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10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz 2010

Howard Bragman

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Howard Bragman

“I grew up fat, Jewish and gay in Flint, Michigan feeling like I had three strikes against me and then I moved to Hollywood where I realized it was three rungs on the ladder of success. Thanks POWER UP for recognizing this.”

Publicist, producer, author, speaker, activist and educator Howard Bragman has been practicing his craft for more than three decades and ranks as one of the best-known and most respected voices in his industry.

Currently chairman and founder of Fifteen Minutes, a respected boutique public relations agency, Bragman was also one of the founders of PMK/BNC, the largest entertainment public relations agency in the world.

Bragman has been working in the GLBT community for more than 25 years and is the recognized "Coming Out" expert for celebrities.

He is the author of the bestselling book, "Where's My Fifteen Minutes;" formerly an Adjunct Professor at The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications; produced the comedy documentary, "Coming Out Party," as well as being a producer on the upcoming film documenting Chaz Bono's gender transition.

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Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

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Duncan Crabtree-Ireland

"Given the tremendous accomplishments of POWER UP in advancing the LGBT cause in the entertainment industry and beyond, it is an extraordinary honor to be recognized by POWER UP."

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland is Deputy National Executive Director & General Counsel of Screen Actors Guild, overseeing Guild legal affairs and strategy and related areas. Along with actor/comedian Jason Stuart, Duncan co-founded the SAG LGBT Actors Committee to advocate for workplace non-discrimination for out LGBT actors. Duncan has worked for LGBT equality since college, and is a past co-president and honoree of the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles. Duncan’s husband John Ireland is an award-winning actor, writer, documentarian, and journalist (Finding Family, GetToKnowUsFirst.org, and MarriageTrial.com). They are the proud parents of a five year old daughter, Emma.

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Wilson Cruz

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"Storytelling opens hearts and can change lives and the stories being told by the membership of POWER UP are integral to our fight for equality. Thank you for recognizing me and this journey I call my career. I continue to be proud to tell our stories and to be a part of this community. I accept this honor in the truest spirit of sisterhood. In the words of one of our greatest anthems, "We are family! I've got all my sisters with me!"

Wilson Cruz first won the hearts of audiences playing Rickie on the critically acclaimed series My So-called Life. He again earned critical acclaim for playing the role of Angel in Rent in its West Coast premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. and then on Broadway. Wilson received the Theatre L.A. Ovation Award. Wilson later starred in the West Coast premiere of Jonathan Larson’s off-Broadway show Tick, Tick, Boom! On the big screen he starred in such films as MGM’s sci-fi thriller Supernova and Disney’s Nixon, directed by Oliver Stone, and Warner Bros.’ He’s Just Not That Into You. He is also no stranger to the indie film world, starring in such films as Johns, All Over Me, Joyride, Coffee Date, and Party Monster. His latest film, The People I’ve Slept With, was the centerpiece film at Outfest Fusion in Los Angeles and will air on the Logo network this fall after its theatrical release.
 
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James Duff
Executive Producer/Creator/Writer

James Duff began his professional writing career with the Broadway drama Home Front, which was later retitled The War at Home before having a successful worldwide run in London, Stockholm, Athens, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sydney. The play was made into a feature film starring Kathy Bates, Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kimberly Williams and Carla Gugino. Duff’s play, A Quarrel of Sparrows, went from regional theater productions to off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre and won a Dramalogue Award during its run in Los Angeles.

Duff has written three television films: Without a Kiss Goodbye, Betrayed: The Story of Three Women and Doing Time on Maple Drive, which earned him an Emmy nomination. In series work, he has written and produced episodes for Popular, Felicity, Wolf Lake and The Agency. He also created and produced the series The D.A. with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin.

Duff has written an episode of Enterprise, as well as four pilots: Long Island Fever, Texas Graces, 911 Fifth Avenue and The Travel Agency.

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Keya Khayatian

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"It is an honor to be recognized - especially by a group of filmmakers devoted to inclusion, honesty and representation through their work at POWER UP."

Keya Khayatian is an agent in the Motion Picture Literary department of leading talent and literary agency UTA. He began his entertainment career in 1995 as an agent trainee in the UTA mailroom. He was quickly promoted to departmental assistant specializing in film rights for literary properties, and in 1997 he was promoted to agent.

With a keen eye for spotting original artistic voices, Khayatian has helped develop the careers of many of the most sought after writers and directors, as well as representing established talent. Born in Iran, Khayatian was raised in Los Angeles and received a B.A. in English Literature from Amherst College.

After earning his degree, he spent two years in New York working at ABC News as a production assistant on World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, before moving to Los Angeles.

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Mark Noble

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Mark Noble


Mark Noble is Senior Field Producer for Access Hollywood, the daily entertainment news magazine show, and guest correspondent for TV One Access, the monthly spin-off showcasing Black Hollywood. During his tenure at Access Hollywood, Mark has covered several high-profile events, amongst them, the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and Grammy Awards. Mark’s work at Access Hollywood earned him a NAACP Nomination for the News segment “Color of Hollywood.” Noble has also explored the visibility of LGBT People in Hollywood including his report on “Black and Gay in Hollywood.” Prior to joining Access Hollywood, Mark’s professional career took him through stops at WABC-TV in New York as well as “Inside Edition” and “Extra.”

Mark graduated from Castleton State College in Vermont, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, OUT AT NBC, as well as a volunteer for the GLAAD Media Awards.

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Peter Paige

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Peter Paige

"Well, that's just ridiculous!"

Peter Paige is best known for his five-year run as Emmett Honeycutt on Showtime’s hit series QUEER AS FOLK. He has numerous film and TV credits, including PING PONG PLAYA, OUR AMERICA, and guest star/recurring roles on CSI:MIAMI, GREY’S ANATOMY, RELATED, WILL AND GRACE, and others. Paige also has a long history of work on the stage - performing nearly every genre of play from the Greeks to Shakespeare to contemporary. Recent theatre credits include THE HISTORY BOYS at the Ahmanson, EDEN LANE at La Jolla Playhouse, ARCADIA and BUNBURY for LA Theatreworks, and SECRET AGENTS at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. As a director, he has completed two feature films: SAY UNCLE, released in 2006, and LEAVING BARSTOW (2009) – both currently available on DVD. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

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Howard Rosenman

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Howard Rosenman

"It is quite an honor to receive POWER UP’s 2010 "10 Amazing Gay Men In Show Biz Award" given the illustrious company with whom I'm sharing the award and the impeccable provenance of the Award itself."

 

One of Hollywood’s first openly gay producers, Howard Rosenman executive produced Common Threads: Tales from the Quilt, winner of both an Academy Award for Best Documentary and Peabody Award; The Celluloid Closet, nominated for an Oscar and won him his second Peabody; Paragraph 175, about gays in the Holocaust.

Howard’s career began working for Katherine Hepburn in the musical Coco, in 1968. He’s produced over 29 features, series, and TV movies: Father of the Bride, Family Man and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Recently, Howard was seen playing founder of The Advocate, David Goodstein in Gus Van Sant’s Oscar-winning Milk.

Howard co-founded Project Angel Food, in 1989. He has served on the boards of the AIDS Research Alliance, Bet Tzedek Legal, DIFFA, Youth AIDS Services, and the Advisory Board of GLAAD.

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Michael Sluchan

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Michael Sluchan


"POWER UP continues to be of vital importance to ALL LGBTQ people; to be recognized for my contributions to our community by an organization whose mission is so near and dear to my heart is an amazing honor."


Michael Sluchan is Vice President, Original Scripted Series Programming at USA Network. He developed and oversees production on ROYAL PAINS. He is the current executive on IN PLAIN SIGHT and oversaw MONK, THE STARTER WIFE and THE DEAD ZONE. Joining USA in October 1999, Sluchan oversaw many longform projects, including “Murder In Greenwich,” “The Rudy Giuliani Story,” “The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss” and the miniseries “Spartacus.” Sluchan got his start at ABC News.

He served on the Board of Directors of Outfest from 2006-2010. A native New Yorker, Sluchan received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Steve Tyler

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Steve Tyler



"I am finally on a list to be proud of."


Steve Tyler’s award-winning acting career spans two decades and two coasts. He has appeared from page to stage, billboards and screens large and small. A familiar face, Mr. Tyler has done over 30 films and television shows, and 200 commercials and was the KOOL Cigarette Man in billboards and magazines worldwide.

Perhaps best known in film for the playing the “straight man” in Farrelly Brother movies “KINGPIN”, “ME, MYSELF & IRENE”, “SOMETHING ABOUT MARY”, “SHALLOW HAL” and “STUCK ON YOU”. Other films include “JOURNEY OF JARED PRICE” written and directed by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black, “RIVER MADE TO DROWN IN” and “BOYS LIFE 3”.

Television appearances include current recurring Guest Star as the Minister of Fairview on “DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES”, Gino on “DAYS of OUR LIVES”, and co-host on P.M. Magazine.

Steve Tyler also has over 40 theatrical productions to his credit including World Premiers “FIRST COUPLE,” Tiffany Theatre, “THE CAT’S MEOW” Coast Playhouse, “RUBICON” Matrix Theater, and “SELF HELP” Highways Theater. Tyler is Co-founder of Playwrights’ Arena, a non-profit theater dedicated to discovering, developing and producing original plays by Los Angeles playwrights. His productions have garnered him a number of honors, including six Drama-Logue awards and two NAACP Image awards.

He lives in Los Angeles where he is active politically and in many GLBTQ and youth causes. Governor appointed former board member to the California Council of Humanities, Victory Fund, A.N.G.L.E., and GLASS. He’s created and produced 100+ fundraisers including ALL STAR VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, Ellen DeGeneres IN CONCERT, FLOWERS FOOD & ART, ELLEN DEGENERES Show and Dinner with Bill Clinton.

 

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