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MTV Announces New ‘It Gets Better’ Special

60-Minute Special is based on the It Gets Better Project, Recent Winner of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Prestigious 2012 Governors Award

“It Gets Better” to be Hosted by Dan Savage and Feature Stories of Young People Growing Up LGBT

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 17, 2012) — MTV and Logo today announced that the Emmy®-nominated It Gets Better Project will return to the two Viacom networks with a new, 60-minute “It Gets Better” special on October 9 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, just two days ahead of National Coming Out Day. Dan Savage, syndicated columnist, author, and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project, will once again anchor the special, which will share stories and experiences of young people who are growing up LGBT.

On Saturday, the It Gets Better Project was honored by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors with its prestigious Governors Award during the 2012 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards. At the same ceremony, the first “It Gets Better” special was nominated for an Emmy® in the Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program category.

The first “It Gets Special” special premiered on MTV and Logo on Feb. 21, 2012 and can currently be viewed on MTV.com. The special focused on the stories of three young people at a crossroads in their lives: a young man struggling to tell his family and friends that he is gay; a lesbian fighting for parental acceptance; and a transgender man preparing to get married.

In September 2010, Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.

In less than two years, the It Gets Better Project has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more.

Savage and his producing partner Brian Pines of Hypomania Content are executive producers of the “It Gets Better” special, along with Ted Skillman and Belisa Balaban of Snackaholic Inc., as well as John Ferriter for Octagon Entertainment. Shannon Fitzgerald and Christy Spitzer are executive producers for MTV, with Tamar Zohar and Brittany Lutz serving as executives in charge of production for the network. The “It Gets Better” special is produced by MTV, Hypomania Content, Octagon Entertainment and Snackaholic Inc.

For additional resources on the “It Gets Better” special, please visit MTV.com and MTVPress.com.

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