Don’t Miss the Deadline for the 2013 CPB/PBS Producers Academy

The deadline for the 2013 CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH is Friday, December 14, 2012. To apply for this intensive training program in public broadcasting, please visit the official website.

For the past 11 years, CPB and PBS have offered a Producers Academy that provides intensive training in public broadcasting production. Many talented individuals have emerged from this workshop, finding success on various public broadcasting platforms.

25 individuals will be offered the opportunity to go to this year’s workshop at WGBH-Boston from Saturday March 30 through April 5, 2013. The goal of the Producers Academy is to encourage a diverse and talented group of producers to create new and greater programming achievements in public broadcasting. The firm deadline for interested applicants is Friday, December 14, 2012.

This weeklong seminar is free and open to media makers nationwide who want to develop skills and connections in public broadcasting. Over the seven-day period, participants can expect to attend intensive courses that cover a wide range of production skills, building on the expertise that has made PBS a well-known and respected American cultural outlet. Continue reading

Back to Back Investigative Reports, Tuesday on FRONTLINE

The PBS series will offer a magazine style program on Tuesday night with two joint investigative reports: The Child Cases and Educating Sergeant Pantzke.

On Tuesday June 28 at 9pm ET, FRONTLINE will air (and post online) The Child Cases, the result of a joint-investigation of more than 20 pediatric death cases in which people were jailed on medical evidence — involving abuse, assault and “shaken-baby syndrome” — that was later found to be unreliable or simply wrong. The film goes deep inside several cases to asses what’s happening and why. Are death investigators being properly trained for child cases? (Watch a clip from the film after the jump…)
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Up Next on Global Voices: Cowboys in India

Simon Chambers’s Cowboys in India follows one tribe’s fight to rescue a sacred mountain from a multinational mining company. The documentary airs Sunday, June 5 on Global Voices on the WORLD Channel. Hear more about the film from Chambers in the interview below.

Last November, the filmmaker gave an interview to BTB discussing Cowboys in India and ITVS’s International Call. Read the interview here.

ITVS & WORLD Host Live Chat with Filmmakers in Honor of Asian American Heritage Month

Filmmakers Socheata Poeuv (New Year Baby) and Jocelyn Galtzer (The Flute Player) will participate in a live chat at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Friday, May 27. The documentary New Year Baby airs Sunday, May 29 on Global Voices on the WORLD Channel.

New Year Baby follows the personal story of filmmaker Socheata Poeuv, who grew up in the United States never knowing that her family survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. Poeuv embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth about her family’s past.
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Childlike Politics on Global Voices

Please Vote For Me airs Sunday night on Global Voices on the WORLD Channel. Set in the city of Wuhan in central China, the film follows three 8-year-old elementary school students as they campaign for the coveted position of class monitor.


Viewers interested in the film should definitely take a look at this clip from This American Life. Host Ira Glass excerpts the doc and reflects on how quickly these third-grade kids devise and employ the same tactics used by adult politicians. Politics is indeed a contact sport, enjoy!

Global Voices and the WORLD Channel Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

This May, Global Voices and the WORLD Channel celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with four documentaries that highlight voices and stories from across Asia.

Starting with Please Vote For Me from China, the month continues on to Japan with 4 and Young Yakuza, and comes to a close with New Year Baby, set in Cambodia. In addition to their exclusive WORLD broadcasts on Sunday nights at 10 PM, these four episodes will be available for viewing online post-broadcast on the PBS Video Player.  A comprehensive overview of the 2011 series and a calendar of online events may be found here.

Watch Please Vote For Me on Global Voices this Sunday at 10PM on the WORLD Channel.
Check out the trailer after the jump >>

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Independent Producers Get Hooked Up Digitally

Producers and filmmakers convened in Boston last month for the annual CPB/PBS Producers Workshop. The program, started 10 years ago by veteran WGBH producer Judith Vecchione, has trained more than 190 producers from some 40 states, and ITVS has participated in every class since the beginning. ITVS’ Senior Programming Manager, Richard Saiz, spent an entire day giving feedback to producers at the workshop. Matthew Meschery, Director of Digital Initiatives at ITVS, was also on hand. He co-facilitated a workshop on new-media and filed this report.

From the Producers Workshop in Boston

This was the first time I had attended the Producers Workshop in any capacity and it was also the first year they designated an entire class on the broad subject of new media. I was thankful for being invited and thankful that the Workshop’s Director, Judith Vecchione, WGBH, and CPB recognized new media as an integral part of a producer’s training in working with public television. Oh yes, and I was thankful for the air conditioning in the WGBH building (I had forgotten just how humid New England can be in the summer).

The session was co-facilitated by myself, Dave Peth, interactive producer at WGBH and Dan Sonnet, interactive producer for PBS. We decided to structure the first part of the session as an overview, covering a wide range of topics from trends in trans-media storytelling, to social media (a formal debate of the pros and cons of Facebook and Twitter), to digital distribution, to games (you’d be surprised how much documentary producers know about digital games). We then spent the latter half of our three-hour session discussing some new media projects that the producers were working on. Projects ranged from a role-playing game to an episodic web series, to a user-generated content campaign. It was exciting to have producers share their ideas with us and their peers so openly and accept honest and constructive feedback considering this is a relatively new discipline for all of us.

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