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Published:August 4th, 2006 04:26 EST
Sudance Channel Announces Talent Pairings for Second Season of Iconoclasts

Sudance Channel Announces Talent Pairings for Second Season of Iconoclasts

By SOP newswire

Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment in association with Condè Nast Media Group, today unveiled the six pairings set to appear during the second season of the Sundance Channel original television series “Iconoclasts."  Premiering Thursday, October 26, 2006, each hour-long program features two leading innovators from different fields who come together to discuss their passions and creative processes.  The six-part primetime series, executive produced by Robert Redford, will air weekly at 9 PM ET/PT

Participants for Season Two are Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton; dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and chef Alice Waters; filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and singer/songwriter Fiona Apple; actress Isabella Rossellini and inventor Dean Kamen; music great Paul Simon and producer Lorne Michaels; and comedian Dave Chappelle and poet Maya Angelou.

The second season of “Iconoclasts” is produced by @radical.media and directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (the filmmakers behind Metallica: Some Kind of Monster).

Not just an ordinary interview program, “Iconoclasts” captures the essence of these headline-makers through the eyes of the creative visionaries who respect and admire them the most.  Set outside of a studio at a location meaningful to one or both of the subjects, each pair provides viewers with an inside glimpse into the passion, inspiration, and motivation that made these iconoclasts who they are today. 

Last season’s installments of “Iconoclasts” presented  intimate and unpredictable portraits of today’s provocative creative leaders from the worlds of  film, food, music, sports, and business including Sundance founder Robert Redford with Paul Newman, actress Renee Zellweger with journalist Christiane Amanpour, chef Mario Batali with REM’s Michael Stipe.

“Each ‘Iconoclasts’ pairing is fascinating on so many levels,” said Larry Aidem, President and CEO, Sundance Channel.    “These individuals have made a significant impact in their respective fields, and when combined, create endless possibilities for great storytelling.  We are sure that Sundance Channel viewers will find each installment entertaining and engrossing.” 

"Grey Goose Entertainment is dedicated to producing innovative and compelling content that appeals to our discerning audience," said Monsell Darville, VP Group Marketing Director for GREY GOOSE Vodka, "We are confident that with the remarkable ‘Iconoclasts’ participating in this season our consumers will not be disappointed."

Current broadcast schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

Eddie Vedder + Laird Hamilton (Oct. 26 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Mikhail Baryshnikov + Alice Waters (Nov. 2 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Quentin Tarantino + Fiona Apple (Nov. 9 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Isabella Rossellini + Dean Kamen (Nov. 16 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Paul Simon + Lorne Michaels (Nov. 23 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Dave Chappelle + Maya Angelou (Nov. 30 at 9 PM ET/PT)

“Iconoclasts” will be executive produced by Robert Redford; Jon Kamen, Frank Scherma, and Justin Wilkes of @radical.media; Monsell Darville of Grey Goose Entertainment; and Laura Michalchyshyn, Lynne Kirby, and Kirk Iwanowski of Sundance Channel and co-executive produced by Joe Berlinger.  The supervising producer is Sidney Beaumont.

SUBJECT BIOGRAPHIES

Musician Eddie Vedder + Surfer Laird Hamilton (Oct. 26 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Eddie Vedder is lead singer and guitarist for the highly influential band, Pearl Jam, which first rocketed to success in the 1990s.  Pearl Jam is currently in the midst of a world tour following the release of their acclaimed 2006 self titled album.

Recognized as the guiding genius of board sports, Laird Hamilton is widely recognized as one of the best big-wave surfers and pioneers of the sport.  He also is a partner in a production company, Bam Man Films and recently released the film, “All Aboard the Crazy Train,” a look at the state of big wave surfing today.

Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov + Chef Alice Waters (Nov. 2 at 9 PM ET/PT)

World-renowned dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov currently heads the newly founded Baryshnikov Arts Center.  He founded and danced with White Oak Dance Project, was the Artistic Director and dancer at the American Ballet Theater and danced with the New York City Ballet. Baryshnikov earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Critics Award for his performance in “Metamorphosis”, and has received Emmy Awards for his TV specials.  He recently received the Kennedy Center Honor and The National Medal of Arts. 

Alice Waters is an author, award-winning chef and an advocate for farmers’ markets and sustainable agriculture.  She founded the legendary Chez Panisse, a restaurant recognized for offering only the highest quality products, and is the founder of the Chez Panisse Foundation, an organization that develops cultural and educational programs on the transformative power of food.

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino + Singer Fiona Apple (Nov. 9 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Quentin Tarantino is a vibrantly imaginative and visionary filmmaker most recognized for such films as Kill Bill Vol. I, Kill Bill Vol. II, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Jackie Brown.   He is currently in production on Grindhouse, his highly anticipated collaboration with Robert Rodriquez.

Fiona Apple is an acclaimed and daring singer and songwriter who exploded on to the pop music scene in 1996 with her debut album “Tidal” and the Grammy Award winning “Criminal”. She has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards including one for a cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” that she recorded with Johnny Cash.   She most recently released her third album, “Extraordinary Machine.”

Actress Isabella Rossellini + Inventor Dean Kamen (Nov. 16 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Isabella Rossellini is an Italian-Swedish model and actress who has also developed her own line of cosmetics and fragrances. Daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, she is well known for her star turn in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet and recently co-starred in such films as The Architect and La Fiesta del Chivo as well as appeared in the hit series “Alias.”  In 2006 she produced and starred in a film about her father titled My Dad is 100 Years Old.

Dean Kamen is an American inventor and entrepreneur, best known for the Segway® HT. He is the founder and president of DEKA R&D Corporation, and holds more than 440 patents for innovative devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. His inventions include the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics and the INDEPENDENCE® IBOT® Mobility System. In 1989 Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology.

Singer/Songwriter Paul Simon + Producer Lorne Michaels (Nov. 23 at 9 PM ET/PT)

American Singer/Songwriter Paul Simon was named one of the “100 people who shape our world” by Time Magazine in 2006. He served as half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel and continues a successful solo career today.

Lorne Michaels is the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” the longest-running and highest-rated weekly late night television program in history. Over the last 30 years, “SNL” has won numerous Emmy Awards and was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and cited as “truly a national institution.” Michaels has personally won ten Emmys as a writer and producer in television and recently produced the hit comedy “Mean Girls.”  He also serves as executive producer of NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

Comedian Dave Chappelle + Poet Dr. Maya Angelou (Nov. 30 at 9 PM ET/PT)

Comedian and actor Dave Chappelle is best known as the host and star of the hit series “The Chappelle Show,” on Comedy Central.  His highly original, inventive and sometimes controversial sketch comedy addresses social issues and race.  He recently produced, wrote and starred in the feature film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.

Dr. Maya Angelou is an eminent American poet, memoirist and actress who is also recognized as an influential figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.  She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” for Bill Clinton’s first Presidential Inauguration.

Sundance Channel

Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different.  Bold, uncompromising and irreverent, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all uncut and commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture of NBC Universal, Showtime Networks Inc and Robert Redford.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression.  Sundance Channel’s website address is www.sundancechannel.com.

Grey Goose Entertainment

Founded in April 2005, Grey Goose Entertainment is dedicated to producing original and unique content for television, music and film.  Each innovative project will reflect the spirit of GREY GOOSE Vodka and celebrate the interests of the consumer.  “Iconoclasts” was the first production from Grey Goose Entertainment.

Condé Nast Media Group

The Condé Nast Media Group, a unit of Condé Nast Publications, includes corporate sales, marketing, interactive and direct sales efforts for all of Condé Nast’s consumer magazines and websites.  The Condé Nast Media Group is recognized as an industry leader for its creation and execution of large-scale, integrated-multiplatform advertising programs and events.

@radical.media

@radical.media is a diverse global production company which has produced numerous award-winning feature films and television programs including the Academy Award winning "Fog of War," the Grammy Award winning "Concert For George,"  "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" winner of the Independent Spirit Award and Jay-Z's "Fade To Black."  Additionally, the company produced the first season of the critically acclaimed television series "Iconoclasts" on the Sundance Channel, "Nike Battlegrounds" on MTV, the Court TV drama "The Exonerated" and the Emmy nominated series "Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" for the History Channel.