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Tennessee Capitol Report: Season 2

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Lt. Gov. Ramsey & Speaker Beth Harwell

Season 2 of Tennessee Capitol Report debuted on Tennessee’s PBS stations on January 31, 2016 with an overview of new legislation before the 109th General Assembly. The show also featured a “day-in-the-life” feature with Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. The Tennessee Senate will reflect his influence for years to come. Check out the video section to see the show. TCR will air through early May.

Robert Khayat film underway

Former Chancellor Robert Khayat will be the 2016 recipient of the Ole Miss Women’s Council Legacy Award. The University of Mississippi experienced tremendous growth and change during his administration. Producing a film documenting his legacy has brought us all full circle. I was a student of his back in 1982-83. The film will debut at the Legacy Award dinner on April 16th.Khayat smaller 4

New Space Shuttle Trailer

STS-135 blasts off for the International Space Station on July 8, 2011 as the final Space Shuttle mission.

A new trailer for “The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me” has been posted on our Video page here and also on YouTube. This is one of the best inspirational documentaries of our time and we hope CMJ is successful with placement so that the film will reach a broader audience in the coming years. Click Space Shuttle trailer on YouTube

Alabama Gospel Special to Air on Public Television

Alabama is no doubt the greatest band in country music history. The Fort Payne legends have charted over 40 #1 singles and IMG_3449 smallsold more than 75 million albums. Last year, the Hall of Fame group recorded a collection of Gospel favorites for Gaither Music, and a performance recorded for DVD has now become a pledge special airing on public television stations nationwide, starting December, 2015. TWAPictures was retained to shoot Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook adding some personal stories and Gospel memories, which will be part of the television broadcasts. Look for “Alabama: Angels Among Us, Hymns and Gospel Favorites.” Thank you to First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville for providing their beautiful sanctuary.

TWAPictures signs with CMJ Distribution Inc

CMJ logoPatience is a virtue so they say and hopefully it will pay off as TWAPictures recently signed with CMJ Distribution Inc. for licensing of The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me. With CMJ as a partner, the film should get the exposure it deserves. Additional news concerning digital rights and television broadcasts will be shared in the coming months. CMJ About Us

Space Shuttle to Air on Nebraska PBS on May 27

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) will air “The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me” on May 27 at 9clayton book cover PM. Nebraska is home to Clayton Anderson, one of the astronauts featured in the film. We enjoyed getting to know Clayton…maybe you could call him the Jimmy Stewart of the space program. The broadcast coincides with the release of his book, “The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams To Astronaut,” by University of Nebraska Press, available on June 1st. We want to wish Clayton all the best with his book!

More info on Clay and the book – Astroclay.com

 

 

Charles Overby honored at Ole Miss

Photo by Robert Jordan

Photo by Robert Jordan

CEO of the Freedom Forum for over 20 years, Charles Overby now chairs the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi. On April 18th, the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy honored Charles with the Legacy Award and TWAPictures produced the film introducing the award. It was quite an honor producing the project and getting to know a media giant like Charles Overby. Both of us can credit the start of our careers to the Daily Mississippian at Ole Miss. The dinner at the residence of outgoing chancellor Dan Jones was a star-studded event by all Rebel standards, so congratulations to chairperson Karen Moore and everyone involved in OMWC.

Here is a link to the video – Overby Legacy Award

Space Shuttle Airs “Back Home”

“The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me” has aired across PBS since its release by APT in June, 2014, but it was a proud moment in March when friends and family “back home” got to see it. WKNO Memphis aired the film on March 17 and Mississippi Public Broadcasting played it the following night, March 18. Ole Miss News took notice with this post – Ole Miss News: Space Shuttle

Tennessee Capitol Report debuts on March 1

Tennessee Capitol Report titleThe political season continues for TWAPictures with “Tennessee Capitol Report,” a new 30 minute series covering Tennessee state government. Hosted by long-time friend Chip Hoback, the first show debuted on March 1 with interviews featuring Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell.Tennessee Capitol Report ramsey interview

I’ve always enjoyed the Sunday morning political talk shows; growing up, David Brinkley was one Tennessee Capitol Report harwell interviewof my TV journalist heroes. So we are very proud of this project. It’s a quality production for the Tennessee Public Television Council airing on all of the state’s PBS stations.

WKNO Memphis has posted the show online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swvOKGxmFLY

Mid-South Emmy Awards

January 31st was the big night for the 2015 Mid-South Emmy Awards. “The Space Shuttle: Flying for Me” wasEmmy Awards one of five films nominated in the historical documentary category. Unfortunately, we did not bring home the trophy, but we enjoyed seeing a lot of friends and being part of a first-class event at the Schemerhorn Symphony Center. At least I had a nice photo op with my wife Teresa.