The Artist Toolbox Premieres Nationally on Public Television, January, 2011

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On January 7th, 2011, a new magazine format interview program hosted by Seattle writer/director/teacher John Jacobsen premieres nationally on over 150 public television stations in the US.

The Artist Toolbox, a new program that has been picked up by over 150 public television stations across the United States, premieres on January 7th of 2011. The Artist Toolbox is hosted by writer/director/teacher John Jacobsen, who interviews some of the greatest artists in the country discussing how they make great art and great lives.

Each half hour show visits the work place, the neighborhood and often the home of one guest, each of who is a leader in their field and master of the craft. The first season is comprised of John Legend, the chart topping R&B singer; Jason Alexander, the multi-talented actor from Seinfeld; David Garrett, the virtuoso violinist; Ramsey Lewis, the legendary jazz pianist; Isabel Allende, the most widely read novelist in the Spanish language; Sam Gilliam, the influential Color School abstract painter; Zang Toi, haute couture fashion designer; Massimo and Leila Vignelli, the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century; Ruben and Isabel Toledo, the fashion icons; Tom Skerritt, seasoned star of television and film; Hugh Newell Jacobsen, one of the world’s top modern architects; Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, lead dancers of The American Ballet Theatre Company; and Daniel Boulud, one of this country’s greatest chefs. The show is inspiring to all of us because artists are people who have overcome huge challenges, and learned to follow their passion, building the lives of their dreams.

Fran Harth, Vice President of WTTW National in Chicago, the public television sponsoring station for The Artist Toolbox, said, “WTTW is delighted to be associated with this program. Public television remains one of the few showcases for the arts, and to work with a host of the caliber of John Jacobsen -- and a production team that is truly passionate -- makes us proud to bring this special series to a nationwide audience.”

On November 13th, 2010, the producers of The Artist Toolbox held a highly successful launch at American Public Television Marketplace in Palm Springs, CA, for public television programmers across the country. The event was hosted by former Seinfeld star, the Tony Award winning Jason Alexander, who also appears on an episode of The Artist Toolbox in its first season.

The Artist Toolbox starts airing nationally on public television on January 7th, 2011. Check local listings for channel information in specific areas. See the trailer for the first season at http://www.mogajacobsen.com.

For additional information or a sample copy, Contact: Greg Moga at gregmoga(at)MogaJacobsen(dot)com. MogaJacobsen, producer of The Artist Toolbox, is a Seattle-based dynamic and creative independent film company specializing in thought provoking entertainment.

Contact:
Greg Moga, gregmoga(at)mogajacobsen(dot)com
MogaJacobsen Productions
Telephone: 206-774-9818
http://www.theartisttoolbox.com

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