NY Philharmonic in North Korea

February 26th, 2008

Thirteen blogger: Neal Shapiro, President

It’s going to be a long day for our Great Performances team.

(For days, we’ve been working with our partners at ABC News to bring you coverage of the NY Philharmonic’s historic visit to North Korea. And personally, it’s been great for me to have the team at Thirteen work with ABC News, where I worked for 13 years myself. I’ve known ABC’s Bob Woodruff for years and it turns out that Bob’s wife and I grew up in the same town in upstate NY and went to the same high school).

Yesterday, we took in some satellite feeds from North Korea and we’ve been working with some of the videotaped materials that ABC’s Bob Woodruff pre-taped for us.

This morning, we streamed the concert live at 4 am. We’ve also been taking in satellite feeds all morning: Bob Woodruff’s reporting as well as extra video from ABC News and other sources. Now, we are editing it all together.

When it is done, I think we’ll have a great collaboration between ABC News, PBS and Thirteen.

A reminder, you can see our production at 8 pm on Thirteen and Thirteen HD. It will also be available starting at midnight on http://video.thirteen.org and http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf.

Hope to see you there.