Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 23, 2012

Solar car, Big House recycling to be featured on new BTN weekly series

U-M's Solar Car Team and recycling efforts at Michigan Stadium will be profiled on a new Big Ten Network 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.

"Impact the World" debuted Jan. 10, and will air weekly through the winter.


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The first U-M segment will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 with a feature on the Solar Car Team, which placed third in the World Solar Challenge in Australia.

The feature on the Big House recycling program will air at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 21, following the U-M men's basketball game against Northwestern.

Each episode will re-air three times in the days following the initial telecast, usually at 10 p.m. or late fringe time slots.

"'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 program 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 U-M football standout Dhani Jones.