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The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables Series To Be Broadcast As A Holiday Event On PBS SoCaL; Will Feature A-List Actors, Actresses, Directors, Producers & Writers In Intimate Conversations

Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Forest Whitaker & Other Oscar Contenders Among Participants Slated for Landmark Broadcast

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hollywood Reporter and PBS SoCaL have partnered to produce The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables series, which features Hollywood's leading Academy Award-contender stars and talent in intimate discussions. Broadcast of the five-part series kicks off December 22 and will continue premiering episodes during the holiday season through December 30 on PBS SoCaL.  PBS SoCaL reaches over 18 million viewers in Southern California on its HD channel (KOCE), including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen and Forest Whitaker are among the A-list stars slated to appear. The Hollywood Reporter will continue to feature a photographic and print version of the series in its weekly magazine, in its weekly iPad edition at thr.com/ipad and online at www.THR.com.

"The PBS SoCaL broadcast of The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables series will give millions of viewers an up-close look at some of Hollywood's most powerful personalities, bringing to life the biggest talent in the most competitive season in entertainment," said The Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Janice Min. "PBS' highly-engaged audience is a perfect match for the quality, gravitas, fun and insight that the roundtables consistently deliver."

"The Hollywood Reporter has broken new ground with its Roundtables series, inviting viewers into the conversation with Hollywood's most fascinating people. We know our PBS SoCaL viewers are passionate about arts, culture and entertainment and we can't imagine a better way to kick off the Awards Season in Southern California," said President and CEO of PBS SoCaL, Mel Rogers. "We are delighted to be the inaugural broadcast home of the series, and feel that this partnership is the perfect way for us to bring even more high-quality content to the community."

Moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Executive Editor Matthew Belloni and Features Editor Stephen Galloway, each Roundtable will feature six Oscar contenders, representing the top talent and performances of the year in their field. The series will begin with an Actors roundtable and will be followed by the Directors roundtable, the Actresses roundtable, the Writers roundtable, and the Producers roundtable. The open, no-holds-barred discussions will center on participants' careers, personal challenges and triumphs, industry trends and tales about how they brought their projects to life.  

Initiated in 2005, the Hollywood Reporter Roundtables, which also include the annual Emmy Roundtables, have featured the biggest names in entertainment, including Anne Hathaway, Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Naomi Watts, Ben Affleck, Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Judd Apatow, Richard Gere, Alan Arkin, Charlize Theron, John Hawkes, Gus Van Sant, Rachel Weisz, Helen Hunt and Marion Cotillard, among many others.

The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables series also will remain available for viewing on THR.com, the top-viewed entertainment industry website, with 12 million monthly unique visitors (per ComScore).

About The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter is the entertainment industry's flagship media brand. With in-depth reporting, analysis, unprecedented access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives, The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive source for breaking entertainment and business news.  

Founded in 1930 as a trade-only publication, The Hollywood Reporter reached an all-time high of 12.3 million individuals worldwide online in August 2013, and over 224,000 readers in its weekly magazine, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. The Hollywood Reporter's platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, festival and award seasons apps, tablet, iPad editions, social media, and branded events.

About PBS SoCaL

PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles serving as Southern California's largest classroom, its largest stage for the arts, and most trusted information source.  PBS SoCaL's three broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD (KOCE), PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, provides award-winning programs including Masterpiece, NOVA, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, NewsHour, as well as local productions including LAaRT, Real Orange, and SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff. As the flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCaL Presents works with filmmakers to develop programs and series to distribute nationally each year. Through PBS SoCaL Education and community outreach, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

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PBS SoCaL
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