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The Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards Benefiting the Starlight Children's Foundation to Take Place Sunday, November 19 At Wilshire Theatre.

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HOLLYWOOD--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2000

The Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards will be presented during a formal gala presentation at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills on Sunday evening, Nov. 19, 2000, Robert J. Dowling, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, announced today.

Following the awards presentation, there will be a lavish invitation-only supper celebration at Le Meridian Hotel. The YoungStar Awards is the only awards presentation exclusively for children and teens (ages 6-18) in recognition of their outstanding work in film, television, stage and music.

More than 2,000 entertainment industry celebrities, professionals and guests will attend the awards show, in which 19 awards will be presented. Two new award categories this year include The YoungStar Starlight Award honoring a young performer who has made an outstanding humanitarian contribution in addition to an award honoring an outstanding ensemble of actors in television.

"For the past five years, the YoungStar Awards has grown in prestige and awareness and now all of Hollywood participates in this annual event," said Dowling. "There's no denying that contributions made by young stars in film, television and music have had tremendous impact on audiences worldwide rendering substantial box office grosses, television ratings and record sales."

The Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards will be executive produced by Dick Clark and Robert J. Dowling, and produced by Dawn Allen of The Hollywood Reporter and Al Schwartz and Ken Shapiro of dick clark productions. The event producers are Stephen LoCascio and Michael Russell of CinePoint Productions. A portion of the proceeds from this year's YoungStar Awards will benefit the Starlight Children's Foundation.

This year's nominees will be selected by the Casting Society of America, and a poll of 3,500 entertainment industry insiders who read The Hollywood Reporter will determine the winners. Last year's YoungStar nominees included Jake Lloyd ("Star Wars"), Leelee Sobieski ("Never Been Kissed"), Haley Joel Osment ("Cab to Canada"), Zachary Ty Bryan ("Home Improvement"), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("10 Things I Hate About You"), Michelle Williams ("Dawson's Creek"), Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("The Sopranos"), Jena Malone ("Stepmom"), Christina Aguilera, Hanson and Britney Spears, among others.

Key dates for The Hollywood Reporter Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards are as follows:

September 6 -- 9:00 a.m. Press Conference to Announce Nominees at

Le Meridian Hotel

November 19 -- YoungStar Awards at Wilshire Theatre in Beverly

Hills, After-Party at Le Meridian Hotel

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, The Hollywood Reporter is entertainment's first daily trade newspaper, providing the worldwide industry with complete news coverage of film, television, cable, music, new media/technology, video, marketing, sports, fashion, electronic games and theme parks. The Hollywood Reporter launched its Web site in 1996 (www.hollywoodreporter.com), becoming the industry's first online delivery of entertainment news. The Hollywood Reporter's parent company is Netherlands-based VNU, the world's largest organization of entertainment-related publications and services.

The Starlight Children's Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for sick kids and their families. Benefiting more than 74,000 children each month, the organization is on the cutting edge of distractive entertainment therapy and provides a large menu of in-hospital and outpatient services while working with more than 650 pediatric centers around the world. To learn more, check out the Web site www.starlight.org or call 1-800-274 STAR.
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