Frontline: The Spill – A Q&A with Martin Smith

October 25th, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon offshore rig

In Frontline‘s The Spill, correspondent Martin Smith joins the investigative non-profit ProPublica to explore BP’s path to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf.  Far from having a pristine record even before the disaster, The Spill examines BP’s past and questions the extent to which the company’s corporate culture will be forced to change in the wake of the spill.

Nature Exec. Producer Fred Kaufman Discusses Winning Wildscreen's Lifetime Achievement Award

October 20th, 2010

Brian Leith (pictured far right), noted producer of natural history films including Nature’s Deep Jungle, presented the Wildscreen award to the Nature team (pictured left to right), Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer; Janet Hess, Series Editor; and Bill Murphy, Series Producer.

On October 13, Nature became the first American production to win the prestigious Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2010 Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, U.K.  Executive Producer Fred Kaufman and his colleagues Bill Murphy and Janet Hess accepted the award.  The Wildscreen Festival  celebrates excellence in wildlife and environmental filmmaking, and is one of the most influential events of its kind.

A production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG, Nature is currently in its 29th season and is one of PBS’ most watched programs.  It airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Inside Thirteen had the chance to speak with Nature‘s Executive Producer Fred Kaufman about the Wildscreen Awards and his experience working on Nature.

At the Paley Center: Brian Williams interviews Jimmy Fallon

October 19th, 2010

Last week on At the Paley Center, Brian Williams, host of NBC  Nightly News, sat down with actor, comedian, and television host Jimmy Fallon.  Fallon discussed growing up in Upstate New York, his time on Saturday Night Live, and his late night talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

At the Paley Center is a new six-part series that airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.  The shows hosts a wide range of media personalities, including Ted Danson, Angela Lansbury, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Joel Grey.

Episode four of At the Paley Center, with Meredith Viera, airs this Friday, October 22 at 9:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Sherlock to Premiere on Masterpiece Mystery on October 24

October 18th, 2010

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock

On Sunday, October 24, Sherlock Holmes comes to Masterpiece Mystery in Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, and Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade.

The series will feature three segments: A Study in Pink, The Blind Banker, and The Great Game.  From the writers of Doctor Who, Sherlock is co-created and written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

Sherlock airs on Sundays October 24, 31, and November 7 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Independent Lens: Interview with The Parking Lot Movie Filmmaker Meghan Eckman

October 14th, 2010

Attendant Tyler Magill in The Parking Lot Movie

The Parking Lot Movie tells the tale of a small parking lot in the town of Charlottesville, Virginia and the motley crew of attendants who work there.  The attendants don’t merely scoff at luxury cars and license plates, but also scrutinize and contemplate capitalism, anger, justice, drunkenness, spiritual awareness, class struggle, entitlement, and, of course, the plight of the service sector worker.

Here, filmmaker Meghan Eckman discusses her inspiration for the film, what motivated her to present the film on public television, and what the people in the film are doing now.

God in America: Series Q&A

October 8th, 2010

God in America, a new three-part documentary produced by PBS, explores the historical role of religion in the U.S.  The film takes a look at the complex relationship between democracy and religion, and considers the role religion has played in social reform movements from abolition to civil rights. Learn more about the film with this in-depth series Q&A.

Why has PBS chosen this moment to explore the issue of religion’s impact on America?

You don’t have to look any further than today’s controversies about plans to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero or the threat by a pastor in Florida to burn copies of the Quran to realize how deeply intertwined religion and politics are in the public life of America. These stories are reminders that the struggle for religious liberty and the country’s religious identity is an enduring part of the American story. Those struggles are the major themes and storylines of the God in America series — from the earliest attempts by European settlers to convert Native Americans to Christianity to the religious ideas than animated the political crusades of the civil rights movement and the religious right. To explore more than 400 years of that history is surprising and enlightening journeys that will help viewers understand their country’s history in a fresh way and give rich context to today’s current events.

The Importance of Ratings on THIRTEEN: A Discussion with Barbara Gordon

October 7th, 2010

Inside Thirteen recently sat down with THIRTEEN’s Director of Audience/Market Research, Barbara Gordon, to discuss the importance of ratings and the role they play in programming shows on THIRTEEN.

Inside Thirteen: How does THIRTEEN use ratings?

Barbara Gordon: Virtually every department throughout the station depends on ratings.  They help the folks who schedule programs place them in compatible time periods – to help create flow from one program to another.  When applying for grants from PBS, CPB, foundations, and government agencies, all want to know how many people the program will reach.  Everyone knows that our programming is of high quality, intelligent, educational, and even fun; but, anyone providing funds to the station for programming wants to know how many people will be watching or have watched.  Potential programming partners are also interested in knowing our viewers.

Art Through Time: A Global View to Launch October 10 on THIRTEEN

October 1st, 2010

The creation of art is as old as the existence of humankind. In every region of the world and throughout all stages of civilization, art has been a way that people have communicated their beliefs and expressed their ideas about the human experience. Art Through Time: A Global View, a new 13-part series produced in high-definition by THIRTEEN, looks at works of art from around the world that are thematically linked.

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