New Series 'KCETLink Presents' Debuts with Exclusive 'Writers Bloc' Production Featuring: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Actress/Activist Eva Longoria | KCET
New Series 'KCETLink Presents' Debuts with Exclusive 'Writers Bloc' Production Featuring: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Actress/Activist Eva Longoria
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with Eva Longoria her new memoir "My Beloved World" and her astonishing path to
the Supreme Court.
the first Hispanic--and third woman--to
sit on the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia
Sotomayor sat down with actress/activist Eva Longoria at a recent Writers
Bloc event for a candid discussion about her new book, "My Beloved
World." To bring this inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime engagement to a national
audience, KCETLink has produced the event as a special which premieres on KCET
Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. PST and on Link
TV, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST on DirecTV and
The taped live event kicks off a new
series, KCETLink Presents that will
offer enlightening and unique specials to audiences on KCET and Link TV,
co-produced with acclaimed organizations such as L.A. based Writers Bloc, a nonprofit literary series.
"We are thrilled to be able to partner with Writers Bloc to debut the KCETLink Presents series with such an
exciting production," said Bohdan Zachary, vice
president, Broadcast, Syndication & Program Development for newly formed
KCETLink. "Extending the thoughtful and inspirational messages of influential
leaders and role models such as Justice Sotomayor and Ms. Longoria is so
important, and an integral part of our media mission."
the sold-out Writers Bloc engagement
at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on Jan. 26, 2013, Justice Sotomayor spoke
of her struggles to learn English and overcome financial hardships as well as her
courageous choices and inspiring successes. She also encouraged audience
members to "open up dialogue rather than confrontation" to help abolish
Sotomayor, who often cites the classic television series, "Perry Mason" as a
major inspiration for her desire to pursue a career in law, was surprised by a
special guest in the audience, actress Barbara Hale, 90, who had starred in the
whose tireless advocacy efforts help Latinas build better futures for
themselves, was a perfect choice to moderate.
In addition to establishing her own foundations, she works with leading
minority rights organizations, such as MALDEF,
to make a difference in the Latino community.
the riveting discussion with Longoria, Justice Sotomayor took questions from
attendees, and then greeted the audience by shaking hands and offering words of
encouragement. Not surprisingly, Hale
was the first person she went to meet.
nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5:30
p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST and
Friday Feb. 8 at 8:30 p.m.PST/11:30
special preview of the show will air during KCET's award-winning hard-hitting
nightly news program, So Cal Connected on Thursday,
Jan. 31, 2013 at 5:30 and 10 p.m.
KCETLink is the new 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
and DISH Networks, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as
through various digital delivery systems.
KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information
about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and events,
please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.
Bloc (writersblocpresents.com) is a nonprofit literary series, now in its
17th season, dedicated to bringing to Los Angeles our favorite writers, artists
and critics who have made a significant impact on our cultural landscape. Andrea
Grossman is the founder and executive producer.
Sonia Sotomayor graduated summa cum
laude from Princeton in 1976 and from Yale Law School in 1979. She worked as an
assistant district attorney in New York and then at the law firm of Pavia &
Harcourt. From 1992 to 1998, she served as a judge of the U.S. District Court,
Southern District of New York, and from 1998 to 2009 on the United States Court
of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In May 2009, President Barack Obama
nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; she assumed this
role on August 8, 2009.
director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Eva Longoria is founder of Eva's
Heroes, national spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer and founder of The
Eva Longoria Foundation. Starring in several upcoming feature films, including
THE DARK TRUTH, THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS, LONG TIME GONE, FRONTERIA and set to film
MARRIED & CHEATING in early 2013, Longoria is also executive producer of
NBC's upcoming non-scripted "Ready for Love," Lifetime's upcoming dramedy
"Devious Maids" and Hulu's animated series "Mother Up." Additionally, Longoria recently signed
a First-Look development deal with NBC Universal, which includes a non-writing,
executive producer agreement with Longoria and her production company,
UnbeliEVAble Entertainment. Longoria is also executive
producer and host for the NCLR ALMA Awards, executive producer of the
documentary HARVEST, and writer/director for an upcoming short film project
with Canon for their "Project Imaginat10n." Selected as a National Co-Chair for
the Reelect Obama Campaign and Inauguration Committee, Longoria is also
involved with MALDEF, the United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta
Foundation. Named "Philanthropist of the Year" by The Hollywood Reporter,
honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety's annual Power of Women
Luncheon, Longoria was selected by President Obama as commissioner for the
National Museum of the American Latino Commission. A special Ambassador for
L'Oreal Paris, Longoria owns BESO and SHe restaurants, her own production
company, UnbeliEVAble Productions, two fragrances "EVA, by Eva Longoria" and
"EVAmore," and also has a New York Times bestselling cookbook EVA's KITCHEN:
COOKING WITH LOVE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.