NEW PBS SERIES "GENEALOGY ROADSHOW"
WILL FILM IN DETROIT ON JULY 14
Detroit Public TV and show producers seek
DETROIT; MAY 2, 2013 – PBS and Detroit Public TV (DPTV) announced today that a new series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW, which premieres nationally this fall, is seeking local participants to share their families' stories. Final participants will be part of an episode taping in Detroit on Sunday, July 14. Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will combine history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers are looking for Detroit-area residents who have (or believe they have) a historically significant story in their family. Chosen stories will be researched by a team of local experts, and will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of Detroit and America. Individuals with interesting stories are encouraged to submit them online through the DPTV website at www.dptv.org/grshow/.
local residents for national broadcast
GENEALOGY ROADSHOW's premiere season features participants from four American cities — Detroit, Nashville, Austin and San Francisco — who want to explore unverified genealogical claims passed down through family histories that may (or may not) connect them to an event or an historical figure. These cities were chosen as American crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history with deep pools of potential participants and stories. The Detroit episode, which will be filmed before a live audience, will air this fall (specific air dates will be announced later).
While Detroit is known mainly for two things — cars and Motown —there is so much more to the city, which boasts one of the most diverse populations in the country, resulting in its pivotal role in American culture. After its settlement by French-Canadians, Detroit attracted a large number of Europeans and became home to immigrants of Middle Eastern descent, making it now home to the largest Arab-American community in the country. As well, hundreds of thousands of African-Americans moved to Detroit from the rural Southern U.S. as part of The Great Migration of the 20th Century. Detroit was the first place in the country to have a stretch of concrete highway and a four-way, three-color traffic light. It supplied 75 percent of the liquor during the Prohibition era and was the birthplace of the ice cream soda.
"Detroit is a natural fit for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW. The city is as American as apple pie being the birthplace of industry and attracting some of the brightest minds in modern technology and innovation," said executive producer Stuart Krasnow. "We're looking for a diverse mix of stories from locals who want to know more about their history."
"It's hard to imagine a community more fit for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW than Detroit. Here, the producers will uncover the amazing personal, historical and communal stories we share," said Rich Homberg, Detroit Public TV president and CEO. "Public Media is ideal for connecting past and present and helping people explore our world. We encourage our viewers to submit their family stories."
After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery. Detroit residents are invited and encouraged to submit their personal stories as GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will unearth family and community secrets, reveal notable relatives and discover unexpected stories that connect the past to the present. Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities' – and the participants' – histories.
GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a long-time television industry veteran, having worked for all of the country's top broadcasters in news and entertainment, as well as at numerous cable networks as a creator and executive producer. It is represented in the U.S. by Pat Quinn of Quinn Media Management and packaged with PBS by APA.
THE GENEALOGY ROADSHOW has been a huge hit in Ireland, where national public broadcaster RTE commissioned this original format from producer Big Mountain Productions.
ABOUT BIG MOUNTAIN PRODUCTIONS
Big Mountain originated the Genealogy Roadshow format which is in its second season in Ireland on RTE Television. Run by husband-and-wife team Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern, who are former BBC/RTE executive producers, Big Mountain originates and produces television shows for national broadcasters, specializing in hybrid shows that combine great content and entertainment value including: The Tenements, Life in the Big House, Craftmaster, Living the Eviction and the music-mentoring show Jam. For more information: bigmountainproductions.com
About Krasnow Productions
Krasnow Productions is named for its founder and president, Stuart Krasnow, a 30-year veteran television producer. Under his banner, Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for broadcast and cable networks, including The Weakest Link, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Krasnow Productions also sold and produced Searching For…, one of the first original series to be produced for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Additionally Krasnow Productions has sold and produced original projects for NBC, A&E, TBS, GSN, MTV, HGTV, E!, and Fremantlemedia.
About Detroit Public Television
Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS-member station watched by more than 1.5 million people in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and another 1.2 million people throughout Canada. Information is available at dptv.org/aboutus.
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