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Ohio University College of Communication features prominent alumni for Communication Week keynote panel

ATHENS, Ohio (April 22, 2004) -- Ohio University's College of Communication will launch its 36th annual Communication Week celebration on Sunday, April 25, with an awards banquet and a keynote panel titled "Pop Culture: Pushing the Envelope," at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The panel is free and open to the public.

Reflecting the future, Ohio University Communication Week 2004Paul Schneider, who earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1986, will serve as panel moderator. Alumni panelists include David Collins, Margo Myers, Brian Unger and Randall Winston.

Collins co-founded SCOUT Productions in 1994 with partner Michael Williams and has watched it evolve into a full-service media and entertainment company. He created and executive produced the hit "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," appearing on Bravo and NBC, which earned him the 2004 Producer of the Year award from the Producers Guild of America. Collins also created and executive produces "Knock First" for ABC Family. Collins' other executive producer credits include shows for MTV, VH1, Spike, IFC and Trio.

Collins is also an accomplished film producer, most recently producing Brad Anderson's suspenseful thriller "Session 9" for USA Films. He previously produced Adam Bernstein's "Six Ways to Sunday" and Maureen Foley's feature "Home Before Dark." Prior to establishing SCOUT, David worked in production on a wide variety of major films, such as "Little Man Tate," "American Buffalo," "Malice," "Dumb & Dumber," "The Good Son," "Hoffa," "Housesitter" and "Just Cause." Collins is a member of the Directors Guild of America. He graduated from Ohio University in 1989.

Myers was the unit production manager for the sixth and final season of the HBO series "Sex and the City." Myers served as production accountant on films and television such as Miramax's "A Price Above Rubies," "Flirting with Disaster" and MTV's "The Real World - New York." She worked as production supervisor on the feature films "Rounders," "The Imposters" and "Deconstructing Harry." For the past decade, Myers has worked as an independent line producer and production manager on John Sayles's "Sunshine State," Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things" and Woody Allen's "Sweet and Low Down." Television projects include the "The Street" for Fox Television and "Hamlet" for the Hallmark Channel. She is currently producing an independent film entitled "Who Killed Bob Marley" with Steven Soderbergh and Roger G. Smith. Myers is a member of the Director's Guild of America and is part of the "Sex and the City" directing team honored at the 2004 DGA Awards for Best Direction of a Television Comedy. Myers is also a 1989 graduate of the university.

Unger is a performer, producer and writer currently working as a correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) and as the host of FOX's "World's Craziest Videos." He served as the co-anchor of the nationally syndicated entertainment news magazine "Extra" and has worked as a writer, producer and host for several television series, most notably being part of the creative team that launched "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. Unger has hosted NBC's "Later," E! Entertainment's "Talk Soup" and the anthology series "Hollywood Offramp." He was a correspondent and producer for CBS' syndicated news program "Day & Date" and a producer for CBS News in New York.

Unger co-created, executive produced and starred in Oxygen's comedy series, "O2Be Anyone But Me." He has also appeared in shows such as "Just Shoot Me," "Three Sisters" and "I'm with Her," as well as starred in two comedy pilots. Unger's satirical reports on culture and politics can currently be heard each week on NPR's "Day to Day with Alex Chadwick." He is also now creating his own nightly show for Comedy Central. Unger will serve as executive producer and host of the show, which will include entertainment satire. Unger graduated from Ohio University in 1987.

Winston is a producer-director of the NBC series "Scrubs," winner of a number of awards, including the prestigious Humanitas Prize, two Emmy Awards and a People's Choice Award in its debut season. Winston was also a nominee for a Producer's Guild Award in 2004. In the early 1990s, Winston worked post production on the television series "Brooklyn Bridge," "Viper" and "Platypus Man." Winston worked as the associate producer of "Spin City" from 1996 to 1999 and also acted as the coordinating producer for "This Week in History" a weekly magazine show for the History Channel. In addition to his work in television, Winston has helped to produce several television pilots and three music videos, most recently for the "Superman" video. He also served as the production supervisor for "Movement X" and "Clockwork." Winston is a 1989 graduate of Ohio University.

The event kicks off Communication Week, comprised of activities designed around the theme "Reflecting the Future." Other events during the week include:

  • Visual Communication Day, Monday, April 26, featuring speakers in Baker University Center Ballroom and an awards ceremony
  • Journalism Day, Tuesday, April 27, featuring panels and speakers in Scripps Hall and Baker center Ballroom, and an awards ceremony
  • Telecommunications Day, Wednesday, April 28, featuring speakers in Baker Center Ballroom
  • Communications Systems Management Day, Thursday, April 29, featuring panels and speakers in Baker Center Ballroom and the Elizabeth Baker Room and an awards ceremony
  • Communication Studies/Political Communication Day, Friday, April 30, featuring a lecture, awards ceremony, panels and speakers in Baker Center

Communication Week celebrates annually the six units within the College of Communication. Visual Communication, Journalism, Telecommunications, Communication Systems Management, and Communication Studies, respectively, has one day during the week to design events that encourage student interaction with prominent industry leaders.

For a complete schedule of Communication Week events, please visit the Communication Week folder at www.commcoll.ohiou.edu.

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Media Contact: Erin Roberts, (740) 593-0030 or roberte1@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

Note to media: To arrange interviews with the panelists or any other Communication Week participants, please call Jack Jeffery at (740) 593-1793.

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