(I)nternview, a New Web Original Series, Debuts Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at www.cpbn.org

Release Date: 06/30/2009

A CPBN Media Lab Production

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 30, 2009) – Beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2009, the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Media Lab, a hands-on educational production unit staffed by students from regional colleges, will be showcasing (I)NTERVIEW, a Web Original series created exclusively by the CPBN Media Lab staff. The series features unexpected and revealing answers from some of Connecticut's most recognizable people—literally, names you know, stories you don't.

Notable interviews highlighted in the series include Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, WTNH-TV News Anchor Ann Nyberg and WFSB-TV Meteorologist Scot Haney. So far, the series’ guests have provided some lighthearted and personality-driven answers to questions about their lives that may be unrelated to their professions. In fact, when asked if he had a secret talent, Blumenthal replied, “No talent I have is secret anymore.” Ann Nyberg shared that she is an avid knitter, and Haney discussed his knack for gardening.

"(I)NTERVIEW is a great learning experience for our Lab staff,” said Paul Pfeffer, CPBN's manager of online content and executive producer for the series. "It is an opportunity for the staff to perform all the production tasks involved in creating an original show for the web—from producing, interviewing, shooting and editing.”

The interviews are shot in the CPBN Media Lab's Studio B at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network headquarters, located at 1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. Production equipment includes a Sony EX-3 camera, Sony UWP-V1 wireless microphone and a Bogen tripod. Post production is completed using Adobe CS4 and Final Cut Pro.

The (I)NTERVIEW series can be found online at www.cpbn.org, keyword: Interview.

About the CPBN Media Lab
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) Media Lab is a hands-on educational production unit. It is a service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR). Staff members include students from Central Connecticut State University, Syracuse University, DeSales University, Emerson College, Muhlenberg College, Boston University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Springfield College and Southern Connecticut State University. The CPBN Media Lab has produced multi-part web original series on metal bats in Little League baseball (Foul Play) the history, facts and the promise of young voters participating in the democratic process (Youth Vote) and the history and effects of political corruption in Connecticut (Corrupticut). Online features include profiles of the Newington Children's Theatre Company and the UConn Pep Band. The Media Lab recently completed a documentary airing on the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN) about four Connecticut based high school teams and their efforts in the FIRSTS robotics competition called RoboNation: CT FIRST.

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. It serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cpbn.org.

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