TELEVISION PROJECTS IN
HOME LIVING Series Coming Soon
New Home Design and Lifestyle Series
Integrates Fine Living with a "Green" Sensibility
For most Americans, home is the place
to be right now. Whether they live in a city apartment or a suburban
development, on the farm or in a mountainside cabin, Americans want the
where they spend most of
their lives -- to be a
natural and healthy refuge for their families.
and health concerns continue to become more urgent and universal,
Natural Home Living says: Here's what you -- one person,
one household, one neighborhood -- can do to live
conscientiously. Right now. Today.
Living shows that there are hundreds of ways to go green. No effort
is too small -- or too big.
The series is now in
development for a 2010 premiere.
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PEOPLE & THE PRESS Documentary Series in Development
History and Impact of the American Newspaper Is Focus of Four-Part Program
Since the first rabble-rousing newspapers
shot from single-sheet presses in the colonies, American newspapers have
evolved into one of the nation’s most enduring and
Enshrined in the
Constitution, the “Fourth Estate” has reflected – and profoundly
influenced – government and its citizenry, commerce and culture for 250
preeminence is quickly eroding as newspapers undergo wrenching change
due to the proliferation of digital media platforms and changing
lifestyles. What does this mean for the future of American democracy, of
marketing, and the nature of the information we receive?
The story of the press in America is,
in all its manifestations, the story of America – her people, her
spirit and her dream.
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the Facts behind THE MYSTERY OF BREAST CANCER
Investigation into Reasons for a Worldwide Epidemic
Something about our modern lifestyle --we don't yet
know what -- is driving breast
cancer risk ever higher. Science and modern
medicine have determined the causes for most types of cancer. Yet, despite
advances in our knowledge of such things as the human genome and cellular
biology, the root cause of the worldwide epidemic of breast cancer remains
a profound mystery. We set off in search of an answer with leading
international cancer experts and scientists in this one-hour documentary for broadcast on public television.
Hurricane Voices, a Massachusetts-based breast cancer foundation, is the
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THE MYSTERY OF BREAST CANCER
RECENT TELEVISION PROJECTS
THE LAND: The Story of Connecticut Agriculture
New Documentary Depicts Cultural and
Economic Impact of Farming in the State
farmers in 1912.
Connecticut's rich agricultural
tradition dates to its earliest settlement. From the first days of subsistence farming through its development into an economic mainstay,
Connecticut farmers and the farming way of life helped to build the
state, give sustenance to millions, and provide state residents with a
special sense of place.
nearly everyone in Connecticut lived on or next to a farm, today there
are fewer than 4,000 farms remaining in the state with about 20,000
people working in agriculture. The continuing loss of farmland to
development is a worrisome trend; In the last five years Connecticut lost the highest percentage of its farmland to
development than any other state.
Yet agriculture still generates more
than $2.1 billion for the state economy. There are still successful egg,
dairy, vegetable, fruit and tobacco farms in Connecticut, some farmed by
the same family going back generations. Today's farmer, from small-scale
proprietor to multi-million dollar operator, is finding new ways to
grow, harvest, make and sell an increasingly diverse number of farm
products. These include flowers, mushrooms, organic produce, gourmet
vegetables, wine, cheese, grass-fed lamb and beef. With a highly
affluent population and easy access to New York and Boston, Connecticut
farmers have the opportunity to develop and serve a huge consumer base.
Another bright spot is the growth of agricultural
tourism to wineries, pick-your-own farms and farmers markets.
WORKING THE LAND, a
documentary from SimonPure Productions, tells the compelling story
of state agriculture -- from its proud history to its present-day
diversity. The program also explores current trends affecting
state agriculture and the critical public policy decisions that help
shape its future -- and the landscape of the state.
WORKING THE LAND
REAL BOB STEELE Premieres on Connecticut Public TV
of Listeners Came to Know Longtime Radio
Broadcaster over 65 years
For more than 65 years radio
broadcaster Bob Steele brightened the mornings of Connecticut listeners.
This October, on the anniversary of his first on-air shift at WTIC-AM,
Connecticut Public Television premiered THE REAL BOB STEELE:
CONNECTICUT'S RADIO LEGEND, a new half-hour biography of the legendary
Connecticut radio broadcaster produced by SimonPure Productions.
In his heyday, which spanned
several generations of listeners, he hosted the most-listened-to morning
radio show in the U.S. with an audience that reached 500,000 people a
day. From school closings, news and sports, to "the word for the
day," Steele's warm baritone and witty persona were the reason why
his program became the longest-running radio show in the U.S.
THE REAL BOB STEELE traces the
life and career of this radio legend. Previously unseen pictures and
footage of Steele, contributed by his family, complete this unique
Steele In 1936, his first year on the air at WTIC AM
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REAL BOB STEELE: CONNECTICUT'S RADIO LEGEND
|THE MARK OF UNCAS Tells Story of Controversial
HDTV Documentary Profiles 17th
Century Sachem Who Welcomed English Settlers
THE MARK OF
UNCAS, an HDTV documentary produced by SimonPure Productions, has
won an Emmy Award for programming excellence. The Emmy was awarded by the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts
and Sciences at the annual awards dinner in Boston.
program tells the story of the life and legacy of Uncas, the 17th-Century sachem of
the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. The name Uncas is recognized worldwide from
James Fenimore Cooper's
classic 1826 novel “The Last of the Mohicans” and the numerous movies
based on the book.
Used by Cooper as the namesake for his fictional
character, the real Uncas
has left a complex legacy. His most fateful decision was to form an alliance with the early English settlers,
which forever changed the
political balance of power in Southern New England.
place at historic sites in and near Uncasville, Connecticut, and
Banbury, England. THE MARK OF UNCAS is narrated by Inuit actor and
artist Eric Schweig, who played the fictional Uncas in the 1992 version of "The
Last of the Mohicans." Also appearing is American Indian activist and
actor Russell Means, who played Uncas' father in that movie. Widely
published Abenaki writer and storyteller Joe Bruchac is among the native
American scholars and historians who offer their expert commentary. The
documentary is available in HDTV 16:9 wide-screen
format and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
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MOODUS & EAST HADDAM FEATURES
Old Moodus Center
Detailed in Online Series
A Sad Tale of a Renewal Project Gone
Wrong and Its Effect on a Small Town
It was called "the most important
decision that East Haddam has made in its 200-year history." The 1967 town
vote to accept a federal urban renewal project indeed led to radical change for this rural
Connecticut town. "Legacy of 'Progress' Gone Sour" details the history of the
ill-advised project. Originally published in The Old Lyme Gazette, the 1982 series
garnered a Champion Media Award for Economic Reporting. It is being republished here, with
photos of long-gone local landmarks.
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Look at When Moodus Was Connecticut's Vacationland
Photos, Brochures and Memorabilia from the Golden Age of
In the nineteen
East Haddam village of Moodus was the site for dozens
of Catskills-like resorts. Now being posted online is a collection of
historic photos and brochures featuring many of the resorts that for a
time made Moodus the leading resort destination in Connecticut.
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OLD RESORTS OF MOODUS
|How the Mills
Made Moodus the
"Twine Capital of America"
Back in the Day, Netting and Cotton
Duck Provided Work and Built Fortunes
Excerpts from the definitive history
of the cotton twine industry in Moodus, CT are now on SimonPure Web. Mills
Along the River by Bruce Sievers tells the story of the men and women of Moodus who
built the mills and invented the machines that gave employment to hundreds
and made Moodus the "Twine Capital of America."
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Day When East
Haddam's Swing Bridge First Swung
Residents and Dignitaries Flocked to
the CT River Bridge on Opening Day
On Flag Day, June 14th, 1913,
East Haddam residents thrilled to the opening of the swing bridge
connecting East Haddam and Haddam. It was a major breakthrough in
transportation for area residents. As part of the hoopla surrounding the
opening day, the Bridge Commission produced a souvenir booklet, with much
history, photos and local ads. See it now on SimonPure Web.
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