Miami, FL—Iconic songs will be heard like never before – with inventive, energetic and distinctively Latin twists – when WPBT2, South Florida PBS, premieres UNITY – THE LATIN TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 9:00pm. Legendary percussionist Sheila E. hosts the concert special, which features 10 of Jackson’s greatest hits interpreted by award-winning Latin artists and a 37-piece orchestra, and kicks off the fifth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Miami, FL—As billions of people interact with digital technologies every single day, many struggle to balance real life obligations with the increasing demands of constant connectivity. TechVersify, a new online original series from WPBT2/PBS and Two Parrot Productions, premiering on WPBT2’s uVu Network on September 17th, aims to educate viewers in the art of using technology for maximum personal and professional benefit.
Miami, FL—WPBT2 is proud to announce that the Changing Seas episode “Galapagos: Windows into the Future” has been named an outstanding finalist in the Broadcast TV Program category for the 2015 Monaco BLUE Film Festival. The film also received an Honorable Mention in the Shorts category. The winners of each category and the Best of Festival will be announced at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival's BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony and Gala at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco on November 9, 2015.
Miami, FL—Due to the great success and rising demand for more resources from KidVision VPK users, KidVision VPK announces the expansion of its online professional development program for pre-school teachers to include younger children, titled KidVision 1-2-3. KidVision Teachers Association members will now have access to lesson plans and student assessments built around our Virtual Field Trips for ages 18-24 months, 2-year olds, 3-year olds and 4- year olds.
Miami, FL— WPBT2 will premiere the documentary Exotic Invaders: Pythons in the Everglades directed and produced by former Miami Herald reporter, Oscar Corral on Wednesday, August 26th at 8:00 pm.
Exotic Invaders: Pythons in the Everglades, produced by Explica Media, tells the story of a fragile, treasured ecosystem under attack by an apex predator that doesn’t belong. The documentary follows hunters who risk everything for glory, trappers and dealers searching for riches, scientists scraping by with little funding, and policymakers unsure of how to proceed. See the Everglades like it has never been seen before on film: exciting, therapeutic, dangerous, beautiful, fragile and beleaguered.
Miami, FL— WPBT2, PBS celebrated its 60th anniversary on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in its studios in North Miami Beach with guests which included WPBT2 Board Members, supporters, sponsors, members and staff. The celebration consisted of cake, champagne and a trip down memory lane.
The event included a behind-the-scenes tour of the station’s operations as well as short presentations by: Dolores Sukhdeo, President and CEO, who shared highlights of WPBT2’s history and a glimpse of WPBT2’s future; Max Duke, Vice President of Content and Community Partnerships, spoke about exciting local WPBT2 programs currently in production; and Armando Rodriguez, the Vice President of Development, shared a message of gratitude with everyone present for making WPBT2’s mission of providing commercial free broadcasting in our community by providing millions of hours of public television programming for all ages and all audiences a reality.
Miami, FL— WPBT2 will premiere the documentary MIAMI BEACH: 100 Years of Making Waves on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9PM. Produced and directed by Emmy winner Robyn Symon and hosted by author and adventurer, Charles J. Kropke, this documentary traces the colorful history of Miami Beach.
What started out largely as swampland is today one of the hottest destinations in the world. From explorers to land barons, gangsters, fashion models and celebrities, this little seaside jewel with its signature Art Deco backdrop, has weathered many waves of change. MIAMI BEACH: 100 Years of Making Waves seamlessly weaves rare historical footage and interviews with acclaimed local historians, Art Deco preservationists, politicians and civic leaders who guide viewers through the many booms and busts during the city’s colorful 100 year history.
South Florida – Committed to excellence in programming and extensive local and regional service, South Florida’s leading public broadcast stations have agreed to merge. The joint announcement was made today by Laurie Silvers, Chair, WPBT Board of Directors, and James Patterson, Vice Chairman, WXEL Board of Trustees.
The merger brings together the strengths of WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast. The new entity, to be known as SOUTH FLORIDA PBS, will be Florida’s largest public media company and a powerhouse public broadcasting service, reaching from Key West in the south to the Sebastian Inlet in the north, and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee.
South Florida PBS will be well positioned to blend existing, outstanding programming from PBS with new and original programming relevant to the diverse local communities of the region on a scale beyond what has been available to date.
Miami, FL– WPBT2’s Emmy award-winning original series, Changing Seas, premieres on Wednesday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2, with two brand new episodes back to back. Two additional new episodes will air the following Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00pm.
In its 7th season, Changing Seas is more impactful and breathtaking than ever before. All four- stunning episodes will leave viewers astonished by the beauty of the ocean and with a sense of responsibility to help preserve its natural wonders. Discover what happens to baby sea turtles once they swim out to sea, learn about marine life artist and scientist Dr. Guy Harvey’s research on Grand Cayman’s famously tame stingrays, get hooked on billfish in the Central Pacific, and expect the unexpected when it comes to the secret sex life of fish.
Miami, FL– The student filmed and produced documentary, South Florida’s Rising Seas: Impact, about South Florida’s future environmental challenges related to sea level rise will premiere on June 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. on WPBT2.
The documentary is a compilation of stories that were produced by 33 video production students at Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and initially released as a 10-part web series on WPBT2’s YouTube site. Parts of these web-series will appear in a half-hour documentary produced and edited by Abel Fernandez, a senior in FIU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The documentary’s first-person narratives take the viewers through the Everglades, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale beach and finally, the Keys, where community leaders describe themselves as “the canary in the coal mine” of sea level rise. Viewers will also hear concerns of engineers, civic leaders, real estate and sustainability professionals and environmental advocates.
Miami, FL– THE ITALIAN AMERICANS, a two-part, four-hour documentary chronicling the journey of Italian immigrants from the late 19th century wave of immigration to today- will air on WPBT2 Sunday, May 31 at 2pm. The series, written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, explores the evolution of Italian Americans from from “outsiders” once viewed with suspicion and mistrust to some of the most prominent leaders of business, politics and the arts today.
Watch video: http://video.wpbt2.org/video/2365416147/
Miami, FL- WPBT2 is proud to announce two special prizes for filmmakers to be presented at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF), celebrating its 10th year in Miami Beach on June 2-7, 2015. WPBT2 will partner with the festival in its mission to celebrate and present the very best in cinematic work of female filmmakers.
Miami, FL- On May 14, 2015 at 8pm, WPBT2 will air Piano Under the Stars with Enrique Chia at Vizcaya, filmed live before an audience featuring the elegance and style of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Piano Under the Stars at Vizcaya with Enrique Chia, delights viewers with a mosaic of internationally beloved songs such as La Vie en Rose, O Sole Mio, It’s Impossible and Cuban classics such as Granada, Frenesi, Quien Sera and Noche Azul.