ST. LOUIS…GET READY TO FIND YOUR ANCESTORS, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW GEARS UP FOR SEASON 2
– Nine Network, Show Producers Seek Local Residents with Interesting Stories for National Broadcast–
St. LOUIS, MO; JUNE 5, 2014 – PBS and the Nine Network of Public Media announced today that GENEALOGY ROADSHOW, which first premiered nationally on PBS stations last fall, is seeking local participants to share their families’ stories for season two. Final participants will be part of an episode taping in St. Louis on August 22 and August 23.
Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers are looking for St. Louis-area residents with an interesting story who want to explore their family’s history. Chosen stories will be researched by a team of local experts and will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of St. Louis, Missouri, and America. Individuals with intriguing stories are encouraged to submit them online through the Nine Network website at nineNet.org/GenealogyRoadshow.
The city of St. Louis is known as “The Gateway to the West,” earning the nickname as the last stop before pioneers continued their journey across America to the west coast. Purchased from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase, St. Louis has always had a very important role in American history. St. Louis has deep roots in manufacturing and industry, and is now a central hub in bioscience, finance, healthcare, education and technology. The city has attracted significant groups of immigrants, dating back to the 1840s, giving the city deep pools of potential participants and stories.
The St. Louis episode, which will be filmed before a live audience, will air on PBS in 2015 as part of GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s second season. The filming location, airdate and a list of the other cities being featured in season two will be announced at a later date.
“St. Louis is a natural fit for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW. The city’s rich background and historical roots date back to its role as a key launching point for pioneers embarking on journeys to the west coast, and its current prominence as an entrepreneurial center has attracted many newcomers to the city,” said executive producer Stuart Krasnow. “We’re looking for a diverse mix of stories from locals who want to know more about their history.”
“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.”
After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery. St. Louis residents are invited and encouraged to submit their personal stories as GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will unearth family and community secrets, reveal notable relatives and discover unexpected stories that connect the past to the present. Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities’ – and the participants’ – histories.
GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a long-time 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 mega hits for almost every major network on television. He brings twenty 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.
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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.
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