October 01, 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, D.C.--(Marketwire - October 1, 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.

        --  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
        --  Whit Higgins, Director of Development and Co-Productions,
            National Geographic Channel
        --  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, Sr. Vice President Acquisitions, Program
            Planning and Scheduling, Sundance Channel
        --  Allison Winshel , Senior Director, Primetime Programming, PBS
        --  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.
        In addition, the unique series, "True Stories: Life in the USA,"
        features American independent films for broadcast in up to
        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)