KCET-TV to present new 'Live @ the Ford' series
L.A.'s KCET-TV Channel 28, which broke away from the PBS mothership in January, has been busy in recent months lining up a new roster of local programming. One of its new series, announced Wednesday, will be dedicated to the performing arts and will be titled "Live @ the Ford."
The new four-part series is expected to air in the fall and will feature performances taped at the Ford Amphitheatre. The performances include the Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company; a double bill of Korean groups Last for One and Haegum Plus; the fourth Annual J.U.i.C.E Hip Hop Dance Festival; and the Angel City Jazz Festival.
KCET said each of the four shows will be edited to a one-hour program, with concert footage interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. No air dates have been announced yet.
"Live @ the Ford" is a collaboration between KCET and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Ford is owned by the county of L.A. and is operated in part by the L.A. County Arts Commission.
On Tuesday, KCET announced a new programming deal with Eyetronics Media & Studios that is estimated to be worth as much as $50 million. A spokesman for KCET said the "Live @ the Ford" series is separate from the Eyetronics deal.
In July, KCET said it is planning to launch a new arts series called "ARC" that will exist as a half-hour television show and as an online portal. The station received a county grant of $206,300 to produce the show.
-- David Ng
Photo: Ford Amphitheatre. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times