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Narrative Television Network Begins 25th Season


Tulsa, Oklahoma - January 5, 2012 -
It was announced today that the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network is preparing to launch its 25th season of making movies, television, and educational programming accessible for our nation's 13 million people who are blind and visually impaired and their families.

Founded in 1988, NTN released its first accessible programs that fall and is currently working on broadcast, cable, DVD, and Internet streaming programming that will be available in late 2012 which will comprise NTN's 25th year serving its special audience.

Founder and President Jim Stovall said, “This milestone is a tribute to the dedicated professionals who make our programming possible, along with our broadcast and cable network partners and cooperation and funding from the U.S. Department of Education.”

The Narrative Television Network has received many industry honors including the Emmy Award, the Media Access Award from the broadcast television industry, and the Golden Georgi Award which is the top scriptwriting honor from the Writers Foundation of America.

Eileen Akers from Norwich, Connecticut, said, “NTN makes it possible for me to watch television. Even when I did have a bit of vision, I was never much of a TV viewer and, after losing my sight completely, I became even less interested. I never really thought too much about my lack of interest until I sampled your programming.”

NTN most recently has made first-run movies accessible by including a description option on the menu of DVDs for movies such as The Ultimate Gift from Fox and The Lamp from Warner Brothers. More major motion pictures and network television shows are slated for release in their accessible format from NTN during the coming year.

"We help people hear what they can’t see,” said Jim Stovall. “It’s wonderful to have a successful business and even better when you can help special people who have real needs for accessibility; but when you can do both at the same time, it’s the best of both worlds.”

Samples of NTN programming, along with listings of accessible movies, television, and educational programming are available at NarrativeTV.com.

Stovall Named Chairman of DLN

October 3, 2011 – For Immediate Release – It was announced today that Jim Stovall, Founder and President of the Narrative Television Network, was named Chairman of the Description Leadership Network (DLN). The Description Leadership Network is a coalition of world-class organizations involved with the practicality, policy, and technology of blindness and video accessibility. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the DLN will serve in a two-year project.

Stovall said, “As a blind person myself, and as someone who has dedicated my professional life to video description, being named chairman of the DLN ranks with receiving the Emmy Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Council of the Blind as a high point.”

The Description Leadership Network will advise and oversee the Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC). VDRDC will investigate innovative technologies and techniques for making online video more accessible to blind and visually-impaired students and consumers.

Video description is the process of adding narration to the existing sound tracks of movies, television, educational programming, or any audio/video material. The descriptive narration generally fits between the dialogue of the existing programming, helping blind and low-vision people hear what they can’t see.

Description is both an art and a science. You have to deliver the essence of the programming that was intended by the writer or producer while overcoming any technical barriers that may exist in the rapidly-changing landscape of video delivery systems,” Stovall stated.

The VDRDC’s two-year project will focus on two specific areas. First, the development of new technologies and techniques for the annotation of online video content. Secondly, conducting a vigorous program of outreach and information dissemination regarding technologies that can improve access to educational video for students and consumers with visual disabilities.

For more information, contact Jim Stovall, 918-627-1000. Jim@NarrativeTV.com.

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NTN Press

NTN has received national and international publicity, including features in The Wall Street Journal, TV Guide, Time Magazine, Variety, Woman's Day, and scores of other publications. NTN has been highlighted on CNN, Good Morning America, and many other national TV and radio shows.

NTN Receives Major Funding from the US Department of Education

For over 20 years NTN has worked with the U.S. Department of Education to bring thousands of hours of high quality educational programming to children who are blind or visually impaired.  With funding from the Department of Education, NTN has made accessible programs from providers of educational material such as PBS, National Geographic, Cable in the Classroom, Annenberg/CPB, and the National Park Service.

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