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    BRAMA, Dec 18, 2004, 1:00 am ET

    Press Release

    Entertainment Community Supports Democratic Elections in Ukraine

    (Hollywood, California - December 18, 2004) Academy AwardВ® winning actor Jack Palance, Academy Award В® winning director Robert Wise, television star David Duchovny, and RKO Studios president Paul Speaker are among the 130 names gathered on a petition calling for free elections in Ukraine and supporting the pro-democratic demonstrations that have thronged Kyiv following serious irregularities that surfaced in the presidential run-off election of November 21. The Hollywood Trident Foundation (HTF), formed under Palance's leadership to facilitate contact among professionals working in the entertainment industry who are interested in Ukrainian affairs, initiated the petition. The foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service. The petition has been sent to Ukraine to be shared with demonstrators still on the streets of Kyiv as well as with others through the local news media.

    Serious concerns arose during the course of the election campaign when presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko became ill and was subsequently diagnosed as the target of a poisoning attempt. Other election irregularities that particularly concerned Western governments and observers were the interference in the electoral process on the part of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who personally came to Ukraine on at least two occasions to support pro-Moscow candidate Viktor Yanukovych, and the numerous election ballot violations reported broadly by Western observers monitoring the results of the second round. Exit surveys showed Yushchenko, the pro-NATO and pro-European Union candidate, over 10 points ahead of his competitor, yet the Ukrainian Electoral Commission declared his opponent the winner. Following demonstrations by over a million people in the streets of Kyiv and a far-reaching Western outcry over the unfairness of the process, this decision was overturned by the Supreme Court of Ukraine, which ruled that a new run-off election must be held on December 26, 2004. In addition, Ukraine's parliament passed a vote of non-confidence in the newly elected presidential candidate and later adopted laws to improve the electoral process during the upcoming vote. Thousands of observers from Europe, Canada and the United States are currently making their way to Ukraine to monitor the re-run of the second-round election.

    The HTF petition calls on "all foreign governments, especially Russia, to respect Ukrainian sovereignty and to immediately stop interfering in the Ukrainian elections." It also calls "for a fraud-free re-run of the second-round elections to allow the people of Ukraine to make their choice fairly and honestly...and for a fair, transparent and fully internationally monitored re-run election on December 26."

    A copy of the petition and the signatures are included below.

    Hollywood Trident Foundation
    23rd Floor, 660 South Figueroa St.
    Los Angeles, Ca 90042
    December 18th,2004

    Let Freedom Ring in Ukraine for the New Year!

    We, the members of the media and entertainment industry in Hollywood and around the world, hereby express our solidarity with our fellow professionals in Ukraine who support the democratic electoral process.

    We are moved by the hundreds of thousands of people who braved the freezing cold both day and night for more than two weeks to demand fair and honest elections. We salute and support each and every person who raised a voice for freedom and democracy in Ukraine.

    We especially commend the courage of those professionals who work in Ukrainian television, radio and media who refused to mouth further propaganda and who took a stand on behalf of freedom of speech and freedom of the press and who, with great courage, supported the ideals that are so important to a free society and the creative process. We also commend our fellow artists in Ukraine in the recording, sports and performing arts fields who suffered prolonged hunger and freezing cold to stand up for democracy and to entertain and support the pro-democracy demonstrators.

    We call on our brothers and sisters in the media industry worldwide to recognize that the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine is embraced by the vast majority of people living in Ukraine, whether they speak Ukrainian or Russian, whether they are Orthodox, Catholic, or Jewish, and whether they live in Eastern or Western Ukraine. The Ukrainian nation is united in its desire for freedom and democracy.

    We call on all foreign governments, especially Russia, to respect Ukrainian sovereignty and to immediately stop interfering in the Ukrainian elections. We call on all governments and all people of good faith throughout the world to support the independent democratic process in Ukraine.

    We call for a fraud free re-run of the second round of elections to allow the people of Ukraine to make their choice in a fair and honest process. We call on all governments to refute all attempts to subvert the democratic process through the use of delay tactics and legalistic maneuvers. Freedom delayed is freedom denied.

    We call for a fair, transparent and fully internationally monitored re-run election on December 26th, 2004.

    Let freedom and democracy for all Ukrainians be our gift to the world this holiday season.

    Jack Palance - Chairman of the Hollywood Trident Foundation
    Elaine Palance - Producer
    Peter Borisow - President of the Hollywood Trident Foundation

    Alianak, Hrant - Actor/Writer/Director
    Andrusiak, Roma - Television Producer, CBC
    Andrusiak, Steve - Fanshawe College, Chair of Communication Arts
    Antoniuk, David - Filmmaker
    Ayoub, Elizabeth - Singer/Actress
    Babiuk, Greg - Producer
    Badham, John - Film Director
    Beley, Raymond - Production Manager, CBC
    Bergstresser, Pat - Media Consultant
    Bolt, Jeremy - Executive Producer, Impact Pictures
    Brytan, Roman - Radio Producer/Host
    Caland, Huguette - Actress/Artist
    Campbell, Larry Joe - Actor
    Carl, Charmian - Writer, Editor
    Cattaneo, Anne - Dramaturg, Lincoln Center Theater
    Chaim Kline, Eric - Antiquarian Bookseller
    Cherneskey, Christyna - Radio Personality
    Chittick, David - Actor
    Dallas, Eugenia - Author
    Demianchuk, Olenka - Television Producer
    Dixon, Neill - President, Canadian Music Week
    Domanczuk, Taras - Film and Theater Technician
    Domville, Philippa - Theatre Actor/Writer
    Duchovny, David - Actor, Writer, Director
    Egoyan, Atom - Filmmaker
    Evanko, Edward - Actor and Singer
    Ezrin, Bob - Record Producer
    Fedynsky, Alexander - Attorney
    Frank, Laurie - Writer/Filmmaker
    Glasko, Victor E. - Animator
    Gongadze, Myroslava - Radio & TV Journalist
    Goy, Luba - Actor, Comedienne
    Grass, Clancy - Film Producer
    Grdevich, Sabrina - Actor
    Halatyn, Slavko - Artist/Producer BeSharp Audio
    Harper, Taras (Jason) - Television Producer/Director
    Harris, Mark Jonathan - Filmmaker/Novelist
    Hrushetska, Maryna - Film Producer
    Hurko, Marijka - Television Documentary Producer
    Husar, Natalka - Artist
    Hussakowsky, Andy - Record Producer
    Kapeniak, Vasyl - President of Ukraina TV Corporation
    Karasevich, Joan - Actress
    Kay-Markson, Alicia - TV Journalist.
    Keske, Luba - Senior Vice President, Administration, Business Affairs MGM, UA Studios
    Keske, Wally - IATSE, Local 44
    Kit, Zorianna - TV Personality
    Klufas, Jurij - Producer, Kontakt TV Network
    Kochan, Alexis - Musician/Producer
    Kochman, Svitlana - Writer
    Komichak, Michael - Ukrainian Radio Program, Pittsburgh
    Kondracki, Larysa - Film Maker
    Korneluk, Keith - Actor
    Koropecky,Sergio - Writer/Film Maker
    Kostash, Myrna - Writer
    Kramarchuk, Alex - VP, CFO STS Media Corp.
    Kuchmij, Haliya - Film Maker/Television Producer
    Kulyk Keefer, Janice - Author
    Kuzyk, Mimi - Actor
    Kytasty, Julian - Bandurist
    Labunka, Iya - Vice President of Production, Walt Disney Studios
    Lada, Mir - Visual artist
    Lemonds, Debra - Still photography Editor
    Levine, Michael - Public Relations Consultant
    Levytsky, Marco - Newspaper Editor and Publisher
    Los, Taras - Actor
    MacQuarrie, Paulette - Writer, Broadcaster
    Makichuk, Jim - Film Producer/Director
    Malarek, Victor - TV Journalist, Author
    Markewycz, Roxana - Producer
    Masnyj, Yuri - Visual Artist
    Masnyj, Victor - Editor/Broadcast Designer
    Mitchell, Nick - Playwright
    Nabereznyj, John (Ivan) - Feature Film Post Production Supervisor
    Niven, Barbara - Actress
    Nowytski, Slavko - Film Producer
    O'Hern, Francis - Sound Engineer
    Palance, Holly - Publisher and Actress
    Paskievich, John - Film Maker/Photographer
    Petani, Lorena - Producer
    Pikas, Alexander - Director
    Pikolycky, Jaroslaw, DDS - Film Producer
    Pitillo, Maria - Actress
    Pochmursky, Christina - Film Maker and Journalist
    Pultz, David - Film Producer
    Rabinovitch, Jack - Founder, The Giller Prize for Excellence in Canadian Fiction
    Rudakewych, Lee - Screenwriter
    Reshitnyk, Mike - Photojournalist, Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph
    Rumak, Oleh - Television Producer
    Russ, Dick - Managing Editor, WKYC-TV (NBC)
    Saj, Justin - Actor
    Santore, Charles - Actor/Director/Producer
    Sahula, Abby - Writer
    Santore, Christina - Media Writer/Producer/Management/Consultant
    Sassounian, Harut - Newspaper Publisher, The California Courier
    Sawycky, Roman Jr. - Film Maker
    Schellenberg, Augie - Actor
    Schlega, Daria - Attorney
    Schiffman, Oryna - Writer
    Semchyshyn, Taras - Film Distributor
    Semeniuk, Ivan - Columnist/Producer, "Daily Planet" Television Show
    Semotiuk, Natalie - Actor
    Semotiuk, Andriy - Attorney
    Simpson, Peter - Chairman of Norstar Filmed Entertainment Inc
    Sivo, Yuri President - Delicious Films
    Sorenson, Holly - Writer
    Spak, Harvey - Film Producer
    Speaker, Paul - President RKO Pictures
    Stawnychy, Misho - Screenwriter
    Steinborn, Mary - Director, Mobius Film Works
    Stochansky, Andy - Musician
    Sushko, Orest - Re-recording Mixer
    Tapscott, Don - Author, Columnist and Media Authority
    Taskey, Olanna - Actor
    Thorpe, Stephanie - Actor
    Toporowych, Roxy - Film Maker, KinoRox Productions
    Tymyc, Bohdan - President Yevshan Communications Inc.
    Wasik, Walter - CSC, Film producer
    Wiess, Elfie - Actor/Singer
    Wise, Robert - Director
    Wise, Millicent - Producer
    Wolansky, Paul - Film Professor/Writer
    Woloshyn, Ted - Radio Personality
    Wynnycky, Marcus - Actor
    Yaskell Winant, Dorcey - Actor/Director
    Zabytko, Irene - Writer
    Zaitoon, Denise - Director
    Zenga, Bo - Writer/Producer

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