Maryland Public Television held ceremonies on April 28 to mark the official opening of the Irene and Edward H. Kaplan production studio at its Owings Mills campus.
The studio is now named after Irene and Edward H. Kaplan to honor and thank the residents of Montgomery County for their decades-long support of MPT and its mission. Edward H. Kaplan is chairman of MPT’s governing body, the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission.
The event was the culmination of a 20-month construction project making the 8,480 square foot production studio one of the largest in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) system and the Maryland/Delaware/Virginia region. . The expanded Kaplan studio is 75% larger than the original studio and benefits from the latest technology and environmental efficiency.
The studio should be used for the first time in June. In partnership with WBAL-TV, MPT will produce and broadcast a one-hour debate featuring candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor of Maryland.
The Kaplan studio will also be used by MPT for the production of local and national public television series, documentaries and specials. Beyond these productions, MPT will invite the public for televised public affairs/town hall meetings, concerts and performances, as well as additional studio-produced debates and candidate forums. In the future, the studio facilities will also be made available for rental to outside production companies.
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Dignitaries cut the ceremonial ribbon at the dedication of Maryland Public Television’s Kaplan studio. Tape cutter included, left to right: Steven Schupak, executive vice president and station manager at MPT; George Beneman, senior vice president and CTO at MPT; Patrick Butler, President and CEO of US Public Television Networks; Cynthia Fenneman, President and CEO of US Public Television; Ellington E. Churchill Jr., general service secretary of Maryland; Teresa A. Garraty, executive director of the Office of Capital Budgeting at the Maryland Department of Budget and Management; and Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. (Photo by Larry Canner)
Irene and Edward H. Kaplan pose for a photo in the lobby of MPT’s head office in Owings Mills. (Photo by Larry Canner)
From right, Maryland Public Television President and CEO Larry D. Unger, right, addresses the crowd as Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., and Ret. Maj. Gen. Peter M. Aylward, director of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, looks on during the network’s colors raising ceremony, part of the dedication of the Irene and Edward H production studio Kaplan. (Photo by Larry Canner)
Members of Vietnam Veterans of America, Baltimore Chapter 451 and the NFL Veterans Honor Guard salute as the national anthem plays during the MPT Color Raising Ceremony. (Photo by Larry Canner)
Maryland Public Television President and CEO Larry D. Unger, center-right, accepts a citation from the Maryland General Assembly, presented to MPT by, from left, Maryland Sens. Sarah Elfreth, D-Anne Arundel and Shelly Hettleman, D-Baltimore; and Del. Jon Cardin, D-Baltimore. (Photo by Larry Canner)
The exterior of the expanded Kaplan studio and adjoining entrance plaza at dusk. The 8,480 square foot production studio is now one of the largest in the public service broadcasting system. (Photo by Larry Canner)