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Press Release:

WGBH's Media Access Group Opens Expanded West Coast Facility

Clients, Consumers and Supporters Gather to Experience the Magic of MoPix

June 5, 2001

BURBANK, CA— The Media Access Group at WGBH recently celebrated the move to a new, expanded West Coast location in Burbank, California with an Open House for area clients and consumers. This larger facility enables the Media Access Group to accommodate the increased demand for captioning and audio description services, which WGBH pioneered, from the LA television, film and new media industries.

The Open House also provided the opportunity to showcase WGBH's MoPix technology that provides movie theatre access for people who are blind or deaf. Motion Picture Access or MoPix is a system that allows people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing to enjoy first-run filmed entertainment in conventional theatres by providing closed captioning for people who are deaf and descriptive audio narration for people who are blind. The goal of the MoPix Project is for theatre chains to install the technology in cinemas across the country and for production studios to caption and describe their films. These installations will enable the nation's 34 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired to enjoy first-run entertainment along with the rest of the movie-going audience.

Many clients including representatives from DreamWorks, Walt Disney Imagineering, Warner Bros. Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Video, Fox Family Channel, Fox Broadcasting, DTS, Sony Pictures, VDI, and Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions; consumers and supporters from the California Association of the Deaf, California Council of the Blind, Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness, Inc., and Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. and the City of Los Angeles Office on Disability attended the event and were given the opportunity to experience MoPix firsthand. Guests learned the value of making all forms of media accessible to audiences with sensory disabilities.

The Media Access Group at WGBH, with offices in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, is a non-profit service of public broadcaster WGBH/Boston. The service group includes Descriptive Video Service (est. 1990), which makes television, film, DVD and video more accessible to viewers who are blind and visually impaired, as well as The Caption Center (est. 1972), the world's first and most experienced captioning agency. The third division of the Media Access Group, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), is a research and development entity that works to make existing and emerging technologies more accessible to these under-served audiences. Members of the Group's collective staff represent the leading resources and experts in their fields. For more information, please visit access.wgbh.org.

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