This American Life - Live!
Unique Cinema Experience Features Acclaimed Radio and Television Star, with Never-Before-Seen Stories, LIVE During a One-Time Only Event at Select Movie Theatres Nationwide â€“ May 1
THIS AMERICAN LIFE HOST IRA GLASS
PRESENTS LIVE EVENT ON THE BIG SCREEN
Unique Cinema Experience Features Acclaimed Radio and Television Star, with
Never-Before-Seen Stories, LIVE Q&A Session and More During
a One-Time Only Event at Select Movie Theatres Nationwide – May 1
New York, NY – April 7, 2008 – More than 20,000 fans of the popular public radio show This American Life voted to see host Ira Glass beamed in a live show via satellite into select movie theatres nationwide. This one-time only special event will feature an exclusive look at never-before-seen stories and outtakes from the second season of the show’s critically-acclaimed television series, an audience Q&A, a radio segment, and more. This American Life – Live! will originate at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of New York University and will be broadcast in high definition live to theatres nationwide on Thursday, May 1st at 8:00 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. CDT/6:00 p.m. MDT (time-delayed at 8:00 p.m. PDT).
Tickets for this special one-time-only in-theatre event are available at presenting theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of presenting theatre locations and prices please visit the website (theatres are subject to change).
Tickets for the Skirball Center performance in New York City went on sale on March 24th, and sold out in one day.
This American Life is amazing stories from real life – that happen to be true.
"We're always looking for a new way to do a great, fun event," says This American Life host Ira Glass. "And it's exciting to think we could do that event in hundreds of cities simultaneously. With popcorn. Usually our fans don't get to enjoy our show with popcorn."
Presented exclusively in select theatres by National CineMedia's (NCM) Fathom, in partnership with BY Experience and Chicago Public Radio, and in association with Public Radio International, This American Life – Live! features a rare opportunity for fans to interact with Glass via a question and answer session. Fans may email a question in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org and select questions will be answered live by Glass during the event.
Audiences will get the first look at select excerpts from the upcoming second season of This American Life on Showtime, premiering on the network on Sunday, May 4th at 10:00 p.m. PDT/EDT. "The stories in season two are funnier, more moving, and more confident," Glass said.
The idea for the cinema event is so new, that Glass wanted to gauge fans' interest through a survey. "We thought maybe a couple hundred people would fill it out," says Glass. "We looked at the survey results, and more than 20,000 people had told us they wanted to see the show in theatres. After that, we had to do the event."
This American Life – Live! appears on the big screen in high-definition with 5.1 Sound in more than 300 participating AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc., Georgia Theatre Company, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theatres and select performing arts center locations in the United States, including the Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA), Rose Theatre (Port Townsend, WA), State Theatre (Traverse City, MI) and the Strand Theatre (Rockland, ME) through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
"As fans of This American Life, NCM Fathom is excited to bring the host of this acclaimed series to audiences during this unique and exciting event live in their local movie theatre," says Dan Diamond, vice president of National CineMedia's Fathom. "NCM Fathom continues to bring events of all types – from public radio favorites like This American Life to anime, music concerts, children's programming, the Metropolitan Opera and more to fans across the country.This will be a fun night in theatres for everyone and we're honored to bring Ira Glass to the big screen through NCM Fathom."
This American Life debuted in 1995 as a weekly, hour-long radio program, produced by Chicago Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). Now heard by more than 1.7 million listeners weekly on more than 500 PRI affiliate stations nationwide, the program is one of the most popular podcasts in America. Primarily journalistic non-fiction, the show also features fiction, essays and field recordings. The show has won many major broadcasting awards including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2001, Time Magazine named Glass the "Best Radio Host in America."
"Through public radio, This American Life has created a vibrant and active community of listeners," says Alisa Miller, PRI president and chief executive officer. "PRI has always been impressed at how enthusiastically listeners respond when Ira visits stations and performs in communities across the country. We are so pleased to partner with This American Life to serve listeners and our stations in a new way by using National CineMedia's in-theatre digital network to engage, inspire and entertain."
In 2007, the television version of This American Life premiered on premium cable on the Showtime Network. Newsweek called it "a jewel of a TV series." The New York Times called it “beautifully done, an opulent and moving documentary of the highest order.” The Hollywood Reporter said it "makes the ordinary extraordinary." Season one of This American Life received three Emmy nominations and an International Documentary Association Award.
About Chicago Public Radio
Nationally recognized as home to some of radio’s most innovative programming and personalities, Chicago Public Radio offers nearly 500,000 weekly listeners a variety of programs—from news and public affairs to music and arts—that reflect the distinct and diverse community it serves. In addition to This American Life, the station brings its stories and talent to a wider audience with nationally-distributed programs Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and Sound Opinions as well as the Third Coast International Audio Festival and Chicago Matters series. More information at chicagopublicradio.org
About Public Radio International
Founded in 1983, Public Radio International leads media by producing, acquiring and distributing innovative content that enables U.S. audiences to "hear a different voice," bringing new voices, global journalism and cultural perspectives to the public airwaves. Through partnerships with BBC World Service and station-based and independent producers, the Minneapolis-based network provides over 400 hours of programming each week, content that is broadcast and streamed online by 827 PRI affiliates nationwide, whose radio broadcasts reach over 29 million listeners each week. Podcasts of PRI programs consistently rank in the top U.S. 100. For more information on PRI and its programs and services, visit www.pri.org.
About National CineMedia, LLC
NCM LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest theatre operators in the U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theatre operators. NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment programming content. NCM LLC’s national network includes over 15,250 screens of which over 13,200 are part of the Company’s Digital Content Network (DCN). NCM LLC’s DCN covers 169 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2007, approximately 542 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres owned by the NCM LLC founding members (excluding Loews). National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 44.8% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com .
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL® XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL® HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL® ON DEMAND. SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL®, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.
About the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, located at 566 LaGuardia Place off Washington Square South, provides a large-scale, professional performance space for university productions and events and live professional performances from around the world. The 860-seat theater opened in October 2003 and hosts the only major university-based professional multi-arts presenting program in Manhattan. The Skirball Center’s mission is to serve the NYU community while building young audiences for live performance by reaching out to them with a broad range of world-class, forward-thinking work at low ticket prices. For a complete listing of events happening at the Skirball Center, go to www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu .
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