Annie Leibovitz and Anthony Bourdain To Be Honored at 2012 CLIO Awards - Joan Rivers Set To Host

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Advertising industry awards ceremony to take place on Tuesday, May 15th at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History

Photographer Annie Leibovitz and chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain will receive honorary CLIO Awards at the 53rd Annual CLIO Awards, taking place at New York’s American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM. The CLIO Awards, which celebrate creative professionals in the advertising, design and communications industries, also recognize visionaries in fields as diverse as photography, fashion, food, travel, literature and film. Leibovitz and Bourdain will be honored for their outstanding bodies of work, which have encouraged people around the world to think differently. Comedy icon Joan Rivers will host the event.

“Annie Leibovitz and Anthony Bourdain work in two very different fields, but share two common threads between them: their boundless creativity and their usage of their respective mediums to affect the way people think,” said CLIO Director Karl Vontz. “Annie’s work for magazines such as Vanity Fair and Vogue and her many international museum exhibitions have changed the way people around the world appreciate photography. Similarly, through his books and Travel Channel show, ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,’ Anthony has introduced millions of taste-buds to new culinary experiences and dared people to be more adventurous diners.”

Annie Leibovitz's large and distinguished body of work encompasses some of the most well-known portraits of our time. Since beginning her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, while she was still a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, her pictures have appeared on hundreds of magazine covers.

Chef Anthony Bourdain is currently "chef at large" at New York City’s famed Brasserie Les Halles. An acclaimed author (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw, among others), he is widely known for his hit Travel Channel shows, “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “The Layover.” His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times of London, Gourmet, Black Book and The Independent, and Food Arts magazine.

Joan Rivers has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning more than four decades. She is currently on E! Entertainment Television hosting the network's popular franchise “Fashion Police,” covering red carpet style for the annual awards season, as well as hosting E!’s popular “Fashion Police” weekly series. Joan has also taken over the reality TV circuit with her daughter Melissa in their weekly series on WEtv, called “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” This ultimate mother/daughter duo address the question plaguing daughters since the beginning of time: does mother really know best?

Tickets to the 53rd Annual CLIO Awards can be purchased at http://www.clioawards.com or by calling 212.493.4036.

For press credentials, please contact Eva Dilmanian at 646.675.8550 or eva(at)buzzwordpr(dot)com.

For more information on the CLIO Awards, please visit http://www.clioawards.com and follow CLIO at: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

About The CLIO Awards
The CLIO Awards is one of the world’s most recognized awards competitions for advertising, design and communications. The CLIO Awards has maintained its original commitment to celebrate and reward creative excellence, honoring a powerful form of communication and its impact on modern culture. At the same time, the CLIO Awards remains focused on evolving with the industry in order to acknowledge the most current, breakthrough work. To this day, CLIO’s iconic statue is the most widely recognized and coveted symbol of the industry’s creative accomplishments.

About Prometheus Global Media
Prometheus Global Media engages people and marketers at the intersection of culture’s most powerful forces—music, media and entertainment. This connectivity makes Prometheus a potent catalyst in influencing popular culture. Its leading assets include: music (Billboard and its related conferences and events, including the Billboard Music Awards), entertainment (The Hollywood Reporter, ShowEast, CineAsia, and CineEurope); and advertising & marketing (Adweek, Adweek Conferences and the CLIO Awards).

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