Los Angeles sculptor Bruce Gray was commissioned by the USA Network to design and fabricate their first set of seven Character Approved Awards for 2009. Click here to view the USA Network webpage about sculptor Bruce Gray and this award. Visit Bruce Grays website here. This sculpture award design was made exclusively for the USA Network and is not available for sale. We do offer several other versions of this style of sculpture for sale here.
USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES THE "CHARACTER APPROVED" AWARDS TO HONOR LEADING INNOVATORS SHAPING AMERICAN CULTURE
Lupe Fiasco, Shepard Fairey, David Chang, Patrick Robinson, Charles Best, Jimmy Wales and Jennifer Siegal Recognized for Their Creativity and Influence
NEW YORK; JANUARY 27, 2009 - USA Network announced today the winners of the first-ever Character Approved Awards, a new program created to honor individuals from a cross-section of creative disciplines who are positively influencing American culture. In its inaugural year, USA Network selected seven visionary characters based on their cultural impact, legacy and personas. While each honoree is at a different stage in his or her career, they are all cultural trailblazers who are influencing our opinions, style and view of the world.
"The 2009 Character Approved honorees represent the type of characters we not only admire and wish we could imitate, but also want to know," said Chris McCumber, executive vice president, marketing, digital and brand strategy. "Each of the recipients is a pioneer in his or her own field, lauded by their peers and in our opinion worthy of the Character Seal of Approval. We are honored to celebrate them in this way."
The honorees will be featured in long-form vignettes directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), which will debut Tuesday, January 27 in primetime on USA Network. The vignettes provide an inside look at the lives, the work and influences of these characters, and will be featured over the next several months across the network's programming and online as extended length videos at http://characterapproved.usanetwork.com. Additionally each honoree will be granted the "Character" award, a tabletop steel figurine that was handcrafted by Los Angeles sculptor Bruce Gray.
The seven individuals honored for the first-ever Character Approved Awards are:
Charles Best, Founder of DonorsChoose.org (Giving): As a public school teacher in the Bronx, Best saw a classic problem-the lack of money for teaching supplies-and came up with a radical solution: "the eBay of philanthropy." Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org allows teachers nationwide to post online requests for classroom materials and for donors to give directly to those needs via the web.
The Character Approved Awards is one program in a series of initiatives from USA Network designed to celebrate the inspiring, surprising and buzz-worthy individuals that shape our nation's character.
For more information on Character Approved, visit http://characterapproved.usanetwork.com.
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