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WTTW Chicago and WORLD Channel to premiere new short film series Local, USA

October 17, 2013

13-part series to showcase documentary segments from American public television stations and the work of independent producers and other content creators

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — WTTW, Chicago’s premier public television station, announces Local, USA, a new 13-part documentary series. Each 30-minute episode showcases the best stories by public television stations across the country, and by independent producers and other content creators. The series premieres on Monday, October 21 at 6:00 pm ET on The WORLD Channel. Local, USA is produced by Jamie Ceaser and Eddie Griffin.

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The focus in Local, USA is on story, character, region and place. Each week, a different theme is explored from various and interrelated points of view—and from a range of locales throughout the nation. The stories build on one another to provide not only a better understanding of the overall topic, but also of what unites the U.S. in all its diversity — and what makes various places distinctive.

Clean, organic and simple, Local, USA is a story-driven half hour series of evergreen topics, hosted by Evan Allen-Gessesse and Niccole Thurman, two vibrant personalities who introduce people and places in different parts of the country, and the stories that make them unique.

“It’s such a treat to see the quality and depth of work from PBS stations all across the country as well as the work of independent producers,” said co-producer Jamie Ceaser. “It’s really exciting,” she added. “We’re really trying to create a true sense of community with this show,” agreed co-producer Ed Griffin. “Even though you might live in the Midwest, we want you to feel connected to a story that comes from the Pacific Northwest or the Southeastern corner of Florida,” he said.

Local, USA is a co-production of WTTW/Chicago and WORLD Channel, and is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Producers are Jamie Ceaser and Eddie Griffin. Associate Producer is Maggie Ness. Camera: Tom Siegel and Tim Boyd. Lighting Director: Tom Godar. Field Supervisor: Dave Moyer. Editor: Tim Jackson. Post Production Supervisor: Don De Martini. Art Director: Linda Fox. Graphic Designer: Reed Marvine. WTTW Executives in Charge: VJ McAleer and Dan Soles. For WORLD Channel: Coordinating Producer: Melissa Miller. Project Manager: Sharon Wong. Executive Producer: Christopher Hastings. General Manager: Liz Cheng.


Source: PR Newswire