Jumpstart Honors Tina Fey as Part of 25th Anniversary Celebration

Jumpstart Honors Tina Fey as Part of 25th Anniversary Celebration

Tina Fey is being honored by Jumpstart, nominating her as one ofJumpstart’s 25 Faces of 2019! You can read Tina’s words and read more about it below!

Jumpstart is excited to announce that Tina Fey has accepted the nomination as one of Jumpstart’s 25 Faces and shared her thoughts on how early literacy has played a role in her life.

“At a time when everyone loves to argue, the importance of Jumpstart’s mission is inarguably important. Reading shapes our imaginations and opens our minds to the world around us. Every child should get the early childhood skills that will help him be an avid reader,” said actor, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright Tina Fey, Jumpstart 25 Faces honoree.

“When I was in 8th grade I got to do an independent research project of my own choosing. I wanted to ‘study comedy’ and the only book I found was Joe Franklin’s Encyclopedia of Comedians. I was an eighties kid reading about vaudeville stars like Fanny Brice, Moms Mabley and Joe E. Brown – and I loved it. If I hadn’t found that book, I might have had to become a lawyer or something.”

As part of our nation-wide celebrations, we want to recognize and honor those individuals who have played a major role in Jumpstart’s history. Tina Fey participated in two Jumpstart Scribbles to Novels events and supported Jumpstart through Ben & Jerry’s Liz Lemon promotion.

Source: Jstart.org

Tina Fey To Host Two Hour Special Honoring Trail Blazing Women Around the World

It was announced today that Tina Fey is hosting a two hour special named The Hidden World of Girls at WKMS Radio (91.3 FM), which features stories from women around the world! The special will be aired during WKMS’ Sounds Good from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m this Wednesday, March 20th. It can be listened on air at 91.3 FM or on wkms.org.  Read more about it below!

Groundbreaking writer, actress, and comedian, Tina Fey, comes to Public Radio to host The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long specials inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Host Tina Fey, star of 30 Rock, author of Bossypants, and Saturday Night Live alumna, takes listeners around the world into the secret life of girls — from the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrrack in Ramallah — and reveals some of her own hidden worlds.

These two new specials are produced by the Peabody Award-winning Kitchen Sisters, in collaboration with NPR and independent producers from around the world. Inspired by The Hidden World of Girls series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, these specials feature the best stories from that series as well as new, never before heard features, interviews, and music. Lively, sound-rich, and evocative, The Hidden World of Girls is two hours of stories of girls and the women they become.

As part of this international collaboration, The Kitchen Sisters opened up The Hidden World of Girls NPR phone line and invited listeners to share their stories of groundbreaking girls and pioneering women. Calls poured in from around the world and these stories and messages thread throughout the hours. Stories in the special include:

– The story of The Braveheart Women’s Society: Coming of Age in South Dakota, a journey to a four-day rite of passage ceremony for Sioux girls from the banks of the Missouri River.
– From the foothills of Dublin, The Hidden World of Traveller Girls. Travellers, the gypsies of Ireland, nomads traveling in caravans, camping by the side of the road. The men live for horses, the girls for their big, elaborate weddings. 
– We travel to Wayne County, Mississippi into the world of Girls Who Hunt.
– We grapple with the issues of family, crime, violence, and reckoning in the story, Deborah Luster: One Big Self.
– Russia’s Singing Babushkas – a group of elderly women from Buranovo, Russia, who began singing together and who have become a musical sensation at concerts performing Beatles songs.
– Science fiction stories of friendship, superpowers, and the Beatles.

Major funding for The Hidden World of Girls comes from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

The Hidden World of Girls’ two hour-long specials will be aired during WKMS’ Sounds Good from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m this Wednesday, March 20th. Listen on air at 91.3 FM or on wkms.org. 

Source: WKMS.org

Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond attend Anna Wintour’s ‘Fleabag’ Celebration Dinner

Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond attend Anna Wintour’s ‘Fleabag’ Celebration Dinner

Tina and Jeff attended Anna Wintour’s ‘Fleabag’ Celebration Dinner last night in New York City. The private dinner was celebrating the opening of the theater adaptation of BBC’s ‘Fleabag’. Our gallery has been updated with one picture from the event. Click on the thumbnails below to check it out!

Tina Fey to co-chair the ‘New York Pops’ Gala

Tina Fey is set to co-chair the ‘New York Pops’ Gala on April 29, Playbill reports. The gala will be honoring Cyndi Lauper. You can read more about it below!

Tina Fey and Billie Jean King co-chair the New York Pops’ April 29 gala.

The New York Pops will honor pop icon Cyndi Lauper April 29 at Carnegie Hall.

Hat Full of Stars: The Songs of Cyndi Lauper will feature performances by Annaleigh Ashford, Boy George, Estelle, Bridget Everett, Nona Hendryx, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alex Newell, Stark Sands, and more to be announced.

The 7 PM concert is chaired by Lisa Barbaris, Tina Fey, Billie Jean King, Jeff Sagansky, and David Zaslav.

Lauper is a Tony Award winner for writing the score to Kinky Boots.
The concert will also honor media executive Ken Lowe, founder of Scripps Networks and Discovery Board Member.

For tickets, beginning at $75, visit NewYorkPops.org.

Source: Playbill

Tina Fey speaks at the RSA Conference

Tina Fey was one of the keynote speakers at the RSA Conference on Friday, March 8. No professional footage or photos have been released so far – but you can read an article about it and watch a YouTube video from her interview (which is actually just audio) below!

How much overlap exists between the worlds of comedy and cybersecurity? “Almost none,” joked actress, writer, and producer Tina Fey in a closing keynote conversation with Hugh Thompson, RSA Conference program chair.

On the surface, she had a point. But a few parallels emerged as the two chatted onstage. For example, Thompson asked Fey about improvisation – a form of theater which, if you’re not familiar, is founded on the premise of agreement. No matter what anyone says on an improv stage, the other actor(s) have to work with it. “Yes, and …” is a phrase core to improv, Fey explained. If another actor disagrees with a statement, the story stops and the show falls flat.

The audience laughed as Thompson put the idea of “yes, and” in a security context: “Someone walks into a room and says ‘yes, we’ve been compromised,’ … ‘yes and, someone just found our data on a Russian website … ‘yes, and somebody from the FBI’s here.'”

Thompson turned the conversation to teambuilding, where there also exists similarities with improv. As long as each actor contributes, the storyline is built. That said, Fey noted, you meet a lot of people who struggle with agreement, and those people don’t have a place on the team.

“People who operate from a place of ‘no’ are very troubling to me,” she added. You want the people on your team who bring ideas; who are willing to fully jump in. At 30 Rock, she said, her team would work 17-hour days, dedicating their time to the project at hand. “With improv, one of the biggest things is you need to lose your fear of failure and fear of embarrassment.”

Fey also pointed out that “you want the most diverse room you can have,” with a team of people who have different points of view. Thompson admitted the industry has been working more on diversity over the past few years, but “we’re making just small progress.”

When staffing a show, Fey said, she looks for both academic intelligence and emotional intelligence to contribute to a mix of skills and personalities. “You need people who are flexible, and people who are committed,” she explained. And, finally, “don’t hire anyone you wouldn’t want to see in the hallway at three o’clock in the morning.”

“That’s true in our industry too,” Thompson joked.

Source: Dark Reading

Tina Fey To Produce New Netflix Comedy ‘Hometown’

Deadline reports that Tina will be producing a new feature comedy for Netflix named ‘Hometown‘, starring Natasha Rothwell and written by Paula Pell and Michelle Lawler. You can read more about it below!

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired Hometown, a feature comedy that will starInsecure‘s Natasha Rothwell, who is writing the script with Paula Pell and Michelle Lawler. Little Stranger’s Tina Fey and Eric Gurian will produce alongside Pell and Rothwell. Jeff Richmond is exec producer.

They are keeping the plot under wraps but it is a two-hander. Rothwell got a NAACP Image Award nom for Insecure and is developing an original HBO series she’ll exec produce. She wrote and starred in Netflix Presents: The Characters, an original sketch series, and was a writer on Saturday Night Live. Her next film turns are Sonic The Hedgehog and Wonder Woman 1984.

Pell wrote on SNL for 20 years and scripted Sisters. She’ll next star in Wine Country. She produced This is 40 and currently stars in NBC’s AP Bio. Lawler is the cinematographer of Rust Creek and Boomerang.

Rothwell is repped by WME and Edna Cowan Management; Pell is WME and Ken Richman and Fey is WME and 3 Arts.

Source: Deadline