DEA Educational Foundation Honors Creative Team Behind Breaking Bad

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Jim McGivney, 703-946-0463

Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2014) – It has been called one of the best television shows ever. The DEA Educational Foundation considers it a five-year long public service announcement on the dangers of meth and the violence of meth trafficking. The Board of Directors of the DEA Educational Foundation are tonight honoring the producers, writers, and actors of the ground-breaking series Breaking Bad with 2014 Global Leadership Awards for the factual and realistic portrayal of methamphetamine trafficking and abuse at a dinner and awards presentation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Being presented with the DEA Educational Foundation’s 2014 Global Leadership Award will be:

  • Series Creator, Executive Producer, and Writer: Vince Gilligan;
  • Producers: Michelle MacLaren, Melissa Bernstein, Mark Johnson, Stew Lyons, and Diane Mercer;
  • Writers: Peter Gould, George Mastras, Sam Catlin, Moira Walley-Beckett, Thomas Schnauz, and Gennifer Hutchison;
  • Actors: Dean Norris, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, and Steven Michael Quezada.

“All of us on the Breaking Bad Team are humbled by this recognition from the DEA Educational Foundation. I’m glad that Breaking Bad, in some small way, makes meth less attractive. There will always be people drawn to illicit drugs, but prevention programs can stem the tide. Education is an important and positive tool in that regard,” said Breaking Bad Creator and Executive Producer Vince Gilligan.

Actor, producer, and writer Steven Michael Quezada will serve as the master of ceremonies for the program. American Idol (Season 10) finalist Stefano Langone will perform the National Anthem during the ceremony. DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart will provide keynote remarks. Students from the DEA Youth Dance Program at Sylvan Park Elementary in Van Nuys, CA will perform accompanied by professional dancers from Culture Shock LA.

“Time and again we see that when media focuses their creative attention on the drug situation, telling the real honest stories of how drugs can have so many negative impacts on society, viewers pay attention and attitudes can be changed. Vince Gilligan and the entire creative team that brought Breaking Bad to television are to be commended for their hard work. You can’t help but be affected by this show and the messages it sends about the horrible impact that meth has on all it touches,” said DEA Educational Foundation Chairman and CEO Bill Alden.

DEA Educational Foundation is providing short interview clips for your unrestricted use—Breaking Bad’s Creator, Executive Producer, and actors discussing how the show realistically portrayed how drugs destroy families and communities. Please use the following link:

About the Global Leadership Award
The award is presented to individuals and/or organizations that are deemed by the Board of Directors of the Foundation to have made significant contributions in support of drug law enforcement and drug abuse prevention education around the world.

About the DEA Educational Foundation
The Foundation is a non-profit educational organization founded in 2001 whose goal is to educate the public on the many costs and consequences of illegal drugs to our society. The Foundation actively supports the DEA Museum and its traveling exhibitions and educational programs. The Foundation operates the DEA Youth Dance Program in 31 cities nationwide, providing a free after-school alternative to drugs through the healthy and expressive art form of dance. The Foundation is working in partnership with the DEA to operate multiple drug education exhibits with street theater across Afghanistan to educate Afghans on the dangers of drug abuse.

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Updated 12:00pm January 24, 2015 Eastern

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