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BRIC CELEBRATES THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BRIC TV

Aug 9, 2016 • 5:30 PM

BRIC is pleased to announce the fall 2016 programming of BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-centric cable channel and digital network, which marks the network’s one-year anniversary. The lineup includes returning favorites and vital new series, and encompasses important discourse about issues affecting the borough’s diverse communities, hyper-local news stories and documentaries, and adventurous scripted shows. In addition to introducing dozens of new short-form series, the success of BRIC TV’s first year, which saw 1.5 million digital views to-date and nine New York Emmy Awards nominations, underscores the appeal of what Executive Producer Aziz Isham describes as a “parallel universe” in television: a community media channel with the production values and editorial oversight of a major network, and the mission-driven content of a non-profit, community-media organization. New partnerships also mark major milestones for year one including the creation of short videos for WNYC’s “There Goes the Neighborhood" series and a co-production of election coverage with The Guardian hosted by BK Live host and BRIC TV producer, Brian Vines. This fall, BRIC is also pleased to be launching BRIC Radio, a new non-profit, Brooklyn-focused podcast network as a companion to BRIC TV. The fall season premieres on Monday, October 3.

Leslie G. Schultz, President of BRIC, said, “With programming that encourages civic engagement and conversation about timely issues, and programs that exemplify and showcase Brooklyn’s artistic renaissance, BRIC TV has become an important part of the media and cultural landscapes. BRIC TV gives voice to those most often ignored by mainstream media. We are so proud of what the BRIC TV producers have been able to accomplish this past year, and we look forward to serving and highlighting Brooklyn’s communities for many years to come.”

Aziz Isham, Executive Producer of BRIC TV, said, “BRIC TV is a prime example of the power and appeal of local non-profit television as an alternative to the continually consolidating mainstream. We have come a long way towards showing how a small, diverse team of producers and journalists can provide a unique perspective and make a big impact. And now, with the launch of BRIC Radio, we are expanding our ability to share ideas and reach audiences in a new and fresh way. As we reflect on the terrific work our team has produced over the past year, we are even more excited about sharing what we have in store for the new season.”

BRIC TV will offer new episodes of signature programs such as its daily news show, “BK Live”; its weekly showcase for Brooklyn short films, “BK Stories”; the “#BHeard Town Hall” series, which gathers politicians, activists, journalists and community members to discuss issues confronting Brooklyn residents; and filmmaker Caveh Zahedi’s acclaimed, self-referential scripted meta-series “The Show about the Show.” The programming also expands this fall to include an investigative news series, “BRIC TV Investigates,” and “Brooklynification,” a new scripted comedy about gentrification from filmmaker Keith Miller (Five Star), among other new offerings.

Among the new series premiering this fall are:

  • “BRIC TV Investigates”: BRIC TV brings investigative journalism back to community television, uncovering injustices and issues of inequality and access with cinematic shorts that are local in scope but national in impact.
  • “Brooklynifcation”: A scripted comedy about the complexities of gentrification in a changing Brooklyn neighborhood, directed by Keith Miller (Five Star, Welcome to Pine Hill), and produced by Christopher Poindexter (72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?)
  • “Actually, No”: A new series of mockumentary shorts that focuses on Brooklyn's most underrepresented characters—people who may or may not exist.
     
  • “Dad Day”: A new scripted comedy about what happens “when the place you grew up in ain’t the place you grew up in no more.” Dads Craig and James are from here, and they are determined to make sure James’ son Henry is raised like a real New York kid.
     
  • “Frameworks”: A new long-form film series that delves deep into a range of subject matter, going beyond the level of a slice-of-life portrait to bring the viewer on a journey as it unfolds.

Returning series include:

  • “The Show about the Show” (Mondays at 10pm): award-winning director Caveh Zahedi’s (The Sheik and I, Confessions of a Sex Addict) hilarious self-referential meta-series about a Brooklyn filmmaker trying to make a TV show. Co-starring Alex Karpovsky, Eléonore Hendricks, Dustin Defa and a who’s-who of artists from Brooklyn’s independent filmmaking community, the show tells the story of everything that can—and does—go wrong as Caveh tries to get a television series funded, produced and distributed.
  • “#BHeard Town Hall” (Seasonal special): BRIC TV hosts local politicians, activists, journalists and community members to unpack some of the most important—and most difficult— issues facing the borough. No topic is off-limits, and no viewpoint is ignored. The next Town Hall, on October 5, focuses on innovations around policing. On December 1, the subject will be school segregation.
  • “B-Side” (Thursdays at 8pm): A live, in-studio music series, featuring performances from emerging and established musicians. “B-Side” is open to the public; audiences are welcome to come sit in the studio and get lost in the sound. B-side will also be produced as a bi-weekly podcast under the BRIC Radio initiative.
  • “BK Live” (Mondays-Thursdays at noon): From compelling coverage of local issues to compellingly delicious local cocktails, BK Live enters its fourth season, bringing you the best in Brooklyn news, arts, events, sports, and more (like those cocktails). Live in our BRIC House studio, our eclectic team of hosts interviews a broad range of prominent and emerging players in the borough, and then we head out to bring you the stories that capture the energy and complexity of Brooklyn today.
     
  • “Brooklyn Made” (Mondays-Thursdays at noon): A spotlight for the makers, builders, designers and artists who are making Brooklyn one of the most creative places in the world. This daily series airs within episodes of “BK Live.”
  • “BK Stories” (Mondays at 1pm): A weekly showcase for short films from the borough’s best filmmakers. Subjects include the founder of a secret museum near the Navy Yard, an excommunicated Hasid adjusting to his new life and goats that patrol Prospect Park.
  • “Straight Up”: A Brooklyn-style spin on the classic reporter roundtable. Local journalists, hanging out a Bedford Hall bar, swap stories from the streets and give their take on news coverage or domestic and international events. Straight Up will also be produced as a bi-weekly podcast under the BRIC Radio initiative.

 

BRIC launched BRIC TV in 2005 as Brooklyn Independent Television (BIT), offering professionally produced programming for and about the borough. In October 2012, when BIT operations were based in temporary quarters in the Gowanus neighborhood, Hurricane Sandy hit and put all BIT programming on hold. In response, the channel decided to start covering personal and community stories and storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn, and initiated a live daily call-in show. In September 2013, the team moved into the newly renovated BRIC Arts | Media House, and soon after (March 2014) BRIC changed the programming lineup to include studio shows like “BK Live” and “B-Side,” plus “Straight Up” and a series of town hall community meetings on important social issues. BRIC TV officially launched in September 2015. Earlier this year, BRIC received 13 nominations for the 2016 New York Emmy Awards, including nine for BRIC TV.

BRIC TV airs live on Time Warner Cable 756, Cablevision 70, and Verizon 46; streams live at BRICartsmedia.org; and posts to YouTube daily.

BRIC Radio will be Brooklyn’s premiere non-profit podcasting network. It will produce free and accessible content, incubate emerging talent and present unique audio programming to Brooklyn and the world. The network will launch this October with a slate of five shows that continue BRIC’s dedication to diversity and to incubating media-makers. Most notable is the commission of a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Internet celebrity and Combat Jack show alum Dallas Penn, and a Caribbean news talk show with Brooklyn College Radio.  All BRIC Radio content will be available free of charge on BRIC’s web site and on a variety of podcasting platforms including SoundCloud, iTunes, Acast and Stitcher, and will be aired on BRIC TV cable channels.

About BRIC
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.  BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression.  This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity. 

Support for BRIC House

BRIC’s programs benefit from generous public funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Institute of Museum and Library Services; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Assembly Members James F. Brennan, Walter Mosley, Annette Robinson, and Jo Anne Simon; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, and New York City Council Members Inez Barron, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Rafael Espinal, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Darlene Mealy, Mark Treyger, and Jumaane Williams.
Additional private support is provided by American Express, Astoria Bank, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Bloomingdale’s, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Ford Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Laurence W. Levine Foundation, The New York Community Trust, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Oppenheim Family Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Organization, TD Bank, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as numerous individual supporters. BRIC’s media programs are made possible by generous funding from Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable.

Learn more at BRICartsmedia.org.

Press contact: Blake Zidell or Teresa Gonzalez at Blake Zidell & Associates:

718.643.9052, blake@blakezidell.com or teresa@blakezidell.com.
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