Harvard Undergraduate Television

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Harvard Undergraduate Television (HUTV)
Type Internet television network
Country United States
Availability Online, internationally
Slogan Turn Us On
Key people
Derek Flanzraich, Eric Paternot, Emily Brodsky
Launch date
1975 (as "Harvard-Radcliffe Film Workshop")
Former names
Harvard-Radcliffe Film Workshop (1975–1992)
Harvard-Radcliffe Television (1992-2009)
Official website
www.hutvnetwork.com

Harvard Undergraduate Television (HUTV) is the Harvard College Student television station broadcasting to the Internet.

HUTV carries original, student-produced content from eleven shows[1] and from individual Harvard students.[2] HUTV shows include Ivory Tower, On Harvard Time (an award-winning comedy news show[3]), and video reports by The Harvard Crimson (Harvard's daily student newspaper).[4] The network has a full production studio and post-production editing facilities in Pforzheimer House, a Harvard dormitory.[5]

HUTV, under the guidance of co-President Derek Flanzraich, replaced then-defunct Harvard-Radcliffe Television (HRTV) on April 6, 2009,[6] inheriting HRTV's shows and staff.[5]

History[edit]

Harvard-Radcliffe Film Workshop (HRFW)[edit]

In 1975, Bob Doyle who was then working as a research fellow in Harvard's Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, founded the Harvard-Radcliffe Film Workshop (HRFW), which offered filmmaking instruction and film screenings in the Morse Music Library in the basement of Pforzheimer House, which was then known as North House.[7]

In the 1980s, Doyle helped form the Desktop Video Group to "support undergraduate video production and television distribution" at Brown and Harvard Universities.[8]

Harvard-Radcliffe Television (HRTV)[edit]

The HRTV logo

In 1992, Emily Brodsky founded Harvard-Radcliffe Television (HRTV).[7] That same year, Ivory Tower, the Ivy League's oldest soap opera, became one of HRTV's first shows.[9]

Until 1996, HRTV's shows were edited using Desktop Video Group equipment. In 1996, the Morse Music Library, which had previously been the site of HRFW's instruction sessions and film screenings, was re-organized into a television studio for HRTV, overseen by Doyle and aided financially by Pforzheimer House.[7]

In its early years, HRTV screened its shows in dormitory common rooms and dining halls,[7] as well as on various Cambridge Public-access television cable TV channels.[10][11][12] In 2006, HRTV began posting all of its shows exclusively online, though episodes of Ivory Tower had been posted online before then.[13]

Several prominent Harvard alumni in the film and television industries have been members of the HRTV Honorary Board of Advisers, including Matt Damon, Conan O'Brien, Mira Sorvino, Jack Lemmon, Elisabeth Shue, and John Lithgow.[7]

Harvard Undergraduate Television (HUTV)[edit]

On April 6, 2009, HRTV relaunched as Harvard Undergraduate Television, under the direction of co-president Derek Flanzraich.[5] The transformation included a new website and a short promotional video featuring Harvard professor and prominent psychologist Steven Pinker smashing a television and telling viewers to "get with the times" by watching television online.[14]

Current Shows[edit]

HUTV Productions[edit]

HUTV currently produces eight shows.[15]

  • Ivory Tower - Created in 1992 by Sara Alexandra Bibel and Andrea N. Moore, Ivory Tower is HUTV's longest-running show and the Ivy League's oldest soap opera, and according to the show's staff the oldest college soap opera. In fall 2008, Ivory Tower switched from a soap opera format to a situation comedy format. It has been popular not only on the Harvard campus but also, since being posted online, in South Korea.[9][7][16][17]
  • HUTV News - Founded in 2007, HUTV News is HUTV's short-form news show, producing shorter reports than Crimson Edition on a wider range of topics. Before HRTV became HUTV, HUTV News was called HRTV News.[25][26]
  • Love@Harvard - Modeled after The Dating Game, Love@Harvard is a show in which three students compete to win a date with another student contestant. It debuted in November 2008.[29]

Content Partners[edit]

HUTV also currently features three "content partners" on its site.[15] These shows are not produced by HUTV staff, but according to HUTV's website "HUTV distributes their content as part of [their] mission to connect media groups on the Harvard campus."[32]

  • The Yard - An improvised "docu-soap" about six Harvard undergraduates, premiered in 2009 and produced jointly by students at Harvard and Emerson College.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shows at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  2. ^ Videos at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  3. ^ a b 2008-12-29. "OHT Wins Pan-Ivy Recognition!." The On Harvard Time Blog. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  4. ^ The Harvard Crimson Videos at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  5. ^ a b c Shen, Brian (2009-03-16). "Inside the vision to reinvent Harvard's television". The Harvard Voice. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  6. ^ 2009-04-06. "HUTV Launches New (Sexy) Web Site." The Harvard Crimson's FlyByBlog. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Harvard-Radcliffe Television (HRTV) at Desktop Video Group. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  8. ^ Home page at Desktop Video Group. Retrieved on 2009-04-21.
  9. ^ a b Estes, Adam Clark (2009-01-13). "The Birth, Death, and Soggy Afterlife of Ivy Soaps." IvyGate Blog. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  10. ^ Gootman, Elissa T. (1993-02-23). "Harvard Soap Opera To Premiere in April." The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  11. ^ Isa, Margaret (1993-10-27). "Locals Access TV Station". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  12. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (2003-11-07). "Selling Ivory Soap." The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  13. ^ Zamcheck, Abraham M. (2006-03-10). "HRTV Shows Off New Website." The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2009-05-23.
  14. ^ HUTV Promo Video at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  15. ^ a b Home page on HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-18.
  16. ^ About Ivory Tower at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-17.
  17. ^ Zamcheck, Abraham M. (2006-03-10). "HRTV Shows Off New Website." The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2009-04-18.
  18. ^ "About Respectably French" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  19. ^ "Celebrity Endorsements and Interviews" at Respectably French's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  20. ^ "About On Harvard Time" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  21. ^ "All On Harvard Time Videos" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  22. ^ Drago, Samantha F. (2008-10-01). "Comedy on Harvard’s Terms: A look into HRTV’s most popular show." The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2010-05-08.
  23. ^ About Crimson Edition at HUTV's site. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  24. ^ "All Crimson Edition Videos" at HUTV's site. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  25. ^ "About HUTV News" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  26. ^ Opening animation of "Going Green" video on YouTube. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  27. ^ "About the Hooligans" at the Harvard Hooligans blog. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  28. ^ "All Harvard Hooligans Videos" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  29. ^ Jain, Niha S. (2008-10-27). "HRTV To Spark ‘Love At Harvard’." The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  30. ^ An H-Biz Tonight video from 2008-12-08 at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  31. ^ "About H-Biz Tonight" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  32. ^ Help/FAQ at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-18.
  33. ^ Child, Maxwell L. (2009-03-16). "Okay, but seriously, what is Sorrento?". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  34. ^ "About UCTV" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  35. ^ "Harvard UCTV April 16, 2009" video at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
  36. ^ "About The Yard" at HUTV's site. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.

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