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COMEDY GOES GLOBAL ON MAY 14 WITH THE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE OF STAND UP PLANET, AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY PRESENTED JOINTLY BY KCETLINK AND PARTICIPANT MEDIA'S PIVOT

Legends Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner and

Norman Lear To Be Featured in Comedy Travelogue Airing Simultaneously On Both

Networks At 7 PM ET/6 PM CT

 STAND

UP PLANET
Trailer: http://youtu.be/z7xF71cy3qo

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 9, 2014 - Can the universal power of

comedy change the global conversation about poverty? KCETLink, the national

independent public media organization
, and Pivot, Participant Media's TV

network targeting Millennials, today announced the upcoming joint premiere of

an original two-part documentary special, STAND

UP PLANET
that showcases an uprising of fresh and fearless comics changing

the world one joke at a time. Link TV and Pivot will premiere the documentary block

simultaneously on May 14, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. The KCET (Southern California) broadcast airs at 9

p.m. PT on May 14, 2014.

Hosted by comic, Hasan Minhaj (Arrested Development, MTV's Failosophy), STAND UP PLANET is

equal parts reality TV, documentary journey and travelogue that brings viewers

on a quest to find some of the best humor coming from far corners of the

developing world. The two comedy documentary specials and
transmedia shorts

showcase Minhaj's epic journey of discovery to find the freshest comic voices

in the most unlikely places: Mumbai, India and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Along the way, Minhaj follows the jokes and personal experiences of these

international comics deep into the hard truths of some of the toughest global

poverty issues of our time. Along with a posse of comedian friends, including
Nate Bargatze, James Adomian

and
Michelle

Buteau
, Minhaj invites comedians from India and South Africa to take part

in the biggest night of their lives - performing in an international comedy

showcase and television show in Hollywood - after a stop to meet three of

comedy's legends: Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner and producer
Norman Lear.

"Stand Up

Planet
is the quintessential program for Pivot as it sheds light on truly

important, timely and global issues but speaks to those topics in a way that

brings us all together," said Kent Rees, EVP Marketing and Scheduling at Pivot.

"No matter where you live or what your beliefs are, our love of laughter is

something we all have in common. Our hope is that this documentary will spark

conversation and inspire viewers to take action around this issue."

More than a TV event, STAND

UP PLANET
's digital campaign - hosted on www.StandUpPlanet.org - provides

viewers with behind-the-scenes content and ways to learn, share information and

take action on global poverty in India and South Africa. The two-part

documentary -
STAND UP PLANET and STAND UP PLANET: Comedy Showcase - will

also be streamed on
www.StandUpPlanet.org

following the television premiere.

"Laughter

opens our ears and our hearts--and once people are listening, who knows what

they might be inspired to do?
" said Wendy Hanamura, Chief Digital

Officer and an executive producer on STAND

UP PLANET
. "With the project's unique ability to blend levity, reality and

education on multiple platforms, our hope is that all Stand Up Planet audiences will find some of the world's toughest

problems a little more accessible, understandable and become agents of social

change."

STAND

UP PLANET
is also distributed internationally, premiering on NDTV Prime in

India in May.

STAND

UP PLANET
is funded by a grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation and produced by independent broadcaster KCETLink in association with

Kontent Films. The television

elements were directed by David Munro, and the project's executive producers are Wendy Hanamura,

Caty Borum Chattoo, Paul S. Mason, Craig Minassian, David Munro, Xandra

Castleton, Mark Decena and

Teri Heyman. Munro and Castleton are the TV program's creators. The project's

transmedia executive producers and directors are Caty Borum Chattoo and Wendy

Hanamura.

Follow STAND UP

PLANET
on Twitter at @standupplanettv and on Facebook at

facebook.com/StandUpPlanet.  Follow the

conversations at #StandUpPlanet. To learn more, please visit

www.standupplanet.org. 

About

KCETLink

KCETLink

is the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger

between KCET and Link Media.  A

viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally

via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH (9410), in Southern and Central

California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery

systems. 
The

combined organization reaches a wide broadcast audience that includes Link TV's

33 million satellite subscribers and KCET's 5.6 million households in Southern

and Central California.
KCETLink is committed to driving public

media innovation with smarter ways to access content that engages all audiences

with global storytelling. For additional information about

KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and

community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.

About Pivot

Pivot (Pivot.tv), which

launched nationally August 1 is a television network from Participant

Media serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and

a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot

focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and

illuminates issues through engaging content and, through its website

TakePart.com, connects audiences to a wealth of content and customizable

actions. Pivot is available via traditional Pay TV subscription and integrating

a Live and on demand streaming option via its interactive, downloadable Pivot

APP. Follow Pivot on Twitter at @pivot_tv and on Facebook at

facebook.com/pivottelevision.

About

Participant Media

Participant (ParticipantMedia.com) is a

global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature

film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change.

Participant's more than 45 films include GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, AN

INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC., WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN', THE HELP, CONTAGION and

LINCOLN. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital

network TakePart.com and Pivot, its new television network for

Millennials, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every

individual to take action.

 

 

CONTACTS:   

KCETLink                                                    

Ariel Carpenter or Ayn Allen                        

747-201-5243 / 747-201-5886                              

acarpenter@kcet.org

aallen@kcet.org    

FerenComm for PIVOT  
Stephanie Baumoel or Abbie Harrison                                       Stephanieb@ferencomm.com /AbbieH@ferencomm.com       
(212) 983-9898