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Arts/Entertainment - Florida Newsmakers of the Year

• NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Miami Beach

New World Symphony
The centerpiece is a 757-seat hall featuring large, sail-like acoustical surfaces and flexible seating and staging to accommodate a range of activities. [Photo: Rui Dias-Adios]

2010 saw the completion of the $154-million Miami Beach home for "America's Orchestral Academy," the New World Symphony. Designed to meet the needs of the grad student performers and experimental new ideas in melding classical music, technology — there's a 7,000-sq.-ft. exterior projection wall — and education, the facility officially opens this month adjacent to a newly designed, $13-million park. Credit the New World's founder and artistic light, Michael Tilson Thomas, who brought in famed architect Frank Gehry, and also credit Howard Herring, New World president and CEO, who built the staff, raised the money and turned Tilson Thomas' vision into reality. "The move to our new home marks a new era: A new way of relating to our audiences, a new way of learning and a new way of thinking about classical music in the 21st century," says Tilson Thomas.


Business
Mark Wilson
Wilbur Ross Jr.
Lola Gonzalez
John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
Foreclosure Fighters
Julian MacQueen

Politics
Mel Martinez & The Dominoes

Military
Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Education
Frank Brogan
Maryellen Elia

Science/Innovation
Win Phillips & David Day
Ian MacDonald & William Hogarth

Environment
Extreme Temperatures

CRITTERS
Mystery Monkey

Sports
Tampa Bay Rays' Top Brass
Pat Riley

Volunteer/Non-Profit
Barth Green

Arts/Entertainment
New World Symphony
Pitbull
Pamela Tuscany

Dubious Achievers
Scott Rothstein
David Brooks

Jim Greer
Wayne McLeod
Lewis Freeman
Pawl Hawks
Lee Farkas

• PITBULL
Singer/Entertainer, Miami

Pitbull
Breakout Year

Cuban-American rapper Armando Christian Pérez, 30, known professionally as Pitbull and Mr. 305 (as in Miami's area code), had the breakout year he's longed for with chart hits from Russia to Canada. The year began with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," "Krazy" and "Hotel Room Service" and ended with the album "Armando" at No. 22, as of December, on Amazon's Latin Music best sellers list. And Calle Ocho did, indeed, want him. He was named the "king" of Miami's annual street festival in 2010.


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Business
Mark Wilson
Wilbur Ross Jr.
Lola Gonzalez
John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
Foreclosure Fighters
Julian MacQueen

Politics
Mel Martinez & The Dominoes

Military
Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Education
Frank Brogan
Maryellen Elia

Science/Innovation
Win Phillips & David Day
Ian MacDonald & William Hogarth

Environment
Extreme Temperatures

CRITTERS
Mystery Monkey

Sports
Tampa Bay Rays' Top Brass
Pat Riley

Volunteer/Non-Profit
Barth Green

Arts/Entertainment
New World Symphony
Pitbull
Pamela Tuscany

Dubious Achievers
Scott Rothstein
David Brooks

Jim Greer
Wayne McLeod
Lewis Freeman
Pawl Hawks
Lee Farkas

• PAMELA TUSCANY
Vice President / General Manager
Universal Studios' Florida production group in Orlando


That's Entertainment

Pamela Tuscany's 2010 credits include 165 episodes of "Family Feud" airing nationally, a week's taping of "Ellen," the in-house production management for the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, commercials, the Powerball broadcast and sundry other productions at the eight soundstages she oversees. She's brought in a raft of job-creating future TV and film projects. Meanwhile, as a board member of the state Office of Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, she helped persuade the Legislature to pass an entertainment incentives bill.


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Business
Mark Wilson
Wilbur Ross Jr.
Lola Gonzalez
John Textor
Robert Clements
Thomas Gaffney
Hugh Green
R.J. Scaringe
Foreclosure Fighters
Julian MacQueen

Politics
Mel Martinez & The Dominoes

Military
Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Education
Frank Brogan
Maryellen Elia

Science/Innovation
Win Phillips & David Day
Ian MacDonald & William Hogarth

Environment
Extreme Temperatures

CRITTERS
Mystery Monkey

Sports
Tampa Bay Rays' Top Brass
Pat Riley

Volunteer/Non-Profit
Barth Green

Arts/Entertainment
New World Symphony
Pitbull
Pamela Tuscany

Dubious Achievers
Scott Rothstein
David Brooks

Jim Greer
Wayne McLeod
Lewis Freeman
Pawl Hawks
Lee Farkas