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    Over 14 months in the making, CTN GREEN is here. 4 Blogs, a Video Gallery, a full screen virtual magazine, News Portal and Art Gallery are live and thankfully getting great reviews. Over the past several months we have been networking with people and finding amazing friends in the process, making this endeavor all the more rewarding. These people are dedicated to the entire spectrum of sustainable and well crafted reasoning, and it is our honor to be a part of it.

    One new feature launching now is our CTN GREEN Excellence Award, to express on behalf of all of us, the gratitude we have for those that chose to work tirelessly toward greater goals in defense of and for sustaining our planet. Our goal is to promote the further understanding of their acheivements and be a voice that advocates their continued success.

    We welcome you to a world painted entirely in green; built on a carbon-negative footprint and dedicated to the events, art, lifestyle, products and services that are leading the forefront of an environmentally sound future.

    This is CTN Green, our humble paperless publishing and video journalism brought to life as www.CTNGreen.com. We are fortunate to have a superb staff and set of contributors to help bring you a robust and energetic angle on being sustainably eco-smart and a bit edgy and cool while doing that.

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    Neal Gray - co-founder, President and CEO

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    A visionary and highly successful entrepreneur, Neal Gray is the driving force and catalytic creative engine behind CTN Green and all elements of the CTN Media Group. A veteran in the fields of entertainment, advertising and publishing, the former President and CEO of two prominent corporations and the marketing and advertising consultant to major corporations, Neal Gray's vast experience, ceaseless energy, commitment and boundless creativity leads the top notch CTN teams. An active philanthropist dedicated to the environment and various charitable, artistic and humanitarian causes, Neal has always believed in giving back to society and working toward a better future for the many, not just the privileged few. An infectious optimist and respected innovator, Neal has the ear of industry leaders from coast to coast.

    Robin Rudoy - co-founder

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    In the fast-paced world of consumer trends, new technology and environmental consciousness, CTN Green looks to Robin Rudoy to keep it current on emerging ideas, products and markets that reflect an ecological concern while maintaining consumer responsiveness. Coming from an impressive background in the fields of advertising, publishing and magazine editorial content, Robin has spent a lifetime dedicated to promoting healthy living, organic products and education aimed at conserving our world's most precious resources without compromising style, quality and practicality. Robin's editorial direction fortifies CTN Green readers with an authoritative voice and guide dedicated to helping them navigate cutting edge lifestyle products and services that are ecologically sound but also exciting and stylish. Robin's vision will encourage readers to use these tools to make informed decisions that reflect a shared concern for the environment through the use of exciting, fun and interesting sustainable products and services.

    Enzo Villani
    Enzo Villani has been an entrepreneurial leader in developing and executing businesses in both world-class global organizations and start-up companies. Enzo has focused his career on developing solutions in financial services, investor relations, marketing, and Internet technology. He is a strong believer that sustainable investing is increasingly becoming an influential driver for corporations, investors, regulators and consumers globally.

    As chief contributor for CTN Green's Sustainable Investing section, Enzo is focused on searching the green ecosystem for the entrepreneurs and intra-preneurs that are providing solid business ideas for a strong sustainable-energy future.

    Most recently, he is a founding member of the executive management team of Sage Holdings, LLC. As EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Enzo is responsible for all strategic and corporate development globally, through which he has been engaged in over $200M in acquisitions in 2008 alone. Sage Holdings, LLC is the leading transatlantic stakeholder management and financial communications firm, employing over 900 professionals with offices in New York, London, Dubai, Munich and Stockholm. From October 2001 to 2006 he was a Managing Director at The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. Enzo holds a Masters in Business Administration from The Johnson School at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from Iona College. He has also studied in Pratt Institute's MS program for Communication Design and at The School of Visual Arts.
    Louise Brady
    British newscaster Louise Brady is our international CTN Green correspondent. She can be seen in nearly every Green Car interview on CTNGREEN and has a Show of her own at the SPEED channel on Cable network TV. She is energetic and passionate about healthy living and eco-friendly lifestyle trends and is a vibrant presence at humanitarian and benefit events. With her many years of experience in broadcasting at the BBC, Louise brings a welcome euro flavor to CTN Green, and a lot of Green Automotive know-how.
    Alexa Daniels
    A successful proponent in raising awareness about the needs of impoverished children around the world, Alexa Daniels is a New York correspondent, committed to highlighting the brands and trends leading the forefront of the eco-friendly movement. The youngest member of the CTN team, Alexa offers a fresh perspective and creative approach to preserving our earth's greatest resources.
    Monica Del Grande
    Monica is our on camera presence for both CTN LUXE and CTN Green. She has ten years of television and broadcasting experience in both English and Spanish and extensive experience producing and selling on-air segments on both sides of the lens.
    Annette Ferstenberg
    Annette Ferstenberg brings to the CTN team a confluence of wide-ranging experience in advocacy, law, educational fundraising, writing and entertainment. A former litigator as well as consultant, producer, fundraiser and child advocate, Annette is passionate about preserving the environment and developing renewable sources of energy, promoting and expanding the rights and resources of adolescents and the elderly, advancing alternative health and educational opportunities, and charitable giving, particularly for the arts and education. She is especially focused on exploring ways of using the arts as a medium for making a positive societal impact.
    Michael Pollan
    For the past twenty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. Pollan is the author, most recently, of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. His previous book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollan's previous book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, was also a New York Times bestseller, received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best non-fiction work of 2001, and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon.com. He is also the author of A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991). In 2003, Pollan was appointed the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, and gardening. www.michaelpollan.com
    John Marshall Roberts
    An outspoken voice within in the Los Angeles sustainable business community, John is particularly interested in using his research to further the environmental movement's agenda. He works with a variety of profit and non-profit organizations to create messaging campaigns that inspire environmental action. His new book "Igniting Inspiration: A Persuasion Manual for Visionaries" is quickly becoming an indispensable tool for a new generation of socially conscious marketers, business leaders, and activists in the Los Angles area and beyond. John serves as communications consultant for several clients including Evenson Design Group, a sustainable branding and design firm in Los Angeles. A former psychology professor, John's unique insight into the psychology of the communication design process has made him a prominent contributor to several pioneering entertainment projects over the past decade, including two $200 million dollar plus theme park designs. Recent clients and partners have included the Oscar-winning BRC Imagination Arts, the Joseph Campbell Foundation, Knock Knock, Inc. www.jmarshallroberts.com
    Erin Darling
    Erin Darling is our favorite social networking expert, a print, online and television journalist. As co-founder for THEPOPFIX.com, she specializes in entertainment writing and has been a featured celebrity interviewer for Will.I.Am's website, Dipdive.com.
    Robert Glenn Ketchum
    Over the last 40 years, Robert Glenn Ketchum's photography, writing exhibits, and numerous books have made him one of the most successful advocate/artists in American history. In the centennial issue of Audubon magazine he was named as one of the 100 people "who shaped the environmental movement of the 20th Century." He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), and a lifetime Trustee of the Alaska Conservation Foundation. American Photo lists him as one of the 100 most important people in photography, and Digital Photo Pro magazine to call him one of the new digital masters. Additional acknowledgements for his wide-ranging accomplishments include United Nations Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, and the Robert O. Easton Award for Environmental Stewardship. www.robertglennketchum.com/
    Susan Davis
    Susan Davis has worked in many areas of entertainment business for over 35 years.National CO-Chair of the women's committee of the screen actors Guild. Most recently she, Steve Mills and Susan Valdes, produced, wrote and directed "Invisible Women," a twenty-eight minute documentary about the diminished image of women over forty in the media. She has a licensed practitioner for 22 years in the field of health, wellness and spirituality.On Broadway she co-produced the critically acclaimed "Conversation at Midnight" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. An actress for over 35 years she is most often remembered as Matthew Broderick's mother in "War Games" and the nymphomaniac nurse on "Barney Miller." Her voice-over credits include Pippi in the movie "the Pippi Longstocking Story".
    Jaci Wilson Reid
    Jaci Wilson Reid is an internationally recognized supporter of non-profit organizations focused on women, children, the arts and minority causes. Although you often find her in the glamorous pages of O, ELLE, Allure, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, Gotham, Capitol File and Hamptons Home, her work includes hosting special events, serving as a board member, soliciting donations, public relations and recruiting educators. While her participation in philanthropy is highlighted in lifestyle magazines and "who's who" columns of major U.S. publications, Jaci takes her role in the public eye seriously as a s positive role model and inspiration to other women and minorities. Jaci is a patron of The Whitney Museum, The Studio museum of Harlem, The Kennedy Center and The Rush Foundation. She currently serves on the Boards of Russell Simmon's Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), Love Heals and Free Arts NYC.
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    Philippe Cousteau
    Executive Producer

    Philippe Cousteau is the 28 year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father and grandfather through EarthEcho International (www.earthecho.org), the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as CEO. In addition to his work with EarthEcho International, Philippe is co-founder of Azure Worldwide (www.azureworldwide.com) a strategic ‘green lifestyle' consulting and destination development company. Projects have included work with former AOL Chief Executive Steve Case's Revolution Places to provide eco-experiential programming for Cacique Costa Rica, a high-end, environmentally-friendly resort as well as environmental programming for ecoentertainment attractions in Singapore.

    Philippe is the Chief Ocean Correspondent for Animal Planet, where he works on various ocean and water-focused documentary programs, including "Ocean's Deadliest," which he completed after his co-host Steve Irwin was fatally wounded during their expedition. Philippe is currently a host for Oceans, a new High Definition Discovery Channel/BBC co-production premiering in the fall of 2008 (8 one-hour episodes) that explores the state of our world's oceans and major seas. He also is the host and narrator for his own one hour special on Discovery called Living Loch Ness, premiering in the fall of 2008.

    Philippe has been featured in television and radio programs across the country. He was recently named to Smithsonian Magazine's list of "37 under 36, America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences." He and his sister were guest editors November 2007 issue of Women's Health, the first magazine to ever feature a "Blue Issue", he has written articles for Sport Diver Magazine US and National Geographic Magazine and has lectured at such institutions as The United Nations, Harvard University, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was recently named to Smithsonian Magazine's list of "37 under 36, America's Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences." Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of The Ocean Conservancy, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, and the National Environmental Education Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board of Discovery Communications Inc.'s Planet Green and is a member of the Smithsonian Institution's Ocean Initiative Council. He holds a Master's degree in history from the University of St. Andrews.
    Kevin S. Bright
    Executive Producer/Director

    As one of the original Executive Producers behind the hit NBC series "Friends" – Kevin S. Bright has gained recognition as one of TV Comedy's most successful producers.

    Early in his career Bright produced the CableACE Award-winning series, "The History of White People in America," as well as HBO specials starring Robin Williams, Harry Shearer, and Paul Shaffer. In 1989, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series as Supervising Producer on the Fox's "In Living Color." In 1992 Bright won a Cable ACE Award for Best Comedy Series as Executive Producer of "Dream On".

    During its 10-year run (1994-2004), "Friends" received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series as well as the People's Choice Award as Favorite Comedy Series. In addition to his work as producer, Bright directed over 50 episodes including the season finale of each year.

    In 2006, Kevin developed and is currently still teaching a course on Directing and Producing Pilots for Television at Emerson College in Boston.

    Maria Simone, Business Development and Investor Relations
    Ms. Simone is the Managing Partner of DreamScout, LLC, a Scottsdale, Arizona based business development and marketing firm specializing in start-up companies. She is also the President and CEO of Signature Accents, Inc., creators of City Scarves with products sold in department stores and hotel gift shops. In addition to her involvement with her own start-up ventures, Ms. Simone has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs access business planning and development, capital formation, product manufacturing, marketing and distribution resources. Subsequent to graduating from St. John's University in 1986 with a BS degree in Pharmacy and MBA coursework at University of Phoenix, Ms. Simone assumed various business development roles for large health related organizations (hospice, home health, pharmaceutical research, medical device exporting) eventually leading to her direct management of several multi-million dollar accounts. Ms. Simone has an extensive background in operations, sales, marketing, licensing, capital acquisition and contract negotiations.

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    Mariel Hemingway
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    As the granddaughter of illustrious author, Ernest Hemingway, Mariel was always destined to be well-known and publicly recognized. However, at the young age of 13, Mariel became famous in her own right when she made her silver screen debut in "Lipstick". Four years later her work in Woody Allen's "Manhattan" earned her an Oscar nomination. She has since made 30 films and numerous television appearances in series and as a host of several environmental and humanitarian documentaries. Her latest and most exciting project is Mariel's Kitchen…a company that will produce real food products with a real life message! Mariel believes that the health of the body mind and spirit is the first step in becoming conscious of the health and well being of the environment that surrounds us. So eat real food grown organically and locally and get more in touch with who you are and how we interact with our communities. You can check out her message and her mission on CTN Wellness, Marielhemingway.org and Marielskitchen.com.
    Raphael Mazzucco
    Internationally renowned photographer Raphael has shot for Elle and Vogue magazines the world over, as well as Dutch, Io Donna, Spoon, Arena, Marie Claire, GQ, Playboy and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazines. His campaigns for Guess? clothing over the past several years have been regarded among the most successful that CEO and Creative Director Paul Marciano has commissioned to date. Raphael continues to define the look of popular culture. His photoart graces all of our CTN magazines.
    Jeth Weinrich
    Jeth Weinrich is a filmmaker whose first film, "Moon of the Desperados," achieved cult status in the rodeo world. A prolific, Clio award-winning commercial director helming major advertising campaigns for such companies as Cigna, Subway, the U.S. Navy, First Bank of America, Southwest Airlines, Sovereign Bank, Proctor and Gamble, Hasbro, among others, one of Jeth's creations has been featured at the Superbowl. He has also directed music videos for such artists as Van Halen and Candlebox. He has won four of seven Junos, Canada's Grammy Awards, for which he was nominated, and was twice named Canada's Director of the Year. Adweek named him one of the top ten directors in America to watch.

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    Hellen Sandler
    Kyoto, Boston, New York, Aspen, San Diego, 30 years hand-on experience creating national category leading natural food brands. Lecturer, personal chef, teacher, wellness coach, speaker. Passionate proponent of a healthier lifestyle through common sense, organic / natural approach to a happier, positive life. Helen is Hots to our Wellness Section, and runs her own site: www.chewbite.com with recipies and commentary about the reality of being what you eat.
    Barrie Lynn
    "The Cheese Impresario," is a former advertising executive possessing a longstanding penchant for food, wine and entertaining. Barrie writes the "Cheese Matters" monthly column in The Beverly Hills Times and has been featured in USA Today, VARIETY, the Wine Spectator, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Candy, the popular food blog, "EatingLA," Ben Adair's, "Pacific Drift" on KPCC 83.9 FM Los Angeles, KGO TV, KTLA TV and E! Entertainment television. Inclusion of her personally-hosted day of "Artisanal Cheese & Wine Tasting Adventures" in gift baskets at the Oscar and Emmy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe Awards Celebrity Retreat, has attracted a celebrity following including Oscar winner, Mira Sorvino, Oscar winners, Three 6 Mafia and "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" Jeff Garlin.


    Anselm Doering
    Anselm Doering is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in hospitality business management. Mr. Doering has lectured about sustainability at universities, been a panelist for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, been interviewed on NPR's Marketplace and testified on behalf of New York City and New York State environmental bills. Currently, Anselm is working on environmental projects with corporations that include Disney worldwide, Foxwoods Resort, Mohegan Sun, Whole Foods, Kimpton Hotels and Outback Steakhouse. LEED certified consultant/analyst, www.ecologicsolutions.com.
    Jeff Schweitzer
    Dr. Jeff Schweitzer is an internationally recognized authority in bridging science, conservation, development and ethics. He has been a guest speaker at dozens of international conferences in Asia, Russia, Europe and across the United States.

    In 1992 he was appointed to the position of Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Schweitzer was responsible for providing scientific and technological policy advice and analysis for the President's Science Advisor and the Vice President, and to coordinate the U.S. government's international science and technology cooperation. He worked with the president's cabinet and 22 U.S. Government technical agencies, and with countries throughout the world, in a broad range of fields including biology, physics, chemistry, geophysics, agriculture, oceanography and marine sciences. He was instrumental in establishing the permanent Global Forum on Science and Technology at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to promote greater international scientific collaboration.

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    Randi Becker
    Randi brings a distinguished background in television production, development and business to the CTN Green team. Committed to the needs of both parents and children, Randi created a parenting show for cable TV entitled, 'Mother to Mother', disseminating valuable tips for parents and caregivers on infancy and child development. A creative entrepreneur in her own right, Randi was awarded a patent for designing a female fashion accessory sold in stores the world over. Her current project is a website, Zentats.com, which will offer hip, ecologically forward merchandise for the family and home. A cancer survivor dedicated to raising awareness about health and fitness, Randi supplements her own thirst for knowledge with the study of yoga, meditation and spirituality.
    Madonna Billauer
    Madonna Roberts Billauer, M.A.,Kinesiologist Madonna Billauer works somewhat like a conductor in physics. Operating from a tremendous body of work, her mission and intention is to assist great people to their greater purpose. She thrives on putting people together, seeing voids and filling them. The author of "Communicating the Art and Science of Energy", co Author of "Awaken the Healer Within", Madonna is a University Professor who has been teaching for more then ten years in the Universities (UCLA, USC and UCI) and Hosipitals (UCLA and UCLA Santa Monica), is a Kinesiologist working in a clinical setting and an artist who caught the attention of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been coined a visionary and is paid for her talent and knowledge. Naturally she has been drawn to contributing and advising world class efforts for profit and non profit. She has contributed as a visionary and advised Mark Victor Hansen and his "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books, assisted as visionary and advisory for nephew and family with the famous "LIfe Rolls On Organization" and is an Honorary Host Committee Member. She also is very proud to have advised and help found the world class "Laguna Dance Festival/CaDance" and asked by David Parsons to be on his International Advisory Board for the Parsons Dance Co. in New York. She has also advised and contributed to CTNgreen and CTNwellness and is founding the new "LIfetime Family Wellness Headquarters".
    Linda Penny
    Linda, now a Los Angeles-based kinesiologist, healer and teacher, is also a tuning fork sound therapist and Reiki Master with decades-long experience in all these modalities in the United Kingdom, United States and Asia with both individual and corporate clients. With U.S. memberships in the Energy Kinesiology and Sound Healers Associations and several U.K. associations, Linda has implemented the "Vital Wellness Program," designed to empower individuals to heal themselves by utilizing alternative health modalities. She studies extensively to facilitate her commitment to healing.

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