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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Thursday, April 22, 2010

MTV: Carrie Underwood Says 'Idol Gives Back' Matters More Than Contest

PASADENA, California — Leave it to a small-town girl from Oklahoma to put "American Idol" into perspective."This is the stuff that really makes a difference," season-four winner Carrie Underwood said backstage at Wednesday night's charity-focused "Idol Gives Back" event. "We're coming up on 10 seasons of 'American Idol.' Twenty years later, people might not remember who won what, but this is the kind of stuff that can make lives better and people will remember that." TO READ THE REST OF MY BACKSTAGE REPORT ON LAST NIGHT'S "IDOL" AND RELATED CHARITIES, CLICK HERE

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