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New Talk Show Offers Summit Parents Insight into Teen Issues

Lindsay Sweeney

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 • 7:19pm

SUMMIT, NJ - Parents in the Summit area may be able to find some help in addressing pressing issues with
their teens thanks to a new locally run talk show called "The View."

The talk show, founded by Annette Dwyer, broadcasted its first episode hosted by Marianne Desantis
on Jan. 17. In the first episode, Desantis discusses underage drinking with a panel of students, a panel of
parents and a panel of experts. They’ll be airing the episode the remainder of the month on channel 36
on Comcast and 33 on Verizon.

Desantis is not just the host of the show, she is also the co-producer. Her work with a parent group in Summit over the past five years made her a prime candidate to help with the show’s production and airing. She finds the program important and rewarding.

“I was just so thrilled to reach out to parents through a television show,” Desantis said. “I can’t urge parents enough to make the time to watch it. It’s just an hour. It’s very important for parents to hear the youth view on the subjects.”

Desantis said that the show’s participants do not sit around a table and talk to one another. Instead, they look for interesting locations in Summit to film. It makes the show more exciting and intriguing, according to Desantis.

“When you’re doing an hour long talk show, you’re kind of challenged to keep the viewers’ attention,” she said.

“The View” is directed and co-produced by Lisa Reznik, a Summit resident and filmmaker. Dwyer reached out to Reznik for her help after seeing one of Reznik’s plays and films.

“I felt honored to be asked by her,” Reznik said. “I knew it was a very important project, too so I wanted to help out in any way I could.”

Reznik describes the show as insightful and unscripted. She said the show sheds light on important issues from three different perspectives. Reznik hopes that the first two episodes will go well and they will be able to receive funding for a third and future episodes.

“We hope it can reach a wide audience,” she said. “It’s being filmed in Summit but the issues affect people everywhere and anywhere.”

According to Reznik, the next show they will be filming will be discussing the dangers and the benefits of social media on teens. Reznik believes this is a very important topic for both kids and parents to pay attention to.

“Kids are more adept to use it and they don’t realize what the potential consequences could be,” she said. “And parents can’t always keep up.”

“The View” is funded by a grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation, in partnership with Shaping Summit Together, and in cooperation with the Film Society of Summit. The show airs on Sundays at 8 p.m., Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 5:30 pm, and Fridays at noon and 9:30 p.m. on channel 36 on Comcast and 33 on Verizon.

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