WYES, Show Producers Seek Local Residents with Interesting Stories for National Broadcast 

PBS and WYES-TV announced today (June 4) that GENEALOGY ROADSHOW, which first premiered nationally on PBS stations last fall, is seeking local participants to share their families’ stories for season two. Final participants will be part of an episode taping in New Orleans on September 5 and 6.

Part detective story, part emotional journey, GENEALOGY ROADSHOW combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers are looking for New Orleans-area residents with an interesting story who want to explore their family’s history. Chosen stories will be researched by a team of local experts and will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of New Orleans, Louisiana, and America. Individuals with intriguing stories are encouraged to submit them online.

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The city of New Orleans is known as an American crossroads of culture, diversity, industry and history, with deep pools of potential participants and stories. Founded by the French, ruled for 40 years by the Spanish and bought by the United States during the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, New Orleans is known for its distinct Creole, French, Spanish and African American culture and vibrant history. Because of this multi-cultural and ethnic mix, many family histories have turned into family mysteries.

The New Orleans episode, which will be filmed before a live audience, will air on PBS in 2015 as part of Genealogy Roadshow’s second season. The filming location, airdate and a list of the other cities being featured in season two will be announced at a later date.

“New Orleans is a natural fit for GENEALOGY ROADSHOW. The city’s southern hospitality, rich background and historical roots date back to its dominance as a shipping port, and its oil refining and petrochemical production industry brought many newcomers to the city,” said executive producer Stuart Krasnow. “We’re looking for a diverse mix of stories from locals who want to know more about their history.”

“New Orleans has changed language, ownership and nationality since its earliest days and has evolved into a great mixing of cultures which gave birth to some of the most unique people, architecture, food, music, art and politics anywhere in the world,” said Beth Arroyo Utterback, WYES’ Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are thrilled to be part of this important project as we approach the Tricentennial of our incredible city!”

After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These experts will enlist the help of local historians to add color and context to the investigations, ensuring every artifact and every name becomes a clue in solving the mystery. New Orleans residents are invited and encouraged to submit their personal stories as GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will unearth family and community secrets, reveal notable relatives and discover unexpected stories that connect the past to the present. Many answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to the cities – and the participants’ – histories.

GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is produced by Krasnow Productions. President and owner Stuart Krasnow is a long-time television industry veteran, having worked for all of the country’s top broadcasters in news and entertainment, as well as at numerous cable networks as a creator and executive producer. The series is represented in the U.S. by Pat Quinn of Quinn Media Management and packaged with PBS by APA. The series is also Executive Produced by TV veteran Carlos Ortiz who has produced mega hits for almost every major network on television. He brings twenty years of development, and producing experience to the table and returns to PBS for his second season on the series.

THE GENEALOGY ROADSHOW has been a huge hit in Ireland, where national public broadcaster RTE commissioned this original format from producer Big Mountain Productions.

About Big Mountain Productions

Big Mountain originated the Genealogy Roadshow format, and recently aired the second season in Ireland on RTE Television. Run by husband-and-wife team Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern, who are former BBC/RTE executive producers, Big Mountain originates and produces television shows for national broadcasters, specializing in hybrid shows that combine great content and entertainment value including: The Tenements, Life in the Big House, Craftmaster, Living the Eviction and the music-mentoring show Jam. For more information:

About Krasnow Productions

Krasnow Productions is named for its founder and president, Stuart Krasnow, a 30-year veteran television producer.  Under his banner, Krasnow has developed and produced series in almost every genre of unscripted television for broadcast and cable networks, including The Weakest Link, Average Joe, Dog Eat Dog and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.  Krasnow Productions also sold and produced Searching For…, one of the first original series to be produced for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.   Additionally Krasnow Productions has sold and produced original projects for NBC, A&E, TBS, GSN, MTV, HGTV, E!, and Fremantlemedia.

About PBS

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