As posted yesterday, Anderson is airing a Town Hall "Bullying: It Stops Here" on Sunday night. The taping for the program was held yesterday at Rutgers University. Anderson's assistant, Joey, tweeted the following photo of Anderson doing some last minute preparation in the car on the way to Rutgers ~
A few photos from the taping ~
Anderson Cooper 360° Executive Producer Charlie Moore; Dr Phil McGraw; Kelly Ripa; Anderson Cooper; Stuart Snyder, Pres/COO Cartoon Network; Alice Cahn, VP, Social Responsibility, cartoon network (photograph credit: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/CNN)
Lee Hirsch, Kelly Ripa; Anderson Cooper, best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman; Dr Phil McGraw (photograph credit: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/CNN)
Lee Hirsch, Director of “The Bully Project”, Kelly Ripa, Anderson Cooper (photograph credit: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/CNN)
Kelly spoke a bit about bullying and her involvement in the project both yesterday and today during the host chat portion of Live with Regis & Kelly ~
And following are a few excerpts from an article released by Rutgers' Media Relations that gives a behind the scenes look. Please click on the link for the full article.
Rutgers Hosts Anderson Cooper 360° Town Hall on Bullying
Students assist with pre-production and attend live taping
President Richard L. McCormick and Joan Barry McCormick welcome Anderson Cooper to Rutgers. (Credit: Nick Romanenko)
Anderson Cooper and his CNN crew descended on Rutgers yesterday to tape the first of a five-day series on bullying, transforming the Livingston Student Center into a full-blown set, complete with risers, cranes, and an 18-wheeler mobile studio. There were also a few celebrities: “Dr. Phil” McGraw; talk show host Kelly Ripa; and Jane Lynch of Glee, who joined Cooper via satellite.
More than 50 Rutgers students, many of whom are engaged in activities to combat bullying, attended the taping of the show, an episode of Anderson Cooper’s 360°, which will air on Sunday, October 9, at 8 p.m. One reason Cooper chose to host the forum at Rutgers was the suicide of student Tyler Clementi last fall, which became a “tipping point in the national consciousness,’’ said the show’s producer, Chuck Hadad. Tyler’s death preceded a wave of bullying-related teen suicides that focused media attention on the issue.
CNN invited students from Rutgers professor Steve Miller’s journalism classes to help out with pre-production. The students toured the network’s mobile studio in the parking lot, met with Cooper and his staff, and helped test lighting. “For students to be able to see them set up and shoot a show like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,’’ Miller said. “It’s one thing to hear lessons from me and another to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.’’ The students saw firsthand how much effort goes into taping a one-hour production.
According to Hadad, Cooper was so moved by the bullying stories he covered within the last year that he envisioned the show as a call to action. Cooper teamed up media giants Facebook, Time Warner, and the Cartoon Network, which recently launched a campaign to prevent bullying, centered around a social media app that allows youngsters to publicly pledge to end bullying around them.
“This issue has become paramount to Anderson,’’ said Hadad. “Kids are suffering, kids are dying, and it doesn’t have to be this way. Anderson covers wars, people dying of malnutrition. But these kids are dying because they feel like they have no place to turn. He thinks that’s unacceptable.’’