America’s First Conference on Celebrity Culture Presents Exclusive Readings

Posted on Aug 12, 2015


America’s First Conference on Celebrity Culture Presents Exclusive Readings

New York City, NY (August 10, 2015) – The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) reception will feature exclusive book readings by Samita Nandy, Josh Nathan, and Veronica Grey, who directed the film Worst Shark Attack Ever featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. This is an exclusive event for attendees of the international media conference Bridging Gaps: Where is the Persona in Celebrity and Journalism? 

Samita Nandy is the director of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) and writes as a cultural critic on fame. She earned her PhD in media and celebrity culture from the Department of Media and Information at Curtin University, Australia, in 2012 and is a certified broadcast journalist. Her international media relations and work led her to be featured on CBC News, CTV’s Breaking News CP 24, The Globe and Mail, OMNI TV, Canada’s no.1 Chatelaine, and Flare among many more. Samita Nandy will be offering a pre-launch reading of her book Fame in Hollywood North.

Josh Nathan is a broadcaster and communication professor at The Art Institute of Colorado in Denver. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University, he started building his chops for CNN- and NBC-affiliates. In 2002, CBS tapped him as one of 72 employees to begin its new station in southern California’s Coachella Valley. He holds a National Weather Association Broadcaster’s Seal of Approval and has presented twice at its annual conferences. Josh Nathan will be introducing his newly released book Too Mad to Trust that discusses prevention of speech-language disorders.

Recently featured on the NBC show “Morning Blend”, Veronica Grey will be offering readings of her bestseller book Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: The 5 Most Important Wellness Secrets of All Time. Veronica Grey and Leonardo DiCaprio were recently awarded the 2015 Special Humanitarian Award from the International Film Awards for their work on Worst Shark Attack Ever, as well as the Socially Responsible Conservationist Award from the New Media Film Festival and the Special Jury Award from the International Film Festival of Environment, Health, and Culture. The film is eligible for the 2015 Celebrity Chat best screen award. Celebrity Chat is a series launched by conference chair Jackie Raphael.

CMCS­­­ is an international organization that specializes in media and celebrity studies. It facilitates academic and media partnerships to develop commentaries on fame and social change. To register for the conference and book readings, visit or contact Registration includes your printed conference package, coffee breaks, professional development workshop, book readings, and exclusive access to our evening reception.

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