadcast ever in Total Viewers (6.59 million). President Obama was also a featured guest on “The View” in March 2008 and November 2004.
Executive Producer Jeff Zucker today announced key production updates for Katie Couric’s highly anticipated nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie.” The live, weekday show has already been cleared in 94% of the country, and will premiere on Monday, September 10, 2012. The show is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
In an internal webcast to television stations that will air “Katie,” Zucker unveiled the show’s logo, and announced additions to the senior production staff including Director Joe Terry, who has spent the last 14 years as Director for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and Co-Executive Producer Kathy Samuels. Samuels is a producer with nearly 20 years of television experience, including live television and daytime talk show programming at NBC, Paramount Domestic, and CBS, and has been a part of several successful launch teams, including “Rachael Ray” and “Access Hollywood.” Zucker will serve as the day-to-day showrunner.
The webcast was conducted from TV One at ABC’s Manhattan headquarters, which will serve as home to the “Katie” set. The studio itself has a rich history, having served as the backdrop to the Kennedy/Nixon Presidential debates, and has housed broadcast programming including “Good Morning America” and election night coverage. “Katie” will broadcast live, weekdays in front of a studio audience.
“Katie and I are thrilled to share these updates with our partners and Katie’s fans,” said Zucker. “We now have our studio, a great-looking logo that exudes all of the qualities that we want the show to convey, and a terrific team with a diverse background of experience. We couldn’t be more excited about September 10. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality. In addition to hosting the new nationally syndicated program “Katie,” Couric is also a member of the ABC News team. “Katie” will be executive produced by Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
Beginning February 27 and through March 30, residents of the United States and Canada (minus Quebec) will be able to enter to win a National Parks vacation for six provided by the nationally-syndicated ‘LIVE! with Kelly’ hosted by Kelly Ripa and Air Wick. Participants will be able to enter the drawing once per day and can elect to earn a bonus entry for each day within the contest period as well.
From the entries, one person will be chosen to win a vacation for up to six people to one of four national parks, at the winner’s choosing. The potential vacations are:
a) Kailua-Kona, Hawaii National Park Vacation. The Kailua-Kona, Hawaii National Park Vacation includes: round-trip coach airfare for the winner and up to five (5) travel guests between the major airport that is near the winner’s residence and Kona International Airport, Hawaii; five (5) nights hotel accommodations for the winner and his/her guests (up to three (3) room(s), double occupancy) (actual hotel selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion); ground transportation for six (6) between the hotel and airport in Hawaii; a customized tour for six (6) of the Kailua-Kona village and surrounding national park(s) (actual tour selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion and will take place in one (1) day limited to 12 hours or less and cannot exceed $1500); a one thousand dollar ($1000) cash award for expenses awarded to the winner only in the form of check; and a one thousand five hundred dollar ($1500) cash stipend for additional ground transportation (e.g. rental car, etc.) awarded to the winner only, in the form of a check. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Kailua-Kona, Hawaii National Park Vacation is $23,500. OR;
(b) Yellowstone National Park Vacation. The Yellowstone National Park Vacation includes: round-trip coach airfare for the winner and up to five (5) travel guests between the major airport that is near the winner’s residence to West Yellowstone, Montana; five (5) nights’ hotel accommodations for the winner and his/her guests (up to three (3) room(s), double occupancy) (actual hotel(s) selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion); a customized tour for six (6) of Yellowstone National Park (actual tour selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion and will take place on one (1) day limited to 12 hours or less and cannot exceed $1500); a one thousand dollar $1000 cash award for expenses awarded to the winner only in the form of check; and a one thousand five hundred ($1500) cash stipend for additional ground transportation (e.g. rental car, etc.) awarded to the winner only, in the form of a check. The ARV of the Yellowstone National Park Vacation is $23,950. OR;
(c) Glacier Bay, Alaska National Park Vacation. The Glacier Bay National Park Vacation includes: round-trip coach airfare for the winner and up to five (5) travel guests between the major airport that is near the winner’s residence to Juneau, AK; six (6) air transfers from Juneau to Gustavus, AK; five (5) nights hotel accommodations for the winner and his/her guests (up to three (3) room(s), double occupancy) (actual hotel(s) selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion); a customized tour for six (6) of Glacier Bay National Park and (actual tour selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion and may be an air tour not to exceed $1500); and a one thousand dollar ($1000) cash award for expenses awarded to the winner only, in the form of check. The ARV of the Glacier Bay – Serene Waters Vacation is $29,000. OR;
(d) Virgin Islands National Park Vacation. The Virgin Islands National Park Vacation includes: round-trip coach airfare for the winner and up to five (5) travel guests between the major airport that is near the winner’s residence to St. Thomas; five (5) nights hotel accommodations for the winner and his/her guests (up to three (3) room(s), double occupancy) (actual hotel(s) selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion); ground transportation for six (6) between the hotel and airport in St. Thomas; ferry boat transportation for six (6) to/from the Virgin Islands National Park; a customized tour for six (6) of Paradise Flowers National Park and (actual tour selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion and not exceed $1500); and a one thousand dollar ($1000) cash award for expenses awarded to the winner only in the form of check. The ARV of the Virgin Islands – Paradise Flowers Vacation is $24,000.
Frank Valentini, executive producer of “General Hospital,” announced today that Emmy Award-nominated Kassie DePaiva and Emmy winner Roger Howarth, along with fan favorites Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson, will reprise their “One Life to Live” characters and head to “General Hospital” as part of a new storyline for the multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime drama. Production begins late January 2012 in Los Angeles.
“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth),” said Valentini. “Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.’”
With many television, film and stage credits to her name, DePaiva played the role of beautiful Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live” since December 1993. In addition, she played good-girl Chelsea Reardon on the daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Horwath returned to portray Todd Manning on “One Life to Live” in 2011, a role he originated from a day-player to a compelling long-term character. Performing at many prestigious regional theater centers, he has many theater credits to his name, and in addition appeared in the television series “Prey” and in the primetime teen drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as well as the daytime drama “As the World Turns.”
Easton joined the cast of ABC’s long-running “One Life to Live” in 2003 as John McBain.
A published poet, he also played vampire Caleb Morley on the ABC daytime drama “Port Charles,” among many other television and film credits. As for Alderson, she continuously played the role of Starr Manning on multi award-winning “One Life to Live” since March 1998, the precocious young daughter of Blair Cramer and Todd Manning.
Garnering eight Daytime Emmys in 2011, “General Hospital” airs at 3:00 p.m., ET, 2:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network, and on SOAPnet at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Winner of a record-setting 10 Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program celebrates 49 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2012, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC, having aired close to 12,500 episodes. The show is produced by Time Square Studios for ABC Daytime.
“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com immediately following its air on the network for users to watch online.
Filled with a recruited audience of self-professed fans of ‘One Life to Live,’ ABC’s daytime talk show, ‘The View’ has unleashed its roster of guests and segments for its tribute show to the long-running soap opera on which will air its final episode just hours later on Friday, January 13, 2012.
Just some of the ‘One Life to Live’ alum scheduled to appear on the special tribute are series creator Agnes Nixon, Judith Light (Karen Wolek), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Jim DePaiva (Max Holden), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan) and Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan). Serving as special co-host will be six-time Emmy Award winner Erika Slezak (Viki Lord). Even more guests are promised to be announced on The View’s website along with ‘surprise’ appearances.
More of the show’s cast from years past will be featured in a special video taped salute. Other segments will include the final cast photograph, a musical montage featuring the show’s most memorable moments, all new interviews with some of the special guest stars and returning cast members and behind-the-scenes footage from the final taping, as well as a sneak peek at the final episode itself.
ABC Daytime is launching a New Year’s revolution on MONDAY, JANUARY 16 at 2:00 p.m., ET with the premiere of the new, one-hour daily talk show, “The Revolution,” from Time Square Studios and 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA. “The Revolution” features a stellar ‘dream team’ of experts — Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry — who each provide life changing tips and the essential tools to motivate viewers and transform all areas of their lives from the inside out. Each week the show will also highlight one woman’s five month personal journey over the course of five days.
Design expert Ty Pennington offers encouragement and support, helping people achieve individual goals, and he will also share his design expertise to create an environment for a better life; style guru Tim Gunn helps viewers embrace their individual style to look and feel their best; celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak shares his “make it count” mantra with tips on making healthy choices and incorporating fitness into everyday life; OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a leading women’s health expert, addresses health concerns and provides up-to-the-minute medical information; and therapist Tiffanie Davis Henry, Ed.D, guides women and couples to forge healthier relationships and explore the importance of emotional well being.
Produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA for the ABC Television Network, with JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson serving as executive producers, “The Revolution” will provide life changing tips and essential tools to motivate viewers and serve as a catalyst for change. Featuring design expert Ty Pennington, style guru Tim Gunn, celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton and therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, “The Revolution” is your daily boost, whether you’re looking for inspiration to accomplish little victories or in need of a road map for a major change. Additionally, each week the series will highlight one woman’s personal journey over the course of five months. “The Revolution” is produced in New York and will air Monday through Friday at 2:00 pm ET and 1:00 pm PT/CT on the ABC Television Network beginning January 16.
Signature segments featured on “The Revolution” include::
“Hero” — Daily segment featuring a new “hero” each week, chronicling her journey of transformation over a five month period. The “heroes” are everyday people who are taking on a full revolution from the inside out and are willing to share every part of their struggle and triumph with viewers.
“Timtervention” — Weekly segment featuring style guru Tim Gunn. One lucky viewer will be chosen to receive a makeover from Tim’s Closet, and Tim will help them realize their full potential that already exists within. This fun style therapy session is aimed to help viewers find their individual style and, most importantly, feel beautiful.
‘Ty’s Toolbox” – Design expert Ty Pennington empowers women with the tools to navigate any common household problem through a fun in-studio game that demonstrates the proper way to do it yourself.
“Harley’s 3 Minute Workout” – Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak will show viewers a 3-minute workout that will produce great results on a targeted body part.
“Dr. Talk” – OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton and therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry tackle a topic from both the physical and emotional standpoint.
“Mini Med School” – Dr. Jen shares the latest in health and medical news and its relevance. She will arm the viewers to use the information in their everyday lives to make the best choices for their own health.
“One Part Three Ways” – Three co-hosts focus on one problem object or body part and offer a solution or valuable information based on their individual expertise.
Weekly Personal Finance Segments – Michelle Singletary, Pulitzer Prize-nominated Washington Post personal finance columnist, will contribute weekly financial segments. Singletary is passionate about getting people to face their emotional roadblocks when it comes to money.
Featured “hero” story for the week of JANUARY 16-20:
The Harris Sisters: Long Beach, California natives Cherrell and Jamilla Harris are sisters who have battled weight issues all their lives. They are both successful women who grew up in a house where home-cooked meals were a staple of their everyday lives. Both are single without kids, eager to find their match and start families of their own; however, their busy schedules have made it difficult to meet men. They are extremely co-dependent and choose to spend most of their time with each other. Their revolution will challenge them to be motivated to create a healthier home environment and discover their individual voices.
Scheduled for the week of JANUARY 16-20 is as follows (subject to change):
MONDAY, JANUARY 16 – Are you ready to jump start the New Year? “The Revolution” premieres as the co-hosts share tips and tools to help viewers make big and small changes in their lives; Tim’s first “Timtervention” kicks off with a makeover for one lucky viewer; the five month journey of the weekly ‘hero’ story begins as the Harris sisters are introduced and revealed one month into their transformations.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 – Tips to look and feel 10 lbs. lighter; Harley will navigate the pitfalls of salad bars and reveals the perfect salad; Dr. Jen and Dr. Tiffanie sit down for their first “Dr. Talk” segment as they tackle the topic of bloating and emotional eating; an update on the Harris sisters.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 – From finding the perfect bra to taking care of your breasts at every age, the co-hosts focus on the topic of breasts in “One Part Three Ways” and lend their individual expertise; Ty shares his own personal revolution as he puts down roots in NYC; an update on the Harris sisters with important tips to achieve your own revolution from Harley.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 – It’s time to break a sweat with the co-hosts as they all take to the treadmill – what will Tim wear to work out?; personal finance expert Michelle teaches viewers how to “Sweat Your Debt” – what are the five things you should ask yourself before you purchase something?; the Harris sisters take the most difficult step in their transformation journey.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 – Tim gets behind the wheel and learns to drive; “The Chew’s” Carla Hall stops by to share some delicious southern recipes; the Harris sisters are revealed at the end of their five month journey.
ABC’s morning talk show, ‘LIVE! with Kelly’ today announced details for the 2012 edition of the ‘Kelly’s Girls Night Out’ contest. One lucky viewer and up to four of her friends will be invited to join host Kelly Ripa on a night out in New York City to be taped and televised on the program. Best of all, each entrant can apply to bring up to four friends with them. Participants will be chosen based on a submitted recent photo as well as a brief letter explaining why they feel they should be chosen. Video submissions up to 1 minute in length are also being accepted and encouraged.
Those interested in applying for the opportunity must be 21 years of age older and a legal resident of the United States or Canada (with the exception of Guam, the Province of Quebec, Canada and where prohibited by law) and able to stay in New York from January 30, 2012 to February 3, 2012.
To be considered, fans should visit the official KellysGirlsNightOut.com website to enter or for more information and rules. Entries must be received no later than January 11, 2012 at 5 pm EST.
During the Monday, November 28 episode of “The Chew,” ABC Daytime’s new lifestyle series announced the launch of “The Chew Holiday Cookie Swap,” a nationwide search for the most scrumptious and unique holiday cookie recipes. Hosted by “Iron Chef America” stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, “Top Chef” alum Carla Hall, entertaining & style expert Clinton Kelly and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, “The Chew” brings viewers a daily dose of food, life and fun, along with information on how to live a more full and healthy life.
“The Chew Holiday Cookie Swap” gives bakers across the country the chance to ‘strut their stuff’ and put their sweet and savory culinary creations on national display by entering their favorite cookie recipes at “The Chew” Facebook page: Facebook.com/thechewonabc from Monday, November 28 to December 7, 2011. Star bakers in the making will have the opportunity to enter their recipe along with their photo and a photo of the cookies. As an added bonus, the cookie recipe entries will be visible and available to all viewers to share during this holiday season. From sweet pecan and shortbread creations to downright decadent, double-stuffed chocolate treats that you just can’t get enough of, all original cookie recipes are eligible for submission.
During the week of December 19, five finalists will participate in a nationally televised bake-off on “The Chew” when they’re flown to New York City and given the chance to share their cookie creations with television viewers around the country. Co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz will judge the finalists’ cookie creations and choose one grand prize winner who will receive $5,000.
For official contest rules and further information about “The Chew” Holiday Cookie Swap,” visit “The Chew” official Facebook page: Facebook.com/thechewonabc.
Calling all expectant moms! Today the Million Moms Challenge, in collaboration with ABC News, the United Nations Foundation, Disney Baby and Anne Geddes, launched Imagine Me & You, a photo contest to win a trip for two adults, plus baby, to Australia for a photo shoot with world-renowned photographer Anne Geddes.
The contest, which was announced on “Good Morning America” today, Monday, November 28 is designed to celebrate the universal dream that mothers everywhere have for healthy, happy babies who will grow to reach their full potential. To enter the contest, expectant moms in their third trimester can upload a picture of their “baby bump” on www.Facebook.com/millionmomschallenge, along with an original, creative message written on their bellies capturing their wishes and dreams for life with their little one.
America will vote on the images from December 6 to December 15. The three finalists will be announced on December 16. Anne Geddes will personally select the grand-prize winner in January, and will shoot a rare private portrait of the winning mom and newborn in her Sydney, Australia studio.
“To illustrate the importance of love and family in the earliest stages of life is a message that I stand behind and feel privileged to experience every day,” said Geddes, who has made a commitment to the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child effort to raise awareness about the need to improve the health of women and children in the developing world. “That is why I am proud to be a part of the Million Moms Challenge Imagine Me & You contest.”
Realizing that a healthier tomorrow for our world starts with healthy moms and babies today, the Million Moms Challenge engages millions of Americans with millions of moms in developing countries around issues that affect pregnancy, childbirth and children’s health.
“Mothers around the world look forward to sharing special moments with their babies,” noted Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation. “But in developing countries, up to 1.5 million newborns die within the first 24 hours – and most of these lives could have been saved with better health care. This contest will highlight those precious milestones in life that partners like the United Nations and the Shot@Life campaign will help make a reality for mothers and children around the world.”
“There is so much we can do together – so many simple ways for us all to link arms to help every mother and child have a chance to lead a healthy life,” said Diane Sawyer, anchor of “ABC World News.” Sawyer will anchor a primetime special on maternal/newborn health that will air December 16 on “20/20.”
Disney Baby, a new brand from Disney Consumer Products, which provides parents with the essentials they need to bond with baby at every stage, is pledging to donate $50,000 to several of the largest NGOs helping moms and babies throughout the world. Each semi-finalist will receive a gift basket of Disney Baby merchandise valued at $500. Finalists will also win a year’s worth of Huggies brand diapers.
“Our goal with Disney Baby is to help moms create magical moments with their babies right from the start. We’re excited to join the Million Moms Challenge, to share those moments with America, and generate awareness for such a great cause,” said Jessi Dunne, executive vice president, Disney Moms and Babies for Disney Consumer Products.
Submissions for Imagine Me & You are open from now until 11:59 p.m., ET, December 4, 2011. Expectant moms in the United States can upload pictures on www.Facebook.com/millionmomschallenge.