GLAAD Awards to be televised

March 9, 2005 at 9:08 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 9 (UPI) -- Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the first televised Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Media Awards Show, Daily Variety said Wednesday.

The paper said the Emmy-winning producing team will executive produce the telecast for Logo -- MTV Networks' planned channel for gay audiences. The telecast will be comprised of segments from GLAAD Awards ceremonies scheduled March 28 in New York, April 30 in Los Angeles and June 11 in San Francisco.

Zadan told Variety he and Meron have never produced an awards show, but they are long-time supporters of GLAAD.

"So when (Logo head) Brian Graden asked us to work with them on the show, we thought there was no better time to learn than now," said Zadan.

The GLAAD Awards recognize media for presentation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters and issues.

Zadan and Meron have previously received GLAAD Media awards for the TV movies "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" and "What Makes a Family." They're currently working on the movie version of John Waters' Tony-winning Broadway musical "Hairspray," which, itself, was based on Waters' 1988 movie starring Ricky Lake, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Pia Zadora and Divine.

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