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Alzheimer's Disease: Facing the Facts, Public Television Documentary Wins Emmy Award
Date:6/25/2009

Documentary Funded by MetLife Foundation

HARTFORD, Conn., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter awarded an Emmy Award for Best Documentary Program to the public television special, Alzheimer's disease: Facing the Facts. The film was produced by Motion Inc. in association with Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and distributed to public television stations nationwide by American Public Television (APT). Production support for the documentary was made possible by MetLife Foundation.

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Co-produced by Glenn Orkin and Carol Edwards, Alzheimer's Disease: Facing the Facts is a one-hour documentary examining the personal and societal implications of Alzheimer's disease. It reviews the latest research, following 15 physicians and research scientists from across the U.S. and, through profiles and interviews with families living with Alzheimer's, studies how the disease is threatening to bankrupt the American health system, economy, and spirit. Emmy award-winning actor Edward Herrmann is the narrator.

The documentary was also the recipient of a 2008 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary Short in the Independent Division.

"As this documentary illustrates, Alzheimer's disease is having a devastating impact on American society. This impact will be felt even more profoundly in the years to come," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "MetLife Foundation is proud to support the making of Alzheimer's Disease: Facing the Facts, an important documentary that will bring more public awareness and attention to this disease."

"Production of the film reflects an outstanding collaborative effort by MetLife Foundation, Motion Inc., Connecticut Public Television, the National Institutes on Aging (NIA), and the NIA- funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers at the University of Pennsylvania, which took the lead in this effort," said White. "Dr. John Trojanowski of the NIA-funded University of Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Center, who is a recipient of a MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease, provided a great deal of guidance and insight. Also instrumental were the University of California at Irvine, the Mayo Clinic and Washington University in St. Louis, which worked closely with Carol Edwards and Glenn Orkin to enable access to Alzheimer's patients and their families, who were the real 'stars' of this effort."

The 32nd Boston/New England Emmy Awards ceremony took place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Saturday, May 30. For more information on the documentary, visit www.alzheimersfacingthefacts.org.

About MetLife Foundation

Production support for Alzheimer's Disease: Facing the Facts was made possible by MetLife Foundation. MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation's goals are to strengthen communities, promote good health and improve education. MetLife Foundation has also supported Alzheimer's disease research and outreach activities for more than 20 years. For more information, please visit www.metlife.org.

About Motion Inc.

Motion Incorporated is an award-winning full-service film, video and new media production company with headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Motion Inc. has been delivering high quality video productions to its diverse clientele for over 25 years.

About Connecticut Public Television

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) - a service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network - is a nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming. CPTV played an historic role in bringing many landmark programs to public television, including Barney & Friends(TM), Bob the Builder(TM), and Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers. The station's latest educational and entertainment offerings are: The Saddle Club, Lomax: The Hound of Music, The World Was Ours, and Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop. Now in its 46th year, CPTV remains committed to bringing the best in educational programming and services to Connecticut and the nation.

About American Public Television

For 45 years, APT has been a prime source of programming for the nation's public television stations. APT distributes more than 300 new program titles per year and has 10,000 hours of programming in its library. It is responsible for many public television milestones including the first HD series and the 2006 launch of the Create channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. APT is known for its leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly programming. It has established a tradition of providing public television stations with program choices that strengthen and customize their schedules, such as JFK: Breaking the News, Battlefield Britain, Globe Trekker, Rick Steves' Europe, Great Museums, Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way, America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated, Broadway: The Golden Age, Lidia's Family Table, California Dreamin' - The Songs of The Mamas & the Papas, Rosemary and Thyme, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, The Big Comfy Couch, Monarchy With David Starkey, and other prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs and classic movies. For more information about APT's programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

    Contact: Ted Mitchell (401) 827-3236
              tjmitchell@metlife.com


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