SOURCE: ITVS

May 12, 2008 14:05 ET

ITVS Announces Agreement to Acquire Brett Morgen's "CHICAGO 10" From Participant Media and River Road Entertainment to Headline New Season of "Independent Lens" on PBS

Film Explores the Buildup to and Unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial After the 1968 Democratic Convention

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today that it has reached an agreement with Participant Media and River Road Entertainment to acquire the U.S. television broadcast rights for "CHICAGO 10" for the new season of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens." The film was theatrically released earlier this year by Roadside Attractions.

"'CHICAGO 10' is a perfect match for 'Independent Lens,'" said series producer Lois Vossen. "Brett Morgen's innovative film is part documentary, part historical drama, part animation and completely compelling -- this film is aimed directly at the younger, more diverse audience that we continue to bring to PBS."

Written and directed by Brett Morgen ("The Kid Stays in the Picture"), "CHICAGO 10" presents contemporary history with a forced perspective, mixing bold and original animation with extraordinary archival footage and an explosive soundtrack that explores the buildup to and unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. With animated representations of all the key figures of the trial voiced by top independent film talent (Hank Azaria, Mark Ruffalo, Dylan Baker, Jeffrey Wright, Liev Schreiber, Nick Nolte and the late Roy Scheider), "CHICAGO 10" brings the events of 1968 to a new generation of audiences.

"Some may believe that the events of 1968 are ancient history, but in this election year, with a hotly contested race and millions of young voters participating for the first time, this story has never been more relevant," added Vossen.

In addition to selecting the title for "Independent Lens's" season premiere, ITVS is pulling out all the stops to support "CHICAGO 10" with its groundbreaking screening program Community Cinema and its election-year civic engagement campaign Vote Democracy! Through these initiatives, ITVS and its partners will produce more than 60 community outreach screenings around the country during the month of September, leading up to the series launch. The community outreach screenings will include panel discussions and guest speakers and will provide a valuable context for understanding the film's impact as well as an opportunity for audiences to participate in the conversation.

"I'm thrilled that 'CHICAGO 10' will be airing on PBS," said director Brett Morgen. "The opportunity to be a part of the 'Independent Lens' series and all that it brings is truly fantastic."

The acquisition of "CHICAGO 10" for the 2008-2009 season of "Independent Lens" builds on an already strong record of bringing acclaimed festival films and box office hits to PBS. ITVS plans to announce the rest of "Independent Lens's" new season lineup at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles this July. "CHICAGO 10" was produced by Brett Morgen and Graydon Carter. The executive producers were Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Peter Schlessel, William Pohlad, Laura Bickford and Ricky Strauss.

More information about ITVS can be obtained by visiting www.itvs.org. ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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