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‘City Walk’ Featured in The Huffington Post

“I love a success story. Just two years ago, the unique TV series City Walk took its first steps, exploring urban environments from Portland to New York City in a hip, revisionist way: by strolling them. Along with enlightening guides and guests, taking to the streets, footpaths, and cultural centers of cities across America, the program — a co-production of KCET (the nation’s biggest independent broadcaster) and Rigler Creative — launched humbly but confidently, and in 2015 they’re two seasons into their rich, diverse documentary journey, with a third season on the way. They’ve even picked up a nomination for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award — impressive, considering the plethora of L.A. stories. You could say that City Walk is really finding its feet.”

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Inside City Walk’s Journey from Viral Video Sensation to L.A. Emmy Nomination

While the automobile continues to dominate roadways across America and the world at large, more and more people are forgoing the creature comforts and high gas prices that come attached with them in favor of a far more economical – and healthier – alternative: walking. Along with those benefits, there’s the extra added perk of experiencing the natural beauty and distinctive landscape of the neighborhoods we call home.

Those aspects are captured each week in the acclaimed, entertaining documentary series CITY WALK. Airing on Los Angeles’ KCET every Tuesday night at 10 PM Pacific, with weekly airings on KCET’s national satellite platform LinkTV, and streaming via the station’s web site, CITY WALK can also be seen as in-flight features on Virgin America flights, with several segments available on

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City Walk Has Been Renewed for a Third Season!

KCETLink has picked up a third season of CITY WALK, the immersive television series that reveals the way walking is transforming cities all across America. Season Three of CITY WALK will launch in March, 2016, continuing to spotlight the most walkable neighborhoods and cities in the U.S., while inspiring viewers to go out and explore their communities by foot.

Season Three will explore new cities, storylines and neighborhoods, offer historical insight and a modern perspective on urban parks and architecture that influence and inspire walking and walkable communities. Viewers can also expect to see a greater emphasis on the greater Los Angeles area along with a splash of comedy and entertaining visits to an exciting variety of walkable cities all across America.

Thomas Rigler Talks City Walk

For an Angeleno, director/producer Thomas Rigler is surprisingly animated when talking about walking. One reason is that he is the driving (intentional pun, of course) force behind City Walk, an ongoing, live-action KCET docu-series that spotlights memorable pedestrian activities in the USA.


Luke Wilson’s feats and feets don’t fail him in City Walk

Rigler wrangles indie animation rock star Bill Plympton in one of the recent City Walk segments. That particular tidbit inspires the LA Animation Examiner to dig deeper into City Walk as follows.

LA Animation Examiner: How did you develop City Walk in a town (LA) known for its ubiquitous motoring?

Thomas Rigler: City Walk started in 2011 as an extension of our continuing online campaign for, a digital awareness initiative about the health benefits of travel by foot. While recording across the country, our crew realized that there’s a much bigger story: our cities are evolving away from the car and toward walkable communities.

Unexpectedly, we heard references from out-of-state planners and developers about Los Angeles as the capital of the walking future. LA is predicted to lead a national trend. Fascinating! When we returned to Los Angeles, we documented our own backyard accordingly. We uncovered a wealth of stories that contradict the cliché (i.e., Nobody walks in LA). Favorite cases in point are the local car-free extravaganzas CicLAvia and The Big Parade.

LAAE: Please say several words about your collaboration with Bill Plympton.

TR: A few months ago, Bill Plympton was in town to promote his latest animated feature film Cheatin’. We lured him to our Pasadena facility for a conversation. Bill arrived in his trademark khaki shorts and Oxfords with socks, and he took over one of our offices. It quickly became clear that Bill preferred to draw while being interviewed, and he wanted us to see what he was drawing.

We usually shoot City Walk interviews with two cameras, but we quickly added a third, fixed on Bill’s hand and sketch paper. We captured this beautiful monologue about Bill’s love of walking New York neighborhoods for animation inspiration. Before our eyes and lenses, Bill designed the four phases of a character walk cycle based on his leading lady in Cheatin’. He’s a true master! The video loop of this completed walk cycle appears in our finished product, which is posted on the KCET website.

LAAE: Besides Plympton, what other celebrities have contributed to the series?

TR: During season 2, Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize winning LA Times restaurant critic, describes what he loves most about Old Town Pasadena (he is a resident). Jillian Rose Reed goes from MTV’s Awkward to Disneyland. Penn & Teller appear inside their theater at the Rio Las Vegas. The Police’s Stewart Copeland discusses his passion for bicycling through Marina del Rey as he plays drums. Actor/writer Luke Wilson shares memories from trekking alongside Space Shuttle Endeavor toward its final destination at the California Science Center, an experience he also commemorates in his short film Satellite Beach.

LAAE: How did your show make its initial leap from the web to KCET?

TR: We didn’t really make the leap from web to TV with City Walk. Instead, we conceived the program as a multi-platform opportunity and a fresh, new take on the magazine format. It parallel launched online and on TV with KCETLink. The secret behind Internet video monetization is in generating an enormous amount of views. To accomplish this, we maintain corporate and non-profit alliances. This spreads the word and lends additional support to our effort. With partners like CityLab, The Atlantic and even Funny or Die, we manage to drive significant traffic to the webcasts as well as to the broadcasts.

LAAE: Speaking of fresh and new, how have you distinguished City Walk from other lifestyle series?

TR: Seven or eight stories in varying lengths comprise each half-hour episode. Every self-contained installment features strong music that drives the editing rhythm, bold graphics that obscure the frame and interrupt the flow, and a broad context of urban storytelling. City Walk is bright, colorful, and sometimes loud and poetic where it needs to be. There is no on-camera host. Instead, each segment’s through-line is a guide for the viewer.

Industry pioneers form much of our crew. Directors of Photography Arlene Nelson and Roman Jakobi bring their own signature styles of music documentary filmmaking (Arlene), high-end commercials (Roman), and Hong Kong action movies (also Roman) to the mix. Writer Steve Reich’s expertise with science programming like Nova, plus his quirky humor, are unforgettable. Additionally, our forward-thinking music supervisor Silvia Ryder regularly connects with unsigned LA bands who provide an ever-changing soundtrack.

Around this core of production veterans, we built a team of talented, multi-hyphenate, award-winning recent film school and art school grads. It is a very unusual staff who can pretty much do anything.

LAAE: Do you have big future plans for City Walk? It could be a great concept to license in other countries!

TR: We just completed season 2, and we are proud of our Emmy Award nomination announced last month. There are now 16 completed half-hour episodes on the air and streaming online. Our next step is to expand syndication beyond KCETLink – currently in 60 million homes – to include other PBS stations in large domestic markets. An international distributor is on board to take City Walk abroad, most likely to Europe first, and that will necessitate international production. We are looking at opportunities in several foreign cities as we map out season 3, which starts production in the fall.


For a witty precursor to City Walk, see Rigler’s 2012 short Walk & Talk: The West Wing Reunion, which stars several familiar faces from the iconic Aaron Sorkin drama. To catch full City Walk adventures, steer toward

Source: Examiner
July 19, 2015
By Marlene Sharp


“City Walk” Nominated for an Emmy Award!

The Television Academy today announced 156 nominations in 46 categories for the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. Watch KCET/Rigler Creative’s Emmy nominated episode “Inglewood Hollywood Dreamers” here:

The winners will be announced at the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards presentation on Saturday evening, July 25, 2015 at The Skirball Cultural Center Guerin Pavilion in Herscher Hall.

Ragan’s Content Marketing Awards 2014: Kaiser Permanente and EBW! Receive Honorable Mention

Scanned DocumentKaiser Permanente and Every Body Walk! earned an Honorable Mention for best video at the 2014 Ragan’s Content Marketing Awards.

PR Daily created the Content Marketing Awards program to recognize marketing and communications professionals who are writing, editing, filming, creating, and publishing content to promote a brand or organization.
Categories include best blog, content series, mobile website or app, and video.

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Stewart Copeland Delivers Keynote at Digital Hollywood Content Summit

An Innovator in Music, Film and Technology, the renown Stewart Copeland introduced Digital Hollywood to his newest forays into the worlds of entertainment and technology. His keynote conversation was accompanied by a livefeed video chat with Kevin Godley (formerly of 10cc and Godley & Creme) in Ireland, to introduce the collaborative music app “Whole World Band.”

For more information on additional panels featured at the Digital Hollywood Content Summit Website.

Rigler Creative’s Every Body Walk! Earns 2014 MM&M Gold Award

The Medical Marketing and Media Award for “Best Health & Wellness Digital Initiative for Consumers” recognizes digital initiatives and apps offering consumers information, tools, education or promotion in the non-medical, health-and-wellness space. Includes mobile and tablet apps, measurement and tracking tools, online video, etc.


Rigler Creative and Kaiser Permanente
Every Body Walk!

Every Body Walk! 
is public awareness campaign that touts the health benefits of walking to motivate people to walk 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Outstanding results were garnered on a $500,000 budget, including Facebook reach of more than 2 million; more than 1.3 million unique website visitors; nearly 200,000 app downloads; and more than 100,000 YouTube video views.

“Excellent initiative,” said one judge. “It’s well-packaged and results are huge.”

“The Walking Revolution” documentary is the campaign centerpiece. It aired during ­primetime on Dec. 7, 2013, on an Atlanta NBC affiliate station and also reached more than 95,000 online viewers. includes a blog by ambassador physician Bob Sallis, video stories about people walking and more.

The free mobile app tracks time and distance walked and calories burned and allows for easily sharing on social media channels.

“City Walk,” a show created in partnership with a public TV station and its national satellite affiliate, has reached more than 2.5 million viewers.

The campaign also included release of results of a walking study in conjunction with the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C.

A second judge noted the campaign fulfills a great need and applauded the team for great execution, engagement and research.