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‘On Eagles Wing’ To Screen On US Television
28 Jul 2005 :

‘On Eagle’s Wing’, the stage musical composed and produced by John Anderson, will be screened across the US in August on the PBS Television network.

Produced by Northern Ireland production company Straight Forward Productions, the series is a recording of the show’s world premiere at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena in May 2004. The television version was produced by John Anderson and directed by Ken Price. Executive Producers were Ian S. Kennedy and John Nicholson.

The New York-based PBS station, WLIW21, has introduced the show to the PBS network for coast-to-coast transmissions over the 4 weeks from 6th August. BBC Northern Ireland was the first to broadcast the show last January.

PBS are also selling a special edition mail order DVD box set of ‘On Eagle’s Wing’ featuring the television version, the documentary of the same name which was produced and directed by Moore Sinnerton for Straight Forward, and a behind-the-scenes feature, 'The Making of On Eagle's Wing', produced by Ian Dougan and directed by Derek Montgomery.

The NIFTC provided production funding for the documentary. Derry O'Brien of Network Ireland Television is handling the worldwide distribution and, on behalf of Straight Forward, he has concluded a deal with Joan Records of the Netherlands to handle the DVD in Europe and North America. He is currently finalising deals for distribution of the 'On Eagle's Wing' DVD, and broadcasts of the show in China, Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

‘On Eagle’s Wing’ is a musical starring Peter Corry, it is a family show which celebrates the history of the Scots-Irish, the people that gave America 17 presidents, a whole host of rogues, revolutionaries, religious leaders and academics. It is the story of a people who left their farms in the Lowlands of Scotland four centuries ago to escape famine and religious persecution and who travelled to Ireland. Some stayed, but others continued the journey west to the New World of America.

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