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Radio Disney to Broadcast From the Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards

Radio Disney to Broadcast From the Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards

Event Benefiting the Starlight Children's Foundation to Take Place Sunday, Nov. 19, at Wilshire Theatre

Radio Disney personality Ernie D will host a special broadcast from The Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards, it was announced today by Robert J. Dowling, editor in chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter.

Radio Disney DJ B.B. Good will also serve as a presenter at the YoungStar Awards, which will take place during a formal gala presentation, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills on Sunday evening, Nov. 19, 2000.

Following the awards presentation, Radio Disney will also broadcast from the lavish invitation-only supper celebration at Le Meridien Hotel. Many of the recording artists heard on Radio Disney will perform at the YoungStar Awards and after-party, including nominees Billy Gilman, Hoku and Rachael Lampa.

The YoungStar Awards is the only awards presentation exclusively for children and teens (ages 6 to 18) in recognition of their outstanding work in film, television, music and stage.

More than 2,000 entertainment industry celebrities, professionals and guests will attend the awards show, in which 19 awards will be presented.

This year's nominees were selected by the Casting Society of America and a poll of 3,500 entertainment industry insiders who read The Hollywood Reporter will determine the winners.

This year's YoungStar nominees include: Thora Birch ("American Beauty"), Amanda Bynes ("The Amanda Show"), Charlotte Church, Kirsten Dunst ("Dick," "The Virgin Suicides"), Jonathan Lipnicki ("Stuart Little"), Heather Matarazzo ("Now and Again"), Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle," "My Dog Skip"), Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense") and Natalie Portman ("Where The Heart Is").

The Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards will be executive produced by Dick Clark and Robert J. Dowling, and produced by Dawn Allen of The Hollywood Reporter and Al Schwartz and Ken Shapiro of dick clark productions.

The event producers are Stephen LoCascio and Michael Russell of CinePoint Productions. A portion of the proceeds from this year's YoungStar Awards will benefit the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, The Hollywood Reporter is entertainment's first daily trade paper, providing the worldwide industry with complete news coverage of film, television, cable, music, new media/technology, video, marketing, sports, fashion, electronic games and theme parks.

The Hollywood Reporter launched its Web site in 1996, becoming the industry's first online delivery of entertainment news. The Hollywood Reporter's parent company is Netherlands-based VNU, the world's largest organization of entertainment-related publications and services.

Created and produced by Disney/ABC Radio Networks, Radio Disney is similar in style to top 40 music radio, but targets kids and includes teams of young adult and kid DJs as well as character personalities. Children can listen to their favorite songs from a variety of music styles, including pop, oldies, soundtracks and kids songs.

Non-music features are written and delivered in an entertaining fashion that appeal to the young audience. Such features include: ABC News for Kids Notebook, ESPN Sports for Kids, Laugh Shack, Gross Me Out, Aptitude Dude, The Adventures of Bud and Iggy and Gramma Nature.

Radio Disney can currently be heard in 46 markets across the country, including 16 of the top 20 DMAs (Designated Market Area). With 50 percent U.S. national coverage, Radio Disney has more than 1.65 million children (ages 6 to 11) and more than 600,000 moms listening each week (ABC estimate based on Children 6-11, Children's Radio Audience Estimates, October 1999 Network Report, Statistical Research Inc.). ABC Radio is a division of ABC Inc., an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.

The Starlight Children's Foundation is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for sick kids and their families.

Benefiting more than 74,000 children each month, the organization is on the cutting edge of distractive entertainment therapy and provides a large menu of in-hospital and outpatient services while working with more than 650 pediatric centers around the world. To learn more, check out the Web site, www.starlight.org, or call 800/274-STAR.

-- Posted September 22, 2000

Source: Company Press Release