Sunday, September 29, 2002

“THE LITTLE CABLE ACCESS SHOW THAT COULD” Full Disclosure Network™ : The First Ten Years

Emmy Award-winning cable access show Full Disclosure Network™ marks its 10th Anniversary on Sunday September 29, 2002 with a special breakfast celebration at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. Full Disclosure Network™ Producer/host Leslie Dutton welcomes the prominent law enforcement officials who appeared in the Award-winning multi-part series "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" as Full Disclosure Network™ looks back on the achievements of the past ten years and forward for a move to broadcast TV.

Over the past decade, "the little cable access show that could" has been making history. From investigating illegal immigration and street vendors, LAPD policies and reforms, California election/voter fraud, to the American Presidency, the Full Disclosure Network™ program with Leslie Dutton has regularly tackled the tough "Rule Of Law" issues that the regular news media outlets rarely touch. The program has captured pivotal leaders on videotape, challenging them with in-depth interviews and discussions as history unfolds.

The Full Disclosure Network™ ™ was founded in 1992 by Leslie Dutton, who, as a veteran civic activist, felt a desperate need for community and public affairs programming, especially from the grassroots perspective. Starting on one Santa Monica cable channel, Full Disclosure Network™ has expanded its base and distribution throughout California and is now seen regularly on over 40 cable channels from Orange County to Sacramento.

Emphasizing issues facing the LAPD, Full Disclosure Network™ has focused on reforms sparked by the 1992 Riots and the Christopher Commission Report. Full Disclosure Network™ has featured interviews with every recent L.A.P.D. Chief from Ed Davis to William Bratton. Dutton has also interviewed most of the Deputy Chiefs, including the late Jesse Brewer, who was the first and highest ranking African-American to serve as LAPD Assistant Chief. She has also interviewed numerous Police Commission Presidents and produced a special series of interviews on the role of the LAPD Inspector General, which was chosen to be included in the Los Angeles City Archives as part of the city's historical record.

Other Full Disclosure Network™ guests have included elected and appointed officials from federal, state and local government as well a prominent civic leaders and community groups. Some other notables who have appeared on Full Disclosure Network™ are: National and local journalists, State Senators, Assembly members, California Secretary of State, California Superior Court Judges and Administrators, University of California Administrators, a UC Regent, L. A. and Orange County Sheriffs, ACLU Attorneys, Civil Rights Activists/Attorneys, Immigrant Rights Activists/Attorneys, Police Officers, Social workers, Fraud Investigators and countless concerned citizens.

Operating on a shoestring budget, a majority of the 362 Full Disclosure Network™ programs were produced in "public access" studios. The Federal Communications Commission created Public Access by compelling cable television operators to offer the general public, at no charge, access to their cable channels. Unfortunately, what the Government gives, it can take away. In recent years public access operators have started restricting the channels to educational institutions or selected political favorites of those in power. In spite of bureaucratic and political obstacles, thanks to word of mouth and viewer dedication, Full Disclosure Network™ continues to expand distribution.

The show has consistently worked to offer in-depth coverage on "the news behind the news," providing a platform for local and federal leaders to conduct an open dialogue for the benefit of Californians. Demonstrating strength and perseverance, Leslie Dutton moved this California community program to a national level when Full Disclosure Network™ tackled a Presidential "Rule of Law" issue.

Traveling across the United States throughout 1999, Dutton interviewed former U. S. Attorneys General and Special and Independent Prosecutors in an on-going project to uncover the facts behind how America investigates the Presidency - from Watergate to Whitewater and beyond. All but one U.S. Attorney General and one Independent Counsel have been interviewed. Still in post-production, this special series has yet to air.

In March 2000 the first Full Disclosure Network™ Forum was held in Washington D. C. with the U. S. Attorneys General and Presidential Prosecutors. The Forum production evolved from the interviews and was entitled "The Prosecutor and The Presidency". Panelists on hand to question the participants were Bob Woodward, Hon. Shirley Hufstedler, Chesterfield Smith (ABA Pres. 73-74) and Leslie Dutton. Videotaped clips from Dutton's 1999 interviews were featured with special highlights from Attorneys General Elliot Richardson and Richard Kliendienst. These were the last interviews before their deaths in 1999/2000.

On June 29th, 2002, history was made by FULL DISCLOSURE when it became the first independently produced and privately funded cable series to be awarded an Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for excellence in the field of Informational/Public Affairs programming. Winning over NBC4's "News Conference: Movers & Shakers", KTLA's "Minority Success Stories" and KOCE's "Real Orange," Full Disclosure Network™ once again lived up to its reputation as "the little cable access show that could."

The Emmy Award-winning multi-part series, "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism," investigated local and regional anti-terror measures in the wake of 9/11. Featuring interviews with local law enforcement, labor leaders, and elected officials, "L.A.'s War Against Terrorism" explored strategies to fend off possible future attacks and examined plans for cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies. The series also looked into new anti-terrorism legislation on a state and national level. Two installments of the series featured in depth interviews with L.A.'s top law enforcement officer, LAPD Chief Bernard Parks.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary at a special breakfast at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey on September 29, 2002 , Full Disclosure Network™ welcomed the prominent law enforcement officials who appeared in the 2001 Emmy Award-winning series. Special guest speakers were L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, who heads a state task force on terrorism and coordinating with the federal agencies, offered an update on regional efforts to thwart future terrorist activities and Congresswoman Jane Harman who as the ranking member on the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security will give an update on the status of the Homeland Security legislation.