CALL FOR COVERAGE: AGNES VARIS NJTV STUDIO RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY MAY 27, 2015

Studio_ext2NEW JERSEY PUBLIC TELEVISION INAUGURATES NEW AGNES VARIS NJTV STUDIO IN NEWARK WITH RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
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WHAT: NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, publicly unveils its new studio space in Newark with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The 10,645 square-foot Agnes Varis NJTV Studio, located on the second-floor concourse space of Newark’s 2 Gateway Center, now serves as the network’s television anchor studio and broadcast home to its weeknight news program, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams.  The state-of-the-art digital facility also houses staff office space and a community room.  A landmark $2 million gift from the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust supported the studio’s construction.

Speakers at the event to include (subject to change): Neal Shapiro, President/CEO, WNET; John Servidio, General Manager, NJTV; Josh Weston, Chairman of the Board, NJTV; NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney; Joseph DiVincenzo, Essex County Executive; Mayor Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark; other Dignitaries.

Ceremony will be followed by a reception, a live taping of NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and studio tours.

WHERE:  2 Gateway Center, 283-299 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07102 (2nd floor concourse)

WHEN:   Wednesday, May 27, 2015

4:30 pm – Registration/Check in

5:00 pm – Program begins

5:30 pm – Ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by reception at The Gateway Project Art Gallery adjacent to studio

6:00 pm – Live Taping, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams (Agnes Varis NJTV Studio)

6:30pm – Tours of the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio

DRESS:       Business Attire

PARKING: There are several parking garages near the studio including Three Gateway Parking (Yellow Parking Lot 2), Edison Parkfast (81 Edison Place, located on the corner of Mulberry & Market streets) and other lots near the Prudential Center.

PRESS RSVP/CONTACT: Debra Falk, NJTV (732) 768-6077; falkd@njtvonline.org

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About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents such acclaimed PBS series as NatureAmerican MastersCharlie Rose, and BBC World News America and a range of documentaries and children’s programs. NJTV offers an array of local news and cultural offerings on air and online including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael AronDriving JerseyNJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts. The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. NJTV is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the NJTV website where users can stream PBS content for free and local educators can find free, classroom-ready, digital resources.

About Agnes Varis

A self-made woman and daughter of Greek immigrants, the late Agnes Varis was a legendary business leader who started her first NJ-based company, Agvar Chemicals, in 1975. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Dr. Varis co-founded Marsam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Aegis Pharmaceuticals, both generic pharmaceutical companies. An ardent supporter of women’s issues, animal welfare, and accessibility to the arts and healthcare, Varis was honored with an honorary doctorate for social service from Tufts University in 2003, and in 2010 was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities.