LOS ANGELES, Calif., November, 2014 – Variety and PBS SoCaL present the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, the sixth installment of Variety’s awards season video series, to film on November 8th and 9th in Hollywood. Following nearly a decade of successful events throughout the film and television awards seasons and at festivals around the globe, the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors edition will bring to life Variety’s longstanding Actors on Actors editorial print feature, with one-on-one on-air conversations with today’s top actors and actresses in discussion with one another about their craft, films and mutual respect and admiration for each other’s work.
Variety has partnered with PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, for the premiere launch of the project and will televise four episodes of the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors. The first episode will premiere on December 21 at 7:00pm, with subsequent episodes airing on Sunday, December 28 at 6:00pm and 7:00pm, and on January 4, 2015 at 7:00pm on PBS SoCaL. The videos will also stream on Variety.com beginning November 18. The Variety Studio: Actors on Actors will also be aired by WNET in New York and be distributed to PBS stations around the country in January. Check local listings.
“We have such an incredibly talented and dynamic group of actors joining us for these insightful, intimate one-on-one conversations on the art and craft of acting,” said Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety. “And we are absolutely thrilled to watch our celebrated Actors on Actors pairings jump off the page and into the homes of PBS’ prestigious viewership.”
“Variety is a perfect partner to bring a series like this to PBS viewers,” said Andy Russell, PBS SoCaL COO. “Variety’s great journalism and editorial insight, combined with an extraordinary group of actors, will offer our audiences a compelling inside look at conversations between the leading actors of our time.”
Featured conversations will include: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) with Edward Norton (Birdman), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) with Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Josh Brolin (Inherent Vice) with J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year) with Gugu Mbatha Raw (Belle), Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything) with Laura Dern (Wild), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) with Michael Keaton (Birdman), Hilary Swank (Homesman) with Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) with Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year & Interstellar) with Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), David Oyelewo (Selma) with Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Jenny Slate (Obvious Child) with Felicity Jones (Theory of Everything), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night ) with Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes) with Ralph Fiennes (Grand Budapest Hotel)Jennifer Aniston (Cake) with Emily Blunt (Into The Woods), and James Corden (Into The Woods) with Kevin Costner (Black and White).
PBS SoCaL is the national presenting station for the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors series. As the flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCaL works with filmmakers to develop and broadcast high-quality programs and series that educate, entertain and enlighten our viewers. PBS SoCaL National Productions is proud to distribute a number of these completed programs and series to PBS stations nationally each year. For more information about PBS SoCaL National Productions please go to http://www.pbssocal.org/tv/nationalproductions/.
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