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KAET creates award-winning 'Buzz'


August 13, 2007

"Buzz," Eight/KAET-TV's pilot for an innovative arts program, has won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. CINE is a national competition that celebrates excellence in film, video and media arts.

The Golden Eagle awards are recognized internationally as symbols of the highest production standards in filmmaking and videography. Since its founding in 1957, CINE has been dedicated to discovering, rewarding, educating, and supporting established and emerging talent in film and video. Among great talents whose first major awards included the CINE Golden Eagle are Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, and such great documentarians as Ken Burns, Charles Guggenheim, Stanley Nelson, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.

"Buzz," an Eight production, premiered Nov. 9, and featured three local artists: fashion and costume designer Galina Mihaleva, who creates for dancers, models and nanotechnologists; violist Mark Dix, who brings chamber music to new audiences in downtown art galleries; and architect and urban designer Wellington Reiter, whose drawings envision a Sky Harbor where planes, condos and swimming pools might one day co-exist.

"The half-hour program is a pilot for a series showcasing Arizona’s arts scene,” stated Beth Vershure Eight Station Manager and Executive Producer for "Buzz." “Phoenix’s vibrant and emerging arts community is the focus of this initiative comprising television, an interactive Web site and teacher materials that meet Arizona arts standards with uniquely Arizona content.”