Friday, November 20, 2009


Criminal Minds: Actors Joe Mantegna, David Rossi on Criminal Minds, attended the 7th annual Impact Awards on November 19, 2009 in LA.

It's Chicago's night to shine in Tinseltown!

Be a part of this event honoring Chicagoans who have made their mark on the entertainment industry. Come celebrate with us at the fantastic Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studio Lot.

This year we will present the award to native Chicagoan Jeff Garlin . From Second City to the Golden Globes, Garlin has written, produced, directed, and/or starred in films like Daddy Day Care and the award-winning HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm.

SURPRISE PRESENTER! We have confirmed a presenter for the Chicago Impact Award who will not disappoint. Fans of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” you are going to LOVE this!

This year's Alumni Spotlight Award goes to Charles Robert Carner ('78, writer, director, producer for Witless Protection , Red Water , and The Fixer ). Famed Chicago actor Joe Mantegna (star of the TV series Criminal Minds as well as the films Witless Protection and The Godfather: Part III ) is scheduled to present.

To highlight the excellence of Columbia's Semester in L.A. program, we are granting two other awards: a Student of the Year Award to Samantha Garrison , and a Speaker of the Year Award to guest lecturer Zak Penn (screenwriter for The Incredible Hulk , X-Men: The Last Stand , X2 , Elektra ).