Janson Media today announced the release to international television markets of the human-interest reality show, JOURNEYS OF THE HEART: PERU. The socially-conscious High Definition series — which is poised to make its U.S. debut in early 2006 as part of of Echostar’s VOOM package — consists of nine episodes and follows the emotional quest of eight ordinary people who travel to Cusco, Peru, to help better the lives of a group of deaf and mute orphans. Set in a stunning and exotic backdrop, JOURNEYS OF THE HEART: PERU features a riveting storyline. With a delicate balance of laughter, tears and inspiration, the end-result is an unforgettable life-changing journey captured in stunning HDTV — and a positive direction for reality television.
To make it all possible, production company Concrete Pictures partnered with Globe Aware, a non-profit organization that specializes in what it calls “adventures in service,” volunteer tourism with a focus on cultural awareness and sustainability. While Globe Aware tapped its international resources for the perfect location, Concrete Pictures located its volunteers — eight North American citizens whose compelling essays, unique personalities, and underlying compassion earned them roles in the project. Among the volunteers were a marketing manager from San Francisco, a special education teacher from Ontario, Canada and a mother-and-son pair from California.
“What these people did was amazing and heart-felt,” said Drew Fleming, the series’ Creator and Executive Producer. “This is our first venture into the genre of reality TV,” said Stephen Janson of Janson Media. “This is the real thing, not a ‘reality’ series with contestants and survivors and contrived situations, targeted to the lowest common denominator, but a new kind of reality TV that is engaging, thought-provoking, and enlightening.”
JOURNEYS OF THE HEART: PERU (9 x 60′) is now available to international television markets exclusively from Janson Media.