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FishbowlLA Set Visit: SoCal Connected

The views from the fifth and sixth floors of KCET’s glass-encased offices at The Pointe in Burbank are spectacular, offering panoramic vistas of next-door neighbors NBC LA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Forest Lawn in the southern distance and more. Another big difference from the station’s previous red-brick HQ on Sunset Boulevard is that employees are now ensconced in an open-cubicle set-up as sleek as that of a Madison Avenue ad agency.

But these are not the only reasons for the renewed sense of excitement at KCET. Thanks to the expansion of SoCal Connected to four nights a week, the addition of Madeleine Brand to the show’s talent ranks, a recent merger with San Francisco’s Link Media and the resulting imminent arrival of new chief strategy officer Paul Mason, this viewer-supported TV station is very clearly and boldly trying to re-invent the jettisoned PBS model.

SoCal Connected shoots two shows on Monday and another two on Wednesday, with a repeat broadcast Fridays. As FishbowlLA sat at the back of the control room yesterday watching the production of tonight’s November 29 broadcast, we were reminded of that scene in Broadcast News where William Hurt’s character shows nervous newbie Albert Brooks how to properly sit on a sports jacket. TV news is all about the smallest of details.

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Jonathan Alter’s LA Book Party

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On Friday the fanboy-worthy columnist/author Jonathan Alter had a party hosted by Arianna Huffington in Brentwood for his new book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One.”

Spotted in the crowd of notable LA literates were Waiting for Guffman‘s Catherine O’Hara, Star Trek‘s Evan English, host of SoCal Connected Val Zavala and author Sandra Tsing Loh.

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Commercial Television News Vs. Non-Profit

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So apparently the folks at SoCal Connected are as obsessed with the Annenberg USC Study of LA’s local news market as we are.

Host Val Zavala writes:

We here at SoCal Connected took the same subject areas and looked at ourselves. Government news — like the financial meltdown at L.A. City Hall — comprised more than a quarter of our content. Compare that to only 6% of local commercial newscasts. Out next biggest subject area was the economy and business. Check out the whole spectrum of our content vs theirs on the graph below.

Previously on FBLA: Annenberg Study: Local LA TV News Spends 2:10 Minutes on Teasers and 29 Seconds on Local Enconomy

SoCal Connected Buys FBLA Brunch

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We were going to list the shows that have yet to feed us a meal just prior to lunch. But it would be much easier just to mention the only one who has – SoCal Connected.

They invited us, Kevin Roderick (who we missed saying hi to) and cast and crew to a screening to celebrate the beginning of their second season.

Only one season? These people have won awards for two years in a row – how does that happen?!

Speaking of which, we talked to producer Angela Shelley about the SoCal Connected coverage of the Station Fire. “We won a Golden Mike for that,” noted Shelley. “Breaking news? We’re a weekly program.” Yep, it does not speak well for our local news teams. You know…since it was the biggest fire in the history of the city and no one seemed to be able to get their pancake on fast enough to report what was going on.

Anyway, the shindig was held at the KCET studios, the oldest continually used studio in town. Most notably where Sex Kittens Go To College with Mamie Van Doren was filmed. Made back when movies actually meant things.

The second season debuts this Thursday.

Pictured is anchor Val Zavala and Senior VP of Programming Bret Marcus.

Previously on FBLA:

  • KCET’s SoCal Connected Gets 11 LA Area Emmy Nominations

  • The Fire Coverage And Our TV
  • Well at Least We Have SoCal Connected…


    The local television news really dropped the ball on this story. How dare they give us something we can agree with Michael Antonovich about! It’s the biggest fire in LA, practically on record and the people living through it have had to watch CNN or listen to KPCC to get any practical information.

    But then we saw anchor Val Zavala, producer Karen Foshay and correspondent Angie Crouch with the report posted above. And we take some of it back. Not-for-profit news seems to be doing just fine.

    Where’s our checkbook…

    Previously on FBLA:

  • FBLA Celebrates “No Cussing Week” by Using ‘Fucking’ in a Headline and Sharing a Fun Fact About Antonovich

  • KCET’s SoCal Connected Gets 11 LA Area Emmy Nominations

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    Congrats to KCET!

    Los Angeles – July 9, 2009 – KCET, public television for Southern and Central California, earned a total of 11 nominations for the 61st Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. The station’s award-winning weekly news program, SoCal Connected, received 10
    nominations. An additional nomination went to KCET’s 49th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration.

    The winners will be announced at the 61st Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards presentation on Saturday evening, August 29, 2009 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

    KCET’s nominations included the categories of Information/Public Affairs Series (more than 50% remote) for SoCal Connected and Education Special for SoCal Connected’s special report about one of the country’s most notorious schools, “Inside Locke High.”
    SoCal Connected also received nominations in the categories of Feature Segment, Information Segment, where it swept the entire category, and three non-news categories.

    “KCET is extremely proud of all our nominees,” said Bret Marcus, executive producer of SoCal Connected and KCET senior vice president of programming and production. “It is especially gratifying to receive 10 nominations in our first season of SoCal
    Connected.”

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    KCET Wins Two Golden Mike Awards

    Golden Mike award.pngWe are very excited to announce that our little local TV program, SoCal Connected has won two Golden Mike Awards. We like any news that has nothing to do with people losing their homes, jobs, minds (Rob Blagojevich that’s aimed at you and your aluminum hat).

    Anyway, SoCal Connected Executive Producer Bret Marcus used to work on “The News with Brian Williams” on MSNBC for all you stalkers out there.

    KCET’s SoCal Connected, which launched
    on-air and online in September 2008, this weekend won two Golden Mike Awards for Best News Public Affairs Program and for Best Original News Commentary.

    The rest of the release after the jump.

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