PBS Greenlights 'ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES' Hosted by Sir George Martin



    New Television Series from Wildheart Entertainment Launches Multi-Pronged
Project to Include Companion Web Site on pbs.org, CDs, DVDs, Books and More

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PBS in conjunction with
Wildheart Entertainment announced today the greenlighting of a major new
television series, ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES, an eight-hour
series that traces the history of recorded music and its impact on popular
culture. Featuring hundreds of artists from all genres of music, ON RECORD:
THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is slated to air nationally as a primetime series
in the Fall of 2010 on PBS; Sir George Martin, legendary producer of the
Beatles, will host. Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will
narrate.

    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080207/DC13588 )

    The television series and an extensive educational outreach initiative,
including the companion Web site on pbs.org, will be the centerpiece of an
ambitious multi-pronged project expected to include a companion CD box-set and
branded CD series, 12-hour DVD/home video series, accompanying books, a
multi-genre worldwide radio show and broadcasting through internet portals
globally.

    "ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES is a project intrinsically dear
to my heart and one that I have been developing with Wildheart Entertainment
for over five years," said Sir George Martin, legendary Beatles producer,
recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and producer of more than
50 number-one hit records. "I am just thrilled that PBS has joined us as our
primetime broadcaster. ON RECORD affords me the opportunity to work again with
so many of the artists I have worked with throughout my life and to tell a
story that has never been told in such a comprehensive way. Music is the only
common thread and universal language that binds us together, regardless of
race, nationality, age or income. And recorded music is how we experience it
and what makes it accessible."

    "I'm delighted to be a part of this remarkable, definitive series for
PBS," said Spacey. "ON RECORD illustrates how in a little more than a century
recording technology has moved from wax cylinders to digital downloads. These
extraordinary changes have come to define not only music, but who we are as
individuals and as a society."

    ON RECORD has been in development by Wildheart executives Maxim Langstaff
and Michele Langstaff with Sir George Martin for more than five years. Both
have been working with Sir George for more than a decade in conjunction with
the successful "Making of Sergeant Pepper" multi-media events, and both will
serve as creators and executive producers of ON RECORD. Also serving as
executive producer for the series is Phil Quartararo, former president of EMI
Music Marketing, founding president and CEO, Virgin Records, and president of
Warner Music. Emmy Award-winning Alan Benson (BBC, Walt Disney) is the series
director.

    "ON RECORD tells the story of how the most universal mass medium of the
20th century marked the emergence of pop culture worldwide," said project
visionary Maxim Langstaff, "how the competition between the urban middle class
and the rural working class came to define popular music and in so doing, made
possible the breakthrough of minority cultures into mainstream consciousness."

    ON RECORD will feature artists from all genres of music including pop,
jazz, classical, R&B, folk, rock and country. Told as a narrative tapestry
weaving the words of today's living legends with memorable musical moments,
landmark cultural events and inspiring inventions/innovations, ON RECORD will
consist of new interviews with top music icons and legends, historic archival
performances and never-before-seen footage exclusive to ON RECORD. Hundreds of
artists will be featured, including the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton,
Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Elton John, B.B.
King, Alison Krauss, Paul McCartney, Les Paul, Paul Simon, Louis Armstrong,
Miles Davis, the Carter Family, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Enrico Caruso,
Luciano Pavarotti, Muddy Waters, Stevie Wonder, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody
Guthrie, John Denver, Loretta Lynn, Buddy Holly, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger,
Jay-Z, the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and scores of
others. Their comments -- punctuated with their music -- illuminate and
reinforce the impact of the world's most pervasive mass entertainment medium.

    "So many of us carry in our heads a musical soundtrack that gives our
lives meaning and vibrancy," said John F. Wilson, Sr. Vice President & Chief
TV Programming Executive, PBS. "Music is such an important art form for
understanding our shared culture and history; this was a natural for PBS to
greenlight. We feel confident this project, supported with extensive
educational outreach, will be one of those monumental and long-lasting series
that PBS is so well known for."

    ON RECORD tells the story of how recorded music and its distribution and
consumption have transformed American life. The technology spawned radio,
movies, television and the Internet and gave birth to popular culture. In
little more than a century, recording technology moved from the first tin-foil
and wax cylinders to flat discs; from 78 to 33 and 45 rpm speeds; from the
acoustic horn to 128-track recording; from magnetic tape to digital downloads.
The series' educational outreach will provide teachers with a curriculum guide
and source materials to help students discover or reconnect with their history
and culture through the universal language of music.

    Recorded in HD and 5.1 surround sound, ON RECORD: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR
LIVES is produced by Wildheart Entertainment, L.P. Wildheart Entertainment
manages and produces artists, creative content and media products in film,
music, television, publishing and the Internet, and was created in response to
the changing landscape of entertainment and communications today.

    PBS is a media enterprise that serves 355 public noncommercial television
stations and reaches nearly 73 million people each week through on-air and
online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet,
PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and
consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a
leading provider of digital learning content for pre-K-12 educators, and
offers a broad array of other educational services. More information about PBS
is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the
Internet.






For further information:

For further information: Alisse Kingsley, Muse Media, +1-323-467-8508; 
alissethemuse@aol.com, www.wildheartgroup.com, for Wildheart Entertainment; 
or Carrie Johnson of PBS, +1-703-739-5129, cjohnson@pbs.org, 
www.pbs.org/pressroom Web Site: http://www.pbs.org

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