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December 10, 2013

MATC students have the opportunity to write, produce, direct and record programs for broadcast on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2. Each year, students participate in what has become an MPTV holiday tradition anticipated by the students, MPTV staff and viewers alike.

About 40 students enrolled in MATC's Television and Video Production (TVP) program produced this year's LETTERS TO SANTA. The half-hour holiday program features children reading letters to Santa about the gifts they hope to see under the tree on Christmas, and about 120 children had the opportunity to talk with Santa on the shows. Each of the seven installments of LETTERS TO SANTA also highlights a seasonal topic and do-it-yourself holiday projects. Topics featured this year include a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society to talk about the responsibilities of getting a pet for Christmas, activities for families at the Pettit National Ice Center, and a behind-the-scenes look at Buddy Squirrel Candy.

MATC students have several opportunities throughout the year to solely create productions aired on MPTV, but this series is the only program that will air on its flagship channel 10.1 HD. For each episode, the class was responsible for all aspects of production including set design, lighting design, music and script. Also, the TVP students engaged the students in MATC's Animation program and asked them to create an animated open and close for the program.

"The process for this series helps us prepare for the real world, as this is exactly the same as producing a series that would air on any television station," said JR Witt, MATC student and Executive Producer of LETTERS TO SANTA. "All of us involved can now include it on our resumes that we have production experience for a program that was actually broadcast."

Dan Mich was the Assistant Executive Producer; Andrew Suggitt and Soon Vue were the Studio Production Coordinators; Ty Bergeron and Willie Stone were responsible for the program's open and close, with help from MATC Animation students Kevin Mei and John Alvarez. Program Producers included Sam Gruetzmacher, Miranda Morn, Emma Cortes, Ty Bergeron, Seab Littrell, Julia Dynek and Dan Mich. Program Directors included Jordan Curtin, Willie Stone, Andrew Suggitt, Steve Moser, David Kaye, Adam Lilley and Tim Straszewski. Segment Producers included Matt Kenner, Ashley Pluger, Ben Hanser, Josh Nylen, Soon Vue and
Warren Barth. Additionally, over 15 first-year TVP students participated as studio crew members.

For more than 50 years, students enrolled in the Television and Video Production associate degree program at Milwaukee Area Technical College have trained alongside the broadcast professionals at Milwaukee Public Television. This allows for hands-on work experience at a large, professional, state-of-the-art broadcast facility while under the guidance of television professionals who function as producers and directors, as well as instructors.

LETTERS TO SANTA will air Monday through Friday during the week of December 16, and on Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 24. The shows will be broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on MPTV HD 10.1 and 36.2.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
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