SOURCE: Motion Picture & Television Fund

October 21, 2007 01:00 ET

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman Headline "A Fine Romance" to Benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund

Stars of Stage and Screen Gather to Celebrate the Love Affair Between Hollywood and Broadway and 'Take Care of Their Own'

CULVER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2007) - Stars of stage and screen came together tonight as some of the biggest names in Hollywood joined forces with acclaimed performers from Broadway to put on a show to top all shows as the third annual "A Fine Romance" took place on the Sony Pictures lot to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

More than 500 entertainment industry executives and talent gathered for the event that featured performances of songs from movies that became Broadway musicals and Broadway musicals that have become movies. The theme for the event was based on the book "A Fine Romance" by longtime MPTF supporter Darcie Denkert.

Jim Gianopulos, a member of the Motion Picture & Television Fund board of directors and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, and his wife Ann chaired the event for a third year in a row. Catherine Zeta-Jones returned as host of the evening and was joined by guest co-host Hugh Jackman. Joining Zeta-Jones and Jackman as performers were Audra McDonald, Dick Van Dyke, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera, Shirley MacLaine, Raul Esparza and Jamie Campbell Bower.

"Ann and I have been privileged to be a part of this special evening for the past three years, and to see the entertainment industry come out in full force to support the Motion Picture & Television Fund," said Gianopulos. "We are grateful to Catherine, Hugh and all the performers for giving of their talent, to the evening's sponsors for their support and to all the members of our community who came out to make a difference and take care of our own."

The show was produced by Dan Jinks ("American Beauty") and Laurence Mark ("Dreamgirls"), with former Hollywood Bowl conductor John Mauceri returning as musical director and orchestra conductor.

Sponsors of the event included CenterStaging, The Hollywood Reporter, I.A.T.S.E., Fox Filmed Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

During the evening, the Motion Picture & Television Fund presented its Silver Medallion Award to Thomas C. Short, International President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (I.A.T.S.E.). Short is also on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund and was honored for his efforts on behalf of MPTF and service to the organization. The Silver Medallion Award was established in 1942 to recognize outstanding humanitarian achievement for the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the entertainment industry at-large. Past recipients include Lew Wasserman, Jean Hersholt, Gregory Peck, Jules Stein, Mary Pickford and Kirk and Anne Douglas.

For more than 85 years, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has served California's entertainment community. It provides healthcare, retirement care, childcare and charitable social services with compassion and respect for the dignity of the whole person. MPTF is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for senior citizens. Charity has always remained at the heart of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. For more information about MPTF visit www.mptvfund.org.

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