GENEALOGY ROADSHOW ARRIVES IN ST. LOUIS AUGUST 23-24

Season Two Filming of the PBS Series Gets Underway at Free-to-the-Public Event

 

WHAT:           On Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, PBS and the Nine Network of Public Media bring the series GENEALOGY ROADSHOW to St. Louis. The public is invited to attend this free event and watch as family mysteries of local residents (already preselected) are revealed on camera. Members of the public may also explore their personal histories with historical and genealogical societies that will be on-site for the weekend.

The taping will feature genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco as they reveal fascinating stories behind St. Louis area families. Attendees may interact with representatives from the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Genealogists.com, the Jefferson County Genealogical Society, the St. Louis African American History & Genealogy Society and Missouri History Museum, among others.

 “St. Louis is a natural fit for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW,” said executive producer Stuart Krasnow. “The city’s rich background and historical roots date back to its role as a midpoint for pioneers journeying to the west coast. Its current prominence as an entrepreneurial center has attracted many newcomers. And with an unsung but vibrant jazz and cultural history, and its central location in the U.S., St. Louis is very much a genealogical gateway for America.”

 “We are very pleased that GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is coming to St. Louis,” said Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche. “We’re particularly excited that people throughout our region will have the opportunity to participate in the show during the year that we celebrate the 250th birthday of St. Louis and our own 60th birthday.”

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers have cast a selection of St. Louis-area residents whose stories have been researched by a team of local genealogy, history and DNA experts, using family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. The individual stories that are uncovered will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of St. Louis, Missouri, and America.

 

WHEN:           Saturday, August 23 – Sunday, August 24 from 9:00am – 6:00pm (lines form at 8am)

 

WHERE:         Saturday, August 23                                       Sunday, August 24

                        Downtown Central Public Library                   Union Station, Grand Hall

                        1301 Olive St.                                                 1820 Market St.

                        St. Louis, MO 63103                                       St. Louis, MO 63103

 

Members of the public interested in attending the taping on either day

should visit nineNet.org/GenealogyRoadshow for specific details.

 

MEDIA:          Members of the media are welcome to attend tapings with advance registration. Media RSVPs are required; see contacts below. Interviews are available with producers and on-air talent, PBS and Nine Network executives and more. To RSVP and to schedule interviews, contact:

 

Nisa Kiang, Goodman Media, at PBSGR@goodmanmedia.com or 212-576-2700 or

                        Michae Godwin, PBS, at mmgodwin@pbs.org or 703-739-8483

 

The St. Louis episode will air on PBS and the Nine Network in 2015 as part of GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s second season. The other cities featured in season two include New Orleans and Philadelphia.

 

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a longtime television industry veteran, having worked for all of the country’s top broadcasters in news and entertainment, as well as at numerous cable networks as a creator and executive producer. The series is represented in the U.S. by Pat Quinn of Quinn Media Management and packaged with PBS by APA. The series is also executive produced by TV veteran Carlos Ortiz, who has produced hits for almost every major network on television. He brings 20 years of development and producing experience to the table and returns to PBS for his second season on the series.

 

THE GENEALOGY ROADSHOW has been a huge hit in Ireland, where national public broadcaster RTE commissioned this original format from producer Big Mountain Productions. 

 

About Big Mountain Productions

Big Mountain originated the Genealogy Roadshow format, and recently aired its second season in Ireland on RTE Television.  Run by husband-and-wife team Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern, who are former BBC/RTE executive producers, Big Mountain originates and produces television shows for national broadcasters, specializing in hybrid shows that combine great content and entertainment value, including The Tenements, Life in the Big House, Craftmaster, Living the Eviction and the music-mentoring show Jam. For more information: bigmountainproductions.com

 

About Krasnow Productions

Krasnow Productions is named for its founder and president, Stuart Krasnow, a 30-year veteran television producer. Under his banner, Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for broadcast and cable networks, including The Weakest Link, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Krasnow Productions also sold and produced Searching For…, one of the first original series to be produced for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.  Additionally, Krasnow Productions has sold and produced original projects for NBC, A&E, TBS, GSN, MTV, HGTV, E! and Fremantlemedia.

 

About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most-watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, nineNet.org and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.

 

About PBS

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