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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-05 11:38 PM
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What Al Gore sees in ZeD--Globe and Mail, Canada (TV) /


Tuesday, April 19, 2005 Updated at 8:38 AM EST

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Vancouver Al Gore has often been perceived as one of the most Canadian-friendly politicians in the United States. So perhaps it's only fitting that the former vice-president is now looking north of the border for advice -- and a possible business deal -- on how to operate Current TV, his new, experimental, 24-hour cable channel, that goes to air Aug. 1.

Mind you, Gore isn't modelling his channel on just any northern TV show. When Dave Grafstein, Current TV's top software programmer, visited CBC Television in Vancouver last week, he was there to find out more about a groundbreaking, multiplatform program so distinctly Canadian and different from anything out there on the U.S.-dominated dial, it takes its name from the Canadian pronunciation of the letter 'zee.'

ZeD is a late-night, arts-and-culture program that airs weeknights from October to April, but has an even busier Website ( ), where independent artists from around the world upload their own short films, videos, animation, visual art, short stories, poetry, music and far-out ideas. If the submissions pass basic copyright requirements, they are published on-line, for free perusal by the site's 45,962 subscribed members.

The best submissions are bought and aired on ZeD's TV program as part of a funky nightly mix that features slick, studio-produced videos, live performances, guest interviews, dispatches from culture correspondents across the country and profiles on everything from lesbian park rangers, to artisans who make jewellery out of dead bugs. The TV show is now hosted by Ziya Tong, a sassy digital-media specialist with an eclectic rsum that includes an encyclopedia-sales stint in Alaska.

Since launching three years ago, ZeD has won numerous accolades and awards (including an Emmy nomination for outstanding achievement in advanced media technology). And as of last count, yesterday afternoon, 51,475 original submissions had been published on-line.

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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-05 11:49 PM
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1. i watch zed
it is really inspirational for your own creative side.
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