Discover Janet’s Planet

I just learned about a TV production that is sure to excite young viewers about the universe.

Even though I’m not blogging much due to a fast-track book commitment, I decided to share this news release. (Source:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lydia King Seigenthaler Public Relations
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Janet’s Planet Founder Receives Gracie Allen Award for New Program Produced with Space Florida
Janet Ivey marks 10th anniversary of Janet’s Planet with national award for “Exploring Microgravity” DVD; also garners two MidSouth Emmy Awards

Nashville, Tenn., April 20, 2010 – Janet’s Planet, an innovative children’s educational television series airing on many public television stations nationwide, today announced that its founder and host Janet Ivey has won the esteemed Gracie Allen Award for “Exploring Microgravity,” the new DVD she produced with Space Florida. Ivey also recently won two MidSouth Emmy Awards for “Exploring Microgravity” and “Janet’s Planet Health Interstitials” from the MidSouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science.

The Gracie Allen Awards are presented by the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television to recognize exemplary programming created for, by and about women. Ivey was recognized with the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Children/Adolescent Non-Animated Program at the 35th Annual Gracies Gala at the Beverly Hills Hilton on May 25.

Ivey’s multiple awards come as Janet’s Planet celebrates its 10th year on public television.

“We are all so proud of the work that Janet Ivey has done over the years to foster children’s love of science, space and the greater world,” said Beth Curley, President and CEO of Nashville Public Television, the station where Janet’s Planet was developed and first produced. “It is completely fitting that, as she marks her 10th year on the air, Janet is being honored nationally for her work. The ‘Exploring Microgravity’ DVD is yet another example of the superior work she is doing on behalf of our nation’s children every day.”

Janet’s Planet is a unique science education program geared for six to 10-year-olds. Created by Ivey in 2000 in partnership with NPT, the series features 13 fast-paced and dynamic segments that explore a range of scientific and historic themes. These one-to-two minute short episodes currently air on more than 144 public television stations nationwide.

Ivey created “Exploring Microgravity” in partnership with Space Florida. The 35-minute DVD features Ivey as she boards an air flight at zero gravity and explains the phenomena and effects for elementary and middle school-aged audiences. The program has been adopted by the Florida Department of Education which has made it available to schools across the state to promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education. Copies are also available at