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September 2016: West Hollywood CA: The power of television and celebrity activism took center stage at Emmy weekend in Hollywood.

Kicking-off the Emmy festivities at the Sunset Tower Hotel, TV Guide Magazine and TV Insider saluted actors who use the power of their celebrity to advocate for social change with the Television Industry Advocacy Awards which benefit The Creative Coalition. The ceremonies were hosted by Wendi McLendon-Covey of The Goldbergs.  

Among the honorees include:

  • Jill Soloway for bringing awareness to LGBTQ issues through her show Transparent;
  • Veep actor Tony Hale for his work with the International Justice Mission which combats sex trafficking, slavery, and child abuse
  • Niecy Nash (Getting On) for her work with the Amazing Grace Conservatory which educates and empowers youth through the arts
  • Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough for his involvement with 1 Life at a Time and Sophie’s Place which heals children through song
  • Veep actor Reid Scott for his efforts on behalf of Oceana to protect and clean the oceans
  • Dean Norris (Under the Dome) for his work with the Wounded Warrior Project which supports our troops
  • Good Morning America’s Sandra Lee for her efforts on behalf of breast cancer awareness.
  • Michael Kelly from House of Cardsfor his involvement in the Thanks Mom and Dad Foundation which supports programs and services for senior citizens  

Several of the Television Advocacy Awards honorees were also nominated for Emmys this year including: Jill Soloway, Tony Hale, Michael Kelly, Niecy Nash, and Derek Hough.

About The Creative Coalition: The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.  Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance.