SOURCE: BAFTA/LA & Television Academy

August 24, 2006 21:11 ET

BAFTA/LA and the Television Academy Kick Off Primetime Emmy® Awards Weekend With Expanded Tea Party and Online Auction

Public Invited to Bid on Teapots Designed and Autographed by Gillian Anderson, "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES" Cast Members, "ER" Cast Members, Jon Voight, Howie Mandel, Lisa Kudrow, Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek, Lucy Lawless and Many Other International Stars

Proceeds to Benefit Educational Outreach Programs of the Nonprofit Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 24, 2006 -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are hosting an Online Celebrity Tea Party and the public is invited! In celebration of the 2006 Primetime Emmy® nominees from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, proceeds from the first-ever Online auction of celebrity-designed teapots and luxury merchandise will benefit both the Television Academy Foundation and BAFTA/LA's nonprofit foundation. In the past, the teapots were auctioned at the annual Tea Party held in Los Angeles -- where they have been a sellout each year -- and this marks the first time that the public has been invited to bid on and win the coveted teapots -- all of which have been designed and permanently autographed by leading celebrities.

The Online auction features teapots designed and signed by numerous luminaries, including: "Desperate Housewives'" Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight ("Pope John Paul"), cast members of "ER," Lucy Lawless ("Zena: Warrior Princess," "Battlestar Gallactica"), "Deal or No Deal's" Howie Mandel, cast members of "Rock Star: Super Nova," Primetime Emmy nominees Gillian Anderson and Charles Dance of "Bleak House," husband and wife Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") and Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle"), "General Hospital's" Tristan Rogers, reality series impresario Mark Burnett, "America's Next Top Model's" Jay Manuel and Primetime Emmy Nominee Lisa Kudrow ("Friends," "The Comeback") among others.

The world's premiere airlines and cruise lines have also joined the party:

American Airlines

A Pair of Round-Trip Tickets for First Class Travel, "We Know Why You Fly"

British Airways

Two First Class Round-Trip Tickets to London, "The Ultimate Experience in Luxury Travel"

Cunard Line

A Six-Day Transatlantic Crossing for two in Queens Grill Accommodation, "Embark Upon a Most Civilized Adventure"

United Arlines

Three Pairs of First Class Round-Trip Tickets Between NY and LA and San Francisco for p.s.(sm) service, "A Great Way to Travel in Comfort and Style"

Also on auction:

Bombardier

Danica Patrick-signed Leather Jacket

Waterford Wedgewood

The World's Leading Luxury Lifestyle Group with Four World Class Brands -- Waterford Crystal, Wedgewood, Rosenthal and Royal Doulton

Hosted Online by the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, the celebrity teapot auction begins at (August 26, 2pm Pacific Time), and will conclude at (Friday, September 15, 12pm Pacific Time).

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) is a professional, independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1987, which operates as an affiliate of BAFTA, headquartered in London. Its members represent all disciplines of the entertainment industry and have full voting rights in the annual Orange British Academy Film Awards (known as the BAFTAs). With over 1,100 voting members, BAFTA/LA is the largest British professional industry organization outside of the UK. BAFTA/LA's various activities include screenings, Q & A's, scholarships to British students studying film and television in Los Angeles, and the Heritage Archive Video Interviews. Its outreach program extends to hosting numerous educational events for various entertainment organizations as well as students and inner-city school children. More information about BAFTA/LA can be found at www.baftala.org.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1946 just one month after network television was born. This 14,000 member-strong nonprofit organization is devoted to the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences and to fostering creative leadership in the telecommunications industry. In addition to recognizing outstanding programming through its Emmy® Awards, the Television Academy publishes emmy magazine and through its Foundation, is responsible for the Archive of American Television, College Television Awards, acclaimed student internships, Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship and other educational outreach programs. For more information on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and its many industry-related programs and services, including year-round Academy events staged for the community, please visit www.emmys.org.

The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm In The Middle") and Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") whose efforts, along with those of their celebrity and designer friends, have helped improve the lives of children across the globe. For more information, and to bid, please log onto www.clothesoffourback.org.

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