Participant Media unveiled today TakePart World, a year long,
multi-platform series dedicated to global development and the innovators
who are making a difference. TakePart World investigates the
myths and misconceptions people across the globe have about the
developing world. The series spotlights the faces and voices of those
driving progress towards a sustainable future for the world's poorest. TakePart
World is made possible with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates
The on-air program kicks off TONIGHT, July 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT,
on TakePart Live, Pivot's nightly news program. Tonight's episode
explores the topic of foreign aid and the question of "does helping
help?" Guests include Roger Ross-Williams, director of the film God
Loves Uganda, and Reverend Canon Albert Ogle, to discuss
benefits and problems associated with religious-based aid and other
types of "help" from the West.
The 10 dedicated TakePart World shows will focus on pertinent
themes and welcome guests who are making steadfast gains in the areas of
innovation and technology, agriculture and nutrition, health, disaster
relief, and economic development. In addition to the dedicated monthly
episodes, TakePart Live will regularly spotlight key individuals
and debut documentary shorts filmed on location in Rwanda, Uganda, and
Kenya for special TakePart World segments.
"TakePart World challenges long-standing misconceptions that the
problems faced in the developing world are insurmountable. Through the
series we're proud to give a broader plaform to the incredible people
effecting change, and to help their work go further," said Belisa
Balaban, EVP Original Programming at Pivot. "TakePart World
explores what's working, and offers ways to get involved and become a
part of impactful solutions," added Karina Kogan, EVP of TakePart.com.
The conversation continues online at TakePart.com/world
with in-depth articles, profiles of key individuals who are creating
historic changes in the developing world, and highlighting awe-inspiring
solutions to challenges, such as global poverty. Along with editorial
content, users will have the ability to take action on these important
issues through the Take Action Platform.
TakePart World is teaming up with top NGOs, including Global
Citizen, to promote petitions combating extreme poverty, and to
collaborate on reporting. Mashable will distribute select TakePart
World content to all of their digital audiences.
TakePart World community members will be able to participate in
the conversation not only by sharing content on social media, but by
helping producers and editors shape the coverage online and on-air. Two
community members will join TakePart World in New York in
September and have the opportunity to report from the Global Citizen
Festival in Central Park (featuring scheduled performers such as Jay-Z,
The Roots, Carrie Underwood, Fun and Tiesto).
About Participant Media
Participant (ParticipantMedia.com) is a global entertainment company
founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television,
publishing and digital content that inspires social change.
Participant's more than 55 films include Good Night, and Good Luck,
Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting
for 'Superman', The Help, Contagion and Lincoln.
Participant, uniquely, launches campaigns that bring together government
entities, foundations, schools, and others to raise awareness and drive
people to take action on issues from each film or television show. Pivot
(Pivot.tv), the company's television network, is available in 45 million
homes, serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of
talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and
documentaries. Participant's digital network, TakePart (TakePart.com),
is a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion, entertainment
and information about ways to get involved with the issues that shape
our lives. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital
network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain,
encourage and empower every individual to take action.
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