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Celebrity Presenters 2013


RJ Mitte co-stars on the Emmy-winning AMC drama, “Breaking Bad”. Just as his character on the show, (Walter White Jr), has cerebral palsy, so does Mitte, although his is a milder form of the disability. On the big screen, RJ starred in the fantasy thriller feature film “House of Last Things” and recently had a guest-starring role on the CBS hit series “Vegas”. He also appears in the documentary film “CinemAbility” featuring a who’s who of Hollywood with Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, and Gary Sinise to name a few. Mitte is involved with many organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. He is the Youth Spokesperson for the National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour, which works to improve the financial situation of low-income persons with disabilities and the Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. He is also a spokesperson for “I AM PWD,” a tri-union campaign (SAG, AFTRA & Actors’ Equity) which advocates for actors with disabilities, and for “Beyond Diversity — the future is now.”


Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, got her start on television as Don Johnson’s rebellious daughter Cassidy in the long running CBS hit “Nash Bridges”, and recently was a series regular on FOX’s critically acclaimed “Prison Break”. O’Keefe will co-star in the upcoming thriller “The Frozen Ground“ opposite John Cusack, and Nicholas Cage and starred in the Lifetime original movies “Stalkers”, “A Nanny’s Revenge” and “Exposed” which dealt with the hot button issue of privacy. Jody also starred alongside Justin Bruening in the Hallmark Channel movie, “Class”. O’Keefe’s episodic work includes recurring and guest starring roles on “Castle”, “Lost”, “Two and a Half Men”, “Big Bang Theory”, “Criminal Minds”, “CSI: NY”, and many more. On film, she is best remembered for starring in “She’s All That” with Freddie Prinze Jr, for which she won the “Best Bad Girl” Young Hollywood Award, and a series of popular horror films including “Halloween: H20”, “Devil in the Flesh: Part II”. She starred with James Franco in “Whatever it Takes” and one of her favorite experiences was starring with James Woods in a short film he wrote and directed, “Falling in Love in Pongo Ponga”.


Jennifer Yuh Nelson made her feature film directorial debut with Kung Fu Panda 2, the sequel to the Academy Award®-nominated original film and is currently in pre-production on Kung-Fu Panda 3. Kung-Fu Panda 2 earned more than $665 million at the worldwide box-office, making her the highest-grossing female director at the global box office. Ms. Nelson has lent her talents to a variety of DreamWorks Animation’s motion pictures including: 2008’s Kung Fu Panda (as head of story), 2005’sMadagascar (as story artist), 2003’s Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (as head of story) and 2002’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (also as story artist). Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Ms. Nelson worked at HBO Animation, developing various projects and short series. She has worn many hats, serving as director, story artist and character designer for HBO’s animated series Spawn, which won an Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program. She has also published several independent comic books. As last years Director of Animation Honoree, Jennifer will be presenting the award to this years recipient, Brenda Chapman.


Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley, Ed Jr. became an actor. He played Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the hit TV series, “St. Elsewhere,” and received six Emmy nominations. Ed co-starred in the Woody Allen movie “Whatever Works”, the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film, “Pineapple Express”, and a number of Christopher Guest films, “A Mighty Wind”, “Best In Show,” and For Your Consideration”. Other feature films include “Batman Forever”, “The Accidental Tourist” and “The In-Laws.” On TV, Begley will appear in the HBO series “Family Tree” and the HBO movie, “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”. He also starred in “Recount” with Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern, as well as recurring roles on “Six Feet Under”, “Arrested Development”, and “Boston Legal.” He just starred in David Mamet’s “November” at the Mark Taper Forum, and has appeared in several other Mamet works including “The Cryptogram,” and “Romance”. Ed directed several episodes of the hit show “NYPD Blue” as well as a play that he wrote called “Cesar and Ruben” that won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League Awards. He is one of the Governors of the Motion Picture Academy and he lives in a solar powered home and drives an electric car.


Actress Rachelle Carson-Begley is one of the most-recognized names and faces in Hollywood’s green movement. While she’s well known for her support of numerous nonprofits, Rachelle went the extra mile for three years by inviting millions into her home to demonstrate how a sustainable lifestyle can be achieved—and she’s about to do it again with On Begley Street. As one of the stars of the highly successful reality series Living With Ed, Rachelle was the self-described “reluctant environmentalist.” Of course, that was in comparison with her co-star and husband, noted actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. Living With Ed showed viewers that a happy medium is possible between “eco-obsessed” (Ed) and “reasonably green” (Rachelle) — although it may require a lot of work and compromise on both parts. On Begley Street chronicles the latest adventure for the Begleys, one that began when Rachelle convinced Ed it was time to build a new home to accommodate the realities of life with a teenage daughter. Rachelle is on the board of the nonprofit Green Wish and a supporter of many charities, including Waterkeeper Alliance and groups focused on children and Alzheimer’s disease. She’s also an in-demand speaker, participating in events for Women of the Green Generation and other organizations.


Award-winning actor Raphael Sbarge is known for an array of film, theatre and television projects; most recently playing Jimmy Cricket on ABC’s highest-rated drama series, “Once Upon a Time”. Raphael began working at the age of four on a new PBS show called “Sesame Street”. By 16, he was in his first Broadway show, “The Curse of the Aching Heart”, opposite Faye Dunaway. By 18, just days after graduating high school, he co-starred in Risky Business with Tom Cruise. Over the years he has appeared in over 30 films, including “Independence Day”, “Pearl Harbor”, “Message in a Bottle” and :The Assassination of Richard Nixon”. Other television movie roles include HBO’s “Breast Men”, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Murder 101”. He was a series regular on “The Guardian” and has made over 100 guest appearances, including recurring roles on “Dexter”, “Big Love”, “Prison Break”, “Private Practice” and guest starring roles on “CSI”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “24”, “CSI: NY”, “Profiler” and “Star Trek Voyager”, among many others. In the little free time that Sbarge has, he supports Green Wish™ , a non-profit he founded that helps local, green, organizations fund projects for their communities through donations online and at local retailers.


Judith Shekoni is best known for the final installment of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt II as ‘Zafrina’ the leader of the Amazonian Vampires. Directed by Oscar Winner Bill Condon. Most recently Judi returned from shooting the lead in the feature ‘Dancer’ shot in Mumbai , India and playing Samuels love interest ‘Dominique’ on Mike and Molly (CBS).Judi has been a series regular on the No 1 UK TV Show ‘Eastenders’, gritty Hallmark drama ‘The Hidden City’ and appeared on every major TV channel in the UK in national staples including Casualty, ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Fat Friends’. Judi combined her work in the UK with working on American shows such as ‘NCIS’ (CBS), ‘King of Queens’ (CBS), Brothers & Sisters’ (ABC), ‘All of Us’ (CW) and Damages. She was a series regular on When Women Rule the World (Fox) and has appeared in numerous features such as Garfield 2 (Fox), Jekyll and Hyde, For Christs Sake, Private Moments and Echoes of War. Judi can also be seen in the upcoming feature An African Adventure.


Patrick Kilpatrick’s entertainment career has spanned more than 125 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, and director, – from Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” to James Cameron’s “Dark Angel”. His action film appearances span a multitude of genres including “The Replacement Killers” against Yun-Fat Chow; Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caan in “Eraser”; “Last Man Standing” opposite Bruce Willis; “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory” opposite Steven Segal; “The Presidio” opposite Sean Connery and Mark Harmon; and the ever-popular action mainstay “Death Warrant” opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme. He has even done battle with the largest mammal on earth in “Free Willy 3: The Rescue”. Kilpatrick’s notable TV appearances include “Burn Notice”, “Cold Case”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Chuck”, “Nip/Tuck”, “24” as Secret Service Agent Dale Spaulding (the man who “killed” Jack Bauer), “Criminal Minds”, and “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Kilpatrick is currently directing and producing the feature film “Active Shooter”.


Laura Wiggins is from Athens, Georgia and is an accomplished television and film actress and a musician. Laura can be seen in the upcoming feature “Hard Drive”, as well as the feature films “Dance of the Dead”, and “Eleventh Hour”. In the Summer of 2010, she joined the cast of the Showtime dramedy “Shameless”, as a series regular playing character, Karen Jackson. After a successful first season, the show was renewed and Wiggins remained part of the main cast and in season three, she became a recurring series cast member. Wiggins other notable TV credits include “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Private Practice”, “Hit List”, “Perception”, and “Blackbox TV”. She has also appeared in an number of TV movies including “Girl Positive”, “Cooper and Stone” and “Not Like Anyone Else”.


Dennis Haskins is most recognized as Principal Belding from the hit TV series “Saved By The Bell”. Haskins played the only adult member of the regular cast known for the catchphrase “Hey, hey, hey, what is going on here?” He continued the role on the spinoff “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”. Other notable TV roles include “Mad Men”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “The Bold and the Beautiful” , “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “The West Wing” as well as a recurring role on the Ray Romano series, “Men of a Certain Age”. In 2009, Haskins released his first music album called “Karaoke With Your Favorite Principal Dennis.” Haskins has appeared in multiple episodes of “Z! True Long Island Story”, a YouTube series by WWE professional wrestler Zack Ryder and was was honored with The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s “Most Distinguished Alumni Award” and has a regional high school academic decathlon name after him, “The Dennis Haskins Open”, now in its eleventh year. We hope to see Dennis soon on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”.


Christian’s feature film debut was playing opposite Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Kevin Bacon in the Warner Bros. hit comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love”. Christian will be starring with Gary Busey, Matthew Marsden and Kristanna Loken in the highly anticipated action adventure film Bounty Killer, based on the celebrated graphic novel by Henry Saine. Christian portrays Mary Death, the most popular celebrity bounty killer in a post-apocalyptic world. After moving to Los Angeles, Christian booked a guest-starring role on the hit CBS-TVseries CSI: Miami and will be see in the new series “Adopted”. Other feature film credits include, “Boys of Summer”, “A Father’s Rights”, Sparkle and Tooter” and the popular video game “Infamous”.