New York, NY (October 1, 2014) – The National Minority Consortia (NMC) – comprised of Latino Public Broadcasting, The Center for Asian American Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications, National Black Programming Consortium, and Vision Maker Media – will co-present the new PBS documentary series AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA launching on Thursday, October 2nd on WORLD Channel, and on PBS beginning Saturday, October 4.  

The NMC, which funds film and media makers and presents the works of emerging and established filmmakers on public television and in other venues, helped provide the capital that funded the series pilot, “Mainstream, USA.”  The NMC member organizations also provided funding for series completion to help bring all 8 episodes to fruition.

The pilot episode of ABTN focuses on extraordinary demographic change occurring in the South, and in particular in the small city of Clarkston, Georgia. Clarkston, a refugee resettlement site for 30 years, has been described as the most diverse square mile in the U. S. The “new American mainstream”—which demographers say includes Asians, Latinos, African Americans, mixed race individuals, immigrants, women, youth and the LGBTQ community— is explored through a portrait of this town that serves as a laboratory for the population flux of this nation. AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS is the first national series to explore the impact of this new American mainstream.

Award-winning reporter, author, and documentary producer Maria Hinojosa (NPR’s Latino USA), is the anchor and executive producer of this compelling documentary series of eight half-hour episodes. Of the support AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS has received from the NMC, Maria states, “The NMC believed in our vision from the very beginning. The support they have provided, of close to $300,000, has helped make our dream – to create innovative programming and journalism about our diverse nation – a reality.”

"The National Minority Consortia is pleased to be working with award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa on this important project," says Sandie Viquez Pedlow, Latino Public Broadcasting Executive Director and NMC co-chair. "This series explores the rapidly changing demographics of our communities and country, and sheds light on how these changes are playing out in all aspects of our lives. Documenting these stories and bringing them to the forefront of our national conversation is the perfect embodiment of our mission."

Stephen Gong, NMC co-chair and Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media also states that, “It was organic and a win-win for all our organizations to support AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS, as the series embodies what each of our organizations is committed to doing. It is wonderful that these programs will have national exposure over the 8-week broadcast run on WORLD Channel and PBS stations. This series is important because it tells the unabridged story of America.”

Presented by WGBH Boston and the NMC, AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA will also be available across multiple media platforms and is supported by a civic engagement campaign and educational curriculum.

To view the trailer for “Mainstream, USA,” please visit: https://vimeo.com/103263584  For more information on the series, visit the AMERICA BY THE NUMBERS WITH MARIA HINOJOSA website at: americabythenumbers.org