Iconoclasts

RIALTO – Wednesday 7 December, 8.30pm

This episode brings together the award winning visual artist Chuck Close and the legendary illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine.

RIALTO – Wednesday 30 November, 8.30pm

This episode brings together Academy Award winning director Ron Howard and Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash.

RIALTO – Wednesday 23 November, 8.30pm

This episode brings together Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett and eco-scientist Tim Flannery.

RIALTO – Wednesday 16 November, 8.30pm

This episode brings together Tony Award winning actor Hugh Jackman and world renowned chef Jean Georges Vongerichten.

RIALTO – Wednesday 9 November, 8.30pm

This episode brings together Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz and Producer/Director Lee Daniels.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Wednesday 12 May, 8.30pm

In this original series, leading innovators and creative visionaries meet to discuss their passions and creative processes, providing an inside glimpse into the inspiration and motivation that made these iconoclasts who they are today.

CAMERON DIAZ AND CAMERON SINCLAIR

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz made her feature film debut at age 21 in the hit 1994 comedy The Mask. She has since appeared in over 30 feature films, emerging as one of the most talented actresses of her generation and winning numerous awards. She has given critically acclaimed performances in a wide range of films, including My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Any Given Sunday, Charlie’s Angels, Shrek, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York, The Holiday, In Her Shoes and, most recently, What Happens in Vegas. She also produced a 10-episode worldwide adventure series, entitled Trippin for MTV. Diaz is a committed environmentalist and has been trained to deliver Al Gore’s presentation on climate change, a grass-roots efforts to raise awareness around the world.

She has been a guest lecturer on environmentally friendly building at Stanford University as part of a popular MTVU program. A long-time supporter of the Environmental Media Association, she has filmed public service announcements about the importance of conserving energy.

Cameron Sinclair

Cameron Sinclair is the co-founder and ‘eternal optimist’ for Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization founded to develop architectural and design solutions to humanitarian crises and provide pro-bono design services to communities in need. The organization has completed over one hundred projects in seventeen countries ranging from schools, health clinics, affordable housing and long term sustainable reconstruction. Most recently they have been rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina and developed HIV/AIDS outreach centres throughout Africa. Named by Fortune Magazine as one of seven people changing the world for the better he was the recipient of the TED prize in 2006, was recently selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and is the recipient of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s the 2008 Smithsonian National Design Awards for Design Patron Award.

As a result of the TED Prize he and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds’ first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. Sinclair and Stohr also compiled a compendium on socially conscious design titled “Design Like You Give A Damn”.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Wednesday 28 April, 8.30pm

In this original series, leading innovators and creative visionaries meet to discuss their passions and creative processes, providing an inside glimpse into the inspiration and motivation that made these iconoclasts who they are today.

BILL MAHER AND CLIVE DAVIS

Bill Maher

For the last 15 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002) and for the last six years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 21 Emmy nominations. And in October of 2008, this same combination will be on display in the movies when Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”) hits theatres.

Clive Davis

As the record industry’s most innovative, outspoken and influential executive, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Clive Davis has had a profound effect on the world of music. As the president of Columbia Records from 1967-1973, he was directly responsible for signing artists including Janis Joplin, Santana, Laura Nyro, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Aerosmith. Davis strengthened Columbia’s catalogue in all fields of recorded music, playing a key role in the careers of Simon & Garfunkel, Sly & The Family Stone, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. In 1974, he founded Arista Records, where he launched the recording careers of Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow and Patti Smith. In 2000, Davis formed J Records, enjoying the first of many successes with Alicia Keys’ Grammy®-winning debut.

Davis’ triumph at J led to his joining the BMG Record Group in 2003. A long-time humanitarian activist, Davis has spearheaded the donation of millions of dollars to AIDS charities since 1985 and in 2003 he endowed the first ever degree awarded program in contemporary music establishing the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Wednesday 21 April, 8.30pm

In this original series, leading innovators and creative visionaries meet to discuss their passions and creative processes, providing an inside glimpse into the inspiration and motivation that made these iconoclasts who they are today.

TONY HAWK AND JON FAVREAU

Tony Hawk

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has dazzled fans with his physical skill and artistry since he turned pro at age 14. Hawk’s talents have brought skateboarding unprecedented mainstream attention and respect, which has helped legitimize all action sports. Now 40 and still skating professionally, Hawk invented more than 80 tricks and is best known for his “900” (two and a half spins above a 12-foot-high half pipe), which existed only in theory until he landed it at the 1999 X-Games. He has written three books, including the bestselling autobiography, “HAWK: Occupation Skateboarder,” and has released a series of hit video games. The Tony Hawk video game series is now one of the best-selling franchises of all time, with more than 30 million units sold worldwide. In recent years Hawk has expanded his licensing, media and event businesses into some of the biggest brands in action sports. He is an active participant in the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and his non-profit charity, the Tony Hawk Foundation, has awarded

over $2.3 million to help finance over 390 public skate parks in low-income areas nationwide.

Jon Favreau

Eleven years after establishing himself with the acclaimed hipster comedy, Swingers, Jon Favreau continues to challenge himself with a variety of eclectic projects highlighting his strengths as an actor, writer and director. As a director, Favreau most recently released Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. As an actor, he is currently filming I Love You, Man; he next appears in Four Christmases, opening in late 2008. His directing credits include the intergalactic adventure Zathura and the 2003 holiday classic Elf, starring Will Ferrell. In 2001, he made his feature directorial debut with Made; he also wrote and co-starred with Vince Vaughn and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Favreau conceived and hosted the Emmy�-nominated IFC series “Dinner For Five,” which premiered in 2001. His acting credits include The Break Up; the title role in the Rocky Marciano biopic Marciano; Wimbledon; Daredevil; Love and Sex; The Replacements; Very Bad Things; Deep Impact; Rudy; “Friends”; and “The Sopranos,” playing himself.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Wednesday 14 April, 8.30pm

In this original series, leading innovators and creative visionaries meet to discuss their passions and creative processes, providing an inside glimpse into the inspiration and motivation that made these iconoclasts who they are today.

Stella McCartney

Born and raised in London, Stella McCartney graduated from Central St Martins in 1995. Her signature style of sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity has made her one of the world’s top fashion designers. After an acclaimed tenure as Creative Director of Chloe in Paris, McCartney launched her own fashion house, showing her first collection in Paris in October 2001. She now operates stores in eight cities worldwide; in addition to ready-to-wear, her collections include accessories, eyewear, fragrance, and the critically lauded sports performance line “adidas by Stella McCartney,” launched in 2004. In 2007, she introduced the world’s first luxury organic skincare line, CARE by Stella McCartney; this was followed in Spring 2008 by a lingerie line and a limited edition travel collection with LeSportsac. A lifelong vegetarian, McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs. She has received numerous awards recognizing her achievements in fashion and social awareness.

Edward Ruscha

Born in 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska, Edward Ruscha was raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1956, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Chouinard Art Institute, and had his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery. He continues to live and work in Los Angeles, and is represented by Gagosian Gallery. Ruscha has consistently combined the cityscape of his adopted hometown with vernacular language to communicate a particular urban experience. His work encompasses painting, drawing, photography and artist’s books, and he has been the subject of numerous museum retrospectives that have travelled internationally. In 2001, he was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2005 he represented the United States at the 51st Venice Biennale. Ruscha’s paintings and drawings are currently the subject of a 13 volume catalogue raisonné, the first volume of which was published in 2003. A major painting retrospective will open at the Hayward Gallery, London in 2009.

RIALTO CHANNEL – Wednesdays from 7 April, 8.30pm

In this original series, leading innovators and creative visionaries meet to discuss their passions and creative processes, providing an inside glimpse into the inspiration and motivation that made these iconoclasts who they are today.

DESMOND TUTU AND SIR RICHARD BRANSON

In 1979, Anglican priest and Bishop of Lesotho Desmond Mpilo Tutu became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He spoke strongly and fearlessly against the evil of apartheid, calling on the international community to impose economic sanctions against South Africa towards a non-violent change. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was elected the first black Anglican bishop of Johannesburg. In 1986 he was installed as Archbishop of Cape Town, and he continued to be untiring in his denunciation of apartheid. In 1994, after the end of Apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as the first President of a free South Africa, Archbishop Tutu was appointed Chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of post-conflict reconstruction. He continues to pursue an active international ministry for peace.

Sir Richard Branson is the founder and president of Virgin Group, one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. The Virgin Group has expanded into air and ground travel, telecommunications, financial services, health, space travel and clean energy. In 1999, Branson was awarded a knighthood for “services to entrepreneurship.” In an effort to develop new approaches to social and environmental issues through business and social sector partnerships, Branson founded the not-for-profit foundation Virgin Unite. Beginning in September 2006, he committed future proceeds from the Virgin Group’s transportation interests to investment into renewable energy initiatives. He also announced a $25 million prize for a viable technology that achieves net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases. Recently, he joined Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu to form The Elders, a group of independent leaders seeking sustainable solutions to global humanitarian issues. In December 2007, Branson was recognized by UNCA as Citizen of the Year.