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This e-copy of "Viewpoint" is a widely distributed, quarterly magazine that I co-wrote, edited and published with the Executive Director of Corp. Communications at KCET-LA/PBS.

This e-copy of "Viewpoint" is a widely distributed, quarterly magazine that I co-wrote, edited and published with the Executive Director of Corp. Communications at KCET-LA/PBS.

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  • ViewPoint Issue 16 California At War KCET One-Hour Special Reveals the Lasting Impact of World War II on California California at War, a one-hour special from the award-winning series California Connected, is the story of how World War II changed California and how California changed the war. California Connected Emmy Award winners, Post Production “World War II was a turning point for California; some have Producer Morgan Bell, Producer Jonathan Dann, Senior Producer called it a second ‘Gold Rush’ in the sense that the war fast Justine Schmidt, Executive Producer Bret Marcus, and Line Producer forwarded California into the future,” says Bret Marcus Ellen Raphael producer and KCET Vice President of Programming, Publicity and Promotion. “California began its transformation from a KCET Tops Los Angeles sleepy West Coast enclave to the mega state it is today. There are historians in this program who argue that victory would Area Emmy®Awards at not have been possible without the production, technology and troops provided by California.” 59th Annual Ceremony Anchored by veteran journalist Judy Muller, California at War interviews dozens of veterans, eyewitnesses and histo- rians including former state librarian and historian Kevin Starr, author Walter Mosley and Hollywood legend Winning more awards in a single ceremony than at any previous Mickey Rooney, among others. The story is also told through archival film and stills—some of which are time in its 43-year history, KCET won six statuettes at the 59th being shown for the first time ever. Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards held Saturday, August 25. The wins followed 15 nominations in eight categories that often saw California at War tells its story in six sections. The “Prologue” looks at the early forties when Californians KCET productions competing against each other. In addition, the enjoyed the good life, a world away from war-torn Europe. “The War at Our Doorstop” takes us to the days station tied with KNBC for most wins for the evening. and months directly after Pearl Harbor, when California actually became a target of Japanese submarines off the coast, culminating in the “Battle of L.A.,” which began after a false radio report that Los Angeles was California Connected, which just under attack. The “War Against Ourselves” takes a frank look at the “war” against non-whites—from the premiered “California at War,” (article on internment of more than a hundred thousand Japanese-Americans to the targeting of Mexican-Americans Page 1) won five of the six KCET awards, in the “Zoot Suit Riots.” “The War Machine” speaks to the role California played in becoming both a defense the most received by any one program. industry powerhouse and a staging ground for the war in the Pacific. “The Homefront” tells the story of the role Hollywood played – from propaganda films to the famed “Hollywood Canteen,” where celebrities enter- tained the troops. Finally, “The Legacy” captures the joy and elation of VJ Day celebrations, and the war time As a program, California Connected won innovations and industries that would have a lasting impact on the state. Emmys for Information/Public Affairs series; Crime/Social Issues (“War Stories The special will air September 20 at 8 p.m. in conjunction with the premiere of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary from Ward 7-D,” the DuPont-Columbia series The War. award winning half hour about Iraqi war California at War is made possible through generous contributions from the Annenberg Foundation, vets with Traumatic Brain Injuries); and Elizabeth Hofert Dailey Trust, the California Endowment and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Life & Times reporter Cris Franco Information Programming (“Troubled Waters,” about the most polluted river in North America). California Connected also won two prestigious KCET Toasts BP’s Bob Malone craft awards: an Emmy for Non-News Writing and an Emmy for Non-News Videography. and wife Diane Life & Times, the station’s signature news and public affairs series, won the Emmy for best Feature for an engaging segment on Laurel Canyon’s famous dog park. KCET received the third highest total number of nominations, but at the 2007 Visionary Award Gala due to the nature of its programming, all of them fell in only eight of the 45 award categories. In those eight categories, The Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was transformed into KCET received 15 of the 27 nominations and won six of a dazzling Texas ranch-inspired fantasy land for the 9th Annual KCET the eight categories in which it competed. Visionary Award Dinner and Gala. Past Visionary Award recipient Eli Broad “In a broader sense, the nominations themselves were served as Dinner Committee Chair and welcomed nearly 400 guests to the true accomplishment and we are extremely grati- honor BP America Chairman and President Bob Malone and his wife, Diane. fied to be recognized by the Academy,” notes Al Jerome, The Visionary Award honors individuals who have improved the lives of KCET President and CEO. others through their support of the arts and culture, healthcare, educa- tion and children’s causes. Guests from Washington, DC to Houston to Los Mary Mazur, KCET Executive Vice President of Angeles filled the historic ballroom to honor and celebrate the BP family’s Programming and Production adds, “KCET has an accomplishments. incredibly dedicated team of people in front of and behind the camera. Congratulations to the winners, the The evening opened with a cocktail reception that featured Patrón marga- nominees and all of the KCET staff who work tirelessly ritas, southwestern flavored hors d’oeuvres and a serenade by Los Angeles’ to deliver the quality programming KCET produces.” Edye and Eli Broad (1st and 3rd from celebrated Mariachi Los Toros. Inspired by the Malone’s Texas LLR ranch, the left) with Diane and Bob Malone ballroom’s décor was uniquely southwestern-themed. The entrance was KCET 2007 Emmy® Winners trellised with vines and roses, and the ballroom adorned with weathered wood wagon wheels, brush, and desert landscaping to create a Texas-sized event. Enormous wrought-iron table center-pieces were erected with tightly packed yellow roses and glass encased candles. In addition, Informational/Public Information Segment bejeweled-broach napkin rings were given to guests as gala mementos. “Asleep at the Wheel,” the nine-time Affairs Series (more than “Troubled Waters” (California Emmy®-winning “Kings of Texas Swing” performed several rousing renditions of standards from the Lone 50% remote) Connected) Star state. California Connected Joseph Angier, Producer Lisa McRee, Anchor Bret Marcus, Executive The highlight of the evening was Al Jerome’s announcement that BP would not only underwrite the cost of Justine Schmidt, Senior Producer the entire event, but would make a generous Producer John Ridley, Reporter additional contribution to push the net proceeds Bret Marcus, Executive from the fundraiser to more than $1 million. Feature Segment Producer “Dog Park” (Life & Times) BP’s commitment of $25 million for A Place Ellen Raphael, Line Cris Franco, Reporter of Our Own and Los Niños en su Casa, KCET’s Producer Jack Moody, Editor signature childcare provider series, is the largest Morgan Bell, Post single donation in the station’s 43-year history. Production Producer Outstanding Non-News This unprecedented generosity and support got Writer Crime/Social Issues the attention of PBS President and CEO Paula John Ridley, Writer “War Stories from Ward 7-D” Kerger, who traveled from Washington, DC to (California Connected) (California Connected) attend the event. BP’s commitment to KCET Jonathan Dann, Producer Outstanding Non-News enables A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en su Lisa McRee, Reporter/ Videographer –Single Casa to be distributed nationally, through PBS, Producer Camera to its member stations and the internet. Bret Marcus, Executive John Kabasakalis, Camera Texas ranch-inspired fantasy land at the Grand Ballroom of Producer (California Connected) See page 4 for more on the Visionary Awards the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ViewPoint Issue 16 | 1
  • kC E T C U lTU r A l PA rTN Er SPOTlIGhT Donor Spotlight The Hollywood Bowl Women’s Council Honors KCET and the iconic Ernest Lieblich Hollywood Bowl have a mutually successful More than 11 years ago, during a visit to KCET, Ernest Lieblich was astounded at the delightful relationship going paintings on the walls created by elementary students who had taken part in the KCET Women’s back more than 15 Council Festival of Student Art. Ernest, businessman and ardent supporter of the arts, is a man years. KCET, as a media of many talents who says he has been an artist for as long as he can remember. He is known by partner, promotes others — including the Women’s Council — as a philanthropist and a person of demonstrated the summer concert accomplishment. series and in return, For more than 30 years, the Women’s Council has worked with local public and private schools to The Hollywood Bowl gather student paintings that are exhibited at local arts venues. The women, however, had always promotes their connec- wanted to add another element to the Festival and find a way to display the paintings in a facility tion to the station by where they might inspire other children. displaying “KCET” prominently on the In a masterful stroke, Ernest initiated collaboration between the Women’s Council and the City of Hollywood Bowl sign Hope that resulted in a new tradition: each year, a new collection of Festival paintings has hung on Highland Boulevard in the corridors of the pediatric wing of the Brawerman Building at City of Hope, bringing joy to at the entrance to the venue and featuring KCET in print young patients and artists. materials. Additionally, KCET is acknowledged as a sponsor Over the years, the Women’s Council added venues for display, which benefit children and visi- of 2 nights during the Hollywood Bowl season. tors at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital; UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital; St. Joseph’s Hospital The Hollywood Bowl was recently named “Best Major in Burbank, and temporary displays in the California Science Center in Los Angeles and, most Outdoor Concert Venue” by Pollstar magazine for the third recently, the Barnsdall Junior Arts Center. straight year and is one of the most renowned summer Ernest visited the June 2007 exhibit of the Festival of cultural venues in the United States. It has been the summer Student Art at Barnsdall and expressed an imme- home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1922. diate love of a particular piece. With the enthusiastic The 2007 summer season spans 14 weeks from June 22 to support of the young artist and her parents, September 30, and includes presentations of classical music members of the Women’s Council presented Ernest by the Los Angeles Philharmonic; popular weekend shows with that painting at a small reception at KCET. with the Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; Terri Zaelke, chair of the 2007 Festival of Student Art, jazz; world music; pop; rock; and special presentations, as and Louise Peebles expressed the Council’s thanks well as family and educational programs. In the past KCET and appreciation to Ernest Lieblich for his continuous has been the media sponsor of concerts such as the 4th of support of, and dedication to, the arts. Because of his July Tchaikovsky Spectacular, and John Williams concerts. 11 years of enthusiastic support of the Festival project, Each year KCET members have an opportunity to win a pair the Women’s Council and KCET, all were thrilled to of tickets to one of the KCET sponsored concerts through find a way to say thank you and happy 92nd birthday Women’s Council Members, Louise Peebles and Terrilyn KCET’s e-newsletter. This year KCET sponsored South Pacific to a truly generous and extraordinary man. (Terri) Zaelke, Chair of the 2007 Festival of Student Art, with Reba McIntyre and Brian-Stokes Mitchell. (These stars with Ernest Lieblich and KCET President and CEO were also in the production of South Pacific that aired on Al Jerome KCET.) The second concert sponsored by KCET this year was Sgt. Peppers at 40: A Beatles Celebration. As the 2007 season comes to a close, Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to conduct two PBS WORLD Launches on KCET programs in September. The first includes his own work for orchestra, “Foreign Bodies.” Closing that program is Mahler’s Digital Channel Symphony No. 1. PBS WORLD, a new channel featuring documentary, public affairs, and news programming from Acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin conducts bassist public television’s award-winning signature series and acclaimed independent filmmakers, made Edgar Meyer and pianist Michel Camilo in an all-American its debut on Wednesday, August 15. program that includes Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite, Meyer’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2, Schuller’s Seven Programming on PBS WORLD includes such popular and critically acclaimed series as American Studies on Themes of Paul Klee and Gershwin’s Rhapsody Experience, Frontline, History Detectives, Nature, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NOVA, in Blue. In the final Thursday concert of the summer, cellist Scientific American Frontiers, and The Tavis Smiley Show. Television events like Ken Burns’ The Lynn Harrell joins Slatkin and the orchestra for Dvorák’s War will be offered in addition to a variety of independent films and programs. Cello Concerto, in a program that also includes Copland’s “The launch of this new service provides an exciting opportunity for PBS and its stations to deliver Symphony No. 3, one of Slatkin’s signature works. more of the non-fiction programming that our audiences The “Weekend Spectaculars” series concludes with the tell us they want,” says PBS President Paula Kerger. “We annual Fireworks Finale with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. believe that PBS WORLD will prove an indispensable desti- Pink Martini will bring its blend of Latin rhythms, jazz nation for people who crave in-depth information about and European chic in a tribute to the Coconut Grove, the the world.” legendary nightclub of the Ambassador Hotel. For more information and ticket sales, go to HollywoodBowl.com, or call 323.850.2000. Tavis Smiley to Host Republican Candidate Debate PBS will broadcast a live Republican presidential forum in primetime with Tavis Smiley serving as moderator. The event will be held Thursday, September 27, at 9 p.m., at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, Smiley hosted a Democratic presidential forum that was held June Add ITION S A N d CO r r ECTI O N S: 28, at Howard University in Washington, DC. The forums include three journalists of color who will pose questions to the candidates. This In the last issue of ViewPoint (issue 15) in the article entitled event marks the first time that a panel exclusively “Dailey’s Legacy”, Elizabeth Hofert Dailey’s illness was incor- comprised of three journalists of color will be rectly noted as asthma. In fact, she was afflicted by arthritis. represented in primetime. Tavis Smiley, along with ViewPoint regrets the error. journalists Michel Martin of National Public Radio, nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette The Elizabeth Hofert Dailey Trust continues to support Jr., and USA Today and Gannett News Service KCET, most recently through a generous grant to support columnist DeWayne Wickham, will question candidates on issues ranging from healthcare and the production California at War (See article on Page 1) and a housing to Katrina relief, the economy and the environment, among others. These are among second grant to support the KCET Saturday Night Movie. the topics Tavis Smiley writes about in his #1 New York Times best-seller book, Covenant With Black America. This forum will provide the first major opportunity for the candidates to present a detailed discourse and dialogue on their social agendas. Tavis Smiley airs week nights at 10 p.m. on KCET. Tavis Smiley Republican Presidential Forum, Thursday, September 27, 9 p.m. ViewPoint Issue 16 | 2
  • kC ET PrOd U CTI O N S Bracing for A Quake, PBS Puts Promotional Punch into a win-win for KCET and California KCET’s Wired Science KCET’s next-generation science and technology series, Wired Science, produced in association with Bracing for a Quake: A Survival Wired Magazine, premieres on PBS in October. PBS is pulling out all of the stops to promote the series. Guide, the newly updated and Promotional spots will air nation- expanded one-hour earthquake ally throughout Ken Burns’ 14 hour preparedness special airing on mega documentary The War. Ken KCET, offers 80 practical tips for Burns’ specials have garnered some earthquake preparedness. of the highest ratings in the history of PBS and The War is expected to This special is an expanded version be no exception. of the program originally produced in 2004 with a production budget “Our long-term goal is to grow of only $10,000. The program, Wired Science into a year-round aired many times since as a pledge weekly series,” said John Wilson, special, has raised more than PBS Senior Vice President and $300,000 for KCET. Chief TV Programming Executive. Life & Times Anchor Val Zavala Since 1993, Wired magazine has teamed up with Jason Shoultz chronicled the people, companies, from Sacramento’s KVIE to host the technologies and ideas that are expanded version and have offered transforming the world around us. Wired magazine and wired.com reach over 6 million readers per it to public television stations throughout California. The month. By combining the breakout journalism, irreverent attitude and award-winning design of Wired program will premiere later this year on many PBS affiliates magazine, Wired Science will untangle the complex ideas and introduce the people defining 21st-century statewide. culture and innovation. The goal is to provide a science series that will entertain, inform and inspire current PBS viewers while building new audiences that Bracing for a Quake: A Survival Guide gets expert advice identify with the tech-savey content of Wired magazine. from Joyce Harris with the L.A. County Office of Emergency Management, Bob Spears, Director of Emergency Services for KCET will also use cutting-edge technology on the the L.A.U.S.D., and Bill Stout of the Orange County Chapter of production side. To enable Wired Science to be produced the American Red Cross. entirely in High Definition, which is required by PBS for the series, KCET created an HD production control room Viewers learn how to reduce earthquake hazards in their complete with HD cameras for both the studio and the homes and offices and what to do if they’re on the freeway, field as well as HD systems for editing. The series is being shopping, or in a crowded public place. Other topics produced for multiple platforms, including applications covered include the pros and cons of earthquake insur- such as mobile phones. ance, communication devices, preparing a plan for your family and neighborhood; and of course, what to include Wired Science includes a comprehensive online presence in a well-equipped earthquake kit. (KCET offers an earth at pbs.org/wiredscience. In addition to including each of quake preparedness starter kit as a pledge premium.) Advice the episodes, the site will offer web-exclusive extras with is presented in a simple and informative “show-and-tell” more detail on stories and people seen on the series. The format with visits to a typical California family’s home, an hosts and correspondents will be blogging and writing office and a school. extended content. The site will also include educational components for students and educators. Wired Science is made possible by a generous grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Wired Science cast Ziya Tong, Chris Hardwick, Val and Placido, Kamala Lopez and Adam Rogers Premiers Wednesday, October 3, 8 p.m. A Night at the Opera by VA l ZAVA l A KCET “Cybermural” Featured in This past June I served at the New York Times honorary chair for the 10th Annual Placido Domingo KCET’s first release of its documentary web series Awards Dinner, a fundraiser Departures was the subject of a feature in the “Arts and put on by Hispanics for L.A. Leisure” section of the New York Times on Sunday, August Opera. The proceeds go to the 12. Departures “Boyle Heights” is the conception of KCET Opera’s educational outreach web producer Juan Devis who was featured prominently program which brings thou- in the in-depth article accompanied by large color images sands of school kids to the from the website. Music Center to see an opera— often their first. Dubbed a “cybermural” by New York Times writer Carol Kino, Departures “Boyle Heights” is an interactive multi-media A few years ago I did a story online experience of the East Los Angeles neighborhood on the outreach program. of the same name. The site, which was featured in the last One thing led to another and issue of ViewPoint, includes interviews with local residents KCET’s New Media Producer Juan Devis and earlier this year the President in Spanish and English, music, multi focal point images of Project Manager Bijan Rezvani of Hispanics for L.A. Opera, the neighborhood and video. Dolores Richardson, asked me if I would be the honorary chair Devis and Associate Producer, Bijan Rezvani, began the project in May 2006. Departures has gone on to for this year’s award dinner. I win several international and national digital-media awards since it was published last fall. Devis has also was happy to help out. garnered awards for his work on the websites for KCET’s series for childcare givers, A Place of Our Own and KCET Vice President News and Public Affairs Los Niños en su Casa. The dinner followed a perfor- and Life and Times anchor Val Zavala with mance of “Luisa Fernanda,” Kudos to KCET New Media department, Juan and Bijan, on the great “ink” in the venerable New York Times. Placido Domingo which is a form of opera that To read the New York Times article go to nytimes.com/2007/08/12/arts/design/12kino.html Placido Domingo has been wanting to bring to L.A for a long time. It is from his home- To experience KCET’s Departures “Boyle Heights” go to kcet.org/explore-ca/departures/ land. It is a lighter form of opera called Zarzuela. His parents produced and performed in many Zarzuelas when Placido was growing up. In fact, in “Luisa Fernanda,” Placido took the part his father once played decades ago. So it is very near to his heart. I did an interview with Placido on Life & Times which aired a few days before the awards dinner. The event was a great success, sold out. Honorees were Vinyl Technologies and Emilio Sagi the director of “Luisa Fernanda.” It was a wonderful way for me to learn more about opera—and get my picture taken with El Maestro! ViewPoint Issue 16 | 3 View slide
  • On the Inside 2007 Visionary Awards Craft In America: On the Inside Luncheon KCET Leadership Circles members joined artists, crafts men and women, historians and producers for a KCET-hosted luncheon to celebrate the national broadcast of Craft in America. Guests enjoyed a clip screening and conversation with the program’s Executive Producers, Carol Sauvion and Kyra Thompson, as well as Director, Daniel Seeger, and Chief Curator and writer, Jo Laurie. The April 23rd luncheon featured conversations with several of the artists featured in Murray Pepper, KCET Board of Directors Secretary Vicky the program including Kit Reynolds, KCET Board of Directors Treasurer Jay Wintrob Joanne Kozberg with husband and KCET Carson, jeweler and sculptor, Board of Directors Member Roger Kozberg David Gurney, ceramic artist, and noted local furniture craftsman Sam Maloof. Bettie Woods, KCET Executive Director Development with KCET Legacy Circle Member Heinrich Kolbel PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, 2007 KCET Visionaries Diane and Bob Malone with KCET President and CEO Al Jerome Suzie Gilligan, former KCET Board of Directors Member KCET Board of Directors Chair Scott Edelman Peg Yorkin, Craft in America producer Carol Sauvion and and Board Member Gordon Bava compare Corinna Cotsen cowboy boots McCormick & Schmick’s Hosts Fundraiser With Jacques Pépin Jacques Pépin, America’s most celebrated PBS chef, spent an intimate evening dining with fans to celebrate the release of his new cookbook Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook on Saturday, May 19. McCormick & Schmick’s, A Pacific Seafood Grill in Beverly Hills hosted the evening, with all proceeds benefiting KCET. Recipes from Pépin’s new book were featured along with a four-course menu Nino Penaloza, Dan Reid, PBS Chef Jacques Pépin and specially prepared by David Iino, executive chef at McCormick & Schmick’s. The KCET Board of Directors Member Ron Lushing evening also included a selection of wines from Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, pioneering wine makers Thekla and Richard Sanford’s new venture in the Santa Rita Hills’ American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County. Not only did Pépin share anecdotes and recollections from his long career, but also went “chef-to-chef” with Iino, as the two presented their favorite secrets and McCormick & Schmick’s cooking strategies during a lively Q&A session. Pépin has been cooking profes- Regional Chef Rene sionally and teaching others how to cook for more than 50 years. Before moving Van Broekhuizen, Santa Jim Lehrer to America in 1959, he was the personal chef to three French heads of state. In Ana Executive Chef America, Pépin shared the spotlight with Julia Child on their PBS series Julia and Jason Stein, Beverly Hills and KCET Jacques Cooking at Home. Executive Chef David Iino with PBS Chef Jacques 2007 PTV@Sea Slices Through Pépin Supporters Alaskan Waters Gather Cathy Unger and Ruth Lavine with Jim Lehrer For Insightful Discussion KCET supporters joined other public television aficionados from across the nation for the second annual PTV@Sea. Guests were treated to an 11-night experience—complete with guest appearances by PBS Generously hosted by KCET Board Member Sandra Krause and husband personalities—onboard the six-star Regent Seven Seas Mariner. William Fitzgerald at their Bel Air home, KCET supporters were treated Award-winning director Scott Ellis of PBS’s Great Performances “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie to an evening with Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor of The Hall” wowed the participants with details of his Tony-nominated hit show “Curtains” in a session enti- NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Mr. Lehrer, a two-time Emmy® winner and tled “The Anatomy of a Broadway Musical.” Journalist and host Gwen Ifill discussed the 2008 election recipient of the prestigious George F. Foster Peabody Award, shared his during an engaging seminar on the inner workings of Washington Week and The NewsHour with Jim insights about events happening in the U.S. and abroad, plus stories Lehrer. Internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer Ric Burns conducted a stunning derived from his 45 years in broadcast journalism. helicopter tour across Alaskan ice fields as well as an invigorating dog sled expe- rience on top of a glacier. These are but a few examples of the many activities. The amazing experience left KCET guests asking where the next PTV@Sea adven- ture will be. Plans have just been unveiled for the 2008 PTV@Sea cruise: April 7, 2008 the ship departs from Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Port Canaveral, Charleston, Hamilton, St. George, and Nassau. Please email KCET’s Senior Vice President for Development Nancy Rishagen, nrishagen@kcet.org or call (First row) Bonnie MacNeill, Russell and Muriel Jacobs, Lenore Brick (Second Event co-host and KCET Board of Directors Member Sandra Krause, Jim Lehrer, (323) 953-5429 for more details or to Row) Linda and Joe Svehla, KCET Senior Vice President for Development KCET Board of Directors Chair Scott Edelman, KCET Benefactor Helen Bing, co-host make reservations. Nancy Rishagen, Carolena and Scott Simon and Joanne Sackheim William Fitzgerald, and KCET Board of Directors Secretary Vicky Reynolds ViewPoint Issue 15 || 4 16 4 View slide
  • kC ET l EA d E r Sh I P C I rC lES KCET Council for Children and Families Huell Town Curious George Comes to KCET Council for and Gown Children and Families Event At the University of Southern Curious George and the Man in the Big California’s Town & Gown fund- Yellow Hat made a special guest appear- raising luncheon, Huell Howser ance at the home of Andrea and David was named its 2007 honoree. Tracy on Sunday, April 29. The occasion The annual event was held on was the second annual KCET Council for April 17 at the Beverly Hilton Children and Families party for members. Hotel. As their honoree, a fully The Council’s Co-chairs, Susan and Scott funded $50,000 “Huell Howser Edelman, Jane and John Mass, Karen Scholarship” is distributed to a and William Sonneborn, and Andrea and Parsons Foundation Executive Director number of USC students in the David Tracy hosted the festivities where Wendy Hoppe, KCET Executive Vice President 2007-2008 academic year. the youngest KCET fans were treated to and General Counsel Susan Reardon, USC a rollicking afternoon of food, fun and Celebrating 104 years of service, Town and Gown Benefit Committee Chair entertainment. Town & Gown is a women’s organi- Millie Farnsworth, and KCET Executive Vice zation with an endowment of $35 President, Programming and Production Karen and William Sonneborn gener- million. Every year, the organiza- Mare Mazur with Huell Howser ously offered their home in Brentwood tion gives out over $1.5 million in for next year’s festivities, which will academic scholarships. The Sonneborn Family with Curious George and the Man in the Big feature another PBS furry-friend. Stay Yellow Hat tuned for announcements. KCET Directors Retreat KCET Council For Children And Families - 2007 in Ojai Founders Members Meg & Andrew Hobson Nancy & Stephen Paul Deborah & Mark Attanasio Rion and Herman Ablon Michele & Al Jerome Alison & Daniel Petrocelli Bell Family Foundation Nina & Dan Aloni Michael Karlin Nancy & Ron Rishagen Catherine & Robert Beyer Charmaine & Sean Bailey Joanne & Navid Kathleen & Dale Rosenbloom Art Linkletter was keynote Susan & Scott Edelman Erez & Juyun Barnavon Mahmoodzadegan Shannon & Michael speaker at the annual KCET Shari & Edward Glazer Julie & Stephen Block Maria Mancuso & Gary Gersh Rotenberg Board of Directors retreat Ruth Lavine Joan & Michael Burke Alyson & Ori Marmur Karee & Howard Rowen held in June at the Ojai Carol Leif & Jeff Parker Michaela & Joe Burschinger Allison & Bruce Mellon Amy & Kent Savagian Jane & John Mass Tania & Michael Cahill Sarah & Neal Moritz Shawn & Jason Silletti Valley Inn and Spa. At Whitney & Alex Phillips Victoria & Jean-Marc Chapus Stephanie Mork Danielle & Michael Swartz the two-day retreat board Lisa & John Rocchio Christine Caron Cronin Miriam Muscarolas & Elizabeth & Jamie Tisch members discussed an elder Lesley & Tommy Slatkin Grant Abramson Holly & Allan Toole Pamela & David DeVito care initiative and overall Karen & William Sonneborn Betsy Newman & Howard Diana & Ralph Vogel Gretchen & Matthew branding for the station. Eva & Marc Stern DiNapoli Heitner Melissa & Rob Weiler Andrea & David Tracy Kris & Mark Gibello Leigh & David Nickoll Jodi & Ian Weingarten Alicia & John Goldsmith Lisa & Todd Owens Christine & Jeff Weller Bridget & Dave Higley Margo & Michael O’Connell Melissa & Jeremy Zimmer KCET Board of Directors members Christopher Walker and Miriam Muscarolas KCET Board of Directors Member Paul Orfalea, and Karen Sonneborn, Andrea Tracy, and Lisa Rocchio Julie Block with daughter, Jane Mass with daughter and David Naylor with Art Linkletter Stephanie Mork Gershwin at the Geffen Scenes from the Cinema Series at the Aero Hershey Felders is a Steinway The Aero Theatre was the setting for KCET’s 8-film Concert Artist, actor, playwright, series that included among others, the extraordinary and, the solo star for “George La Vie en Rose and the wonderfully-whacky- yet-to-be Gershwin Alone.” He is the only released Ira & Abby staring Jennifer Westfeld. KCET person to whom the Gershwin film fans now have no excuse not to be up-to-date heirs have granted permission to on Oscar contenders with the addition of another create the role of George Gershwin series this fall at the recently opened Landmark on stage and his one-man show Theaters in West Los Angeles. (See the back page of has dazzled theater lovers across this issue for details.) America, including on Broadway, KCET’s Cinema Series are generously sponsored by and in London’s West End. KCET Leadership Circles members were treated to a performance during the show’s run at the Geffen Theatre in Cinema Series fans Gail Bliss and Cyrille Schiff- Westwood. KCET has been a media Weingarten, with Ira and Abby writer, producer and partner for the Geffen for more actor Jennifer Westfeld than three years. KCET Community Advisory Board member Y. Y. Lin, KCET in O.C. wife Melody Lin On a beautiful July summer evening in Newport Beach, Laurie Firestone, KCET’s Executive Director of with KCET Senior Development and Community Relations for Orange County, hosted an intimate cocktail reception for about Account Executive 40 guests at her home. Deena Kuper Guests were treated to an inside look at the new programming debuting this fall on KCET including Wired Science, PBS’s new nationally syndicated science program produced by KCET, and the stations nationally distributed show, A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en su Casa. After presentations by KCET’s Al Jerome and Mary Mazur, guests had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss upcoming KCET Board of Directors members Marcia Hobbs and productions and new initiatives. Carol Leif with Jeff Parker KCET President and CEO Al Jerome, Susie and DeWight Titus and KCET Executive Vice President, Programming and Production Mary Mazur ViewPoint Issue 16 | 5
  • kC ET.OrG Children’s Programming PBS Rolls Out New Kids Programming Fall promises to be an exciting season for PBS KIDS. In September, WORDWORLD, and WORDGIRL, and Super WHY! join Curious George, Dragon Tales, Clifford the Big Red Dog and other favorites in a new “block” of entertaining, informative children’s programming on KCET. These new programs add technological innovations to increase both entertainment and education value to KCET’s lineup. With interactive adventures, 3-D animation, and highly developed characters, the programs will maxi- mize the number of positive learning experiences for children. Super WHY! Iraq: News in Transition on kcet.org Super WHY! is the only preschool program created to help kids learn the fundamen- tals of reading through interactive storybook adventures. The program represents a unique approach to preschool educational television, featuring a team of superhero characters with literacy-based powers, who jump into books to look for answers to From the televised speeches of Lyndon Johnson to Walter Cronkite’s everyday problems. The home viewer is the superhero sidekick, who is encouraged public denouncement of the war, television shaped America’s public and empowered to participate in the reading adventure by playing research-based perception of Vietnam. literacy games. Thanks to the 24-hour news-cycle and the rise of CNN, what began Weekdays 9 a.m. in Vietnam more than 30 years ago came full circle during Operation Desert Storm. Today, with the invasion of Iraq, a new era of journalism has begun. The highly politicized affair that led us to the war and continues to fuel WORDWORLD the debate over our role in the region, and the compliance of the major A 3-D animated series, news corporations as to what the public should know about the war, WordWorld encourages has left a skeptical American citizenry hungry for the truth, or a least, three- to five-year-old chil- their version of the truth. dren to become friends with With changes in technology and the words. WordWorld playfully introduction of self-publishing web brings words to life through tools, such as blogs and video-sharing a patent-pending method- sites like You Tube and the British ology that embeds words into based Liveleak, which hold hundreds of the objects they represent. amateur (and disturbing) war videos, In each episode, children these events are but one click away. will join the ensemble cast of WordFriends™—Dog, This “laptop-war” as some people refer Sheep, Frog, Duck, Pig and to it, has created an unprecedented amount of DIY (“Do It Yourself”) Ant—as they explore their reporting, from mobile-phone videos of Saddam’s hanging to e-mail world of words. WordWorld’s photographs of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib. These media leaks into humorous storylines focus the news-sphere are providing a different perspective on the war. And on age-appropriate social-emotional lessons while introducing preschoolers to key although their audience reach will never amount to the vast numbers literacy-based skills, such as letter recognition and phonological awareness. of network news viewers, the impact of this new phenomena is being felt loud and clear. Weekdays, 10:30 a.m. Through the work of Pulitzer Prize-winner photojournalist Rick Loomis, the videoblog Alive in Baghdad, a selection of military blogs, and the PBS documentary Operation Homecoming, this issue of Web Stories on kcet.org will explore the ways in which new media technologies and the internet have changed the immediacy, look and veracity of the war, exposing the limits of our mainstream media and shedding light on new models of citizen and participatory journalism. WordGirl A sure favorite with elementary school students, WORDGIRL chronicles the madcap adventures of Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader who, at the call of duty, transforms into WordGirl – caped crusader and definition dynamo! This super Asian Pacific heroine-in-disguise uses vocabulary to defeat outlaws bent on “WORD” domination. With the help of her faithful monkey sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, WordGirl spends American each episode defeating a quirky cast of villainous villains – from “Dr. Two-Brains” to “The Butcher” – with her power punches and dictionary strength. WORDGIRL will Heritage Month introduce children to an array of new and sophisticated words in a context that is fun. Fridays, 3 p.m. Celebration Recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, KCET and Union Bank of California teamed up to present the 2007 “Local Heroes of KCET 2007 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month “Local the Year” on May 10. The awards are Heroes on the Year” Kenneth Inouye, Debra Suh, Mitsuye presented to individuals of Asian Pacific Yamada, Yvonne Wong Nishio, and Martin Lee heritage who have inspired others and enriched their communities, improving the quality of life for all. KCET’s Community Advisory Board members selected five individuals who have shown dedicated community leadership in the Arts, Business, Community Activism, Education and Social Services. Guests enjoyed a superb buffet reception provided by PBS’ celebrity chef, Tommy Tang. Entertainment included a guest performance by cellist Tim Landauer, and Korean drumming by Janet Sungah Lee, among others. KCET’s program schedule can be found online at Janet Sungah Lee kcet.org performs a traditional Korean drum dance ViewPoint Issue 16 | 6
  • kC ET PrO G r A M MI N G P I P ElI N E Premiering First on KCET… annual competition founded by Shortz, that profiles a number of intelligent and ingratiating contestants. This portrait of AMERICAN MASTERS Ken Burns’ THE WAR an American institution that fosters an overarching sense of “Charles Schulz” community among crossword lovers everywhere features inter- KCET will be the first local PBS affiliate to broadcast Ken Burns’ views with celebrity crossword solvers, including Bill Clinton, “Good Ol’ Charles Schulz” latest documentary THE WAR. The seven-part documentary Bob Dole, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, the Indigo Girls and others. tells a quintessentially series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Midwestern story of an unas- Thursday, October 18, 9 p.m. chronicles the history and horror of the Second World War from suming, self-doubting man an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called who redefined the comic art ordinary men, women and families from four towns who form with “Peanuts.” His become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human genius lay in depicting the history. daily collisions of insiders and outsiders, of mundane premier cruelties and transcendent hopes — seeing the extraordinary in Part 1: Sunday, September 23, 2007 through Wednesday, the ordinary. September 26, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday, October 29, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Part 2: Sunday, September 30 through Tuesday October 3, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. r e p e at s Sunday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Parts 1 - 4) e2 (The Economies of Being Sunday, October 7, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Parts 5 - 7) Environmentally Conscious) e2 is a series about the economies of being environmentally conscious. Shot MASTERPIECE THEATER in high defini- “The Complete Jane Austen” PIONEERS OF TELEVISION tion, it covers the ongoing shift in Nearly 100 stars from television’s formative years bring their design technolo- PBS’ beloved British stories to PBS in a revealing four-part documentary series, gies, architecture drama series will Pioneers Of Television. Each special — featuring sitcoms, and urban plan- broadcast adaptations late-night, variety and game shows — melds compelling new ning toward a of all of Jane Austen’s six HD interviews with irresistible archival clips to offer a fresh sustainable future. novels, plus a new drama take on television’s first celebrities. These landmark one-hour Six “e2: Energy” based on her life. It’s the specials tell fascinating stories, reveal never-before-seen episodes feature first time in television images and showcase timeless clips that still entertain decades ground-breaking history that her books later. Pioneers Of Television continues the tradition, featuring energy poli- have been broadcast as exclusive new interviews with television’s groundbreaking stars, cies in California; Brazil and its thriving ethanol fuel industry; a complete collection. including: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Andy Griffith, Betty energy-saving technologies that are changing the transporta- In “The Complete Jane White, Regis Philbin, Phyllis Diller, Dick Cavett, Tony Orlando, tion industry; solar power and bio-gas for rural communities Austen,” new presenta- Marlo Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Ed McMahon, Merv Griffin, in Bangladesh; wind power and community collaboration tions of Northanger Abbey, Bob Barker, Tommy Smothers and many more. in Minnesota; and two controversial, yet promising, energy Persuasion, Mansfield Park, alternatives—nuclear power and carbon sequestration. Six “e2: and Sense and Sensibility Coming to KCET in Winter/Spring 2008 Design” episodes feature Bogotá’s reinvention as a bicycle and will be presented. The pedestrian friendly city; prizewinning Los Angeles architect lineup will also include Thom Mayne’s collaboration with the federal government; the acclaimed Emma star- ring Kate Beckinsale, and THE MYSTERIOUS HUMAN HEART waterfront development in Amsterdam that offers an alterna- tive to suburban sprawl; a sustainable school in one of the most Pride and Prejudice, the Emmy award- winning miniseries that How does the remote regions on earth; sustainable living for low-income made Colin Firth a heartthrob. heart work? What families in New York City; and architect Ed Mazria’s goal to Sundays, January 2008, 9 p.m. can go wrong revolutionize the architecture and building industries by the with it? How year 2030. should we treat Coming to KCET in Winter/Spring 2008 AMERICAN MASTERS it? The three-part series follows the “Carol Burnett” true, compelling stories of men and The icon series pays tribute to the entertainer who trans- women, young formed herself into a one-woman army of comedic characters and seduced countless Saturday night friends to fall in love and old alike, whose hearts have Poldark Comes to KCET with her finest character of all: Carol Burnett. Best known for her long-running comedy variety show on CBS, Burnett was led them to a brush with mortality. Through these encounters, the series explores the most common misconceptions about Desert Cities also a regular attraction on stage, television and, later in her this unique organ and documents the latest scientific and KCET Desert career, films. AMERICAN medical revelations. The series transforms our understanding Cities MASTERS “Carol Burnett” of the heart and gives us new insights into the best ways to brings back includes clips from a prevent heart disease and treat it when it does occur. Poldark, one wide variety of sources Mondays, October 15, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. of the most that testify to Burnett’s successful breadth as a singer, October 22, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. British TV actor and comedienne. dramas of all Through cast mates and time. Based colleagues, the film also addresses the Chaplin- NOVA “Judgment Day: Intelligent on the novels esque star’s impact on Design on Trial” of William Graham and originally released in the 1970s, Poldark is the story of swashbuckling and romantic television, comedy and protagonist Captain Ross Poldark, portrayed by Robin women’s roles in the This groundbreaking NOVA episode chronicles one of the latest Ellis. Poldark captures the hearts and imagination of media. battles in the war over evolution that took place in the tiny both the British audience and subsequently television town of Dover, Pennsylvania. NOVA captures the emotional Monday, November 5, 9 p.m. viewers around the world. The first series establishes conflict in interviews with the townspeople, scientists and Ross Poldark as a character at war with his own class. lawyers who participated in the historic 2004 trial, Kitzmiller After his return to Cornwall and his failure to win back versus the Dover School District. INDEPENDENT LENS “Wordplay” Tuesday, November 13, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. the aristocratic Elizabeth Chynoweth, Ross attempts to restore Nampara, his father’s ruined estate. He shocks his neighbors by marrying Demelza, the daughter of a “Wordplay” brutal miner, and interesting himself in the affairs of presents an those who work for him. His legitimate business deals entertaining and and mining company ventures bring him into direct informative look competition with the nouveau riche villain George at Will Shortz’ Warleggan. work at the New Thursdays, 8 p.m. (starting October 4) York Times and Fridays, 11 a.m. (starting October 5) that of the puzzle Saturdays, 7 p.m. (starting October 6) constructors Sundays, 8 p.m. (starting October 7) with whom he Mondays, 1 p.m. (starting October 8) collaborates, as Tuesdays, 7 p.m. (starting October 9) well as coverage of the American Each episode will be broadcast these six times Crossword Puzzle each week. Tournament, an ViewPoint Issue 16 | 7
  • U PCOM I N G EVENTS KCET Cinema Series The Ultimate Dining New Cinema Series Debuts Experience at the Landmark Theater in sunday, october 28, 5 p.m. West LA Don’t miss the opportunity to join KCET foodies for the ultimate evening of fine dining and incredible wines, KCET has a new Cinema Series for all in the magnificent setting of Saddle Peak Lodge Westsiders! Restaurant. Nestled in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains and surrounded by vintage forest, Saddle The eight-week series began Peak Lodge is truly a world apart. The evening includes a sumptuous Wednesday, September 5 at dinner prepared exclusively for KCET guests by Executive Chef, Steven the recently opened Landmark Rojas. Each course will be expertly paired with specially selected wines. Theatre in West Los Angeles (10850 West Pico Blvd) and continues throughout the fall. The new series Generously hosted by Ann Ehringer, KCET Board of Directors member includes the much anticipated film “Into The Wild” from Paramount and proprietor of Saddle Peak Lodge, all proceeds from the dinner will Vantage starring Emile Hirsch, and directed by Academy Award-winning benefit KCET. actor Sean Penn. $175 per person. For reservations call (323) 953-5800 Seats are still available so be part of the excitement on Wednesday nights! To join the KCET Cinema Series at the Landmark today, call KCET Sponsors The Second (323) 953-5801. $150 per person. KCET members receive a 10% discount. Annual Art of Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert Fall Cinema Series returns October 9 in North Hollywood november 8-11, 2007 Attention veteran KCET Cinema Series film lovers! Tuesday, October 9 marks the opening night for the KCET Cinema series at the Academy of KCET is once again proud to announce that KCET and KCET Desert Cities Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. have formed a partnership with the City of Palm Desert, California, to sponsor the “Second Annual Art of Food and Wine Festival Palm Desert Reserve your seat today. Call (323) 953-5800. 2007.” KCET will sponsor the festivities, provide media coverage, and create $150 per person. Current KCET members receive a 10% discount. original programming around the event. The KCET Cinema Series are generously underwritten by your Southern KCET is bringing two of PBS’s most celebrated chefs, Tommy Tang and Lidia California Lexus Dealers. Bastianich, to Palm Desert for the event. Tommy Tang popularized Thai cooking in America and is regarded as a pioneer in Thai-American cooking. Tang is also an author, former restaurateur in Los Angeles, and hosts his own PBS cooking show Tommy Tang’s Modern Thai Cuisine which airs on KCET and KCET Desert Cities. Lidia Bastianich hosts PBS’s Lydia’s Family Table. She is also a cookbook author and highly successful restaurateur with three of Manhattan’s most notable Italian restaurants, Felidia, Esca, and Becco. KCET members may receive 20 percent savings on the cost of weekend passes and 10 percent savings on the cost of any individual event ticket to the festival. Weekend passes retail for $595.00 per person, while KCET KCET Board of Directors members are offered the same passes for $475.00 2006 – 2007 per person. officers Marcia Wilson Hobbs W. Scott Sanford For more information and to purchase tickets, Scott A. Edelman Stuart H. Holden, M.D. Sid Sheinberg please visit artoffoodandwine.com and Chair Winter Horton Karen Sonneborn enter KCET member code KCE001 or email Ann Ehringer Channing D. Johnson Ronald E. Stein info@artoffoodandwine.com. Vice-Chair David G. Johnson J. David Tracy Al Jerome Michael Karlin Franklin E. Ulf eBay for the Holidays President & CEO Roger A. Kozberg Stasia Cato Washington Vicki Reynolds Sandra Krause Christopher V. Walker Secretary Norman Lear Robert Zemeckis Jay S. Wintrob Cynthia C. Lebow David J. Zuercher Start your holiday shopping early while making an important contribu- Treasurer Carol Ann Leif tion to KCET! Beginning Saturday, September 29, log on to eBay.com and Ronald S. Lushing ex-officio board bid for fabulous vacation packages, restaurant certificates, event tickets, directors Bruce Maclin members spa packages, one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia, specialty gift John J. Agoglia Heather MacPherson Lily Balian items and much more. The auction includes an extraordinary travel Gordon M. Bava John M. Mass President, KCET package to Smith Fork Ranch located on a private 10-acre ranch nestled JoAnn M. Bourne Miriam Muscarolas Women’s Council in the mountains of the Black Canyon area of Colorado. Christy Carpenter Paul J. Orfalea John M. Suarez, M.D. It’s a 7 days/7 nights trip for two, including a private cabin, fly fishing, Michael J. Connell Joe Phelps Chair, KCET backcountry horseback riding, gourmet meals, round-trip air for two Timothy W. Dietenhofer Sydney Pollack Community from Los Angeles to Montrose, Colorado and a rental car. Approximate Diane B. Dixon Bruce M. Ramer Advisory Board value is $7,280. Mrs. John O. Fry Dr. Piedad F. Robertson Log on to ebay.com/kcet or for additional information call (323) 953-5800. Auction ends November 6, 2007 dI d yOU kNOw? By law all American television stations must switch their broadcasting from analog to digital kcet.org by February 17, 2009. Television sets connected to cable or satellite will not be affected and will continue to receive programming after that date. Office of Development But those television sets not connected to cable or 4401 Sunset Blvd. satellite, or without a DTV converter box, will not receive any television signal after the date of the Los Angeles, CA 90027 switch. For more information go to DTVanswers.com ViewPoint Issue 16 | 8