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Environmental Media Association and TakePart Announce EMA Digital Video Award



LOS ANGELES, CA, September 9, 2014 – The Environmental Media Association (EMA) will announce the 3rd annual EMA Digital Video Award presented by Participant Media’s digital magazine and social action platform TakePart (http://www.takepart.com) at the 24th Annual Environmental Media Awards on Saturday, October 18. The award will recognize innovative environmental messaging making a difference via digital content.
The nominees for the award are as follows:
“On Begley Street: Episode 8 It All Falls Down”
Executive Producers: Billy Frank, Raphael Sbarge, Rachelle Carson
Producers: Ed Begley, Jr.
Director: Raphael Sbarge
“Science Fair Nightmare” (League of Conservation Voters)
Producers: Mik Moore, Moore and Associates, Monica Hampton, Peter Glatzer, SHFT
Director: Andy Cobb
Writer: Andy Cobb
“Should We All Be Eating Bugs?” (AsapSCIENCE)
Producers: Gregory Brown, Mitchell Moffit
“The digital space is where content is being shared in the most creative and immediate way. This year’s nominees represent how artists can educate and motivate using this powerful tool about our environmental issues. We are privileged to be able to recognize and encourage these efforts. By highlighting this work, we believe we’re able to reach the next generation about understanding their actions can and do make a difference for the future of our planet,” said Debbie Levin, President, Environmental Media Association. “With our partners at TakePart, we share the view that media is the most powerful tool we have to educate and inspire individuals to make changes in their own lives.”
“Through its website and social media, TakePart connects daily to millions of people who care deeply about our planet, and who are looking for entertaining ways to stay informed and get involved,” said Karina Kogan, EVP of Digital for Participant Media. “And that is why this is the third year we’ve teamed up with EMA to present the digital award. We’re consistently blown away by the quality of the nominees, and the commitment that EMA and its young Hollywood Board have to raising awareness about our environment and how they convey their passion through engaging stories and even greater actions.”
Since its inception in 1991, the Environmental Media Awards have evolved into a prestigious event, honoring individuals and organizations, as well as films, television productions and their creative teams that increase public awareness of environmental issues.
The 2014 Environmental Media Awards are presented by Toyota and Lexus. Go to www.ema-online.org and follow EMA on Twitter @green4ema for updates on the 2014 EMA Awards.
About The Environmental Media Association
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization founded in 1989 by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear. EMA is dedicated to harnessing the power of celebrity and the media to promote sustainable lifestyles and believes through positive role modeling the entertainment community can inspire consumers to take action. The organization has grown into a diverse group of industry professionals from film, television and music dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental awareness through the entertainment business and the media.  EMA serves as a valuable link between the entertainment industry and the environmental community. Visit us at online at www.ema-online.org and www.facebook.com/EMAOnline.
About TakePart
Participant Media’s TakePart (http://www.TakePart.com) is a digital news, lifestyle magazine and social action platform for the conscious consumer. TakePart’s mission is to inspire and accelerate social change by connecting compelling content to action, and its proprietary “TakePart Action Platform.” (TAP) is a widget that embeds petitions, pledges, and other actions alongside relevant content. TAP also powers engagement for Participant Media films and for Participant’s television network Pivot, (http://www.Pivot.tv) available in approximately 45 million homes in the U.S.
Participant (http://www.ParticipantMedia.com) is the global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing, and digital content that inspires social change. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.

About Toyota Motor Sales, Inc.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.