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MDC’s Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives Receives Large Donation from Local Producer

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Veteran producer Barrie Brett

Miami, August 3, 2010 - A large videotape donation has been made to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives by veteran producer Barrie Brett. Brett’s extensive background in the media allowed her to accumulate a wealth of footage highlighting South Florida’s heritage. The 330 tapes join a collection that contains millions of feet of film and thousands of hours of videotape, spanning over nine decades of Florida’s past.

“During my producing time in Miami, from 1979 through 1992, I had the pleasure of producing hundreds of shows that now represent a history of South Florida at that time. I produced pieces for PM MAGAZINE, WTVJ, and a show called Florida for WPLG, along with a sports roundup of college sports. I interviewed pretty much everyone notable and/or passing through at that time – celebrities, politicians, executives, sports figures – i.e., Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Arthur Miller, Elizabeth Taylor. Looking back, it was wonderful. Now I believe the tapes represent an important retrospective of this area,” said Brett.

Lynn Wolfson helped found the Moving Image Archives in 1984, along with Ralph Renick and historian Arva Moore Parks. The Wolfson Archives, named in honor of Lynn and the late Louis Wolfson II, a leader in Florida’s communications industry, was created under the joint sponsorship of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami Dade College, and the University of Miami. The Archives has been collecting, preserving, and making accessible film and video materials made in or about Florida beginning with an initial contribution by Miami broadcast journalism pioneer Ralph Renick of film and video materials produced by WTVJ since its beginning in 1949. These materials document the issues and events that have shaped the history and culture of the State of Florida.

Louis Wolfson II presided over the television and cable division of Wometco Enterprises prior to its sale in 1983. All original footage in the Moving Image Archives was contributed by WTVJ, the flagship station of Wometco Enterprises. 

In 2009, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, Inc. donated to Miami Dade College all of its rights, title and interest in and to the Archives. To learn more about the Archives, visit www.mdc.edu/wolfsonarchives/.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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