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    GTNs Hottest Movie Tie-In Programs: Visionary Directors, Authors, Producers and the True Stories that Inspired Them

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    The Tuohy FamilyThe Real Heroes of The Blind Side

    The Tuohy FamilyBack left to right: Sean & Leigh Anne Tuohy Front left to right: Collins, Michael Oher & Sean

    2010 Academy

    Award Winner for

    Best Actress #1


    The Tuohy Children: Michael Oher, Collins & Sean Jr.The Difference Trust Makes: Supporting One Another Through Change and Transition

    Who knows where Id be? says Oher, who with the

    love and support of the Tuohys has become the most

    sought after player in football. Michael Oher, along

    with Collins and Sean, Jr., inspire audiences to see their

    greatest challenges as opportunities. As I look back, its

    crazy how I got here, he says. But it didnt seem tough at

    the time. I just lived day to day, did the best I could.

    The Father: Sean TuohyBehind The Blind Side: Overcoming Obstacles in the Face of Adversity Sean invites audiences to go behind-the-scenes of the Tuohy household with a heartwarming

    message: In our house, we believe in miracles. Sharing personal anecdotes with his signature

    southern charm, Sean brings The Blind Side to life. A dedicated father and inspirational coach, Sean

    asks us to consider a simple question: why are kids just like Michael Oher are falling through the

    cracks every day?

    The Mother: Leigh Anne TuohyEvery Team is a Family: How to Make an Impact on Your Community

    At the podium, Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the potential in those around usand to do

    something about it. She shares her personal Blind Side observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the

    first time to how the experience changed her as a personand the Tuohys as a family. She asks audiences

    to explore how we can make an impact big enough to change a broken system.

    In Conversation: Subject & Author Author Michael Lewis and Sean Tuohy have known each other since

    childhoold: they were classmates for 13 years in their hometown of New

    Orleans. Together on stage, Michael and Sean inspire audiences with the

    humor and insight that only two long-time friends can share. They intimately discuss the evolution of The Blind Side and

    what it means for the Tuohy familyand the American education system as a whole.

    In Conversation: The Tuohy Family She cried the second she met him, and it was over, Sean

    recalls. At the podium, Sean, Leigh Anne and Michael Oher

    share their intimate, personal story that inspired The Blind Side.

    As a family, they each share their individual perspectives on the

    story, and they pose the bigger question: what is the definition of

    family, and how can we all make a difference to those who need us


    The following programs are available together or separately

    The Tuohy FamilyThe Real Life Heros of The Blind Side

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    Michael Lewis & Billy BeaneAuthor & Subjects of Moneyball

    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    Billy BeaneSubject of

    Michael LewisAuthor of

    The Real-Life Subject: Billy BeaneConsidered one of the most progressive and talented baseball

    executives in the game today, Billy Beane has molded the

    Oakland Athletics into a perennial postseason contender

    since assuming the general managers duties shortly following

    the 1997 season. At the podium, Beane conveys his

    innovative, winning style of management and leadership,

    which involves identifying undervalued assets to create

    and sustain a competitive advantage. By striking parallels

    between baseball and business, Beane inspires audiences

    across industries with his unforgettable winning underdog


    With Brad Pitt as the leading role, the film version of Michael Lewis 2003 New York Times best-seller, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game has taken audiences by storm. Offering an unprecedented behind the scenes look at a Major League Baseball franchise, Moneyball details

    the effect that an innovative personnel approach has had in allowing the small-budget Oakland

    Athletics to consistently rank among baseballs best. Combining baseball and business strategies and

    offering an unprecedented look inside the inspiring true story, Billy Beane and Michael Lewis discuss the

    Moneyball philosophy and its lessons for businesses everywhere. Audiences will be inspired and uplifted

    by this rousing sports-underdog story.

    Behind the Scenes With The Author: Michael LewisA shrewd observer of sports, politics, finance and the

    American scene, Michael Lewis combines keen insight

    with his signature wit, making him one of todays

    leading social commentators. In his best-selling book,

    Moneyball, Lewis draws on his unique knowledge of

    money, science, entertainment and ego to illustrate the

    strategies employed by a club gleaning lessons from

    corporate America. On stage, Lewis discusses the

    exploration of the nature of talent, the assumptions

    people hold and how they get in the way of success,

    and how to identify talent and maintain and edge in a

    competitive field.

  • Executive Producer of the Entire BATMAN SeriesMichael Uslan

    Bringing Batman to the Silver ScreenIn an inspiring program, Uslan takes audiences along on the journey of creating his career to bringing

    Batman successfully to the big screen. He shares the principles that allowed him to persevere despite

    repeated rejection and encourages audiences

    everywhere to reach for their dreams and believe

    in themselves. In a separate program, Uslan address

    the founders of the comic book industry and how,

    not coincidentally, the majority of them are Jewish

    immigrants or first generation American Jews. Person-

    ally familiar with these legends, Uslan shares their

    anecdotes. Along with many of these creators, Uslan ap-

    pears in the documentary The Legends Behind the Comic

    Books. Uslan also reveals the connection of the superhe-

    roes created by these men and women to Jewish lore and

    traditionsfrom how The Golem spawned The Hulk

    and just how similar Superman and Moses really are.

    The highly anticipated next chapter in Uslans Batman series,

    The Dark Knight Rises, will once again star Christian Bale as

    Bruce Wayne, as he continues his war on crime in the dark

    depths of Gotham City. Set to premiere in July 2012, The

    Dark Knight Rises will undoubtedly deliver another Batman

    masterpiece that will have everyone talking.

    The Man Behind BATMAN

    Michael UslanBatman Executive Producer & Comic Book

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    Michael Uslan is best known as the originator and Executive Producer of the Batman movie series, starting with Tim Burtons 1989 film, and continuing to 2008s box office record-breaking The Dark Knight. Less well known is that the first Batman film was the culmination of

    Uslans more than two decades of work to bring a serious, dark version of the character to the big

    screen. Uslans start in the world of comics was as unlikely as his success in bringing Batman to the

    theaters. Born into a blue collar family in New Jersey, Uslan was instilled at an early age to find work

    to be passionate about. Knowing he loved comics and films, he set about creating a career.

    In 1979, Uslan secured the film rights to Batman from DC Comics. He was turned down by every

    studio in Hollywood. The reason he was consistently given: Batman was from the funny pages and

    wasnt supposed to be taken seriously.

  • Brett RatnerRenowned Hollywood Director, Producer & Entrepreneur

    More than $1 Billion in Box Office Sales

    Dubbed a born storyteller by LA Weekly, Brett Ratner first dreamed of making movies as a child growing up in Miami Beach, Florida. Throughout elementary school, Ratner made movies in lieu of traditional homeworka talent which helped him skip ahead two grades. After graduating high school early, Ratner was

    determined to attend New York University Film School but was told that his unimpressive GPA would prevent

    him from getting in. Ratner refused to accept no for an answer, and after barging into the Deans office with

    his application he was accepted into the program. At only 16 years old, Ratner became the departments

    youngest film major in history.

    Now the 16th highest grossing film director in history with more than $1 billion in career box office

    sales, Ratner is also the quintessential entrepreneur. In addition to his directorial work, he runs Rat

    Entertainment, a successful film production company in partnership with Paramount Pictures; Rat Press,

    a book publishing company with international distribution through Perseus Books Group; Rat Records,

    a record label; and Brett Ratner Brands, the corporate branding company behind Activisions Guitar

    Hero Risky Business campaign and Wynn Resorts Encore campaign.

    At the podium, Ratners archetypal journey

    from Miami dreamer to Hollywood

    mogul comes to life through his signature

    charm and action-packed storytelling

    style. Famous for his effortless comedic

    timing and humorous perspective on

    success, Ratner encourages audiences to

    look beyond obstacles and never take

    no for an answer. Also a prominent

    and influential figure in the Jewish

    community, Ratner shares how his

    shameless chutzpah propelled him

    into overwhelming success.

    From Hip Hop to Hollywood

    Brett RatnerRenowned Director, Producer &

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  • Best-Selling Author of Sex and the City & Lipstick Jungle

    Candace Bushnell

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    From Characters to IconsFrom Sex and the City through her four

    successive novels, Bushnell has revealed a gift

    for tapping into the zeitgeist of any New York

    minute. With each book, she has deepened

    her range, but with a light touch that makes

    her complex literary accomplishments look easy.

    A Novelist and the City

    Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling novelist whose first book, Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series. Bushnell captured the countrys attention with Sex and the City by breaking down the

    bedroom doors of New York Citys rich and beautiful to expose true contemporary stories

    of sex, love and relationships. The book introduced the nation to modelizers, toxic

    bachelors and the women who are looking for Mr. Big as they glide in and out of a star-

    studded social scene.

    Through her books and television series, Bushnells work has influenced and defined

    two generations of women. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix award for books (other

    winners include Joan Didion and Amy Tan), and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit

    of Achievement Award. Bushnell grew up in Connecticut and attended Rice and New York


    The Carrie Diaries Meet Carrie Bradshaw, in her teenage years.

    Bushnell teen novel, The Carrie Diaries, takes

    readers back to Carrie Bradshaws formative years

    in high school, giving an inside look at Carries

    friendships, romances and how she realized her dream

    of becoming a writer. The second installation in the

    teen series, Summer in the City: A Carrie Diaries Novel,

    follows Carrie on her first summer of adventures and

    mishaps in the city that would become her Sex and the

    City stage. The Carrie Diaries, has been picked up as a

    TV series by The CW and is set to premiere in early 2013.

    Candace BushnellBest-Selling Author of Sex and the City & Lipstick

  • Danny GloverAcclaimed Actor & Leading Social Activist

    Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. Most

    recently, he completed filming the critically acclaimed feature 2012 for director Roland Emmerich,

    Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon and Poor Boys Game for director Clement Virgo, Shooter for

    director Antoine Fuqua and Be Kind, Rewind for director Michel Gondry. At the same time,

    Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic

    efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care

    and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Glover received

    a 2006 DGA Honor. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the

    United Nations Development Program.

    In addition to his individual

    presentations focusing on the

    arts, literacy and community

    involvement, Glover regularly teams

    with long-time friend and actor Felix

    Justice in An Evening with Martin

    and Langston.

    From Lethal Weapon to Dreamgirls...

    In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films, dedicated to the development of films of

    historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The New York

    based company has a slate of progressive

    features and documentaries including

    the recently released Bamako, which

    premiered to superb reviews at the

    Cannes International Film Festival.

    The Role of Arts in Community Activism

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    Danny GloverAcclaimed Actor & Leading Social

  • Bestselling Author of The Notebook & Safe HavenNicholas Sparks

    A Cultural Phenomenon

    At the podium, Sparks takes audiences

    deeper into the sleepy towns and poignant

    relationships that ignite the pages of his

    romantic pageturners. Drawing large and

    appreciative crowds of fans, Sparks in

    person displays the traits that make his

    books so beloved: great storytelling, a

    unique voice, and a charm that connects

    through the power of words. His relatable

    talks weave his own personal story of hard

    work, rejection, anxiety, and triumph for

    inspiring authors and romantics


    From Best Sellers to Motion Pictures

    Nicholas SparksBestselling Author of The Notebook & Safe

    With almost 80 million copies of his books in print, literary sensation Nicholas Sparks is the author of 17 New

    York Times #1 bestselling books and a cultural phenomenon in his own right. In l994, at the age of 28, he

    wrote The Notebook over a period of six months. In October 1995, rights to The Notebook were sold to Warner

    Books. It was published in October 1996, and he followed that with 16 novels, including Message in a Bottle

    (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), Dear John (2006), The Last Song (2009),

    and The Best of Me (2011) to name a few. All of his books were domestic and international best sellers, with

    almost 80 million copies sold worldwide, translated into more than 45 languages.

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    Coupled with the undeniable success of his many books, the movie adaptations of Sparkss books have

    become the most iconic romantic feature films for a whole new generation. Beginning with Message in

    a Bottle in 1999, Sparkss novels continued to grace the silver screen with adaptations of A Walk to Re-

    member (2002), The Notebook (2004), and Nights in Rodanthe, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane

    (2008). Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, and The Last Song, starring Miley

    Cyrus and Greg Kinnear, were released in 2010 to great success. Sparks continued to dominate the box

    office with the release of The Lucky One starring

    Zac Efron in April 2012. Production is already un-

    derway for a February 2013 release of whats sure

    to be another blockbuster smash hit, Safe Haven

    starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.

    A Great Storyteller

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    The Global Zombie Threat

    As we all know, the world we live in has become a rather scary place, and the global

    increase in the number of Zombie attacks isnt helping matters any. According to the

    Office of Homeland Security, Brooks is the preeminent authority on dispatching the

    relentless, flesh-eating armies of Zombies that seem to be everywhere these days.

    People have asked me, Did you write this as a metaphor for the paranoia thats sweeping the nation? No. Im not that smart, Im just really scared of zombies.

    Max Brooks

    Inside the Epidemic

    Brooks New York Times best-seller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    (2007), tells the story of the worlds desperate battle against the zombie threat with

    a series of first-person accounts as

    told to the author by various char-

    acters around the world. Publishers

    Weekly called the novel

    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    Ten years after the human victory over the world wide Zombie epidemic, referred to as World War Z, the worlds foremost Zombie preparedness expert, Max Brooks, scoured the world collecting the stories and experiences of those who have survived the conflict that

    almost eradicated humanity. In the gripping motion picture, based on Brooks New York Times

    Best-Seller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, the incredible tale of the zombie

    epidemic is brought to life with an all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt in June 2013.

    Max Brooks Preeminent Zombie Expert & Best-Selling

    Max BrooksPreeminent Zombie Expert & Best-Selling Author

    The ExpertThe son of Mel Brooks and

    Anne Bancroft, Max Brooks

    is completely dedicated to the

    cause of raising awareness on the

    issue of Zombie survival. Brooks

    is ready to come to your campus

    or community to help prepare

    your audience with the latest

    Zombie survival techniques.

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    Best-Selling Author of Something Borrowed & Heart of The MatterEmily Giffin

    A Modern-Day Jane Austin

    Giffin began her fiction writing career at the ripe age of eight, when her first published poem appeared

    in Cricket Magazine. Despite several rejections of her first manuscript, Giffin persisted, eventually

    completing Something Borrowed. Hailed as a heartbreakingly honest debut with dead-on dialogue,

    real-life complexity and genuine warmth, Something Borrowed became a New York Times best-seller

    that has sold more than a million copies to date. Since then, she has penned four more New York

    Times best-sellers: Something Blue (2005), Baby Proof (2006), Love the One Youre With (2008) and

    Heart of the Matter (2010). Due out in July 2012, Giffins next novel Where We Belong, explores the

    journey that two women embark upon in search for what is missing in their lives.

    Turning A Dream Into A Best-Seller

    Emily Giffin has touched the hearts of millions of readers. Populated by emotionally charged and endearingly flawed characters that readers cant help but root for, her five novels have been translated into 29 languages, with five million copies in print worldwide, and three have been optioned for the

    big screen. The film of her first novel, Something Borrowed, came out in summer 2011, released by the

    production companies of Hilary Swank and Edward Burns, and stars Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin

    and John Krasinski.

    Giffin brings to life the emotion, humor and

    relatable issues of her novels in her own insightful

    and intimate voice. Sharing her personal journey

    to publishing success, Giffin provides a behind-

    the-scenes look at turning a dream into a reality.

    A firm believer in taking risks and following your

    heart, Giffin speaks to the fears and hopes of

    anyone pursuing a seemingly unattainable goal

    and provides living proof that the future you

    imagine can actually come true.

    In a separate program, Giffin candidly and

    colorfully discusses the struggles that her

    memorable characters face in her novels

    poignant conflicts and choices in friendships,

    marriage, work and motherhood that define

    every womans existence. With a fresh and relatable take on the dilemmas facing the modern

    woman, Giffin brings to life with clarity and empathy just how complicated our lives can

    be . . . and how essential family, true friends and forgiveness are in helping us navigate lifes

    difficult choices.

    Speaking to Women Everywhere

    Emily GiffinBest-Selling Author of Something Borrowed & Heart of the Matter

  • Perspective of a Spy

    As a covert CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame Wilson worked to protect Americas national security from the proliferation of nuclear weapons. At the podium, Wilson draws upon her best-selling book that inspired the movie Fair Game, laying out the CIA leak controversy in an incisive and enlightening presentation. Perspective of a Diplomat

    Joseph Wilsons historic career in international relations spans more than three decades, with service under five U.S. presidents. At the podium, Wilson draws upon his best-selling book The Politics of Truth and recounts his work in world political affairsfrom facing down Saddam to challenging the source of the White House

    leaks that exposed Valerie Plames covert identity.

    A Blockbuster at the Podium

    At the podium, Plame shares her thoughts on what she views as unprecedented abuse of public trust by the Bush administration in its efforts to silence a critic and subvert the right of citizens to exercise free speech. Plame also speaks alongside her husband Joseph

    Wilson, and together the husband and wife team lay out the CIA leak controversy in an incisive and enlightening presentation. Drawing from the Wilsons respective memoirs, Fair Game and The Politics of Truth, they take audiences inside two decades of world politics from facing down Saddam Hussein to White House leaks.

    The Politics of Truth: FAIR GAME

    Based on Valerie Plame Wilsons life as a covert CIA agent, Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, takes audiences inside the CIA controversy that exposed Plames secret identity. Before her undercover status was compromised, Plame and her husband Ambassador Joseph Wilson were working to protect America from weapons of mass destruction. The political firestorm that followed Plames exposure captivated the country and continues to spark heated discussions on national security, foreign policy, free speech and abuse of power.

    Valerie Plame & Joseph WilsonOuted Former CIA Agent & Former Senior U.S.

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    Valerie Plame Wilson & Joseph WilsonThe Real Inspiration Behind Fair Game

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    w w w . g r e a t e r t a l e n t . c o m

    GLOBAL AND NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES: Spencer Abraham Cory Booker Wesley Clark Richard Clarke Roger Cressey Monica Crowley & Alan Colmes Adrian

    Fenty Harold Ford, Jr. Louis Freeh Brigitte Gabriel Richard Gephardt Alberto Gonzales Zachary Karabell Bernard

    Kouchner Meghan McCain Judge Andrew Napolitano Vali Nasr Ehud Olmert Reza Pahlavi George Pataki Janet Reno

    Dan Senor Jose Antonio Vargas Valerie Plame Wilson Joseph Wilson

    PRINT AND BROADCAST JOURNALISM: Jonathan Alter Carl Bernstein Campbell Brown Tina Brown Babara Ehrenreich Sir Harold Evans Joshua Foer Susie

    Gharib Sebastian Junger Steve Kroft Lara Logan Kati Marton Peggy Noonan Byron Pitts Bob Simon Lesley Stahl

    Jeffrey Toobin Ali Velshi Gideon Yago

    ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Neal Baer Bob Balaban Elizabeth Berkeley Susie Essman John Fort Danny Glover Lee Hirsch Carson Kressley

    Anthony Rapp Brett Ratner Mo Rocca Peter Sagal David Steinberg Ben Vereen Vanessa Williams Henry Winkler

    Anthony Zuiker Alan Zweibel

    MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION, ADVENTURE: Chaz Bono Dewey Bozella Kris Carr Ntiedo (NT) Etuk Mia Farrow Ronan Farrow Rory Kennedy Marcus Luttrell

    Marlee Matlin T.K. Mattingly Luma Mufleh Petra Nemcova Michael Oher Apolo Anton Ohno Nell Irvin-Painter Bill

    and Giuliana Rancic Capt. Winston Scott Caroll Spinney Esera Tuaolo The Tuohy Family

    BUSINESS, ECONOMY, MANAGEMENT: Ben & Jerry Jared Bernstein Billy Beane Mark Burnett Paul DePodesta Donald Fehr Susie Gharib Seth Godin Peter

    Greenberg Peter Guber Mitch Joel Liz Lange Steven Rattner Cynthia Rowley Michael Silverstein Howard Stringer

    James Taylor Jonathan Tisch Omar Wasow Meredith Whitney Michael Woodford

    BEST SELLING AUTHORS:Po Bronson Max Brooks Candace Bushnell Neil Gaiman Emily Giffin David Grossman Pete Hamill Homer Hickam

    Oscar Hijuelos Michael Lewis Wendy Mogel Michael Moore PJ ORourke Richard Preston Nicholas Sparks Jennifer

    Weiner Tom Wolfe

    Founded with the belief that words have the ability to change peoples lives, Greater Talent Network is devoted to bringing the most interesting and inspiring stories to audiences worldwide.