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WTTW Press Room

For Immediate Release
August 30, 2007, 2007

CHICAGO'S WTTW NATIONAL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS AN HISTORIC PBS SPECIAL

David Broza at Masada: The Sunrise Concert with Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin

One-hour special shot on the ancient fortress of Masada in Southern Israel will air on PBS Stations nationwide this December (check local listings)

Chicago –- August 30, 2007 -- Chicago-based WTTW National Productions, a division of Window to the World Communications, Inc. and home of Chicago's primary public television station WTTW11, and co-producer The Angel Group (London) is proud to present David Broza at Masada: The Sunrise Concert with Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin, a breathtaking one-hour PBS television event to air nationally in December 2007 (check local listings).

International composer, guitarist and singer David Broza is joined by legendary rocker Jackson Browne and Grammy winner Shawn Colvin. Broza begins the special from the Northern Palace with spectacular aerial footage that unveils the poetic beauty of Israel's landscape and concludes with the sun rising over the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea.

"The passionate force of David Broza's music – coupled with a spectacular sunrise illuminating one of the most spiritual and ancient places in the world -- is indescribable. It was not only an historic technical fete, but the high-definition footage and surround sound captured every detail of this beautiful television event," said WTTWN Executive Producer Nicolette Ferri.

Because high definition equipment was not obtainable in Israel, cameras, lighting, and sound components were flown in from the UK and other parts of the world. The 60-man crew, gathered from Chicago, Australia, the United Kingdom and Tel Aviv. The team erected state-of-the-art master control studios on the top and at the base of the fortress. Internationally respected Julia Knowles directed the production. Shot with 10 high-definition cameras and mixed Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound, this special featured material spanning Broza's distinguished 30-year career. In addition to Browne and Colvin, Palestinian artist Ebrahim Eid joined Broza to perform his international hit "In My Heart." The two were accompanied by the Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam Israeli-Palestinian School Choir.

David Broza at Masada: The Sunrise Concert with Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin will air nationwide as a PBS pledge special in December 2007. For further information, please visit www.wttw.com/davidbroza .

Israeli composer, guitarist and singer David Broza has garnered 16 gold, platinum and multi-platinum releases. He transcends national and artistic boundaries by singing in English, Hebrew, and Spanish. With his flamenco-tinged, folk-rock melodies and keen talent for breathing musical life into snippets of poetry, Broza commands and captivates his audience's heart, mind and soul. Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and political activist Jackson Browne has written and performed many iconic hit songs, including "Doctor My Eyes," "Take it Easy" (with the Eagles' Glenn Frey), "The Pretender," "These Eyes," "Here Come Those Tears Again," "Running on Empty," and numerous others. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Multiple Grammy winner Shawn Colvin has been working steadily on the music scene since the late 1970s, collaborating with Suzanne Vega, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bruce Hornsby, and others. Her breakthrough success came with her Grammy-winning album A Few Small Repairs in 1996. She released her most recent CD, These Four Walls, last year.

Executive Producer Nicolette Ferri is a producer for WTTWN in Chicago, and also serves as Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed music performance show Soundstage, which airs nationally on PBS.

Julia Knowles (Director) has directed numerous concert specials and award shows, including Great Performances: Loreena McKennitt – Nights from the Alhambra; The Nobel Peace Prize Concert (2003, 2005 and 2006); The Secret Policeman's Ball – The Ball in the Hall; Destiny's Child – Live in Atlanta; Christina Aguilera – Stripped Live in the UK; R.E.M. – Perfect Square; the MTV Europe Music Awards, Top of the Pops Awards, and MOBO Awards; and many others.

David Broza at Masada: The Sunrise Concert with Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin has been generously sponsored in part by HoMedics, Inc., The Jewish Agency, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Ikea Israel (Matthew Bronfman), Israel Discount Bank, Ltd., Hannan & Lisa Lis, and Michael Steinhardt.

WTTW National Productions is a premier producer and presenter of original, high-quality television programs for both public and commercial television broadcast. WTTW National Productions is a division of Window to the World Communications, Inc., the parent company of WTTW11 Chicago, the nation's most-watched public television station. For more than 50 years, WTTW11 and WTTW National Productions have introduced a wide array of ground-breaking television programming – reflecting the world's rich and diverse arts and entertainment scene as well as education, politics, public affairs, business, and religion – to a national audience. Its landmark innovative series and original productions include the critically-acclaimed performance showcases Soundstage and Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis; Grannies on Safari; CEO Exchange; and MEXICO--One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless. WordWorld is the first of four children's properties to come from the Ready to Learn Partnership, a creative consortium that includes WTTW National Productions and Word World, LLC. For more information, visit www.wttw.com/national .

The Angel Group is a dynamic and influential leader in urban development and accommodation provision across the UK and Worldwide. Established over a decade ago and with its headquarters in London and offices throughout the UK and Europe, the Angel Group's diverse portfolio includes residential housing schemes, retail-related investment projects, commercial offices, hotels, training centers and leisure developments. Managing Director Julia Davey was instrumental in helping to make this project a reality.

Contact:
Joanie Bayhack
WTTW
(773) 509-5431

WTTW11 Contact
Julia Maish
WTTW11
(773) 509-5551

 
       
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