Icon News, was announced this summer by Tsunami World Wide Media. The show was slated to air on Dish Network, via Sky Angel Television and also on TUFF TV and other select cable TV networks. However, negotiations with the prospective networks were stunted, and contracts are now being disputed.
The show will be aired on YouTube to uphold obligations to fans and to celebrities who have given their time, to be interviewed with the expectations of timely airing. TUFF TV Vice President, Chip Harwood, gave the show a green light and sent out a contract to Tsunami World Wide, in August, with a clear commitment to run the show in its Fall block, but the deal was iced by TUFF TV CEO, Lou Seals because the show was "not tough enough." Seals also voiced an opposing opinion to having an episode that included an Iranian actor, who talks about his role in a Muslim movie.
The show, praised by writers worldwide, throughout the internet and media, is a positive show that sets out to encourage it's viewers. The show's host, Lew Marklin states "I have never been so disgusted, in all my life, at what we are dealing with right now. We have two networks who have verbally and even contractually committed to airing a TV show, a costly production and advertising campaign to promote it and now, we are being put to silence because of their inability to follow through. This show is an incredible show that digs into the celebrities lives to find positivity and hope for our viewers and this network tells us, that sticking up for humanity, digging for truth, overcoming, being positive, helping another person, is not tough enough? Are you kidding me? What's tough is a family surviving a devastating loss, a person discovering they have breast cancer and finding the will to fight through. This gentleman has no class and his network is junk. He is as shady as a pencil art exhibit and we are only sorry that our viewers and the fans of these celebrity guests have had to wait so patiently to hear these amazing stories." Marklin adds, "We made a commitment to our viewers, their fans and the world, that we would air this show in 2011, and we will honor that commitment. We will lose a ton of money by giving it away, but sometimes that's just what you have to do to keep the movement alive. This is not about money at this point. The money was already spent. Now it is about airing and sharing! We cannot roll over and play dead just because these agents and networks can't agree on what it is that they agreed to agree on."
Atomic Lawn also addresses the countless hours of interview footage that has been archived over the summer, by releasing several celebrity interviews, via YouTube, featuring Sheri Nadel interviewing some of today's biggest celebrities at the Equality Awards, Teen Choice Awards, VMA's, Diamonds Not Fur, PETA, etc.
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