KCETLink Media Group Launches GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, A Digital-First Programming Model at LinkTV.org
KCETLink Media Group Launches GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES,
A Digital-First Programming Model at LinkTV.org
Thomson Reuters Foundation Signs On As Lead Content Partner
Link TV's Former Flagship Program MOSAIC will be first GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES video series debuting online today with fresh new format and premiering as a television pilot on Link TV and KCET Oct. 27
BURBANK, Calif. - October 21, 2015 - KCETLink Media Group announced today the LinkTV.org launch of GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, a digital-first programming initiative that curates critically acclaimed short-form documentaries from around the world. With videos sourced from more than 50 global organizations and independent producers, Thomson Reuters Foundation will act as the lead content partner for the platform.
Video content will launch online daily and span a variety of compelling topics ranging from arts and culture to social issues and lifestyles. Based on their level of audience engagement, some of the programs will then be produced as broadcast pilots to air on Link TV and KCET.
"With Global Perspectives, we are aggregating storytelling around poignant issues from around the world to share with our audiences both online and on air," said Juan Devis, senior vice president, content, development and production. "By offering these unique videos in a web-first environment, we can see what's resonating and then bring those stories to six million homes in Southern California, and 35 million homes nationally."
Launching online today will be the first segment of former Link TV flagship series MOSAIC, a Peabody Award-winning global news and issues-driven series. The new MOSAIC will monitor and collect news and current affairs from around the world, starting with Asia. Unlike a conventional newscast, MOSAICwill be responsive to online sources and independent voices, utilizing a web-first news gathering framework and network, to create a new kind of international news coverage for TV, online and mobile.
MOSAIC debuts with "China Dream," a look how Chinese President Xi Jinping's 2012 call for "rejuvenation of the nation" impacts Chinese intellectuals, millennials who are studying in the U.S., migrant workers in China, and an entrepreneur in Africa. MOSAIC is scheduled to air as a broadcast pilot Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. in Southern California on KCET and nationally at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV via DirecTV (375) and DISH Network (375).
Also available from lead content partner Thomson Reuters Foundation is "Austria's Refugee Hotel," about a Vienna hotel where the staff members are refugees. The Foundation plays a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, using the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world, including free legal assistance, journalism and media training, coverage of the world's under-reported stories, and the Trust Women Conference.
Global Perspectives videos can be discovered under an array of other thematic topic areas, including:
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Showcases short documentaries telling personal stories from all over the world. Topics include human trafficking, refugees, women's rights, global health, the human impact of climate change, LGBTQ rights, innovative social-enterprise, and under reported humanitarian issues.
Made By Hand
Tells the stories, through vignettes, of the global community that crafts products by hand looking closely at their materials, tools, and techniques. Each portrait gives us a window into shared passion for craft across cultures and around the world.
Frame by Frame
Takes us around the world exploring places, history, and culture through fun, visually stimulating stories through animation.
Bodies in Motion
Presents works by global filmmakers who collaborate with choreographers and dancers on short-form dance films. This series uses dance as a lens to view global cultures.
Explores LGBTQIA experiences from global perspectives through short documentaries, interviews and short films that show an unflinching and intriguing look at the spectrum of gender and sexuality.
Curates a collection of international music videos, exposing viewers to the cross-fertilization of musical styles and genres defining contemporary music. Online, viewers discover, watch and vote on a diverse range of music videos, including mixes aggregated by the Border Blaster team. User-curated mixes are also broadcast the last week of every month.
Women in Focus
Takes a deep look at all aspects of the global female experience analyzing such topics as women's rights, female entrepreneurship, history, body image, sports, violence, gender discrimination and oppression along with celebratory content focusing on the powerful and positive influences of femininity.
Towards the Human City
Identifies, documents and communicates urban interventions that make significant improvements in the way we think about and manage cities in order to make them more human and inclusive. Taking place in cities all over the world, the project finds 100 projects for improving urban living.
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ABOUT KCETLINK MEDIA GROUP
KCETLink Media Group, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, 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.
ABOUT THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION
The Thomson Reuters Foundation stands for free, independent journalism, human rights, women's empowerment, and the rule of law. The Thomson Reuters Foundation plays a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, using the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world, including free legal assistance, journalism and media training, coverage of the world's under-reported stories, and the Trust Women Conference. We tackle global issues and achieve lasting impact. We are a rapidly growing organisation with over 70 staff members around the world. We speak 30 languages, represent 24 countries, and work in 12 office locations across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. We're a mix of journalists, lawyers, social innovators, media and communication trainers. We pride ourselves on our dynamic, quirky, and entrepreneurial spirit. From award-winning investigative journalism to strategic initiatives that fight modern-day slavery worldwide, the impact and presence of the Thomson Reuters Foundation continues to grow, changing laws and making an impact internationally.