Subscribe Now!


Friday, October 22, 2021

James Pedas Communication Center Dedicated at Thiel College

Hellenic News
Hellenic News
The copyrights for these articles are owned by HNA. They may not be redistributed without the permission of the owner. The opinions expressed by our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of HNA and its representatives.

Latest articles

“Σε λίγα χρόνια θα έχει ψηφιοποιηθεί όλο το κράτος”

Το σχέδιο ψηφιοποίησης του κράτους, τις έως τώρα δράσεις, αλλά και την επόμενη μέρα ανέπτυξε ο υπουργός Ψηφιακής Διακυβέρνησης, Κυριάκος Πιερρακάκης, στη συζήτησή του...

Pierrakakis: ‘In a few years we will have digitised the whole state’

Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis on Thursday presented the plans for the digitisation of the Greek state and the actions taken so far, during...

Greek economy on course for a strong, dynamic recovery, FinMin says

Greece is on course for a strong, dynamic recovery and is meeting all the multiple challenges it faces - in health, climate, the economy,...

ΥΠΟΙΚ: Η Ελλάδα βρίσκεται σε τροχιά δυναμικής ανάκαμψης 

Την πορεία ισχυρής ανάκαμψης της ελληνικής οικονομίας και τους άξονες πολιτικής που θα οδηγήσουν στην επίτευξη υψηλής, βιώσιμης και κοινωνικά δίκαιης ανάπτυξης ανέλυσε ο...

Bank of Greece: Travel receipts accounted for 50% of 2019 levels in Jan-Aug

Travel receipts recovered significantly in the January-August period this year rising 135.7% in comparison with the same period in 2020, accounting for 50% of...

Στο 50% των τουριστικών εσόδων του 2019 ανήλθαν τα εφετινά στο οκτάμηνο Ιανουαρίου – Αυγούστου

Σημάδια ανάκαμψης εμφάνισε η τουριστική κίνηση στο οκτάμηνο Ιανουαρίου - Αυγούστου 2021. Σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία της Τραπέζης της Ελλάδος οι αφίξεις μη κατοίκων...

PM Mitsotakis in Brussels: We will continue to support Greek households during energy crisis

The Greek government has taken significant measures to reduce consumer power bills after the rise in electricity and natural gas prices, Prime Minister Kyriakos...
James Pedas and wife, Wanda, at right, with Ted Pedas and wife, Evangeline, at left, in front of landmark facility at Thiel College.

The James Pedas Communication Center, a state-of-the-art technology, collaborative teaching and learning space, was dedicated at 150-year-old Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania on October 4, 2014.

Pedas, who graduated from Theil in 1950 with a B.S. in Economics and who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the college in 1989, provided the initial gift for the $6.5-million facility in 2006, the first new academic building in 40 years. He had also been named Trustee Emeritus to the Board of Trustees and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Accomplishment.

Pedas and his brother Ted are long-time members of Leadership 100, along with their wives, Wanda and Evangeline, respectively. The sons of Greek immigrants, they are natives of Farrell, Pennsylvania, but are best known for their legendary history in the entertainment industry. The brothers, both trained in law at George Washington University, established Colt 45 Records, a recording company that launched the career of Don Covay, who wrote “Chain of Fools” and “Mercy, Mercy”, among others, and later began small drive-in movie theatres that grew into their owning a majority of all the theater screens in the nation’s capital. They started the expansion with a lease of the Circle Theatre, developing it into a circuit of theatres and adding Showcase Theatres. The business continued to grow into a significant interest in Circuit/Showcase theatre, part of Cinema 5 Ltd., in Philadelphia and New York.

The Pedas brothers also owned successful film distribution and film production companies, Circle Releasing Corp. and Circle Films, foremost backers of independent cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. They gave the now famous Coen brothers their start with their early films Blood Simple, cult classic Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing and Barton Fink, the winner of the Cannes Festival Golden Palm Award.  The Coen brothers are well known for their films True Grit, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

With ownership of so many properties, the brothers eventually formed the Circle Management Company to develop real estate, but the entertainment business remains their pride and joy.

Thanks for reading Hellenic News of America

Pedas was named Washingtonian of the Year in 1973 and received the American University’s Award for Contribution to Film Culture in 1985. He established a Chair in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at George Washington University.

Dr. Troy D. VanAken, Thiel College President, said he has been working with Pedas on the facility “to see his dream come to fruition in a way that is going to have a high impact on students.” The Pedas Center, which will enable students across majors and disciplines to engage in diverse media activities, will also serve as an intellectual hub at the college, providing a technologically advance area for creating, producing, practicing and performing in an interactive creative space. In addition, Pedas Center fellows will be comprised of top students interested in communications and mass media.

The copyrights for these articles are owned by the Hellenic News of America. They may not be redistributed without the permission of the owner. The opinions expressed by our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hellenic News of America and its representatives.

Get Access Now!