Burbank, CA - February 27, 2013 - KCET, the nation's largest independent television station serving Southern and Central California, is pleased to announce that the station's original program, Your Turn to Care, has been honored with the esteemed Gracie Award® for Outstanding Series in the Local, Online, Public, and Student category.
Your Turn to Care explores the challenges facing America's growing generation of baby boomers who are taking care of ailing or aging loved ones. Hosted by acclaimed actress and award-winning author Holly Robinson Peete, who also shares her own experiences of caring for her father who had Parkinson's disease, the series features several expert voices across Southern California to help contextualize complex caregiving issues for viewers. In addition, the program highlights personal caregiving stories from well-respected actors, television personalities, and journalists including: Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing), Robert David Hall (CSI Crime Scene Investigation), Sandra Tsing Loh (NPR's Morning Edition, KPCC) and Steve Lopez (Los Angeles Times columnist).
Last May, KCET announced a syndication agreement with American Public Television (APT) to distribute Your Turn to Care which began airing on public television stations across the country on July 1, 2012. The series represents KCET's first large-scale national distribution initiative since becoming independent.
Your Turn to Care is produced by KCET with executive producer Margaret Hussey, and Bret Marcus, KCET Senior Vice President of News and Factual Programming. The initiative is made possible by MetLife Foundation, California Community Foundation, The Lippey Family Trust and Gladyce L. Foster.
Presented by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation, The Gracie Award® recognizes exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.
The award will be presented during the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 26, 2013, at the Hilton New York.
ABOUT YOUR TURN TO CARE
The multi-platform series Your Turn to Care explores the challenges of, and offers solutions for, those caring for ailing or aging loved ones. Four half-hour episodes focus on the inspiring stories of families at important junctures in their caregiving journeys -- from initiating the difficult discussion about health directives and wills, to navigating the complex and expensive world of assisted living facilities to transitioning into the "final chapter" of palliative care, hospice and letting go. Actress and award-winning author Holly Robinson Peete guides viewers into this often emotional and heart-wrenching passage of life, while sharing her own deeply personal caregiving experiences. The companion website, mobile application and social media components expands the series' content to offer additional resources and support, including opportunities for caregivers to connect to each other and to experts featured in the series. For more information, please visit: http://www.kcet.org/shows/yourturntocare/about/
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning~SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.
ABOUT THE ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation supports several public service campaigns, including most recently a radio PSA campaign with the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America's most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.