Monday, April 16, 2012

Julian Assange's TV series 'The World Tomorrow' to debut on April 17

Julian Assange's new television show, "The World Tomorrow," is set to begin airing on April 17, or Income Tax Day in the U.S. The show, a 12-episode series, was announced in late January, and has completed filming, according to a statement using TwitLonger from Wikileaks Twitter account.

The first interview will be broadcast on Kremlin-funded Russia Today on Tuesday April, 17, at 11:00 London time. Interviews will be edited to 26 minutes of air time. The series will be broadcast on a weekly basis, with the interviews and transcripts also made available online.

Negotiations are being held right now with other potential licensees who may air longer edited versions of the series episodes.

Wikileaks' statement describes the show as follows:

"'The World Tomorrow' is a collection of twelve interviews featuring an eclectic range of guests, who are stamping their mark on the future: politicians, revolutionaries, intellectuals, artists and visionaries. The world's last five years have been marked by an unrelenting series of economic crises and political upheavals. But they have also given rise to the eruption of revolutionary ferment in the Middle East and to the emergence of new protest movements in the Euro-American world. In Julian's words, the aim of the show is 'to capture and present some of this revolutionary spirit to a global audience. My own work with WikiLeaks hasn't exactly made my life easier,' says Assange, 'but it has given us a platform to broadcast world-shifting ideas.'"
To be clear, Russia Today has had nothing to do with the show's content or production. WikiLeaks said RT is just the show's first licensee. The show is being produced by Julian Assange-founded Quick Roll Productions in partnership with Dartmouth Films, which is a U.K.-based producer of independent films. Distribution is being handled by Journeyman Pictures.

WikiLeaks upset much of the world when it distributed a vast cache of classified and sensitive military and diplomatic documents. U.S. soldier Bradley Manning has been charged with supplying much of that data to WikiLeaks.

In what is supposedly unrelated, but which Assange has claimed is in fact related to his travails with the U.S. and other governments, Assange has been living under house arrest in the U.K., awaiting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges stemming from 2010.

Assange has vehemently denied the charges, but lost one appeal to avoid extradition in November. However, he is now waiting for his case to be heard by the U.K.'s Supreme Court.

An official trailer for "The World Tomorrow" can be viewed below.

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