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The Entertainment Fellowship

 

Entertainment Fellowship - Robert Hanley

 

Robert Hanley was founder and eight-year president of The Entertainment Fellowship, a very successful, nonprofit organization of more than 4,000 people in the entertainment industry.

It’s MISSION was to enable people in the entertainment industry to recognize Judeo-Christian principles and apply them to their careers. By offering the individual spiritual and practical choices, The Entertainment Fellowship addressed the issues of ethics, morals and survival in this industry. The Fellowship affected a positive change in the lives of individuals which subsequently brought a higher standard of morals and ethics to what the industry as a whole produced. In addition, the Fellowship encouraged all people to apply ethical principles as a wise and valuable guideline in the selection of their entertainment.

The Fellowship accomplished this by providing regular DISCUSSION MEETINGS, and other events, which focused on God & career; spirituality and the specific challenges faced by those in the entertainment and media industries. These meetings were held in an atmosphere, and with an agenda, that enabled people to share their faith, feelings and experiences with their peers from all areas of the industry. Representative topics included: “Perseverance;” “Emotional Burnout:  What causes it? What can I do about it?” “Power: Coping with people who abuse it;”  “Success and Failure: Dealing with the distractions.”

In addition to the Discussion Meetings, other events included MONTHLY SCREENINGS of new or soon-to-be-released films, MONTHLY GUEST SPEAKER DINNERS held at CBS Studio Center, a QUARTERLY PUBLICATION entitled Angie which contained articles by and for its members, as well as YEARLY RELIGIOUS RETREATS.

 

Entertainment Fellowship - Robert Hanley

Robert hosting the Monthly Guest Speaker Dinners at CBS Studio Center


The Entertainment Fellowship also reached out to industry, civic and religious communities offering positive alternatives for the ethical improvement of entertainment in our society.

The Fellowship was inter-denominational, made up of people from a wide variety of faiths. Mark 3, 35(For) whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother. The Fellowship has been featured on numerous television news and talk shows including NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw as well as in the national press in the Washington (D. C.) Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. Subsequently, both the city and county of Los Angeles honored the Fellowship by presenting Robert with the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award.

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Board of Directors

 

Entertainment Fellowship - Robert Hanley

Spiritual Advisor
Rev. Bert Billett, C.M.F.
Claretian Ministries
 
Membership Chair
Joe Costantino
Producer
 
Founder/President
Robert J. Hanley
Actor/Writer/Director
 
Programs Chair
Lisa Insana
Associate Producer
 
Secretary
Mary-Ann Selvaggio
Business Manager
 
Publicity Chair
Corrine J. Sidney
Sidney Event Marketing
 
Treasurer
Ivan C. Tiholiz, M.D.
Tiholiz Medical Group
 
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Honorary Board

John Baskin
Writer/Producer
President - Act III Productions
 
Jim Brogan
Stand-up Comedian/Writer,
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
 
Fritz Coleman
NBC4 Weathercaster, Stand-up Comedian
 
Linda Crane
Vice President
Caesars World Entertainment
 
Sam Denoff
Writer/Producer
 
Laura Diaz
ABC7 News Anchor
 
Vic Faraci
Vice President, Nashville
Warner Bros. Records
 
Tracie Fiss
Segment Producer
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
 
Jim Gosnell
Senior Vice President
Agency for the Performing Arts
 
Asaad Kelada
Director
 
Rabbi Aaron Kriegel
Temple Ner Maarav
 
Wink Martindale
Host
 
Peggy McCay
Actress
 
Kevin Nealon
Stand-up Comedian
 

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Guest Speakers

 

The purpose of our Guest Speaker Dinners was to regularly inform, enlighten and entertain our members and their guests by providing a forum for prominent individuals from the entertainment industry to speak on the ethical and practical aspects of their careers as well as issues pertaining to the industry as a whole.

Steve Allen - Legendary performer, musician, author, composer, and first host of NBC's The Tonight Show

Entertainment Fellowship - Steve Allen

(Photo Above: Steve Allen)

Frankie Avalon - Teen idol, actor, singer (Venus)

John Baskin - Writer/executive producer, president of Act III Productions

Jimmy Brogan - Stand-up comedian/writer/Talent Coordinator for NBC'S The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno

Jimmy Burrows - Sit-com director, Cheers, Friends...

Dyan Cannon - Actress/writer/director, Heaven Can Wait...

Charles Champlin - Author/host/film critic, Los Angeles Times

Fritz Coleman - NBC4 weatherman, stand-up comedian

Linda Crane - V.P., Caesars World Entertainment, Las Vegas

Michael Curtis - Writer/producer, Friends...

Fred de Cordova - Executive producer, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Sam Denoff - Writer/producer, four Emmys, The Dick Van Dyke Show, That Girl...

Laura Diaz - News anchor, ABC7

Tom Dreesen - Stand-up Comedian, emcee, actor

Nancy Eckels - Director, The Bold &The Beautiful

Entertainment Fellowship

(Photo Above: Directors Asaad Kelada and
Jimmy Burrows woth Robert at a Fellowship Dinner)

Vic Faraci - Vice president, Warner Brothers Records

Tracie Fiss - Segment producer, The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno

Christine Foster - Literary agent, Shapiro-Lichtman

Louis Goldstein - Casting Director

Jim Gosnell - Senior vice president, Agency for the Performing Arts

Sam Haskell - Executive V. P., West Coast Head of Television,
William Morris Agency

Kathy Ireland - Actress/model/entrepreneur

Asaad Kelada - Director, Who's The Boss...

Michael Klausman - President, CBS Studio Center

Carol Lawrence - Broadway and TV Actress, dancer, singer (West Side Story...)

Richard Lawrence - President/owner, Abrams-Rubaloff & Lawrence theatrical agency

Eric Lutes - Actor, Caroline In The City

Brent Maddock - Screenwriter/producer, Batteries Not Included, Tremmors, Heart & Souls...

Entertainment Fellowship

(Photo Above: Members at a Guest Speaker Dinner)

Greg Maylins - Writer/producer, Friends...

Wendie Malick - Actress, Just Shoot Me

Leslie Mann - The Norman Lear Foundation

Peter Marshall - Singer, actor, host
The Hollywood Squares

Ann Martin - News anchor, CBS2

Wink Martindale - TV and radio host, Gambit...

Peggy McCay - Actress, Days Of Our Lives...

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. - Singers/actors - The Fifth Dimension (Up, Up and Away...)

Entertainment Fellowship - Dyan Cannon

(Photo Above: Dyan Cannon)

Michael Medved - Author, host (Sneak Previews), film critic - New York Post

Denise Muntzner - Producer, NBC

Kevin Nealon - Comedian, Saturday Night Live!

Dennis Prager - Author, KABC talk radio host

Lynn Redgrave - Actress

George Schenck & Frank Cardea - Writers/executive producers, Shogun...

Danny Simon - (Neil's brother) writer, director, and teacher

Ernest Thomas - Actor, (What's Happening . . .)

Fred Travalena - Entertainer, actor, singer, impressionist

Joan Van Ark - Actress, (Knot's Landing...)

Paul Williams - Humanitarian, musician, composer (We've Only Just Begun...), actor

Tom Wilson - Comedian/actor (Back To The Future I, II, III)

 

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Newspaper Articles

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  • The Washington Times - Hollywood group takes high ground
  • Los Angeles Times - Actor Plays His Part in Keeping Faith on Film
  • Emmy Magazine - The Industry
  • Daily News - Los Angeles - Answered prayers: Sho-biz workers share their faith
  • Catholic Twin Circle - Robert Hanley: Acting For God
  • Catholic Twin Circle - The Entertainment Fellowship
  • The Plain Truth – The Hollywood Faithful
  • Los Angeles Times - Entertainment with a Christian message

 


Photos

 

 
 
  • 1
    Fellowship supporter Bob Hope and writer-EF member Martha Bolton. Mr. Hope agreed to a story we did on him for our quarterly publication Angie.
  • 2
    Robert is invited to speak by The George Washington University in Washington D.C., on the influence of the entertainment industry has on the country
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    Fellowship guest speakers - directors Asaad Kelada and Jimmy Burrows join Robert at the monthly Guest Speaker Dinner held at CBS
  • 4
    EF members attend one of the earlier Guest Speaker Dinners at Barone's Restaurant in Toluca Lake, CA
  • 5
    EF member and guest speaker – actress, director, screenwriter, editor and producer Dyan Cannon
  • 6
    Robert is presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award by both the city and county of Los Angeles
  • 7
    EF member and guest speaker - model, actress and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland
  • 8
    EF member and guest speaker – comedian and actor – Kevin Nealon
  • 9
    EF members and guest speakers – members of The 5th Dimension – singer/actor Marilyn McCoo and musician/singer Billy Davis Jr.
  • 10
    Robert at podium during monthly CBS Guest Speaker Dinner
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    EF member and guest speaker – first host of The Tonight Show, musician, actor, comedian, and writer – Steve Allen
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    EF member and guest speaker – actress – Lynn Redgrave
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