Weekly Press Digest, May 1-7 2009

May 8th, 2009

Selected press items featuring WNET.org, its programs, projects and services from the period Friday, May 1 through Thursday, May 7.

WNET.ORG President and CEO, Neal Shapiro, weighs in on the significance of the newly debuted WNET & WLIW21 Identification spots, stating THIRTEEN and WLIW21 are quintessentially New York institutions, and these new station IDs express that deep connection to the community.
From PR-Inside.com.

Michael Novacek, the provost of science at the Museum of Natural History joined Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge to discuss implications of a study about Africans more genetically diverse. Reported on science.smallshop.com. (more…)

An Evening to Remember – WNET.ORG's Annual Gala

May 5th, 2009

from: Neal Shapiro, President & CEO, WNET.org

Monday night WNET.ORG celebrated its Annual Gala Salute at Gotham Hall in Manhattan. Every spring, some of our most generous supporters gather to honor individuals who truly make a difference in our community and in our world. And in the process they help raise an impressive sum of money for the work of WNET.ORG and its media companies.

This year, we had the pleasure of honoring Meredith Brokaw, Jamie Dimon and Kevin Kline. (more…)

Juilliard Student Niccolo Athens composes new THIRTEEN/WLIW themes

May 5th, 2009

At the end of April 2009, 30 talented Juilliard students gathered to record new ID theme music for WNET.ORG productions, and for THIRTEEN and WLIW21 air. In a new collaboration between our companies and The Juilliard School, the music for the spots, which debut on-air May 4 at midnight, was composed by a third-year composition student, Niccolo Athens. (more…)

Spike Lee's film of 'Passing Strange' to be broadcast on Great Performances

May 4th, 2009

Great Performances has acquired Spike Lee’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical Passing Strange. After a sold-out run at The Public Theater, a Broadway transfer, and multiple nominations and awards (including a Tony), the spectacular Passing Strange played its final super-energized performance in July 2008. But before that final curtain, Spike Lee recorded the production in high definition, retaining and transmitting the power and intensity of co-creator/star Stew and crew’s performances. Passing Strange will air on PBS’ Great Performances in 2010. (more…)

Q&A about Walter Cronkite and the 'Legacy of War'

April 29th, 2009

from: Stephen Segaller, Vice President of Content for WNET.ORG

Legacy of War premieres Wednesday, April 29 at 10 pm.

Walter Cronkite takes viewers through the major post-war events in Legacy of War. You have a long history with Cronkite. How did you first meet him?

In 1983 I was a 29-year-old producer at World In Action, the UK’s Sixty Minutes. A general election loomed – four years after Margaret Thatcher’s amazing first victory. With a campaign that lasts only three weeks – and not much doubt that Thatcher would trounce her inept opponent, Labour Party leader Michael Foot – what was a weekly show to do?

I thought, why not get an American correspondent to report on the British election since every British election is accompanied by increasing chatter that “our elections are getting like American elections, they’re just popularity contests”, driven by advertising agencies and spin doctors.

Well, there was one major name I knew – and he’d quite recently retired from anchoring the CBS Evening News – Walter Cronkite.


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