The Creative Coalition Brings Hollywood and Washington Together in New Hampshire to Tackle the Presidential Debate

New York, NY (May 30 2007) – As the dust settles from this Sunday’s CNN Presidential Candidate debate in New Hampshire, The Creative Coalition brings a team of political pundits and activists from the entertainment industry together for a straight-talking, both sides of the aisle look at the election. Talking the Talk: The Creative Coalition’s 21st Century Debate Dialogues and Brunch will be held this Monday morning, June 4, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The Dialogue will be moderated by Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr. (The West Wing, Big Love, The McLaughlin Group) and feature syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, Republican pollster Dr. Frank Luntz, The Nation’s Eric Alterman, and CNN’s Bill Schneider. All will engage in a lively discussion on issues surrounding the Presidential election and offer an in-depth look at the debates. Also in attendance and hosting the event will be actor and The Creative Coalition Co-President Joe Pantoliano, and actors Tim Daly, Peter Coyote, Hill Harper, Tim Blake Nelson, Wendie Malick , Richard Schiff, Cady Huffman, Hallie Eisenberg and several other notables from the entertainment industry.

As the nonprofit, nonpartisan public advocacy arm of the arts and entertainment industry, The Creative Coalition ( works to mobilize and educate the arts community on issues of national importance with special focus on those involving First Amendment rights, public education, and arts advocacy.

“This presidential election cycle is unique– the race is wide open and it’s the first time without an incumbent in more than 50 years,” said Robin Bronk, The Creative Coalition’s Executive Director. Talking the Talk kicks off a series of Creative Coalition dialogue events and other initiatives that will bring together the nation’s most strategic political thought leaders to help dissect the issues in what is considered to be the most important presidential race in years.


WHO: Moderated by Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr. (The West Wing, The McLaughlin Group, MSNBC Senior Political Analyst); panelists include syndicated columnist Arianna Huffington, The Nation’s columnist and author Eric Alterman, Republican pollster Dr. Frank Luntz, and CNN’s Bill Schneider; and hosted by Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Big Day, Racing Stripes), Tim Daly(Private Practice, The Sopranos), Hill Harper (CSI: NY, City of Angels), The Creative Coalition Co-President Joe Pantoliano (The Moguls, Memento, The Sopranos, Canvas), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Judge Glenda Hatchett (Judge Hatchett), Hallie Eisenberg (How to Eat Fried Worms, The Goodbye Girl), Peter Coyote (Road to Avonlea, Brothers and Sisters), Tim Blake Nelson(Syriana, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Cady Huffman (The Producers, Curb Your Enthusiasm ), and media personality Star Jones.

WHAT: Talking the Talk: The Creative Coalition’s 21st Century Debate Dialogues

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 2007
10:00 a.m. Brunch and Program

WHERE: Salon B
Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

To request media credentials for this event, please contact or Ken Ericson at 202-466-1396  / or Sonja Olson at 202-466-3050/
The 21st Century Debate Dialogue is made possible through the generous support of NEI.

About The Creative Coalition (
The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy. Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates. For more information, please visit



Ken Ericson, 202.466.1396,

Sonja Olson, 202.466.3050,