Mason Sponsors WETA’s Broadcast of ‘The War’

Posted: September 20, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Filmmaker Ken Burns is well known for his historical films shown on public television: “The Civil War,” “Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery,” “Mark Twain” and “Jazz,” among others.

US soldier during WWII
Saipan, 1944. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

From Sept. 23 to 30, WETA TV 26 will locally premiere his new documentary produced with Lynn Novick called “The War,” a seven-episode series that examines the myriad ways in which World War II touched the lives of every family in America.

Before and after each broadcast, viewers will see a 15-second sponsorship advertisement from George Mason University that was produced by University Relations and WETA. The ad highlights Mason’s award-winning Center for History and New Media (CHNM).

Sponsorship of “The War” was a natural for Mason, says University Relations Vice President Christine LaPaille, since Mason’s curriculum and CHNM in particular encompass so many of the topics related to the series.

“We also felt it was appropriate for Mason to be associated with a proven high-quality television production that will have a lot of visibility in this market, and to support public television’s educational efforts locally.”

For more information on “The War” and local broadcast times, see the WETA web site.

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