September 11, 2007 14:45 ET

PBS Series, "Independent Lens" Wins First Primetime Emmy

"A LION IN THE HOUSE," an Inspiring Documentary About Childhood Cancer Wins "Special Merit in Nonfiction Programming"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - The Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today that its acclaimed anthology series "Independent Lens," which airs Tuesday nights at 10:00 P.M. on PBS, has won its first national primetime Emmy award. The "Independent Lens" two-part special presentation of "A LION IN THE HOUSE," which follows six years in the lives of five families fighting childhood cancer, was awarded an Emmy for "Special Merit in Nonfiction Programming."

"'LION IN THE HOUSE' has touched the hearts of D.C. politicos and TV industry moguls alike. We are very honored that the Academy has recognized this groundbreaking film about the pervasive realities of childhood cancer with a primetime Emmy Award," said Series Producer, Lois Vossen.

"It's great to receive an award, but what is most important to us is how the families in the film reached out around the world to other families with cancer. That is a real testament to their generosity of spirit," said filmmaker Steven Bognar. "It's also wonderful that a little film from Ohio could reach so many people on a national level. Our partnership with ITVS worked really well and together we made a great team."

"Your child has cancer." These four words changed five families forever, and viewers embark on an epic journey with them in "A LION IN THE HOUSE." From the trauma of diagnosis to the physical toll of treatment, from the stresses that can tear a family apart to the courage of children who face the possibility of death with honesty and humor, and dignity, "A LION IN THE HOUSE" is an unprecedented portrait of this life-altering experience. As the film compresses six years into a two-part, four-hour narrative event, it puts viewers in the shoes of parents, physicians, nurses, siblings, grandparents and social workers as they struggle to defeat an indiscriminate and predatory disease.

"A LION IN THE HOUSE" was accompanied by an extensive national community engagement and public education campaign. Conducted in partnership with such preeminent organizations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the American Cancer Society, the campaign worked to improve care and strengthen support systems for families fighting childhood cancer -- especially those who face socio-economic challenges. Hundreds of events, including policy briefings on Capitol Hill and dozens of presentations at professional conferences and community clinics made this PBS "Independent Lens" broadcast into an important national tool in the battle against pediatric cancer.

The primetime Emmy nomination builds on "Independent Lens'" prior Emmy wins in the "News and Documentary" category, "A LION'S TRAIL" (2006) for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming and "BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY" (2004) for Best Documentary.

Production and Funding Credits

"A LION IN THE HOUSE" is a co-production of Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Program for Media Artists, The Ohio Arts Council and The MacDowell Colony. "A LION IN THE HOUSE" is produced and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert. Executive producer for ITVS is Sally Jo Fifer.

About "Independent Lens"

"Independent Lens" is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing Tuesday nights at 10:00 PM on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. "Independent Lens" features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history. "Independent Lens" is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS, and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts. The series producer is Lois Vossen.

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