September 23, 2008

Steve Mosko to Be Honored at The Help Group’s 2008 Teddy Bear Ball

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, December 8th, 2008, Steve Mosko, President of Sony Pictures Television, will receive The Help Group's Help Humanitarian Award at its 12th Annual Teddy Bear Ball in recognition of his outstanding commitment to many philanthropic causes. Gala Chairs for the Teddy Bear Ball are Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Amy Pascal, Co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

According to Dr. Barbara Firestone, President and CEO of the Help Group, "The Help Group looks forward to honoring Steve. He is a remarkable individual who is renowned, not only for his distinguished professional achievements, but also for his wonderful humanitarian spirit and commitment to giving back."

"The Help Group does amazing work on behalf of children who need the generosity and support of all of us," said Mosko. "It's an honor and a privilege to be recognized by them and to contribute to their phenomenal efforts to help these children overcome their challenges and have great lives."

Mosko oversees all U.S. television operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). An executive at Sony for more than a decade, Mosko leads a company that ranks as a leader in the production and distribution of programming, encompassing an extraordinary span of genres, time periods and television venues - including network primetime and daytime, cable primetime, syndication, and family entertainment. As president, Mosko also oversees domestic pay cable, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, domestic digital distribution, advertiser sales, and the company's interests in FEARnet,, GSN and ITN Networks. Sony Pictures Television recently received 6 Primetime Emmy Awards, including statues for Best Actress in a drama series, Best Actor in a Drama series and Best Supporting Actor in a drama series.

Recognized for his leadership and prolific career, Mosko was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2005. He is a member of the executive committee for the Los Angeles Board of Governors of The Museum of Television & Radio; the National Board of Junior Achievement and the board of directors of the Game Show Network. Mosko was formerly the Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, on the board of directors of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

The Help Group's Teddy Bear Ball has become a time-honored tradition in Los Angeles and is attended and supported by hundreds of prominent entertainment industry executives, business and community leaders and a host of celebrity friends.

The Teddy Bear Ball will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. The dinner program and live auction conducted by auctioneer extraordinaire, Andrea Fiuczynski, President of Christie's will follow. Highlighting the event will be a special musical performance by The Help Group Children's Choir, performing holiday songs.


Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive organization of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism, Asperger's disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, abuse and emotional problems. The Help Group's six specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,300 students. The Help Group's wide range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse and residential programs extend its reach to more than 5,000 children and their families each year. With over 800 staff members, The Help Group's state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on four major campuses in the Los Angeles area. Through its professional training programs and efforts at the state and national levels, The Help Group touches the lives of children with special needs across the country and in other parts of the world. At the heart of its effort is its commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.

The Help Group

CONTACT: Lisa Manafian, Communications Director, The Help Group,[email protected], +1-818-779-5327; or Paula Askanas, Senior VicePresident, Media Relations, Sony Pictures Television,[email protected], +1-310-244-3790

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