Emmy Award-Winning Calamari Productions Taps Pearson to Exclusively Distribute Educational and Training Materials in Higher Education

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New Calamari Video Library Offers View inside America's Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems

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This partnership with Pearson meets Calamari's commitment to the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and the families they serve. The Calamari Video Library will help improve education about these systems, and enhance the work of professionals currently working on the front lines with our most vulnerable children.

Award-winning Calamari Productions and Pearson, a global leader in education, technology and services, have partnered to develop and distribute The Calamari Video Library--a one-of-a-kind collection of juvenile justice, social work and child development video content for educators and professional development organizations and associations. Pearson will exclusively distribute the videos in higher education.

The Calamari Video Library launches today with an initial selection of 31 DVD programs available for purchase online exclusively through MyPearsonStore (http://www.mypearsonstore.com/calamari). The DVDs include all-new director's cuts of several of Calamari's award-winning documentaries as well as many unprecedented, never-before-seen programs created specifically for The Calamari Video Library.

Drawing on Emmy-award winning content, the programs in The Calamari Video Library examine a variety of topics, including: the juvenile process; where juvenile crime begins, how it evolves, and what is at stake for kids, families and professionals in the system; life in one of America's largest maximum-security juvenile prisons; juvenile crime as a social issue; juvenile corrections; juvenile court processes; children in crisis; emergency home removals; juvenile and family counseling and psychology; and the child welfare system.

In 1998, Karen Grau, President of Calamari Productions, made history by becoming the first television director/producer to be granted access to film inside the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, venues that are--by law--closed to the media and the public. Since that time, numerous states have opened their juvenile courtrooms to Calamari Productions' cameras. Calamari has produced award-winning documentaries for several media outlets, including NBC, MSNBC, A&E, Court TV and PBS.

In 2009, Calamari Productions launched Calamari Educational Media to use Calamari's exclusive video content to enhance education and professional training experiences across the juvenile spectrum.

"Calamari's mandate is 'how does this content give back to the community'?" says Karen Grau. "This partnership with Pearson meets Calamari's commitment to the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and the families they serve. The Calamari Video Library will help improve education about these systems, and enhance the work of professionals currently working on the front lines with our most vulnerable children."

"Pearson's relationship with Calamari Productions will allow us to provide faculty and professional development organizations and associations with highly valuable, relevant, real world educational content," says Tim Peyton, Director of Digital Products for Pearson's Career Publishing division. "This partnership represents a commitment to better serving higher education and professional training organizations, and ultimately, at-risk youth and their families."

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Media Contact: Susan Aspey, Susan.aspey (at) pearson (dot) com or (800) 745-8489

About Calamari Productions
Calamari Productions has been creating, producing and directing child welfare & juvenile justice documentary programming for over a decade. The company has previously won the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award and more than 17 national awards for television documentaries, writing, reporting, and efforts on behalf of children. For more information about Calamari Productions or Calamari Educational Media, please contact Chip Warren at chip (at) calamariproductions (dot) com.

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