PBS to Air Ken Burns's 'THE WAR,' a New Seven-Part Epic Documentary About World War II, in September 2007

Burns to Show Highlights at the World War II Conference in New Orleans on

November 16, 2006

Promotion for the Film to Begin this November to Coincide with Two Nights

of Military History Around Veterans Day



Nov 06, 2006, 00:00 ET from PBS

    ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- PBS (Public Broadcasting
 Service) announced today that it will air the new Ken Burns documentary
 series, THE WAR, in September 2007. The seven-part documentary series,
 directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history
 and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by
 following the fortunes of so- called ordinary men and women who get caught
 up in the greatest cataclysm in human history.
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     Plans call for THE WAR to air over two weeks beginning on Sunday,
 September 16 (four nights the first week and then three nights the second
 week) from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. In addition to the national broadcast on
 PBS, THE WAR will also air simultaneously on PBS High Definition Channel
 with surround sound. PBS will repeat each episode the night it airs, stage
 marathon viewings on the weekends, and launch the film as a weekly series
 after its first two-week run. The series will also be rebroadcast on PBS's
 World Channel following the original broadcast. A web page dedicated to THE
 WAR will also be launched this week at pbs.org/thewar.
     Burns will show highlights of the film at the International Conference
 on World War II at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. (The
 conference dates are November 16 - 19, 2006.) Participants will include:
 former war correspondent and legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite; WWII
 bomber pilot and former senator George McGovern; war correspondents Andy
 Rooney and Richard C. Hottelet; James Bradley, author of Flags of Our
 Fathers; and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who will discuss
 the liberation of Eastern Europe and the Cold War; British author Sir Max
 Hastings; and noted World War II historian, Donald L. Miller. Burns will
 show highlights from THE WAR at a dinner event on November 16. (For more
 information on the conference visit http://www.ww2conference.org/)
     Six years in the making, this epic 14-hour film, reminiscent in scope
 and power of Burns's landmark series THE CIVIL WAR, focuses on the stories
 of citizens from four geographically distributed and quintessentially
 American towns -- Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento,
 California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota. These four
 communities stand in for -- and could represent -- any town in the United
 States that went through the war's four devastating years. Individuals from
 each community take the viewer through their own personal and quite often
 harrowing journeys into war, painting vivid portraits of how the war
 dramatically altered their lives and those of their neighbors, as well as
 the country they helped to save for generations to come.
     "The Second World War was so massive, catastrophic and complex, it is
 almost beyond the mind's and the heart's capacity to process everything
 that happened and, more important, what it meant on a human level," said
 Burns. "Every person in the country was deeply affected by this war,
 whether in battle, at home, at work, or in the case of Japanese-Americans,
 in internment camps. By focusing on the personal stories of ordinary
 Americans who had extraordinary experiences, the film tries to bring one of
 the biggest events in the history of the world down to a very intimate
 scale. And in the end, we all begin to see, I think, that there are no
 'ordinary' lives."
     "PBS has a deep and abiding respect for the history, drama and tragedy
 of war," said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President, PBS Programming. "It's
 critical that we capture the stories of the generation that fought and
 lived through World War II before they are lost to us forever. Serving our
 mission to educate and inform, PBS's goal for THE WAR is to reach into
 every home and classroom -- so together we can better understand what we as
 a nation experienced in those difficult years and what we as a nation
 accomplished."
     Accompanying the series will be a companion book, written by Geoffrey
 C. Ward and introduced by Ken Burns, that will be published by Alfred A.
 Knopf; Ward and Burns collaborated previously on the unexpected bestseller
 The Civil War. PBS Home Video is producing a complete DVD box set that will
 feature "making of" footage and an interview with Burns and others involved
 in the film. The soundtrack will be released in September 2007 by Sony BMG
 Legacy Recordings. As with all of Burns's films, there will be an extensive
 educational outreach component and an interactive Web page that provides
 more information on the film, the battles and related issues.
     "THE WAR is a stunning achievement in filmmaking," said Sonny Mehta,
 Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Knopf Publishing Group, "and possibly
 the most complete rendering of war ever captured by a documentarian. It is
 an honor to be working with Ken and Geoffrey once again on this very
 special book, which promises to be a landmark publishing event." Knopf is
 announcing a first printing of 750,000 copies for the book, which will go
 on sale nationwide August 21, 2007.
     PBS will begin promoting THE WAR on November 8 between the broadcast of
 three productions from Thirteen/WNET New York that deal with World War II:
 SECRETS OF THE DEAD: DOGFIGHT OVER GUADALCANAL, a modern investigation of
 the legendary World War II showdown between an American and Japanese pilot,
 using restored vintage planes and computer-generated recreations (November
 8, 2006, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET); WARPLANE, the story of the evolution of air
 power (November 8 & 15, 2006, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.); and SECRETS OF THE DEAD:
 BOMBING NAZI DAMS, a profile of one of the strangest missions of World War
 II, the dropping of the bouncing bomb on Nazi dams (November 15, 2006, 8:00
 - 9:00 p.m. ET).
     In addition to Keith David's narration, THE WAR features first-person
 voices read by some of America's greatest actors. Tom Hanks reads the voice
 of Al McIntosh, the editor of the Rock County Star-Herald in Luverne,
 Minnesota, whose weekly columns poignantly tried to explain the
 unexplainable to his neighbors. Other voices include Josh Lucas, Bobby
 Canavale, Samuel L. Jackson, Eli Wallach, Robert Wahlberg, Carolyn
 McCormack, Adam Arkin and Kevin Conway.
     THE WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.,
 directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, written by Geoffrey C.
 Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, co-producers Peter Miller and David
 McMahon, episode editors, Paul Barnes, Erik Ewers and Tricia Reidy,
 cinematography Buddy Squires and narrated by Keith David.
     Corporate funding is provided by General Motors and Anheuser-Busch.
 Major funding is provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc.; Public Broadcasting
 Service; National Endowment for the Humanities; the Corporation for Public
 Broadcasting; and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Additional funding
 is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts; The Longaberger Foundation; and
 Park Foundation, Inc.
     For more information and photos go to pbs.org/pressroom.
     About PBS
     PBS is a private, non-profit media enterprise that serves the nation's
 354 public non-commercial television stations, reaching nearly 90 million
 people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse
 viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality
 documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most
 prestigious award competitions. PBS is the leading provider of educational
 materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational
 services. PBS's premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online
 (pbskids.org), continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning
 environments for children. More information about PBS is available at
 pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
     Contact:  Dan Klores Communications
               Dave Donovan/Alex Dudley/Cassin Donn/Brian Moriarty
               212.685.4300
 
 

SOURCE PBS
    ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- PBS (Public Broadcasting
 Service) announced today that it will air the new Ken Burns documentary
 series, THE WAR, in September 2007. The seven-part documentary series,
 directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history
 and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by
 following the fortunes of so- called ordinary men and women who get caught
 up in the greatest cataclysm in human history.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061106/DCM029-a )
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061106/DCM029-b )
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061106/DCM029LOGO-c )
     Plans call for THE WAR to air over two weeks beginning on Sunday,
 September 16 (four nights the first week and then three nights the second
 week) from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. In addition to the national broadcast on
 PBS, THE WAR will also air simultaneously on PBS High Definition Channel
 with surround sound. PBS will repeat each episode the night it airs, stage
 marathon viewings on the weekends, and launch the film as a weekly series
 after its first two-week run. The series will also be rebroadcast on PBS's
 World Channel following the original broadcast. A web page dedicated to THE
 WAR will also be launched this week at pbs.org/thewar.
     Burns will show highlights of the film at the International Conference
 on World War II at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. (The
 conference dates are November 16 - 19, 2006.) Participants will include:
 former war correspondent and legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite; WWII
 bomber pilot and former senator George McGovern; war correspondents Andy
 Rooney and Richard C. Hottelet; James Bradley, author of Flags of Our
 Fathers; and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who will discuss
 the liberation of Eastern Europe and the Cold War; British author Sir Max
 Hastings; and noted World War II historian, Donald L. Miller. Burns will
 show highlights from THE WAR at a dinner event on November 16. (For more
 information on the conference visit http://www.ww2conference.org/)
     Six years in the making, this epic 14-hour film, reminiscent in scope
 and power of Burns's landmark series THE CIVIL WAR, focuses on the stories
 of citizens from four geographically distributed and quintessentially
 American towns -- Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento,
 California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota. These four
 communities stand in for -- and could represent -- any town in the United
 States that went through the war's four devastating years. Individuals from
 each community take the viewer through their own personal and quite often
 harrowing journeys into war, painting vivid portraits of how the war
 dramatically altered their lives and those of their neighbors, as well as
 the country they helped to save for generations to come.
     "The Second World War was so massive, catastrophic and complex, it is
 almost beyond the mind's and the heart's capacity to process everything
 that happened and, more important, what it meant on a human level," said
 Burns. "Every person in the country was deeply affected by this war,
 whether in battle, at home, at work, or in the case of Japanese-Americans,
 in internment camps. By focusing on the personal stories of ordinary
 Americans who had extraordinary experiences, the film tries to bring one of
 the biggest events in the history of the world down to a very intimate
 scale. And in the end, we all begin to see, I think, that there are no
 'ordinary' lives."
     "PBS has a deep and abiding respect for the history, drama and tragedy
 of war," said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President, PBS Programming. "It's
 critical that we capture the stories of the generation that fought and
 lived through World War II before they are lost to us forever. Serving our
 mission to educate and inform, PBS's goal for THE WAR is to reach into
 every home and classroom -- so together we can better understand what we as
 a nation experienced in those difficult years and what we as a nation
 accomplished."
     Accompanying the series will be a companion book, written by Geoffrey
 C. Ward and introduced by Ken Burns, that will be published by Alfred A.
 Knopf; Ward and Burns collaborated previously on the unexpected bestseller
 The Civil War. PBS Home Video is producing a complete DVD box set that will
 feature "making of" footage and an interview with Burns and others involved
 in the film. The soundtrack will be released in September 2007 by Sony BMG
 Legacy Recordings. As with all of Burns's films, there will be an extensive
 educational outreach component and an interactive Web page that provides
 more information on the film, the battles and related issues.
     "THE WAR is a stunning achievement in filmmaking," said Sonny Mehta,
 Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Knopf Publishing Group, "and possibly
 the most complete rendering of war ever captured by a documentarian. It is
 an honor to be working with Ken and Geoffrey once again on this very
 special book, which promises to be a landmark publishing event." Knopf is
 announcing a first printing of 750,000 copies for the book, which will go
 on sale nationwide August 21, 2007.
     PBS will begin promoting THE WAR on November 8 between the broadcast of
 three productions from Thirteen/WNET New York that deal with World War II:
 SECRETS OF THE DEAD: DOGFIGHT OVER GUADALCANAL, a modern investigation of
 the legendary World War II showdown between an American and Japanese pilot,
 using restored vintage planes and computer-generated recreations (November
 8, 2006, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET); WARPLANE, the story of the evolution of air
 power (November 8 & 15, 2006, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.); and SECRETS OF THE DEAD:
 BOMBING NAZI DAMS, a profile of one of the strangest missions of World War
 II, the dropping of the bouncing bomb on Nazi dams (November 15, 2006, 8:00
 - 9:00 p.m. ET).
     In addition to Keith David's narration, THE WAR features first-person
 voices read by some of America's greatest actors. Tom Hanks reads the voice
 of Al McIntosh, the editor of the Rock County Star-Herald in Luverne,
 Minnesota, whose weekly columns poignantly tried to explain the
 unexplainable to his neighbors. Other voices include Josh Lucas, Bobby
 Canavale, Samuel L. Jackson, Eli Wallach, Robert Wahlberg, Carolyn
 McCormack, Adam Arkin and Kevin Conway.
     THE WAR is a production of Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D.C.,
 directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, written by Geoffrey C.
 Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, co-producers Peter Miller and David
 McMahon, episode editors, Paul Barnes, Erik Ewers and Tricia Reidy,
 cinematography Buddy Squires and narrated by Keith David.
     Corporate funding is provided by General Motors and Anheuser-Busch.
 Major funding is provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc.; Public Broadcasting
 Service; National Endowment for the Humanities; the Corporation for Public
 Broadcasting; and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. Additional funding
 is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts; The Longaberger Foundation; and
 Park Foundation, Inc.
     For more information and photos go to pbs.org/pressroom.
     About PBS
     PBS is a private, non-profit media enterprise that serves the nation's
 354 public non-commercial television stations, reaching nearly 90 million
 people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse
 viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality
 documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most
 prestigious award competitions. PBS is the leading provider of educational
 materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational
 services. PBS's premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online
 (pbskids.org), continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning
 environments for children. More information about PBS is available at
 pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.
     Contact:  Dan Klores Communications
               Dave Donovan/Alex Dudley/Cassin Donn/Brian Moriarty
               212.685.4300
 
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