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*The full conference program is available for download as a PDF file here
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_ckFM3USjxHZmV3cm5zVVI0NEU/view>.*

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) will feature an exclusive
interview on *Worst  Shark  Attack  Ever*,  an  award-winning
documentary  featuring
Leonardo DiCaprio and Veronica Grey, who also directed the film. Recently
featured on the NBC show “Morning Blend”, Veronica Grey will be offering a
roundtable interview at America’s first international conference on
celebrity culture *Bridging Gaps: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and
Journalism *in New York City on September 2, 2015.



Leonardo DiCaprio and Veronica Grey were recently awarded the 2015 Special
Humanitarian Award from the International Film Awards for their work on *Worst
Shark Attack Ever*, as well as the Socially Responsible Conservationist
Award from the New Media Film Festival and the Special Jury Award from
the International
Film Festival of Environment, Health, and Culture. The film is eligible for
the 2015 *Celebrity Chat* best screen award. *Celebrity Chat* is a series
launched by conference chair Jackie Raphael.



The conference also features a roundtable interview on author Basuli Deb’s
upcoming book *Come, Cross the Line: Celebrity Lifestyles and Public
Intellectualism*, facilitated by critic Nidhi Shrivastava. Key speakers of
the conference are Josh Nathan, Shetal Shah, Shannon Skinner, and Samita
Nandy.



Josh Nathan is a broadcaster and communication professor at The Art
Institute of Colorado in Denver. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from
Northwestern University, he started building his chops for CNN- and
NBC-affiliates. In 2002, CBS tapped him as one of 72 employees to begin its
new station in southern California’s Coachella Valley. He holds a National
Weather Association Broadcaster’s Seal of Approval and has presented twice
at its annual conferences. His new children’s book, *Too Mad to Trust,
*addresses
anticipated fears designed to prevent a lifetime of speech-language
disorders.



Shetal Shah is a filmmaker and actor in New York. Trained at the Maggie
Flanigan Studios, Shetal worked at the Maine Media Workshops, Boston
Film/Video Foundation, CBS News, and with Python/Aquarius Productions.
Graduating from Columbia University and The New School, she has worked in
collaboration with the United Nations focusing on human rights and climate
change. She is a proud member of the InViolet Theater Company and has
performed in films, TV, and theatre.



Shannon Skinner is the host and producer of the television series,
*Extraordinary
Women TV, *and *Shannon Skinner Live *radio show broadcast on VoiceAmerica
Women’s Channel. With more than 20 years of experience in public relations,
she is regular contributor to the *Huffington Post* and has appeared in *LIFE
magazine*, *Good Morning America*, Rogers TV *Daytime*, *Global TV,
Canadian Living*, *Notable.ca, Good News Toronto*, and *Liquid Lunch*, among
others.



Samita Nandy is the director of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies
(CMCS) and writes as  a cultural critic on fame. She earned her PhD in media
and celebrity culture from the Department of Media and Information at
Curtin University, Australia, in 2012 and is a certified broadcast
journalist. Her international media relations and work led her to be
featured on *CBC News*, *CTV*’s Breaking News *CP 24*, *The Globe and
Mail*, *OMNI
TV*, Canada’s no.1 *Chatelaine*, and *Flare* among many more. Her
forthcoming book *Fame in Hollywood North *will be published in 2015 by
WaterHill Publishers.



CMCS­­­ is an international organization and research network that
specialize in media and celebrity studies. It facilitates academic and
media partnerships to develop commentaries on fame and social change.
For information
on the conference program, visit
http://cmc-centre.com/conferences-2015/nycsept15/ or contact conference
chairs Jackie Raphael and Samita Nandy at [log in to unmask]

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