Environmental and Socially Responsible Programming Includes Future Wheels and Wild Life Nannies
New York, NY – February 13, 2007 – Equator HD, the first high-definition channel dedicated to exploring the world’s most intriguing people and places with intelligent travel, nature, and cultural programs, announced today two original series, Future Wheels and Wild Life Nannies. The new shows will premiere under the channel’s programming block Keep It Green, focusing on important environmental and social issues facing our world. Equator HD is one of the VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high-definition channels nationwide and currently available on DISH Network.
Future Wheels is a documentary series that examines the next step in transportation, from the cutting edge of power and design to human innovation. Wild Life Nannies takes viewers across the globe to study humans who have become foster parents, nurturing abandoned baby, wild animals. Both series are scheduled to premiere in third quarter.
“Equator HD’s Keep It Green’s mission is to deliver compelling, original high definition programming that focuses on the work of worldwide environmental organizations’ efforts to save the earth. With this intense focus each week on a new global issue, Equator HD hopes to not only to educate viewers but inspire people to action,” said Ali Hossaini, Executive Producer of Equator HD. “These series contribute to VOOM’s increasing library of HD programming reinforcing the brand’s commitment to filling a void in the marketplace for compelling original HD content.”
Keep it Green first premiered on Equator HD in April of 2006. To mark its one-year anniversary the channel will be debuting host, Simran Sethi, an award-winning journalist, an editor for Treehugger.com, the largest environmental site on the web, and host of a weekly environmental news segment on Air America. Sethi will be leading discussions with experts on the most pressing environmental and social issues facing our world.
Guests featured during the Keep it Green programming block include: Alex Matthiessen, President of Riverkeeper, to discuss his organization’s ultimate goal, the cleaning and restoration of the Hudson River; Dr. Stephen Kress, Senior Vice President of Bird Conservation with the National Audubon Society to talk about the Audubon’s efforts to protected vital bird habitats and Richard Kassel, Director of NRDC’s clean vehicles and fuels project to talk about the NRDC’s important work and the most pressing environmental issues facing our planet, global warming and air pollution.
Following is additional information on Equator HD’s two new original series:
Future Wheels, (documentary series; 13 episodes; 1/2 hour, premieres 3rd quarter)
Future Wheels travels the world exploring the latest science and technology of alternative automobiles and what will fuel the cars of tomorrow from hydrogen and solar to electric, and atomic. Hosted by Jonathan Levit, the series explores the science of energy, mechanics, design and fashion while introducing viewers to experts who have a passion for automobiles. Equator HD commissioned Michael Hoff Productions to produce Future Wheels
Wild Life Nannies, (documentary series; 17 episodes; 1/2 hour, premieres 3rd quarter)
Wild Life Nannies examines the fragile relationship between a mother and her young and what happens when humans step in to become foster parents to wild animals. The series follows these devoted specialists documenting the dependency the animals have on their new parents and the bond that develops between them.
About VOOM HD Networks
VOOM HD Networks is the largest suite of high definition channels available anywhere, produced exclusively in high definition for distribution around the globe through satellite and cable operators. The VOOM HD Networks carry programming in categories as diverse as sports, movies, fashion, music and art. Today, the VOOM HD Networks are available in the U.S. on Echostar’s DISH Network and select programming is available internationally in over 20 different countries. The VOOM HD Networks were developed by Rainbow Media to meet the growing demand for quality high definition programming, building on Rainbow Media’s history of original programming innovation.
About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media creates and manages some of the country’s most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands including popular national and regional television channels AMC, fuse, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), WE tv, and two FSN affiliated regional sports networks managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. The company also manages Mag Rack and sportskool, two original on-demand networks; VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high definition channels available anywhere; IFC Entertainment, its film distribution, production and exhibition division; Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales division; and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.