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Composer John Williams To Receive 44th AFI Life Achievement Award

Composer John Williams To Receive 44th AFI Life Achievement Award

America's Highest Honor for a Career in Film Goes to a Composer For the First Time in the History of the Award

Gala Event Will be Held June 9, 2016

Tribute will Air on TNT and Turner Classic Movies in June 2016

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Film Institute Board of Trustees announced today that esteemed composer John Williams will be the recipient of the 44(th) AFI Life Achievement Award, America's highest honor for a career in film. For the first time in AFI history, the award will be bestowed upon a composer. Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its fourth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT in late June 2016, followed by an encore presentation on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

"John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. "Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of the movies. AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award."

John Williams' storied career as the composer behind many of the greatest American films and television series of all time boasts over 150 credits across seven decades. Perhaps best known for his enduring collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, his scores are among the most iconic and recognizable in film history, from the edge-of-your-seat JAWS (1975) motif to the emotional swell of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) and the haunting elegies of SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993). Always epic in scale, his music has helped define over half a century of the motion picture medium. Three of Williams' scores landed on AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores -- a list of the 25 greatest American film scores of all time -- including the unforgettable STAR WARS (1977) soundtrack, at number one. With five Academy Award(®) wins and 49 nominations in total, Williams holds the record for the most Oscar(®) nominations of any living person.

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TPT Unveils Revitalized St. Paul Facility Including New Community Gathering Space

TPT Unveils Revitalized St. Paul Facility Including New Community Gathering Space

Renovated Building Culminates a $40 Million Capital Campaign to Transform TPT Into a 21st Century Media Organization

SAINT PAUL, Minn., Oct. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After nearly a year of construction and an $18 million investment, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) formally opened their renovated state-of-the-art facility in Lowertown, St. Paul on September 29.

The renovation of Twin Cities PBS's 25-year-old facility was a major component of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the station's history. Launched in April of 2010, "The Campaign for TPT" raised $40 million, which was invested in new programs and services, as well as new technology and building improvements.

"The Campaign for TPT has been transformative in many ways. Our newly designed space reflects how a 21(st) century public media organization can become more community facing -- inspiring innovation, collaboration and community connections," said Jim Pagliarini, TPT's President and CEO. "The building renovation, with its open design, welcoming and gracious spaces for our staff and guests, and new public gathering spaces, signals, very tangibly, our new covenant with the community."

One major decision was to move TPT's main entrance to the street level, connecting it more with the vibrant Lowertown, St. Paul neighborhood. The new entrance opens to a gathering place for public events, lectures and performances. Future episodes of "The Lowertown Line," PBS show screenings and community discussions will all be hosted in the new TPT "Street Space." The space will represent an age of inclusion, collaboration and innovation for public TV.

The building will also reflect TPT's Minnesota and PBS heritage by featuring iconic PBS and TPT imagery along with images of Minnesota throughout the space.

In addition to the building, TPT will also be unveiling a refreshed mark and branding assets, which are modernized for the future, but retain a degree of familiarity and do not abandon TPT's core principals and values. The refreshed mark was developed in partnership with Capsule, whose creative team includes members of the group that designed the original TPT logo in 1999. To reinforce their local connection to the iconic and universally trusted PBS brand, part of the refreshed TPT branding work includes a new reference to the station as Twin Cities PBS rather than Twin Cities Public Television. TPT's website is also under development with a major redesign set to launch late 2015.

TPT's building renovation was contracted through McGough Construction based on an architectural design developed by Cuningham Group. Funding for the project was provided by private contributions to the Campaign for TPT, the state of Minnesota and New Markets Tax Credits - no membership funds were used in the TPT building renovation.

The Campaign for TPT began in April 2010 and with generous support from donors raised $40 million. Campaign leadership included: co-chairs: Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills, and Brad Anderson, retired CEO and Vice Chair of Best Buy; Greg Page, retired chairman and CEO of Cargill; Stanley Hubbard, chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting; and philanthropists Ruth S. and John Huss Jr. of The John and Ruth Huss Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation.

The mission of TPT is to "enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media."

As one of the nation's leading public media organizations, TPT uses television, interactive media and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its nearly 60-year history, TPT has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys.

Based in St. Paul, MN, TPT is the most highly viewed public TV station in the nation, reaching over 1.7 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization's particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America's aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

For more information about TPT, visit our website at or join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Elle Krause-Lyons, TPT Communication Manager
651-229-1491 |

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