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About Pizza With An Icon

It all begins with pizza and a conversation.

How it all began.

Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer has created an exciting new series for the web that invites a group of curious, inspired teens to a pizza party to meet, and chat with, individuals who have fascinating careers and are making a difference in the world.

These individuals may be Nobel Peace Prize winners, human rights champions, scientists, journalists, artists, or athletes recognized around the world. For the afternoon, the teens have the truly unique opportunity to ask questions, learn about issues, and be inspired by sitting down with some of the people who have directly impacted their world.



The Inspiration of a Ten Year Old Boy

The idea came to Zimmer several years ago when his son, then 10 years old, was invited to meet a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jose Ramos-Horta, President of Timor-Leste.
The Peace Laureate sat in the living room with 15 young people. He ate pizza with them and answered any question that the kids asked, ranging from how he survived an assassination attempt (and forgave his would-be assassin), to who was his favorite Hollywood actor.

The mood was relaxed and fun. The Laureate inspired the kids and they inspired him.

Today, Zimmer and his team are ready to launch the Pizza with an Icon series following the same formula: gathering young people to eat pizza and interact with fascinating individuals willing to share their stories and listen to the kids.




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HANS ZIMMER - Co-Creator | Executive Producer

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BONNIE ABAUNZA - Co-Creator | Producer

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Max Carlson - Director

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STEVE KOFSKY - Executive producer

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TIFFANY BORDENAVE - Associate Producer

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DANICA KRISLOVICH - Consulting Producer

John Prendergast

John Prendergast

John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity affiliated with the Center for American Progress. John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.  He has been a Big Brother for over 25 years, as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach.

John is the author or co-author of ten books.  His newest book, Unlikely Brothers, is a dual memoir co-authored with his first little brother in the Big Brother program and is now available in paperback. His previous two books were co-authored with Don Cheadle:Not On Our Watch, aNew York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year, and The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes.

Under the Enough Project umbrella, John has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns.  With George Clooney, he helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery.  With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, John co-founded the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps and create partnerships with schools in the United States. He helped launch two campaigns under Enough: the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel the war there, and Sudan Now, focused on bringing peace to that embattled country.

John has appeared in four episodes of 60 Minutes, for which the team won an Emmy Award, and helped create African characters and stories for two episodes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, one focusing on the recruitment of child soldiers and the other on rape as a war strategy. John has also traveled to Africa with NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s Nightline, The PBS NewsHour, CNN’s Inside AfricaNewsweek/The Daily Beast, and The New York Times Magazine.

He has appeared in several documentaries including: Sand and Sorrow, Darfur Now, 3 Points, and War Child. He also co-produced with Martin Sheen the documentary Staging Hope, which focuses on Northern Uganda. John partnered with Downtown Records and Mercer Street Records to create the compilation album “Raise Hope for Congo,” combating sexual violence against women and girls in Congo.

He has been profiled in The New York Times MagazineVanity Fair,Men’s VogueTime, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Oprah Magazine,Capitol File, ArriveInterview, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. TheHuffington Post recently named John one of its Game Changers during the last year.

During 2011-2012 John is a visiting professor at Albright College, Yale Law School, Temple University, Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of San Diego, the University of Pittsburgh, St. Mary’s College, and University of Massachusetts Lowell.  He has been awarded six honorary doctorates. John is a board member and serves as Strategic Advisor to Not On Our Watch, the organization founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt.

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Mekleit is a senior in high school. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and collecting comic books. Growing up in a very socially aware household, human rights and social justice issues are especially dear to her heart.





Eliza  is a senior in high school who loves photography and is passionate about environmental and gender based issues.






Jennifer  currently studies Public Policy and Markets & Management at Duke University. She is an advocate for racial and gender equality.






Hunter is a freshman at Hampshire College. He enjoys writing and has worked on numerous human rights campaigns.






Kyle  was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States when he was just 8 years old. He is a senior year in high school who loves to play basketball and volleyball, and is active in his church.





Stephen  was born in the Philippines. He is a freshman in college and in his spare time, he likes to play basketball, hang out with friends, play his guitar and sing.






Larissa  is a senior in high school. As Youth Ambassador for, she has interviewed Nobel Peace Laureates and activists around the world and was recently named Youth Ambassador for the country of Timor-Leste. She plans to study International Relations in college.





Jessica  is a senior at UC Berkeley where she is double majoring in Peace & Conflict Resolution and Film Studies. Jessica has been an activist since the age of 12 when she started interning at Amnesty International. She continues to work on human rights campaigns.






Chelsea  a senior in high school where she holds the position of Student Body President. A member of the National Honor Society, she has a passion for theatre and believes in the power of the arts.





Vincent  is a senior in high school who loves to play guitar. Since middle school, he has been involved in social justice work.






Brooklyn is a sophomore at Santa Monica College, She is studying Fashion Merchandising and enjoys music.






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