Today, we lost a friend, a father, a filmmaker, Andy Swan. Andy put up a very strong fight, one that matches his character and spirit and we are so proud of him and wish his family and friends love and support during this time.
We first met Andy last summer at an event we were invited to by another friend, Lee Allport from My Sentiment Exactlee blog back on July 24th 2010: At the Action On Film International Film Festival VI, where AREA 9 Productions will presented “SWAN,” a charity event to benefit the Lung Cancer Foundation Of America. This event was hosted by Executive Producer Ed Bernero and the cast of the popular CBS television show, “CRIMINAL MINDS” in Pasadena.
In attendance, supporting Andy Swan and his family were Shemar Moore, Ed Bernero, and Kirsten Vangsness from Criminal Minds, Al and Zadrina Eisenmann from Area 9 Productions and more.
In February 2010, just as his career was beginning to take off, 34-year-old writer/director Andy Swan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, a total shock as Andy was never a smoker. Through his drive and determination, coupled with cutting-edge cancer treatments and tremendous support from his family, friends and colleagues, Andy put up a year long battle and today he was called home. Andy was a partner in AREA 9 Productions. He is survived by his wife Jen Swan and his 4-year-old son, Nicholas.
For more info on the Lung Cancer Foundation of America please visit: lcfamerica.org
To find out how you can support Andy Swan’s cause, his family and the Lung Cancer Foundation of America in this cause, please visit: www.area9productions.com
Andy would want us all to “keep going” and in his honor, we will do just that, keep going.
Starting tonight, La Toya Jackson will guest judge on the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airing on Logo at 10/9C. La Toya will act as a voice of reason as she aids RuPaul in eliminating drag queen hopefuls who are vying to be crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” La Toya will be judging contestants on their fashion sense, style and personality.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” tears up the runway with the only drag reality competition on television. RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen acts as the show’s host. The 12 drag queen hopefuls are competing for the coveted title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and also a prize package that includes a headlining spot on Logo’s Drag Race Tour, featuring cocktails perfected by ABSOLUT®, a lifetime supply of Kryolan Professional Make-up and a cash prize of $75,000.
Jackson commented, “I had an amazing time on this show and I love, love, love RuPaul! The ladies in the competition were exquisite and creative and I know the audience will love this season.”
This season is sure to be full of catfights, drama, laughs and tears. In La Toya’s second guest judging episode of the season airing on April 11th La Toya’s highest airing single, “Just Want to Dance” is featured. Other judges this season include, Sharon Osbourne, Carmen Electra, Margaret Cho, Amber Rose and Vanessa Williams.
La Toya will be a contestant herself on the 11th season of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” premiering on March 6, 2011. Hosted by Donald Trump, the celebrity version of the show features business-style challenges in which the rich and famous compete to raise money for charity, rather than a job with Trump. La Toya will be competing against Dionne Warwick, Meat Loaf and Mark McGrath, to name a few.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Chris McKim and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Dave Mace and Pamela Post serve as Executive Producers for Logo.
ABOUT LOGO Logo is the world’s leading ad-supported cable, satellite, online, mobile and digital entertainment network from MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) for gays and lesbians, their families and friends. Launched in 2005, Logo’s cable channel is in more than 46 million homes across the United States and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, 365Gay.com,DowneLink.com and NewNowNext.com. Logo’s content is distributed across all leading download-to-own, streaming and mobile services. The most influential brand for the most influential audience, Logo provides a mix of original and acquired entertainment as well as news, social networking and community building that are authentic, smart, fun, entertaining, and inclusive. Logo joins MTV Networks’ roster of popular and highly targeted brands which include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.
ABOUT WORLD OF WONDER World of Wonder (WOW) was founded by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey and has created a library of branded properties across all platforms, including such well known films as “Party Monster,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “Inside Deep Throat” and television shows “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” “Million Dollar Listing,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Fantasia for Real,” “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” and the entertainment blog The WOW Report (www.worldofwonder.net).