via press release:
2014 BREAKTHROUGH PRIZES TO AIR ON SCIENCE CHANNEL
–Hosted by Kevin Spacey with special appearances by Conan O’Brien, Glenn Close, Rob Lowe, Michael C. Hall, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Yuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg —
–2014 Breakthrough Prizes to Premiere in January 2014–
(Silver Spring, Md.) — Science Channel has been named the official broadcast partner of the inaugural 2014 BREAKTHROUGH PRIZES, a one-of-a-kind global event which rewards and recognizes some of the greatest minds in the science world. Join celebrities from Hollywood and the world’s greatest thinkers as they pay tribute to the brilliance, hard work and leadership of world-renowned scientists.
Hosted by actor Kevin Spacey, the awards will be presented by the Prize sponsors and by celebrities including Conan O’Brien, Glenn Close, Rob Lowe and Michael C. Hall. The event was produced and directed by Don Mischer, the producer and director of the Academy Awards among other television and live events. The world premiere special 2014 BREAKTHOUGH PRIZES will premiere on Science Channel on Monday, January 27 at 9 PM ET/PT.
The 2014 Breakthrough Prizes are awarded to those who make major breakthroughs and contributions that represent significant advances in our fundamental knowledge of the world. At the ceremony, seven prizes (six for life sciences and one for psychics) of $3 million each will be awarded for a total of $21 million.
The Breakthrough Prize was founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. It recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life.
These awards not only celebrate scientists who are already in the field, but ultimately hope to generate excitement in the pursuit of science as a career for others around the world. Each Laureate of both awards will receive $3 million in grant money with no restrictions on fund usage. And Science Channel will allow viewers to see the winners and learn about their incredible journeys before anyone else.
The ceremony, which will take place at the NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California, will roll out the red carpet for one evening to celebrate the pinnacle of scientific innovation with celebrities of both worlds joining together for a generous cause.
“The greatest thinkers in the world today along with Hollywood’s elite celebrate the global revolution taking place in the science world right now,” said Debbie Adler Myers, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Science Channel. “Science Channel is the natural home for the stars of science and smart entertainment.”
About Science Channel
Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to0 and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, Science Channel looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. Science Channel and the Science Channel HD simulcast reach nearly 80 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 223 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 162 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 20 television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.