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28 August 2009: Popular U.S. television show films at UNHQ
28 août 2009 / 03:57

[Dateline: New York | Author: DPI]

The cast and crew of the ABC TV comedy series Ugly Betty filmed scenes at United Nations Headquarters for its season premiere episode.

Scenes were filmed on the nights of 19 and 20 August, in and near the ECOSOC Chamber, for a storyline featuring the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.

The fight against malaria is a priority issue for the United Nations.

The show’s main character, Betty Suarez, in an effort to bring more substance to MODE, the fictional fashion magazine where she works, creates a fashion spread to highlight the use of bed nets for preventing malaria. Staging a magazine shoot in ECOSOC, Betty showcases models wearing fashionable forms of mosquito netting as a way of drawing attention to Nothing But Nets.

“The UN Foundation is thrilled to have its campaign featured,” said Ms. Adrianna Logalbo, Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. “It's been just three years since we launched the campaign and it is incredible to see Nothing But Nets and the issue of malaria become buzzworthy. Individuals all over the world can take Betty’s lead and visit www.NothingButNets.net to donate $10 to send a net and save a life.”

Ugly Betty is a sitcom featuring Honduran-American, Golden Globe-winning actress America Ferrera. She plays a plain but good-natured young woman, who works at a high-fashion magazine in New York City.  Sporting thick-framed eyeglasses and dental braces, "Ugly Betty" tries her best to fit into the competitive, sometimes superficial world of fashion.

The series is an adaptation of Betty la fea a Colombian telenovela which aired from 1999-2001.

This collaboration is a project under the Secretary-General’s Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), within the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information, which aims to partner with the international film and television industries to raise the profile of critical global issues.
 
Joining Ms. Ferrara for the location shoot were Grammy and Emmy-nominated actress Vanessa Williams and Eric Mabius, along with 200 cast and crew members. 

The two-part episode will air on Friday, 9 October, from 8 to 10 p.m. on ABC.