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KCET Announces National Syndication Deal with APT to Distribute 'Your Turn to Care' Hosted by Holly Robinson Peete

KCET
ANNOUNCES NATIONAL SYNDICATION DEAL WITH APT TO DISTRIBUTE

 'YOUR TURN TO CARE' HOSTED BY HOLLY ROBINSON
PEETE

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Multi-platform SERIES represents KCET's first large-scale national
distribution initiative since becoming independent

Caregiving
series features
leading experts on aging,
including acclaimed author Gail Sheehy, as well as personal stories from
Patricia Richardson, Monica Potter, Hector Elizondo, Robert David Hall, Sandra
Tsing Loh and Steve Lopez.

LOS
ANGELES--May 16, 2012--
KCET, the nation's largest independent public
television station serving Southern and Central California, has announced a
syndication agreement with American Public Television (APT) to distribute its
original series on caregiving,
Your Turn to Care, hosted by Holly
Robinson Peete. The unique multi-platform series can be seen on public
television stations across the country beginning July 1, 2012.
Your Turn to Care represents KCET's
first large-scale national distribution initiative since becoming independent.

 

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.  APT will distribute
four 30-minute Your Turn to Care programs that focus on the caregiving
journey, as told by the caregivers themselves. Their personal stories offer
hope as well as solutions and resources. 
To date, more than 70 public television stations have placed the
series in their schedules
.

 

Your Turn to Care episodes will also air on
producing station KCET in Los Angeles, the country's 2nd largest
market. The series aired in its entirety on KCET this spring and 12 segments also ran on its award-winning news
magazine SoCal Connected.

Viewers
can also access the program's robust companion web site where the series can be
seen in its entirety along with additional content provided through 50 videos
and 40 articles (www.yourturntocare.org).
This video-rich web content includes extended interviews and back stories /
updates on the participants, helpful links and resources as well as tips from
guest experts.

"We
are pleased to be able to share this exceptional series with stations
everywhere as caregiving has become an increasingly important part of a
national dialogue," said Bret Marcus, KCET's chief content officer.  "These are remarkably complicated issues
affecting millions of people every day. We are confident the series will help
viewers carve out their own approach to handling some of these very difficult
and emotional caregiving challenges and not feel alone in the process."
 

One third of the U.S.
adult population plays a caregiver role including 31% of all households. These
caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week, according to a
recent study
by the MetLife Foundation.

Host
Robinson Peete, an acclaimed actress and award-winning author, shares her own
experiences of caring for her father who had Parkinson's disease.  Viewers will also hear personal
caregiving stories from
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).
 

In
addition, several expert voices across Southern California help contextualize
complex caregiving issues for viewers. They include:

  • Gail
    Sheehy, best-selling author of
     16 books on key passages of
    adulthood, including her most recent,
    Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence
  • Dr.
    Gary Small, a renowned expert at UCLA who studies longevity, aging, Alzheimer's
    prevention and memory, and best-selling author of seven books, including 
    The Alzheimer's Prevention Program
  • Professor
    Fernando Torres-Gil, director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at
    UCLA, and author of 
    more than 80 articles and
    six books, including 
    The New Aging:
    Politics and Change in America
  • Dawn
    Clark-Johnson, eldercare attorney
  • Shawn
    Herz, Director, Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center
  • Molly
    Forrest, Director, LA Jewish Home

Your Turn to Care is produced by KCET with
executive producer Margaret Hussey, and Bret Marcus, KCET's chief content
officer. The initiative is made possible by MetLife Foundation, California
Community Foundation, The Lippey Family Trust and Gladyce L. Foster.  For more information, please visit: http://www.kcet.org/shows/yourturntocare/about/

 

ABOUT
HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE

Actress,
author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist, Holly Robinson Peete has
been touched by the entertainment industry all of her life.  Her
television career as an actress dates back nearly three decades. Her life
experience has led her to becoming a voice for her father, her son and her
community.

 

In
1996, Robinson Peete and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete,
formed the HollyRod Foundation, inspired by her father's courageous battle with
Parkinson's disease, with the mission to help improve the quality of life of
people with Parkinson's. Then in 2005, inspired by their oldest son's autism
diagnosis, HollyRod Foundation's mission expanded to provide access to
treatment, support and other resources to disenfranchised families affected by
autism.  Through HollyRod Foundation and her family's personal
experiences, Robinson Peete has become an advocate for consistent and reliable
education, support and compassionate care for both Parkinson's and
autism.  

 

Her
autism advocacy also extends to her book co-written with daughter, Ryan
Elizabeth Peete. In 2010, they released their award winning children's picture
book about autism from the sibling's perspective, entitled My Brother
Charlie 
(Scholastic).  A follow up book exploring autism and
adolescence is due out in 2012.

 

Over
the years, Holly has received numerous accolades and awards for her
philanthropic work : from the Anheuser Busch John E. Jacob Community
Service Award to 
her most recent honor, Thurgood Marshall
Foundation Award. In addition to her philanthropic work through her own
foundation, Robinson Peete has become involved in other organizations as
well.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Autism
Speaks,
 the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and
the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

 

ABOUT
KCET

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 weekly 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
APT

American Public Television (APT) has been a
leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America's public
television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately
half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new
program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs
programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children's series and classic
movies, including Your Turn to Care, Rick
Steves' Europe, Moyers & Company, Doc Martin, America's Test Kitchen From
Cook's Illustrated, Nightly Business Report
, Globe Trekker, BBC
World News, Diana Ross: For One and For All,
Lidia's Italy, Rosemary
& Thyme, Newsline, Simply Ming, Midsomer Murders, P. Allen Smith's Garden
Home, The Best of Soul Train
and For Love of Liberty: The Story of
America's Black Patriots.
APT also licenses programs
internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched and
nationally distributed Create® - the TV
channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming.
APT is also a partner in WORLD?¢, public television's premier news and documentary channel.

 

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