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Heights Online Relaunched
historical sweep and perspective, the award-winning Commanding
Heights Web site, acclaimed as "a milestone in the development of broadband
content," has re-launched with 41 updated Country Reports and additional
interviews with leading economic authorities. Commanding Heights Online-now
widely integrated into college courses across the country-is also the recent
recipient of two Webby Award nominations, a prestigious international recognition.
Commanding Heights: The Battle for The
World Economy, a documentary series and Web site, traces the evolution
of the modern global economic system through a century of political and
social upheaval, providing in-depth analysis of our interconnected world
and the ways in which global economic institutions, systems and values
will shape our lives in the twenty-first century. The entire documentary
will be re-broadcast in six one-hour programs on PBS beginning Thursday,
May 15, 2003 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings). The webcast is
currently live at http://www.pbs.org/commandingheights/
in a version that has been divided into chapters and optimized for online
Heights Online, now widely used in college courses, has just been nominated
for two Webby Awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences,
which named it one of the five best broadband websites of the year and
chose it as one of five top candidates for its Best Practices Award. The
British Academy of Film and Television Arts hailed the site as "a milestone
in the development of broadband content, with impeccable content, navigation
and design," and awarded it the prestigious International BAFTA award.
In addition, the site and its Webcast were nominated for the first-ever
Emmy-award for interactive television.
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For the re-launch, all of the site's
41 Country Reports have been updated, many with video and external reference
links. A further update to the reports is planned just before the May re-broadcast
to incorporate the latest information on the economic impact of the Iraq
war and SARS.
Along with the updated reports, three
full-length interview transcripts are newly available including Nobel laureate
Joseph Stiglitz and World Bank Vice Presidents Jim Adams and Nemat Shafik.
These interviews broaden the range of perspectives offered by the site
globalization, economic development,
poverty, the role of the World Bank and the IMF, and the impact of the
Commanding Heights Online, now widely
used in college courses, has just been nominated for two Webby Awards by
the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which named it
one of the five best broadband websites of the year and chose it as one
of five top candidates for its Best Practices Award. The British Academy
of Film and Television Arts hailed the site as "a milestone in the development
of broadband content, with impeccable content, navigation and design,"
and awarded it the prestigious International BAFTA award. In addition,
the site and its Webcast were nominated for the first-ever Emmy-award for
Features available at http://pbs.org/commandingheights/:
Two complete versions of Commanding
Heights Online are available at the site: a rich-media
broadband edition and a low-bandwidth
Within the rich-media edition of
Storyline, explore synchronized, interactive enhancements to the six-hour
documentary that launches related in-depth content. On the low-bandwidth
version, view video optimized for dial-up Web connections in any of the
three popular player formats, QuickTime, Real or Windows Media. Two different
bit-rates are available for each.
Journey through time using the rich-media
edition's Time Map, an interactive atlas of economic history which tracks
changes in political boundaries as well as crucial shifts in economic policies
for forty-one nations from 1910 to the present. From the Time-Map launch
comprehensive individual Country Reports to dig deeper, or explore Flashpoints-key
events in global economic history-such as the Versailles Treaty, the Bretton
Woods Agreement, and the Solidarity Strike in Poland.
Find out what Vice President Dick
Cheney, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Singapore's Senior Minister Lee
Kuan Yew, and former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev have to say about
the global economy. Read transcripts of their on-camera interviews supplemented
with select video clips. The People section of the site contains over fifty
interviews with key players from sixteen different countries. Examine biographies
of Economic Architects who played significant roles in the evolution of
the modern global market.
Learn how free-market economies differ
from centrally planned governments by reading
topical essays, accessing the glossary
and other tools to identify the Ideas, key institutions, and underlying
dynamics central to the story of Commanding Heights: The Battle for The
Participate in a moderated online
forum and Discuss contemporary economic issues raised by the broadcast
and Web site.
Access an online Educators' Guide
that provides suggestions for using the Web site in classrooms. The guide-developed
in consultation with experienced teachers and scholars- contains resources
for both high school and postsecondary educators.
Interactive is a pioneer in the interactive media arts and the longest
continuously operating interactive media production unit in the public
broadcasting system. Working with the Foundation's National Production
and Children's Production units, WGBH Interactive produces award-winning
companion Web sites for major PBS series such as NOVA, Masterpiece Theatre,
American Experience, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, ZOOM, and Between the Lions.
These sites are continually updated and offer unique, media-rich features
as well as more traditional text and image content. Along with these very
popular ongoing series sites, WGBH Interactive produces extensive online
sites for limited series such as A Science Odyssey, Africans in America,
Building Big, Culture Shock and Evolution. Over four million visitors per
month, approximately 40% of PBS.org's total traffic, come to Web sites
produced by WGBH.
PBS's award-winning site on the World Wide Web, produces high-quality Web
programming, as it pioneers the
convergence of television and the Internet. PBS.org features more than
135,000 pages of content as well as companion Web sites for more than 450
PBS programs and specials, and is the #1 "dot-org" Web site in the world.
(Source: Nielsen NetRatings)
Production and Funding
Commanding Heights: The Battle for
The World Economy is an InVision Productions Limited production in association
with Heights Productions and WGBH Boston with the assistance of Lion Television
Limited. Funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,
public television viewers, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the John Templeton
Foundation. National corporate sponsorship is provided by BP, EDS, and
FedEx Corporation. Additional funding for the netcast and Web site is provided
by Microsoft Corp. and The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, Inc.
WGBH executive producer and producer for the netcast and Web site is Howard
Cutler. Senior content producer is
In addition to the broadband, media-rich
version of the site, Commanding Heights Online is available as a text-based
site for users with limited bandwidth or visual or hearing disabilities.
All video on the Web site is closed captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing
Edie Emery, Goodman Media, 703-837-9500,
Johanna Baker , WGBH New York, 212-661-9445,
Cathleen Porter, WGBH Boston, 617-300-5331,
Rebecca Singer, WGBH Boston, 617-300-5305,
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