February 5, 2013 |
Longtime Public Broadcasting Service executive Andrew Russell is joining PBS SoCal as chief operating officer as the public television station ramps up its operations to better serve Southern California. Russell, who currently serves as PBS' senior vice president for strategy and research, has more than 18 years' experience with PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he helped shape PBS' prime-time schedule and developed the Ready-to-Learn service for pre-school children.
January 7, 2013 |
KCET announced that "SoCal Connected" will air a special episode Monday in memory of Huell Howser, the longtime host of KCET's "California's Gold," "Visiting With Huell Howser," "California's Golden Parks" and "California's Green. " Cameraman Luis Fuerte, who worked with Howser for most of his career, and producer Phil Noyes will share their memories along with author and historian D.J. Waldie. KCET executives Al Jerome and Mary Mazur are also scheduled to appear. The special airs at 5:30 p.m. and repeats at 10. ALSO: Huell Howser dies at 67 Huell Howser: Career in pictures Huell Howser: On "California's Gold," he was main attraction
December 20, 2012
The Broadway season has not been kind to David Mamet. The playwright has seen his new drama "The Anarchist" close after less than a month, and a highly touted revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross," starring Al Pacino, has earned unenthusiastic reviews. Finally, there was some good news for Mamet on Wednesday. The producers of "Glengarry" announced that the revival has recouped its reported initial investment of $3.3 million. It is the first Broadway production of the 2011-12 season to do so, they said.
December 18, 2012 |
Los Angeles brims with traditions this time of year, and every Christmas Eve for more than half a century, the city's many faiths have shared one stage. The annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, which started as a 12-hour neighborhood talent show, will showcase 23 local music and dance groups from cultures near and far during a three-hour concert that's free to all and is broadcast on TV, radio and the Web. "It's really become what you do in L.A. on Christmas Eve, even if you don't celebrate Christmas," said Adam Davis, managing director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which produces the program.
November 28, 2012 |
He was so good at talking to people on TV that "The Simpsons" gently mocked his folksy, aw-shucks demeanor. But now it looks as if Huell Howser intends to fade away without comment. Howser, the white-maned public TV host with the Southern accent who's famed for blurting out "That's amazing!" during interviews, has retired from making original episodes of his program "California's Gold," which travels around the state tracking down interesting people and places. The shows air on numerous statewide public TV stations, including KCET-TV Channel 28. Speculation that the 67-year-old Howser is seriously ill has been circulating among local TV industry veterans in recent weeks, and insiders reported that he has not been seen for months at his Los Angeles office.
November 5, 2012 |
Eight a.m. used to be crunch time for Madeleine Brand. She'd rise at 4:45, arrive each weekday at Pasadena radio station KPCC by 6, and be fully immersed in a frenzy of rewriting and editing during the critical last hour before 9, when "The Madeleine Brand Show" went live. But on this drizzly Wednesday morning, clad in sweats, a loose wool cardigan, red clogs and not a scrap of makeup, Brand, her hair pinned into a messy bun, relaxes at a local hipster cafe over an 8 a.m. coffee.