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ABC's 20/20 Focuses on Hollywood Stereotyping of Italian Americans

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 7, 2006 - The ABC news magazine, 20/20 will explore how Hollywood stereotypes Italian Americans tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 8 at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time during the program's 2006 season premiere.

The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) provided the program's producers with statistics, reports and concrete examples of how the US entertainment industry stereotypes Italian Americans.

The Sons of Italy® deputy executive director, Dona De Sanctis, also did an on-camera interview for the segment that was filmed at ABC's studios in New York City in August.

"Although cable networks have occasionally focused on this issue, to our knowledge this is the first time that a broadcast network is calling attention to this problem on a primetime television program that will be seen coast to coast by millions of viewers," says OSIA National President Vincent Sarno.

OSIA urges all interested in this issue to see the program and then to contact 20/20 host John Stossel and the show's producers on message boards found at the program's webpage, http://abcnews.go.com/2020/. E-mail addresses are found there as well.

OSIA is the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian descent in the United States. Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast.

OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit OSIA at www.osia.org.

Click here to read the transcript from the 20/20 report.