September 27, 2007 06:00 ET

ITVS International to Host a Special Media-Only Event at the National Press Club Launching the "Global Perspectives Project"

Informal Presentation and Conversations With Key Stakeholders in Ground-Breaking Two-Way Exchange Global Media Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - On Monday afternoon, October 1st, ITVS International will host a unique, media-only event at the National Press Club previewing the organization's newest international initiative. The Global Perspectives Project is a two-way pipeline bringing international documentary films to U.S. audiences and an outgoing series of U.S. documentaries to audiences around the world. In lieu of a press conference format, the event will be conducted as an informal media reception. The event will feature a brief presentation, followed by the opportunity for small group discussions or one-on-one interviews and conversations with the key stakeholders involved with the project.

WHO:   -- U.S. Ambassador James F. Collins, ITVS International advisory
          board chair
       -- Sally Fifer, President and CEO, ITVS
       -- Patricia S. Harrison, President and CEO, Corporation for Public
       -- Alina Romanowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for
          Professional and Cultural Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and
          Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
       -- Christian Vesper, Vice President Acquisitions, Program Planning
          and Scheduling, Sundance Channel
       -- Bridget Whalen, Executive Director Development, Co-Production and
          Acquisitions National Geographic Channel
       -- Various international and US independent filmmakers and their
          projects representing:
          Bolivia, Cuba, Egypt, France, Israel, Pakistan, Peru,
          South Africa, Tibet, the United States and others available
          for interviews via designated telephone lines

WHAT:     Special preview of ITVS International's Global Perspectives
          Project and opportunity for unique, informal access to key
          players. Refreshments will be provided.

WHERE:    National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th Street,
          NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

WHEN:     Monday, October 1, 2007 at 3 PM

WHY:      An exclusive preview of this global initiative which creates a
          new way for citizens of the world to engage in direct public
          diplomacy. ITVS International has funded 54 programs representing
          41 different countries. Beginning in October 2007 and continuing
          throughout the next year, nearly 40 programs will premiere to
          audiences across the United States. The project aims to support
          and broadcast an additional 50 programs by international
          producers through 2010. Out-going "True Stories: Life in the
          USA" series planned for total of 35-40 countries by 2010 if
          continued public funding is secured. More information about ITVS
          International and the Global Perspectives Project is available
          online at

For a full press release, please visit on Oct. 1st.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Randall Cole
    Senior Publicity Manager, ITVS
    Email Contact
    415-356-8383, ext. 254
    415-425-3050 (mobile)


    Dennis Palmieri
    Director of Communications, ITVS
    Email Contact
    415-356-8383, ext. 256
    415-902-1831 (mobile)