KCET expands its 45-year collaboration with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, along with partners Ford Theatres and CDK Productions, to present Live @ the Ford, a fall television series featuring four diverse performances at the historic Ford Amphitheatre.
For nearly half a century, KCET has partnered with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to broadcast the annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, a live multi-hour performing arts event featuring dozens of culturally and artistically diverse performance groups from all corners of Los Angeles County. The Live @ the Ford partnership comes in support of KCET's current initiative to develop local programming that contributes to the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California.
About Our Partners:
The John Anson Ford Theatres
The Ford Amphitheatre season is a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is produced in partnership with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. The John Anson Ford Theatres are owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles. Located in a 45-acre County regional park, the facility is run through a three-way partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ford Theatre Foundation. The John Anson Ford Theatres complex is one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles still in use. Situated in the Cahuenga Pass, the venue consists of the 1,245-seat Ford Amphitheatre and intimate 87-seat [Inside] the Ford theatre. The facility currently hosts nearly 200 diverse dance, music, theater, film and family events each year, a dramatic evolution from its start nearly 90 years ago.
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to programming the John Anson Ford Theatres, the Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All; administers a grants program that funds more than 300 nonprofit arts organizations annually; oversees the County's Civic Art Program for capital projects; funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation; and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. County Holiday Celebration and a year-round music program that funds 70 free concerts each year in public sites.
CDK productions is under the helm of one of today's most multitalented television producer/directors, Kenneth Shapiro. Shapiro possesses a diverse background spanning more than 30 years and over a thousand hours of live, tape and film productions. 2011 marks Kenneth's fourteenth year directing the L.A. County Holiday Celebration and his eighth time as co-producer for the program. His credits include an impressive cross section of programs such as the Academy Awards, The Grammy Awards, Hope for Haiti, Stand Up 2 Cancer, L.A. Philharmonic Summer Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Fidelity Futurestage, America: Tribute to Heroes, A&E in Concert: Sting in Tuscany...All This Time, Shelter from the Storm, American Music Awards and the original Live-Aid Concert as well as serving as a director on the number-one CBS hit comedy series, Everybody Loves Raymond; His work has aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and PBS and in syndication and on numerous cable channels including HBO, MTV, PAX, TNT, A&E and Showtime.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its more than 40-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. More than half of the funds raised to support KCET's operating budget come from individual support.