Published: Jan. 12, 2012

BTN debuts new original series 'Impact the World'

The Big Ten Network debuted a powerful new original series, "Impact the World," which shifts the focus from the playing field to the world stage, where Big Ten universities continue to make their presence known. The series debuted Jan. 10, and will air weekly through the winter. MSU will be featured in the series Jan. 31 and Feb. 21.

"Impact the World gives regular BTN viewers a window into the ground-breaking work being done on Big Ten campuses that is improving and impacting lives, both in the United States and around the world," says BTN president Mark Silverman.

The series is hosted by actor Dennis Haysbert and will include 24 stories from all 12 Big Ten universities. The debut episode will featured a series of stories illustrating the impact of advances in medical therapy and treatment. Highlighted features included research from Indiana University, University of Minnesota and University of Illinois.

Impact the World is the first BTN collaborative campus program series produced in conjunction with the Big Ten Conference and its 12 universities. Since the network launched in 2007, BTN has aired programs produced from each Big Ten university under the University Showcase heading.

BTN is co-producing the series with Chicago-based TeamWorks Media, a creative content company that specializes in producing inspirational stories, to produce Impact the World. TeamWorks Media’s production of the show includes research and show formatting, field production, and all post production, including writing and editing. TeamWorks Media also produced BTN LiveBIG, which profiled Big Ten alumni, students and supporters who are “living big” through their service to others. The series debuted during fall 2011 and was hosted by former Michigan standout Dhani Jones.

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