SOURCE: Open Student Television Network

November 16, 2006 09:51 ET

Harvard-Radcliffe Television Premiers on OSTN

HRTV Shows On Air, Includes Steamy Soap "Ivory Tower," Now Delivered to Millions Globally

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 16, 2006 -- Harvard-Radcliffe Television (HRTV), the student-run television organization of Harvard University, today announced its distribution partnership with Open Student Television Network (OSTN), the only 24-hour, 7-day global channel devoted exclusively to student-produced programming. HRTV's programming now will be delivered to more than 34 million viewers in 36 countries.

HRTV, launched in 1992, produces a variety of programming, including the oldest- and longest-running college soap opera, "Ivory Tower." More than 15,000 viewers watch each episode, according to tracking software, and many are from outside the United States.

Other programming includes an investigative news program, "Crimson Edition," and a dating show, "Crimson Hookup." A popular new show this year, "Respectably French," was created by sophomores Ho Tuan and Nick Krasney, with a "Monty Python" style. According to Lori Hammer, HRTV President, this show is an example of HRTV's drive to add more mature and diversified content, as opposed to earlier years when it featured only a news show and a drama.

"Harvard-Radcliffe Television is excited to be a part of OSTN," said Hammer. "The goals of the network really impressed the club and we're looking forward to working with OSTN in the future."

One program that appeals to both college and general audiences is "Talk to Me," a variety talk show featuring important campus officials and celebrities. HRTV also features a variety of clips submitted by Harvard student groups ranging from formal performances to just-for-fun skits such as "Student Groups," produced by groups like the Immediate Gratification Players.

"We're going to bust out of the scene in a way that makes H-Bomb look tame," said Vice-President of HRTV Michael C. Koenigs, '09.

HRTV's programming joins OSTN's lineup, which includes morning talk shows like "Good Morning Emerson" from ECTV at Emerson College, student films from Yale University, to animations from the Film/Video/DVD (FVD) Department at Duke University, to news shows like "Front and Center" from University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

"OSTN is committed to offering the very best in student-produced programming," said Prashant Chopra, OSTN Chief Executive Officer. "HRTV's quality lineup attracts a variety of audiences on and off campus. This is the kind of quality content that makes OSTN the minor league of Hollywood."

About OSTN:

Open Student Television Network (OSTN) is the only 24/7 global channel exclusively devoted to student-produced programming. Visit www.ostn.tv.

OSTN uses the Abilene network managed by Internet2 (I2) in North America, the GEANT2 Network managed by DANTE in the European Union, and ORION in Canada to deliver OSTN to more than 34 million users at 3,778 university member campuses and 36 countries in North America and Europe. The channel can be viewed on both televisions and personal computers.

About Harvard-Radcliffe Television:

Harvard-Radcliffe Television (HRTV), now in its 14th year, is a student-run organization dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to make their own television programs and films. HRTV alumni work on a variety popular shows and networks including ABC, NBC, MTV, and Comedy Central. Visit www.hrtv.org.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Lori Hammer
    HRTV President
    lhammer@fas.harvard.edu

    Joann Rasmussen
    APR
    Manager of Communications
    CampusEAI Consortium
    216-589-9626 X207

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