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Jeanie Buss, Barbara Boxer, John Ridley and Other LA Leaders Explore Intimate Conversations with Val Zavala in Second Season of TOWN HALL LOS ANGELES Premiering October 4 on KCET

Allison Gray
agray@kcet.org / 747.201.5298

Visionary Thinkers Reflect the Essence of Los Angeles;In Collaboration with Town Hall Los Angeles

Val Zavala with Barbara Boxer, John Ridley and Jeanie Buss | Photos Courtesy of KCET
Val Zavala with Barbara Boxer, John Ridley and Jeanie Buss | Photos Courtesy of KCET


BURBANK, Calif.September 5, 2017KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced today the return of TOWN HALL LOS ANGELES in collaboration with Los Angeles’ oldest and largest public speaker’s forum Town Hall Los Angeles with a goal of giving access and timely insights into California solutions with a world view. The goal of TOWN HALL LOS ANGELES is to present cutting edge solutions, visionary thinkers and intriguing stories from the worlds of technology, medicine, the economy, social justice, the arts and more. Through exclusive, intimate discussions with KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED anchor Val Zavala, top industry experts offer their perspectives and solutions to regional, national and international matters.

KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, plans to premiere the series on Wed., Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET in Southern California. While Link TV, available nationwide to all subscribers of Dish Network (channel 9410) and DirecTV (channel 375), will be premiering the series on Thurs., Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Following its successful debut last year on KCET, TOWN HALL LOS ANGELES continues to provide viewers insight on a variety of issues that affect Southern California from people at the forefront of their respective fields. During the taping of each episode, KCET’s Facebook followers participated by asking questions for each of the TOWN HALL ANGELES guests.

The series will be telecast as follows (subject to change):

Jeanie Buss, President/Governor of the Los Angeles Lakers Organization

– Wed., Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Oct. 5 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Barbara Boxer, Former United States Senator for California

– Wed., Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Oct. 12 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Kevin Demoff, COO and EVP of Football Operations for the LA Rams

– Wed., Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Oct. 19 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Manuel Pastor, USC Professor of Sociology, American Studies & Ethnicity

– Wed., Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Oct. 26 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Dr. Maja Mataric, USC Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience & Pediatrics

– Wed., Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Nov. 2 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Susan Burton, Founder of A New Way of Life (ANWOL) Re-entry Project – Wed., Nov. 8

Chris Hughes & Natalie Foster, Facebook Co-Founder & Co-Founder of Peers.org

– Wed., Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Nov. 16 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Marqueece Harris-Dawson & Jennifer Ito, Councilmember to the 8th District of LA & Research Director at USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

– Wed., Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Nov. 30 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Adam Steltzner, JPL Chief Engineer for the Mars 2020 Project

– Wed., Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Dec. 7 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

John Ridley, Oscar Winning Filmmaker

– Wed., Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Dec. 14 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

Karla Ortiz & Lucy Herrera, Youth Organizer with the East Los Angeles Women’s Center & Leadership Program Manager for Legacy LA, under the Youth Council Leadership Program

– Wed., Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on KCET/ Thurs., Dec. 28 at 8 pm ET/PT on Link TV

As the paramount gathering place for the past 80 years for industry leaders to share perspectives and influence change in the community, Town Hall Los Angeles is ranked among the Top 10 Leadership Forums in the nation.  Town Hall Los Angeles provides a distinct and vital nonpartisan voice that helps the Southern California community become better informed on timely issues, breakthrough developments and innovative trends that impact the region’s businesses, community and people. 

Additionally, KCET.org will feature video-streaming of all broadcast episodes, as well as web-original content including clips and highlights with the speakers.

Join the conversation on social media using #TownHallLA


KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, and Roku platforms.

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