"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT," NYU AND AOL TV PARTNER FOR UNPRECEDENTED CAMPUS SCREENING AND PANEL NOVEMBER 17 TO PROMOTE SPECIAL EPISODE OF "SVU"
NEW YORK, N.Y. - November 12, 2010 - The producers of the hit Wolf Films/NBC series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" have partnered with NYU and AOL TV to screen a special episode of �SVU' focusing on drinking and date rape on a college campus, which airs Wednesday, November 17, 9:00 ET/PT on NBC.
"SVU" creator and Executive Producer Dick Wolf and "SVU" star Ice-T will head a panel following the screening of the episode (titled "Gray") at AOL's corporate headquarters in lower Manhattan. MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall will moderate the panel/Q&A which also includes representatives from anti-sexual violence organizations RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and the Joyful Heart Foundation (founded by series star and Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay).
"Sexual abuse on college campuses is unfortunately all too common. By the time a young women graduates from college, one out of four co-eds will have been raped or sexually assaulted," said "SVU" Executive Producer, Neal Baer. "Alcohol use -- and abuse -- is often a factor in these assaults and colleges must address this problem on their campuses."
Ted Magder, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, and Director of the Center for Media and Culture at NYU, will host the evening with the Center for Communication.
"NYU Media, Culture, and Communication students study the ability of content producers to embed or explicitly address social issues within narratives, and our students consider the implications of the presence of those messages. The television medium is more than a carrier of entertainment content. The long-form, dramatic series format offers an opportunity to engage the audience in serious deliberation over personal and collective concerns. We are delighted to partner with "SVU" and to provide our students with the opportunity to hear from Dick Wolf, one of most talented producers of dramatic television in the U.S."
Fans are invited to submit their questions for the panelists at $2 (Discussion tab), or tweet their questions to @WolfFilms, with the hashtag #1in4. After the episode, viewers can find excerpts from the panel and see their questions answered at $2 AOL TV will also have exclusive behind-the-scenes content, including interviews with actors, writers, producers and experts on their personal experiences with sexual abuse and filming this episode.
Further information on anti-sexual violence programs and recovery resources can be found at $2 and $2
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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is a Wolf Films Production in association with Universal Media Studios. Dick Wolf, Ted Kotcheff, Neal Baer and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.
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About NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication
The NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) is at the forefront of innovative scholarship and teaching. Our research and curriculum emphasizes the study of global media and culture, digital media and new technologies, media history, visual culture, sound studies, media institutions and industries, and political communication.
About Center for Communication
Center for Communication is an independent, nonprofit media forum, founded in 1980 to bridge the gap between the media industry and colleges and universities to educate tomorrow's media professionals by connecting students to leaders from all fields of the industry. Each year, the Center provides 45 free seminars and conferences, featuring leading media figures who present students with a realistic and up-to-date view of the today's industry; alert them to new developments in the ever-evolving media landscape; and provide them with internships, valuable contacts, and entry-level jobs. Many thousands of students from over 185 colleges and universities in the Tri-State area attend these events during the spring and fall semesters. These events also appear on the Center's weekly television show MEDIA CITY on NYC TV, available to over 8 million households.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotlines (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotlines have helped more than 1.5 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit $2.
About Joyful Heart Foundation
The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. Since its founding in 2004 by Mariska Hargitay, Joyful Heart has invested more than 9 million dollars in innovative programs, education and awareness campaigns, coalition building and partnerships in our three hubs in New York, Los Angeles and Hawai'i, as well as across the country. Joyful Heart has directly served thousands of survivors and the healers who support them. Tens of thousands more have taken that first important step to get help through our web-site. Our participation in national educational, media and advocacy initiatives has planted the seeds of a changed awareness in the lives of millions.