Fan Favorite Matinee at the Bijou Returns to PBS in 2007

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Matinee at the Bijou, one of America's favorite entertainment programs, is returning to PBS in 2007. The new, 12-episode HD sequel series is hosted by screen legend Debbie Reynolds. Each episode includes a classic color cartoon, cliffhanging short subject, an installment of Flash Gordon; and, a vintage feature film. PBS Video plans home DVD distribution of the content.

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We are confident that sponsors will respond to this unique opportunity to invite America to the movies on PBS

The Chudwig Group, a production company and content aggregator, announced today that agreements with PBS to air in 2007 a 12-episode sequel series to the popular 1980's hit: Matinee at the Bijou, will anchor the group's sponsorship development effort.

During its initial five-year run in the 80's, Matinee at the Bijou was one of America's favorite entertainment programs – consistently rated in the top-ten national PBS programs.

Screen legend, Debbie Reynolds, will host the new HD series. Reynolds will open each, two-hour episode with a performance of the original theme song and then describe for the audience that episode's cartoon, short subject, action-packed serial chapter and classic feature film.

"We are confident that sponsors will respond to this unique opportunity to invite America to the movies on PBS," said Mark DuMond, executive producer. "Audiences loved the original series, and came back week after week for more."

After signing broadcast and home DVD distribution agreements, the Chudwig Group recently launched a coordinated effort to seek series sponsors. The Group is working with PBS executives to streamline and focus the search. One-to-three sponsors can be accommodated.

According to DuMond, PBS has licensed the series for three years of unlimited broadcasts on all PBS HD and SD (Standard Definition) channels. PBS Video has secured home video distribution rights for a period of ten years. Home video versions, said DuMond, will have extended sponsorship credits and links to sponsor's corporate web sites.

Producers plan a Matinee at the Bijou Hosted by Debbie Reynolds web site, featuring downloadable trailers, vodcasts and social networking for fans. A number of web-driven "blended" Bijou Parties, to bring fans together for real-world episode viewing events, are also in the works.

Key members of the original production team have reunited to repeat the magic that made the original series a pop culture phenomenon. Bob Campbell, co-creator and producer of the original Matinee at the Bijou series is heading the team. Sam Harrison, director of the original series, is once again directing.

Veteran film distributors and prestigious specialists in the field of classic motion pictures have joined the Bijou team. Specialists like Greg Luce (Sinister Cinema), Conrad Sprout (Hollywood Select Video), and, Ron Hall (Festival Films) bring their extensive personal archives and industry contacts in the classic film community to the project. As a result, the sequel series features rare and seldom seen cinematic treasures.

The Chudwig Group, HD and SD content producer and aggregator, is located in Medford, Oregon – as is series collaborator, Sinister Cinema. Chudwig Group principals can be reached at (503) 773-6023.


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