In 2016, leveraging quality PBS and NPR content, along with AZPM's outstanding local programming, we continued with our commitment to build a better Southern Arizona. In the coming year, we have many projects, community events and outreach to look forward to.
In January, PBS 6 audiences will enjoy new seasons of fan favorites including Sherlock and Mercy Street. Also, premiering January 15th, Victoria on MASTERPIECE is the highly anticipated new drama about the epic life and reign of Queen Victoria.
AZPM is currently working on a new original, long-form documentary on PBS 6. The multi-Emmy®award-winning team of filmmaker Tom Kleespie and mental health reporter/producer Gisela Telis will deliver a project that aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding the mental health of teens and youth. Through the documentary and subsequent workshops and community outreach, the hope is to achieve a positive and measurable impact on young people, and their families, who may be coping with mental health issues.
And coming in Fall 2017, The Vietnam War, an immersive ten part, eighteen hour documentary film series directed by acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most divisive, consequential and misunderstood events in American history, as it has never before been told on film. AZPM is already in production with a companion documentary recounting the impact of this era and its defining war on a generation of Southern Arizonans.
We are all committed to making a tangible difference here in Southern Arizona and I am so very grateful for your dedication and commitment to AZPM. I am especially thankful to lead this organization and feel both honored and privileged to work with you for the benefit of our community. As you embark on this new year, please accept my very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017.