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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Treasures of New York: Four Freedoms Park PRESS RELEASE COMING SOON!

This film, hosted by author and historian Douglas Brinkley, explores the architectural gem honoring Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech that changed history. On its first anniversary, take a walk through the park that was shaped by the architect Louis I. Kahn, one of the masters of 20th century architecture

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

New Public Television Series, The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg, Premieres Fall 2013 (check local listings)

Travel guru offers tips and tricks for traveling like an insider

Tired of feeling like a helpless traveler? In the new series The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg, premiering nationwide beginning Monday, September 30, 2013 on public television (check local listings), CBS News Travel Editor and The Royal Tour co-host Peter Greenberg empowers audiences with travel news, must-have information and insider secrets known only to a select few in the industry. The series features 42, half-hour episodes and is distributed nationally by WLIW21. In the New York metropolitan area, the series premieres Saturdays at 7 a.m. on THIRTEEN and 6 p.m. on WLIW21 beginning October 5.

The Travel Detective reveals the process of travel from the inside, giving viewers access to hard-to-find information — from some of the best minds in the travel industry. Every week, Greenberg and a team of acclaimed experts — including editors from The Wall Street Journal and Travel Weekly — share the tools and information needed to take charge of every trip and deconstruct travel myths from the facts every traveler needs to know.

“How you travel is just as important as where you travel,” says Greenberg. “Even paradise gets painful when the airline loses your bag, you’re being overcharged on your hotel room and you spent half a day on a tour bus, or the cruise line won’t refund your money after a cancellation. I’ve traveled the world for 30 years as an investigative reporter, and The Travel Detective allows me — for the first time on a weekly basis — to share that necessary information.”

Greenberg, a multiple Emmy Award winner, reports on the potential fraud and financial truth of airline frequent flyer programs, and shows how to redeem your miles for that coveted frequent flyer seat — even when the airlines say there are no seats available. You’ll learn how and when to book a hotel room, how to avoid nickel-and-diming fees, and how to navigate airport security lines no matter what the signs say. The series also advises travelers where not to go, raising a red flag on must-miss cities, highways, airports and more. The Travel Detective goes behind the scenes of cruise lines, rental car companies and trains around the world to reveal the good, bad and sometimes even the ugly sides of travel.

The Travel Detective is produced each week from a different location around the world. From the wilds of Tasmania to roadside food stands in Mexico, from the cockpit of a wide-body jet in Abu Dhabi to hidden coffee plantations in Costa Rica, Greenberg’s signature “Hidden Gems” segments highlight experiences beyond the realm of traditional guidebooks. Each week, reports on the latest volunteer vacation opportunities around the world show viewers how they can help local communities every time they travel. For those travelling by car, The Travel Detective also suggests “one-tank trips:” great, affordable places reachable on just one tank of gas.

The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg is a production of Peter Greenberg Worldwide / Check Six Productions for WLIW21 in association with WNET. The Travel Detective is made possible by InsureMyTrip, Virtuoso and Norwegian Cruise Line.

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About Peter Greenberg

Peter Greenberg, who logs more than 400,000 miles a year reporting for CBS News and for his nationally syndicated radio program, is considered the world’s most credible front-line travel news journalist. He is a multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, and a New York Times best-selling author. He spent 14 years as the Travel Editor for NBC’s Today and 8 years as Travel Correspondent for ABC. He has been a featured guest on CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Dr. Phil, Extra, The O’Reilly Factor, and Larry King Live. He was the creator, co-executive producer and host of CNBC’s acclaimed specials “Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life” and “Cruise Inc: Big Money on the High Seas.” Greenberg also produces and co-hosts The Royal Tour, a series of national public television specials in association with WLIW21 for WNET, in which his tour guides and co-hosts have been the King of Jordan, the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and New Zealand, and the President of Mexico. Israel: The Royal Tour premieres December 2013 on public television (check local listings), featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as tour guide.

About WNET

In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

Airs nationwide beginning Tuesday, February 26 on public television (check local listings)

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is the legendary concert extravaganza that marked the last performance of the original line-up of “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Under the big-top and dressed in outrageous circus garb, The Rolling Stones are joined by an all-star musical cast: Jethro Tull, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, and the ad-hoc, one-time only supergroup “The Dirty Mac” featuring John Lennon (guitar/vocals), Keith Richards (bass), Eric Clapton (guitar), fresh from his break-up with Cream, and Mitch Mitchell (drums) of The Jimi Hendrix Experience. First broadcast in 2007, the concert is back on public television stations beginning Tuesday, February 26, 2013 (check local listings) and is distributed nationwide by WLIW21 in association with WNET. In the New York metro area, it will air Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21.

With Mick Jagger as the show’s literal ringmaster, the unscripted, unapologetic mayhem yielded timeless musical moments, including the first-ever performance of Stones classic-to-be “You Can’t Always Get What You Want;” John Lennon’s first concert before an audience outside The Beatles; the only existing footage of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi’s short stint with Jethro Tull; The Who’s standout “A Quick One While He’s Away;” and The Dirty Mac’s rendition of The Beatles’ “Yer Blues.” The public television broadcast includes a 2004 interview with The Who’s Pete Townshend about the historical gathering.

Filmed December 11-12, 1968 and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the pioneering music video director behind The Beatles’ Let It Be and many of the Rolling Stones’ seminal video clips, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was planned as a BBC special to promote the newly released Beggars Banquet but never aired. In fact, the footage, shot by award-winning cinematographer Tony Richmond (The Kids are Alright, The Man Who Fell to Earth), was lost for many years. Finally, in 1989, it was discovered in a trash bin at The Who’s vault in London. The film has been lovingly restored to preserve this unprecedented, one-of-a-kind event.

Song List:

Song for Jeffery – Jethro Tull

A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who

Ain’t That a Lot of Love – Taj Mahal

Something Better – Marianne Faithfull

Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell)

Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac

Jumping Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

No Expectations – The Rolling Stones

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

Salt of the Earth – The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus is an ABKCO Film. A presentation of WLIW21 in association with WNET. John Servidio is executive in charge of production for WLIW21 in association with WNET.

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About WNET

In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

About ABKCO

Founded over 50 years ago by Allen Klein, ABKCO Music & Records is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies.  It is home to iconic catalog assets that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Orlons, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. Soundtrack releases include David Chase’s Not Fade Away, the international blockbuster Fast FiveOur Idiot Brother, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wes Anderson’s 2013 Academy Award® nominated Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited and the 2010 Academy Award® nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox, the director’s first animated feature based on Roald Dahl’s book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Men Who Stare At Goats and the soundtrack to the first season of the hit Showtime® series, Californication. ABKCO is active on many fronts including the release of critically lauded compilations and reissues from its catalog, film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties in all media.  ABKCO is at the forefront of new technologies in the entertainment field and is in active development of several multi-platform projects, theatrical productions and innovative educational tools to ensure its catalog is enjoyed by generations of fans for years to come.  ABKCO Films latest release is The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965. It has been involved with many successful movies including The Greek Tycoon starring Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset, La Grande Bouffe winner of the International Critics prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and The Concert for Bangladesh featuring Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr.  Renowned cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, fully restored and remastered to HD, were shown at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (Classics section) and at the prestigious 44th New York Film Festival. In 2003 ABKCO won a Grammy for the DVD release of Sam Cooke – Legend and the following year released the DVD of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to universal acclaim. Films in pre-production include a restoration of the Spaghetti Western Blindman starring Ringo Starr and a biopic on the life of Sam Cooke.  www.abkco.com

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!

Premieres nationwide beginning Tuesday, February 26 on public television (check local listings)

The Rolling Stones’ first concerts at Madison Square Garden on November 27 & 28, 1969, rank amongst the greatest live rock and roll performances ever. Premiering nationwide beginning Tuesday, February 26 on public television (check local listings), the new performance documentary The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! captures “The Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band in the World” playing on “The World’s Greatest Stage,” over that historic Thanksgiving weekend.

Albert and David Maysles famously documented the Rolling Stones’ 1969 U.S. tour in their film Gimme Shelter. ABKCO Films along with Albert Maysles has put together never-before-seen footage that shows the band — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, and Bill Wyman — at its apogee, wowing New York audiences in their first Madison Square Garden shows.

The film includes newly discovered versions of five previously unreleased Stones performances — “Prodigal Son,” “You Gotta Move,” “Under My Thumb,” “I’m Free,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” — and extraordinary backstage gems like Keith Richards, Mick Taylor and Jimi Hendrix sharing a musical moment, and Janis Joplin grooving to the Stones’ performance from the side of the stage.

The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! makes its New York metro area premiere on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21. This broadcast will feature a special appearance by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, who will share his first-hand experience of the tour.

The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! is an ABKCO Film. A presentation of WLIW21 in association with WNET. John Servidio is executive in charge of production for WLIW21 in association with WNET.

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About WNET

In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

About ABKCO

Founded over 50 years ago by Allen Klein, ABKCO Music & Records is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies.  It is home to iconic catalog assets that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Orlons, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. Soundtrack releases include David Chase’s Not Fade Away, the international blockbuster Fast FiveOur Idiot Brother, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wes Anderson’s 2013 Academy Award® nominated Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited and the 2010 Academy Award® nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox, the director’s first animated feature based on Roald Dahl’s book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Men Who Stare At Goats and the soundtrack to the first season of the hit Showtime® series, Californication. ABKCO is active on many fronts including the release of critically lauded compilations and reissues from its catalog, film and commercial placement of its master recordings and music publishing properties in all media.  ABKCO is at the forefront of new technologies in the entertainment field and is in active development of several multi-platform projects, theatrical productions and innovative educational tools to ensure its catalog is enjoyed by generations of fans for years to come.  ABKCO Films latest release is The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965. It has been involved with many successful movies including The Greek Tycoon starring Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset, La Grande Bouffe winner of the International Critics prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and The Concert for Bangladesh featuring Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr.  Renowned cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, fully restored and remastered to HD, were shown at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (Classics section) and at the prestigious 44th New York Film Festival. In 2003 ABKCO won a Grammy for the DVD release of Sam Cooke – Legend and the following year released the DVD of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to universal acclaim. Films in pre-production include a restoration of the Spaghetti Western Blindman starring Ringo Starr and a biopic on the life of Sam Cooke.  www.abkco.com

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Treasures of New York: The New York State Capitol airs December 5 at 7pm on WLIW21 and December 10 at 10pm on THIRTEEN

Hosted by Rafael Pi Roman, the film recounts the untimely demise and rebuilding of a landmark that took 32 years, 25 million dollars, 5 architects and 11 state governors to create

Atop a hill, overlooking the Hudson River in Albany, stands the New York State Capitol building, hailed an architectural masterpiece when it was originally completed in 1899. It took 32 years to build the ornate structure, an eclectic mixture of Gothic revival, Romanesque and Moorish influences, but only about an hour for flames to severely damage the so-called “fireproof” seat of state government 12 years later.

Treasures of New York: The New York State Capitol delves into the controversy surrounding the Capitol’s initial construction, theories of the fire’s origins, its re-building, and more recent work to repair its complex of roofs and restore a massive skylight. Originally broadcast by WMHT, this updated production, hosted by Rafael Pi Roman, airs Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. on WLIW21 and Monday, December 10, 2012 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

After broadcast, the film will be available to national audiences at thirteen.org/treasures-of-ny. The Web site offers past episodes and conversations with visionaries behind New York’s greatest institutions.

Using archival images, dramatic reenactments, graphics, and interviews, this hour-long documentary explains that, given New York’s ranking at the start of the Gilded Age as the country’s wealthiest state, its state capitol needed to be unique. “They were making a statement,” Capitol architect James Jamieson relates, “They were really trying to build a monument and testament to the power and energy that was New York State. It was to be a monument of culture and of architecture and of art and of design.”

Architect Thomas Fuller, who submitted the winning design in the state’s competition, promised he would get the job done in four years for four million, but 10 years and 10 million later, only the first two floors had been erected. Following an investigation by New York City architects, Leopold Eidlitz and Henry Hobson Richardson, Fuller was replaced by his two investigators.

Most notable in their design was organizing the structure around a vast central courtyard with three majestic staircases providing light and air deep into the building’s interior. Above the great western staircase, the largest of the three modeled after the grand staircase of the Paris Opera, was a massive skylight.

Besides the Senate and Assembly, the NY State Museum and NY State Library were also housed in the now overcrowded Capitol on that fateful night of March 29, 1911 when a fire broke out in the Assembly Library. Although defective wiring was cited as the cause, others blame legislators who gathered in the library, also known as the “booze room,” that night and may have dropped a lighted match into a wastebasket or onto an alcohol-soaked carpet. But the Capitol was rebuilt, fire codes established, and to this day, work continues conserving historic documents damaged in the fire.

In 2000, yet another overdue project, replacement of the chronic leaking roof, got underway as the entire decorative, ornamental terracotta tile was removed and reproduced in keeping with a national historic landmark. But it was the restoration of the magnificent skylight, removed in the 1960s, that made the most dramatic interior change to the Capitol as daylight once again illuminates the great western staircase.

The New York State Capitol is a production of WLIW21 in association with WMHT, Albany and WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and the operator of NJTV.  “The New York State Capitol” is written, directed & produced by Daniel Swinton and Steve Dunn. Executive producers are Paul Hoagland and Marianne Potter.

Treasures of New York: The New York State Capitol is executive produced by Mary Lockhart.  Diane Masciale is executive producer of the Treasures of New York series and local programming. Executive-in-Charge of Production is John Servidio.

Treasures of New York explores New York’s cultural heritage by spotlighting its points of interest, distinguished establishments and notable figures.  The series is generously funded by Metropolitan Media Fund. Additional funding for this program is provided by The Bender Family Foundation; AIA, New York State Inc.; Titan Roofing Incorporated; Monaco Restorations Inc.; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.; New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association; NY Civil Service Employees Association; and TD Bank.

For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

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About WNET
In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and the operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and, MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Treasures of New York presents Ocean Keeper November 1st on THIRTEEN and November 10th on WLIW21

Originally featured at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the film portrays the living legacy of Amagansett Life-Saving Service Station.

Treasures of New York showcases the series’ first Long Island “treasure” about the historic Amagansett Life-Saving Service Station in Ocean Keeper. After premiering at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival, the film receives its public television primetime premiere on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. on WLIW21.

A blend of archival and contemporary footage, this documentary contains a wealth of historical detail. The Amagansett Life-Saving Station has been a unique centerpiece of Long Island history since it was built in 1902. The film journeys through the station’s extraordinary 100-year-plus history and arrives at its present day incarnation on Atlantic Avenue. Over a period of 44 years, the dedicated men who worked at the station saved thousands of lives. In 1942, four Nazi saboteurs were found by coastguardsman John Cullen during a nightly beach patrol in front of the station. And in 1966, the building was rescued from demolition and purchased for a dollar by Joel Carmichael whose family lived there for the rest of the 20th century.

Told through interviews with Carmichael’s children and Hampton historians Richard Barons and Robert Hefner, the film brings to life the heroic house and its inadvertent role in the ill-fated Nazi plot to blow up power stations.

Designed by architect George Russell Tolman in the style of the Quonochontaug station at Rhode Island, the Amagansett station was the last of 30 life-saving stations built along the South Shore of Long Island.  The South Shore was a major shipping route of commerce at the beginning of the 20th century.  The heavily trafficked waterway had many shipwrecks.  By 1915, the Life-Saving Service Stations collectively saved 186, 000 lives along the U.S. shores and were heralded as one of the greatest institutions of its kind.

From 1915-1944, the U.S. Coast Guard took over the Life-Saving Service Stations.  The Amagansett station was decommissioned in 1944 and left abandoned for 22 years until writer Joel Carmichael bought the property for a dollar in 1966 and moved it to Bluff Road, just blocks away from the beach.  As a family summer residence, the Amagansett house took on a new role as a salon for local artists and intellectuals including writer Dwight Macdonald; artist Costantino “Tino” Nivola; cartoonist Saul Steinberg; art critic Harold Rosenberg; and artist Willem de Kooning.  After Carmichael’s death in 2006, the house was donated back to Amagansett for historical preservation.

Along with Montauk Lighthouse, the Amagansett Life-Saving Service Station is considered one of East Hampton’s most cherished and important maritime buildings.

Ocean Keeper is a Pure Newt Production for WLIW21 in association with WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and the operator of NJTV.  The film is directed by Eileen Olivieri Torpey.  The film is produced by Deborah Carmichael, Isabel Carmichael and Eileen Olivieri Torpey. Deborah Carmichael is the Executive Producer.

Rebecca Fasanello is the associate producer for Treasures of New York.  Diane Masciale is executive producer of the Treasures of New York series and local programming . Executive-in-Charge of Production is John Servidio.

Treasures of New York explores New York’s cultural heritage by spotlighting its points of interest, distinguished establishments and notable figures.  The series is generously funded by Metropolitan Media Fund.

For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

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About WNET
In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and the operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and, MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Treasures of New York chronicles the rebirth of Roosevelt House October 9th on WLIW21 and October 11th on THIRTEEN

Hosted by Jon Meacham, the film recounts the transformation of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s historic residence to Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt had many famous homes: Hyde Park, Campobello, Warm Springs, The White House, but few people know the story of their New York City home on East 65th Street and Park Avenue.  The Roosevelts spent 24 years in their Upper East Side townhouse, where Franklin Roosevelt launched his political career and redefined American presidency.

Treasures of New York explores the significance and revival of Roosevelt House on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) on WLIW21 and Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. (ET)  on THIRTEEN.

After broadcast, the film will be available to national audiences at thirteen.org/treasures-of-ny. The Web site offers past episodes and conversations with visionaries behind New York’s greatest institutions.

Hosted by Jon Meacham, the film features Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College; Curtis Roosevelt, eldest living grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; James Polshek, architect who oversaw the restoration; and Naomi Stern, a Hunter graduate mentored by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Told through archival images and interviews with those familiar with the building’s past and present, the film brings to life the illustrious saga of the Roosevelt House, where President Roosevelt strategized the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression.

The six-floor landmarked twin townhouse was a marital gift from Sara Delano Roosevelt, Franklin’s doting yet domineering mother who lived next door in the same building.  Designed by architect Charles Platt in 1908, the Neo-Georgian building had mirror layouts.  From the vestibule, separate entrances lead to each house: left for Sara and right for the couple.  However, connected entry ways between the houses in the second floor drawing rooms and the fourth floor bedrooms left the couple with little privacy.  Eleanor conceded with Sara’s possessiveness and nurtured Franklin’s rise from New York State Senator in 1910 to President-elect in 1932.

In 1920, Franklin ran as Vice President but the Democratic ticket lost that year.  The following year he was struck with polio while vacationing at Campobello.  He returned to his New York City home to recuperate.  Thankfully, Sara had installed elevators when the house was built that aided the paralyzed Franklin.  During his recovery, Eleanor was instrumental in keeping Franklin in the public eye which helped him regain his political power.  He became Governor of New York in 1928, a post he held until his Presidency.

Major historic events took place at the Roosevelt House just prior to the Roosevelts move to the White House.  As President-elect, Franklin planned the New Deal and broadcast his first radio address by the fireplace.  In the library, he interviewed potential cabinet members and appointed Frances Perkins as the first female cabinet member of the United States.  Perkins championed the Social Security Act that provided government supported benefits for the elderly and poor.

After Sara’s death in 1941, the house was sold to nearby Hunter College, a school for women where the Roosevelts were intimately involved with the student life.

Founded in 1870, Hunter College was a school for teacher training.  Hunter used Roosevelt House as an interfaith center and sorority house for the students whom Eleanor mentored.

In the 1970s through 1980s, the house fell into disrepair, and eventually closed in 1992.   In 2004, Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College, had a vision to restore Roosevelt House and turn it into a Public Policy Institute to honor the Roosevelts’ legacy.

Architect James Polshek was commissioned to renovate the building.  He removed the walls to unify the space and excavated the backyard to house an auditorium.  After extensive work, Roosevelt House re-opened in the spring of 2010 as the home of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.  The multifunctional facilities may be reconfigured to accommodate parties, meetings, lectures, and a state-of-the-art academic research center.  Perhaps, most importantly, Roosevelt House is a think tank to foster creative dialogue on advancing human rights, much like the activities of the Roosevelts during their pivotal residence there.

Treasures of New York: Roosevelt House is a production of WLIW21 in association with WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and the operator of NJTV.

For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

Treasures of New York: Roosevelt House is executive produced by Mary Lockhart.  Diane Masciale is Executive Producer, local programming of WNET. Executive-in-Charge of Production is John Servidio.  Major support for this program is provided by Corrine Barsky, Michael and Mary Gellert and Rosalind P. Walter.

Treasures of New York explores New York’s cultural heritage by spotlighting its points of interest, distinguished establishments and notable figures.  The series is generously funded by Metropolitan Media Fund.

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About WNET
In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and the operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

A NEW SEASON OF TEACHING CHANNEL PRESENTS PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 22 and 28, 2012 ON WLIW WORLD AND THIRTEEN

Hosted by Sarah Brown Wessling, the 2010 National Teacher of the Year, the groundbreaking weekly one-hour episodes covers how teachers are implementing the Common Core State Standards, building digital literacy into their daily lessons, exploring new methods to teach English Language Learners and much more.

NEW YORK (September 16, 2013) – Teaching Channel Presents returns this fall to public television stations with new weekly one-hour episodes addressing critical issues facing educators today.  Launched in 2011, Teaching Channel Presents is an unprecedented series that opens up classroom doors and showcases inspiring teaching across America.

The third season, featuring new videos from Teaching Channel (Tch) online airs weekly beginning on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:00 a.m. (ET) on WLIW WORLD and Saturday, September 28, 2013  at 6:00 a.m. (ET) on THIRTEEN, 9:00 a.m. (ET) on WLIW21 and 5:00 a.m. (ET) on NJTV (check local listings).  The premiere episode looks at the inside of classrooms where teachers are already integrating the Common Core standards.

Sarah Brown Wessling, the Teacher Laureate at Tch and the 2010 National Teacher of the Year, serves as host.

After broadcast, the segments that comprise each episode – along with ancillary materials – will be available at teachingchannel.org.

Since its premiere season, Teaching Channel Presents has helped introduce Tch’s video platform to a growing number of teachers across the country.  The site now has an online video library that features more than 700 videos – many of which are tagged to the Common Core State Standards.  In August 2013, the website received more than 370,000 unique visitors and Tch now has more than 342,000 registered users in its online community of educators.

Through observational and character-driven stories, teachers can learn from their peers’ hands-on experience about such topics as how they might tackle tough issues in the classroom, teach students to become good digital citizens, and incorporate arts into their curriculums.

The first 10 episodes are as follows (check local airdates):

Episode 1

Inside Common Core Classrooms: We’ll begin the new season of Teaching Channel Presents in classrooms where teachers are already integrating the Common Core.  From adding and subtracting to fractions and functions, we’ll follow students as they explore mathematical reasoning across grade levels. See how the standards change as students advance.  And, we’ll visit three lively English classes where the Common Core emphasis is on speaking and listening skills.

Episode 2

Common Core PreK – 12: We’ll start with Pre-K math students and finish up with high school English students as we explore the many ways Common Core is being integrated into classrooms—in both math and ELA the emphasis is teaching students how to think.

Episode 3

New Teacher Survival Guide: We’ll follow several new teachers and their mentors as they focus on essential first-year skills from lesson planning to classroom management to differentiation. This hour is filled with useful “do’s and don’ts” for new teachers.

Episode 4

Digital Citizens & Improving Practice: In our first half hour, we’ll see how students are becoming “Super Digital Citizens” as they learn how to use the Internet responsibly— then, we’ll switch gears and too see new ways teachers are working to improve their practice.

Episode 5

Experiential Learning Go to four amazing classrooms where the focus is on “learning by doing.”  Whether students are creating radio shows, fixing computers, or solving engineering problems, they are getting a “college and career-ready experience.”

Episode 6

Teaching ELA to the Core We’ll drill down into the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and see teachers succeed, and stumble, as they work to incorporate material that not all students are ready to handle.

Episode 7

Middle School Math & Science: We’ll immerse ourselves in Middle School math and science—from using your whole body to graph linear equations to going on a pond water safari—these classes are engaging and inventive.

Episode 8

Celebrating Science: Some things run on batteries, some bubble over, some throw sparks—anything can happen in science class as students study everything from Robotics to Physics to Boyle’s Law.

Episode 9

Elementary School Basics: Follow along for a full hour with eager-to-learn elementary school students.  From doing the “Monster Match” for English, to Decimal Games in Math, to exploring ecosystems in Science, these lessons are inviting and visual.

Episode 10

Making Math & History Come Alive: We’ll spend the hour in seven classrooms as teachers make math and history come alive while aligning their lessons to the Common Core. We’ll visit student-focused math classes and then see students explore ancient civilizations, the French Revolution, and the American Declaration of Independence.

Teaching Channel Presents is presented by WLIW21 in association with WNET, parent company of WLIW21, THIRTEEN and the operator of NJTV.  For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

Major support for Teaching Channel Presents is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Download the Season 2 press release.

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About Teaching Channel
Teaching Channel revolutionizes how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other and their communities to improve instruction and student outcomes in America’s K–12 classrooms. A nonprofit organization, Tch engages teachers across the country to reinvent and revolutionize professional learning through video content and online innovation. For more information, visit Tch on the web at www.TeachingChannel.org, and on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

About WNET

In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

WNET Joins Forces with NYC Media to Present Treasures of New York: City Parks, premiering September 5th on WLIW21 and September 9th on THIRTEEN

The film explores the founding and history of New York’s beloved public parks with Adrian Benepe, New York City Parks Commissioner; Mayor Ed Koch; Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President; and Candice Bergen.

In conjunction with NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York, Treasures of New York takes an intimate look at the planning and design of five iconic parks in New York City and shares their rarely-told history. City Parks premieres Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. (ET) on WLIW21 and Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. (ET)  on THIRTEEN.

The film features Mayor Ed Koch; Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President; Candice Bergen and other leading members from the Parks Conservancies.  Also featured is Adrian Benepe, New York City Parks Commissioner, who will become Senior Vice President of City Park Development at The Trust for Public Land in September 2012.

After broadcast, the film will be available to national audiences at thirteen.org/treasures-of-ny. The website offers past episodes and conversations with visionaries behind New York’s greatest institutions.

Using archival footage and expert interviews, the film brings to life the history of the five representative parks of each borough which include Bronx’s Pelham Bay Park, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Manhattan’s Central Park, Queen’s Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and Staten Island’s Greenbelt. Both engineering marvels and distinctive natural oasis in an urban setting, these public green spaces have transformed the City’s landscape and enriched New Yorkers from all walks of life.

During the Industrial Revolution, New York City began to develop one of the most diverse and dynamic park systems in the country. In Central Park, a swamp was converted into an ice skating rink. In Prospect Park, water was pumped from a well deep below its land to form a lake. Such engineering feats drew spectators during the building of Prospect Park. Through time, Central Park suffered great negligence brought on by the Depression while other parks were radically reimagined and repurposed for a different future. In spite of their sometimes rocky past, five major parks in the five boroughs exemplify the City’s unique natural heritage.

Under Parks Commissioner Robert Moses’ reign from 1930s through 1960s, nearly every park in the City was renovated. Expanding on the vision of Calvert Vaux and Frederick Olmsted, the original landscape architects of Central Park and Prospect Park, Moses created a man-made Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park and turned a landfill into Flushing Meadows Corona Park, complete with world-class athletic facilities and museums. Flushing Meadows even once housed the United Nations. However, when Moses had plans to construct a highway system across Staten Island’s woodlands, his efforts were thwarted by citizens who fought to preserve the pristine wilderness, which later became the Greenbelt. This accidental paradise stretches 32 miles through more than 2,800 acres of public and private land in central Staten Island.

Today, New York City’s parks welcome tens of millions of visitors each year. Central Park alone estimates 40 million annual visits a year.

From forests to concert stages and wetlands to swimming pools, the City’s parks are a national and global model for cutting-edge design and civic pride. They feature creative re-use of landfills, wildlife preservation, sports and entertainment. Not only do the parks make wildlife universally accessible in a big city, they contain historical structures and outdoor sculptures that maintain New York’s cultural and aesthetic legacy. Perhaps most importantly, City parks reflect democratic values; an open space embracing everyone to come explore nature and enjoy life.

Treasures of New York: City Parks is a production of NYC Media for NYC Life’s Blueprint and WLIW21 in association with WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV.

For 50 years, THIRTEEN has been making the most of the rich resources and passionate people of New York and the world, reaching millions of people with on-air and online programming that celebrates arts and culture, offers insightful commentary on the news of the day, explores the worlds of science and nature, and invites students of all ages to have fun while learning.

The Executive Producer for City Parks is Diane Petzke. The episode was produced by Dean Irwin and Andrew Guidone and written by Dean Irwin. Treasures of New York’s Executive Producer is Diane Masciale. Associate Producer is Ally Gimbel. Executive-in-Charge of Production is John Servidio.

Treasures of New York explores New York’s cultural heritage by spotlighting its points of interest, distinguished establishments and notable figures.

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About NYC Media
Part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Media is the official TV, radio and online network of the City of New York, informing, educating and entertaining New Yorkers about the City’s diverse people and neighborhoods, government, services, attractions and activities. NYC Media oversees several television channels, a radio station and other online assets. NYC life – Channel 25 on most systems and Channel 22 on Cablevision – explores arts and culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and history and education, and features the people and places that make our City unique.  Visit nyc.gov/media to learn more.

About WNET
In 2012, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

THIRTEEN AIRS TREASURES OF NEW YORK: LINCOLN CENTER WITH PATTI LuPONE THURSDAY, JULY 14

Broadway icon Patti LuPone provides an architectural and historical tour capturing the transformation of New York City’s famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in a new documentary

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is equated with music, opera, theater, jazz, dance, and has been a recurring iconic image used in Hollywood films past and present. On Thursday, July 14th at 8pm ET (check local listings) on THIRTEEN, and again on Thursday, July 28th at 7pm ET (check local listings) on WLIW21, Patti LuPone, a Broadway icon and a graduate of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, takes viewers on an architectural and historical tour of this famed New York City landmark, showcasing the newly transformed campus that welcomes visitors and performers every day of the year.

Treasures of New York: Lincoln Center with Patti LuPone is a presentation of WLIW21 for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For more than 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentaries and arts programming to the New York community.

After nearly five decades of artistic excellence and service to its community, the nation and the world, Lincoln Center embarked upon a major transformation initiative to fully modernize its concert halls and public spaces, renew its 16-acre urban campus, and reinforce its vitality for decades to come.

To illustrate this architectural transformation, Lincoln Center for the  Performing Arts granted the filmmakers access to archival footage rarely seen in public. Vintage footage of Leonard Bernstein, Risë Stevens, a leading lady of the Metropolitan Opera at the time the complex was built, along with early architectural renderings, showcase the  massive undertaking to conceive and execute the building of the Lincoln Center campus.

Throughout the film, LuPone introduces the viewer to key figures who were instrumental in the transformation of Lincoln Center, including Elizabeth Diller, principal, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro architectural firm; David Rockwell, architect; and Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, architects for the new David Rubenstein Atrium.

Other prominent New Yorkers associated with the project featured in the film include Thomas Mellins, historian and independent curator; Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for The New York Times and now architecture critic for The  New Yorker magazine; Wu Han and David Finckel, co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society; Jacqueline Davis, executive director of the New York  Public Library  for the Performing Arts Peter Gelb, general manager for the Metropolitan Opera; Katherine Farley, chair of Lincoln Center’s board and Reynold Levy, Lincoln Center’s president.

Producer/Writer is Sally Garner. Executive producer is Marc Rosenwasser. Associate Producer/Editor is Channtal Fleischfresser. Editor is Kerry Soloway. Narrated by Patti LuPone. For WLIW: General Manager is John Servidio.  A WLIW production in association with WNET.

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About WNET New York Public Media

WNET is a pioneering provider of television and web content.  The parent of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and Creative News Group, WNET brings such acclaimed broadcast series and websites as Tavis Smiley, Need To Know, Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Secrets of the Dead, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack,  Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps and Cyberchase to national and international audiences. Through its wide range of channels and platforms, WNET serves the entire New York City metro area with unique local productions, broadcasts and innovative educational and cultural projects. In all that it does, WNET pursues a single, overarching goal — to create media experiences of lasting significance for New York, America and the world. For more information, visit www.wnet.org.

About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA)

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of some 5,000 programs and events annually, LCPA’s offerings include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Tully Scope Festival, White Light Festival, and Live From Lincoln Center. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.

Lincoln Center is a 16-acre campus housing 12 prestigious cultural organizations including LCPA. The other 11 are the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet.

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