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Rebroadcast on PBS stations scheduled as a Lead Up to the ABTN One-Hour Election Special
“The New Deciders” broadcast on September 6, 2016
NEW YORK, NY (July 18, 2016) – In anticipation of the national broadcast of the one-hour 2016 election special, “The New Deciders,” which will air on local public TV stations nationwide September 6, PBS will rebroadcast programs with updated data from the original America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa (ABTN) series produced by The Futuro Media Group. Check local listings for dates and times for the ABTN rebroadcasts. America By The Numbers is the first national program to chronicle the demographic shift in the United States to a majority non-white nation.
The programs from the first ABTN series will be available for public TV rebroadcast beginning July 26, 2016, featuring the original documentary content, as well as new demographic and trend data, supporting graphics and narration. Additionally, the programs will include epilogues providing information on main characters from the six programs, updating what has transpired in their lives since the original broadcast in fall 2014.
“America is increasingly experiencing dramatic changes in its demographics, shifting the cultural landscape and deeply impacting how we look, vote, shop and live,” said ABTN Executive Producer and award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa. Hinojosa is also Executive Producer of NPR’s Peabody Award-winning weekly radio show, Latino USA, and President and Founder of the Futuro Media Group. “We are pleased to be able to update the demographic data and numbers of the first series as well as our storytelling, to support the ongoing national dialogue about race, identity, democracy and nationhood.”
In visually compelling programs anchored by Hinojosa, viewers will once again experience surprising numbers and gripping personal stories behind population change in America. The six programs to air from the first season of ABTN include:
Funding for the six America By The Numbers documentaries has been provided by the National Minority Consortia (NMC), which is composed of Latino Public Broadcasting, Center for Asian American Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications, Vision Maker Media, and the National Black Programming Consortium. The NMC has been a long-time supporter of America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, contributing to completion of the pilot program as well as the full series. NMC co-chairs, Sandie Viquez Pedlow and Stephen Gong have expressed their enthusiasm for broadcast of the ABTN programs saying, “We are thrilled that the updated America by the Numbers will be re-broadcast on PBS. Maria Hinojosa is a master journalist, and the perspective she provides through these programs makes for vital and compelling television.”
“The New Deciders” will air on pubic TV stations nationwide September 6, 2016 and is presented by WGBH TV for PBS. The ABTN election special “The New Deciders” will examine voters whose power and influence are growing and impacting the 2016 election. Funding for the one-hour special was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.
Futuro Media Group produces two other multi-media products focused on politics, including “HUMANIZING AMERICA,” video shorts that present the human stories behind the American electorate in vignettes about engaged voters, and “In The Thick” a podcast hosted by Maria Hinojosa featuring a wide variety of reporters and pundits, providing new voices and diverse points of view about the 2016 election and a changing America.
For more information, visit www.americabythenumbers.org.
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ABOUT the National Minority Consortia (NMC)
The National Minority Consortia (NMC) is comprised of five distinct and separate organizations—Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and Vision Maker Media. With primary funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the NMC has emerged as a leader in the field of diverse independent filmmaking and digital media and contributed to the nation’s appreciation of diverse cultures and storytelling. Over the past 30 years, the NMC has developed and provided production support to a wealth of diverse content for broadcast and new media for multi-platform distribution on PBS, and to schools and libraries. The NMC collaborates on national series and specials for public media and works with public television stations to launch community engagement initiatives. The organizations provide production training, professional development and mentorship for the advancement of producers of color. For more information, visit www.nmcmedia.org.
ABOUT PBS Election 2016
PBS Election 2016 is a year-long, cross-platform initiative that brings together PBS’ news, public affairs, documentary and digital programming to create a comprehensive look at the 2016 election cycle. Acclaimed series PBS NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE and WASHINGTON WEEK, as well as new and returning series and specials such as 16 FOR ’16 and AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, will cover breaking news, provide context for political issues and explore behind-the-scenes stories of the candidates and the election process. PBS Election 2016 also includes a partnership with NPR in which the two organizations will share information across broadcast, radio and digital platforms.
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