'Ideas In Action with Jim Glassman' to Debut in February

Jan 12, 2010, 12:05 ET from Grace Creek Media

New Television Series from Grace Creek Media and The George W. Bush Institute Explores Impact of Ideas on Public Policy

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Andrew Walworth, president of the television and distribution company Grace Creek Media, announced today the launch of a new half-hour television series on ideas and their consequences, Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman.  Each edition of the new series, to be hosted by veteran journalist, scholar and diplomat Jim Glassman, will present a discussion of trends, conditions, and ideas at the heart of the important issues of the day.  

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"The premise of the program is that ideas that come out of the academy and research institutes can have profound impact on the real world," says Walworth, who will serve as executive producer of the program.   "We are interested in the nexus of theory and policy – or to put it another way, what happens when ideas are put into action?"

"Our goal is to explore how new ideas, research and technologies affect our world with a balanced panel of the best thinkers we can find," says Glassman. "For example, we've already taped programs on how new internet-based communications technologies are being harnessed by the opposition in Iran. We've looked at what the latest research on pay-for-performance for teachers might mean for public education. We're planning programs on global health, domestic economic policy, and the future of journalism, just to name a few of the topics we hope to address."

The series will be distributed weekly to public television stations and noncommercial cable stations nationwide. The project includes a website and other ancillary activities that will extend the reach of Ideas in Action beyond the television screen.  

The series is a co-production of Grace Creek Media and The George W. Bush Institute, the think tank that is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.   It will be taped in Washington, D.C. at the studio facilities of the Newseum, and on-location at the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Host Jim Glassman is well-known to PBS viewers as the host of the PBS series TechnoPolitics. Glassman's other television credits include hosting the series MoneyPolitics for WJLA (Washington DC's ABC affiliate) and Capital Gang Sunday for CNN. He is the former publisher of The New Republic, former President of The Atlantic Monthly Co., and former co-owner and editor of Roll Call, the newspaper about Capitol Hill. He was a weekly columnist for The Washington Post from 1993-2004 and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute from 1996 to 2008. He served as chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other taxpayer-funded broadcasting, and as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. In September 2009 he was named the founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, the think tank that is part of the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, which also includes a library and museum.

Andrew Walworth is Executive Producer.  He is founder and president of Grace Creek Media.  His recent production credits include the public television series Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg, Moneywise with Kelvin Boston, Closer To Truth with Robert Kuhn, and Follow the Money hosted by Gail Harris and Ray Suarez, as well as many series and documentaries for PBS and leading cable networks.

The series will be distributed by Executive Program Services.

ABOUT GRACE CREEK MEDIA

Grace Creek Media, Inc. (www.gracecreek.com) is an independent production and distribution company based in Annapolis, MD that specializes in the development, production and distribution of documentaries, series and educational television programming.  

THE GEORGE W. BUSH INSTITUTE

The George W. Bush Institute is an independent, nonpartisan think tank engaged in policy, research, and action guided by the principles of freedom, opportunity, responsibility, and compassion.  Working with philanthropic-minded individuals, social entrepreneurs, other non-profit private institutions, businesses, and international and domestic government agencies, the Bush Institute's goal is to transform ideas into action, producing results that can be tested, proven, and replicated in the real world.  

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