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PBS special chronicles Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project


Produced by Time Inc. Studios and This Old House Ventures, “The Life a House Built,” premiers December 22.

ATLANTA (December 15, 2008)—President Jimmy and First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s extraordinary 25-year involvement with Habitat for Humanity is the topic of a new documentary produced by Time Inc. Studios and This Old House Ventures and is scheduled to air December 22 on PBS stations throughout the country.

The documentary, titled “The Life a House Built,” was shot over of the course of one week throughout the Gulf Coast region and includes interviews with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, volunteers and those whose lives have been touched by Habitat for Humanity. The 60-minute documentary is hosted by “This Old House’s” Kevin O’Connor.

The documentary is divided into three parts. The first explores the origins of Habitat’s Carter Work Project and the history of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter; the second chronicles the 2008 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, a five-day period in spring 2008, which featured the construction or rehabilitation of hundreds of homes as part of the project along the Gulf Coast. The third looks at the vast impact the Carters have had with Habitat on a global, as well as a personal scale.

“Clearly, President and Mrs. Carter are such an important part of Habitat’s history and play a vital role in supporting our efforts around the world. This documentary really helps put that into perspective and shows how impactful their involvement with this ministry has been and continues to be,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are so grateful to them for all they have done in more than 25 years of volunteering with Habitat and are delighted this documentary will help share some of that story.”

Time Inc. Studios and This Old House Ventures produced “The Life a House Built,” their first-ever documentary to air on PBS stations nationwide beginning on December 22 (Check local listings).

“The Life a House Built” is sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, Square D Company and Whirlpool Corporation.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About This Old House Ventures
This Old House Ventures is America’s premier home enthusiast brand, netting 50 million multi-media impressions each month through its award-winning television, print and Web properties. The leading consumer publication for home how-to and inspiration, the award-winning This Old House magazine currently has a circulation of 950,000 and reaches an audience of almost six million. Since its debut, the Emmy Award-winning program This Old House has been the highest-rated home improvement series in television history, providing audiences with expert advice on design, remodeling and restoration. In 2001 This Old House spawned a second show, Ask This Old House. The ultimate Web site for home design and remodeling information, thisoldhouse.com has inspirational photo galleries, step-by-step do-it-yourself projects, and instructional videos available to homeowners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About Time Inc. Studios
Time Inc. Studios is a dedicated in-house digital studio that produces a variety of projects for Time Inc.’s titles across multiple platforms, including online, television, films, mobile and VOD.