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Starts Today: New Yorker Festival 2011 Streaming Live on FORA.tv

Top online destination for conference and event videos to offer live broadcast viewing of the 2011 New Yorker Festival all weekend long

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events, today announced it will begin offering live and on demand viewing of select programs from the 2011 New Yorker Festival. Starting this Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:00pm EDT, audiences around the world can watch such luminaries as writer/comedian/actor Steve Martin; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; New Yorker Editor David Remnick; best-selling authors Jonathan Franzen and Joyce Carol Oates; New Yorker writers Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande, James Surowiecki and Dexter Filkins as well as many more distinguished performers, thinkers, politicians, artists and authors. Event passes to watch select Festival programs online are available for $99.95.

(A full list of all video programs is available at http://newyorker.fora.tv)

FORA.tv's New Yorker Festival offering enables viewers to watch select Festival programs live as they happen, or on demand after the Festival has ended.  Online viewers will be able to "design their own Festival" with a la carte purchasing options, and with FORA.tv's live stream toggle, viewers will be able to "change channels" between simultaneous live streams. Viewing options include free video highlights of select Festival sessions available on demand, $9.95 single program passes live or on demand, and a $99.95 event pass to all select Festival programs live or on demand.

"The New Yorker Festival brings together the brightest thinkers in politics, business, arts and culture for thought-provoking conversations with the magazine's top flight editors and writers," said Blaise Zerega, CEO of FORA.tv.  "The Festival is a cultural sensation in New York City and tickets sell out quickly. We're delighted to help make the Festival available to viewers across the country and around the globe, thus broadening its reach, extending its audience and greatly amplifying its impact."  

"We are pleased to partner with FORA.tv and are thrilled about the added dimension FORA.tv brings to the Festival," said Lisa Hughes, vice president and publisher of The New Yorker.  "The Festival is an exciting manifestation of The New Yorker's commitment to the world of ideas. We're excited to take the Festival beyond the shores of Manhattan and give a front row seat to a global audience that delights in stimulating speakers and compelling conversation."

About FORA.tv

FORA.tv is the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events.  With more than 10,000 free and fee-based videos, FORA.tv has the web's largest collection of programs that feature the people, issues, and ideas changing the world.  FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is funded by a select group of investors led by William R. Hearst III and is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

About The New Yorker

The New Yorker offers a signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs, and the arts, along with fiction, poetry, humor, and cartoons. Since 1925, The New Yorker has published long-form journalism and short commentary that has changed the world and the way we think about it. The New Yorker is the most honored magazine in publishing history. Among many other distinctions, it has won 54 National Magazine Awards, more than any other publication.

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