"It's something that will be living after I'm gone."
Sam Simon, one of the co-creators behind "The Simpsons," has about 3-6 months to live. In the time he has left, the multiple Emmy winner wants to take care of people and animals long after he’s here.
"The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this," Simon told the Hollywood Reporter.
Simon still makes millions from "The Simpsons" and has done a number of other projects along the way, including currently consulting on "Anger Management" on FX. He’s directed "The Drew Carey Show," was a show runner on "Taxi" and hosted and produced a poker show for The Playboy Channel. The now-58-year-old has been in the business since an early age.
All through that time, he’s given back. His foundation is worth more than $23 million.
"I think it's really nice for him that he's doing it now and he gets to see the results of his philanthropy," said former wife, actress Jennifer Tilly.
"He really does have a passion to survive, and the longer he's on the earth, the more good work he can do."
For Simon, his show about a cartoon family and the characters they interact with, will go down in history for a number of reasons … one will be that it is one of the longest running shows ever on television.
"When I left ‘The Simpsons,’ no one thought that this thing was going to still be around. It's the cumulative effect. It's like, ‘Oh my God, 25 years later, and it's still coming in,’" Simon said with the success and money the show has generated.
I think for many of us, we can identify with wanting to be remembered as someone who cares about others. In the media world, for us creative types, we would love for our craft to go on long after we do.
Simon has made sure of that, even in his final days of battling cancer.
The Sam Simon Foundation is a non-profit that doesn't accept donations and it doesn't charge for its services. The funds help a number of efforts including a mobile veterinary clinic, an adoption and shelter program for dogs and a feeding families program that delivers nutritious vegan groceries.
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EARNING THE SPOT: Time Warner Cable’s "Talking The Talk" announced late last week the winner of its third season.
Contestants send in video explaining why they deserve a shot at being a sports commentator. The finalists get a chance on the set with Dennis Krause to talk Bucks, Brewers, Packers and any other sports topics Krause brings up.
The winner is chosen by the number of views their reel has On Demand.
"Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I’m nothing without you," Pitchford said.
Sports casters know that Twitter can be a strong tool to reach out and engage with an audience. Pitchford took that to heart and used social media along with the other contestants to chat sports and get votes.
"Thanks to my voting PR Director Amanda Trice. Thanks to my wife and kids, I’m sure channel 32 is your favorite channel. Thanks to my Thoreau Family and Students, you Rock …. Thanks to Grantosa and Metcalfe. My out of state support made sure someone in Milwaukee knew about voting for Eugene P," he said.
As the winner, Pitchford will appear with Krause on an upcoming installment of "The Roundtable."
Media is bombarding us everywhere.
Instead of sheltering his brain from the onslaught, Steve embraces the news stories, entertainment, billboards, blogs, talk shows and everything in between.
The former writer, editor and producer in TV, radio, Web and newspapers, will be talking about what media does in our community and how it shapes who we are and what we do.