Rick Steves' European Insights Pledge Special

In this special 30-minute collection of never-before-seen clips, Rick Steves' European Insights brings art and history to life in Pisa, provides a thoughtful assessment of history we can learn from at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden, and the Danish Nazi Resistance Museum in Copenhagen — and brings us up to speed on breathtaking developments in Europe, with a look at its ethnic diversity and investment in its infrastructure.

In March 2011, I will re-release an updated version of Rick Steves' European Insights. You can air the new European Insights on its own or back-to-back with the brand-new Rick Steves' Europe with Abandon to give viewers a clean one-hour pledge event with consistent breaks and gift levels.

 

European Insights Station Support

Host Biography

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of over 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe — and Europeans — for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.

Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, London and Athens.

Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 50 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.

Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 80 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website, European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 450 departures — attracting around 12,000 travelers — annually.

Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.

Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. Rick was divorced in March, 2010. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

 

Fact Sheet

Rick Steves' European Insights Half-Hour Pledge Special

In this special 30-minute collection of never-before-seen clips, Rick Steves' European Insights brings art and history to life in Pisa, provides a thoughtful assessment of history we can learn from at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden, and the Danish Nazi Resistance Museum in Copenhagen — and brings us up to speed on breathtaking developments in Europe with a look at its ethnic diversity and investment in its infrastructure.

Broadcast Information

Title: Rick Steves' European Insights (Pledge Event)

#/Length: 1/30

Formats: HD

Licensees: Available to the American Public Television Exchange Group

Contract Terms: February 27, 2011 – March 1, 2011

Broadcast Rights: Unlimited Use

Available Version: Pledge Event

NOLA Code:

1/30 HD Pledge Event: PEAN 000 HD-Pledge Event Short Revision 002

Feed Dates:

HD feed will be fed on February 27, 2011 1400-1430ET /HD04

Thank You Gifts for Pledge Supporters

Rick Steves' European Insights is produced as a fundraiser for public television stations. To encourage viewers to call in pledges of support, stations and Rick are offering thank you packages of $60 and $160 gift levels. Read a full description of the items offered (see "Station Gift Descriptions" below).

$60 Level Pledge Level Premium Package
  • Rick Steves' 10 New Shows 2011-2012 (2 disc DVD set)
    • Station Kit Cost: $6.00
    • Market Value: $34.98
    • Item #: ZZ-EURINS-10SHOWS
$60 Level Pledge Level Premium Package
  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back book (most recent year)
    • Station Kit Cost: 9.00
    • Market Value: $32.98
    • Item #: ZZ-EURINS-ETBD
$160 Pledge Level Premium Package
  • Rick Steves' 10 New Shows 2011-2012 (2 disc DVD set)
  • Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back book (most recent year)
  • Rick Steves' 100 Shows DVD Box Set 2000-2014
    • Station Kit Cost: $32.00
    • Market Value: $157.96
    • Item #: ZZ-EURINS-COMBO

All levels will include the Rick Steves' Europe Planning Map and Best Destinations Newsletter.

Stations pay all shipping charges.

Questions: angie@ricksteves.com

To order, please contact:
 

pledge@ricksteves.com
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
130 Fourth Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
Tel: 425-771-8303
Fax: 425-771-0833

 

Download Promotional Media

Here you'll find everything you'll need to make your promotion of Rick Steves' European Insights a success. If you would like assistance in downloading these images, or prefer another format, please email Ashley Sytsma at ashley@ricksteves.com or call 425-608-4293.

Rick Steves' European Insights Photos: High-resolution photos for viewer guides, websites, and other publications (below).

Rick Steves' European Insights Pledge Premium Images: Completed screenshots or composite images to create your own.

Rick Steves' European Insights Promo

Download the Flash video (.flv) as seen on this page that you can embed directly on your public television website.

 

High-resolution Photos

The files are all 300 dpi JPEGs saved with the highest quality compression. To download images, please right-click on the image you want below and choose "Save Link As..." (or "Save Target As..." in Internet Explorer).

Pledge Premium Images

Choose from two different styles of image: a composite JPEG of each of the screens shown below, formatted for a 1920 x 1080 screen, or a zipped archive that contains high resolution versions of each individual item for that pledge level, for use in your own layouts.

You can also download the composite image, a layered Photoshop file that contains each pledge level as an editable group (with rasterized type).

All Levels: Screen image

$60 Level, Europe Through the Back Door: Screen image

$60 Level, 10 New Shows DVD: Screen image

 

Station Gift Descriptions

Rick Steves' 10 New Shows 2011-2012 (2 disc DVD set)

On this DVD you will enjoy episodes from Rick Steves' Season Six. It is 5+ hours of travel thrills on two DVDs. You will visit all corners of Europe from Scandinavia, to Spain, to Eastern Europe. There are also bonus extras, including Rick's European Travel Skills lecture.
(Retail Price $24.95)

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door book (most recent year)

Packed with lessons gleaned from more than 30 years of budget European travel, Rick's travel handbook answers all the questions you have now — and those you wouldn't have asked until faced with them on your trip.
(Retail Price $22.99)

Rick Steves' 100 Shows DVD Box Set 2000-2014

You'll get all 100 Rick Steves' Europe TV shows and specials on 14 DVDs with outtakes and interviews.
(Retail Price $99.99)

All levels will include the Rick Steves' Europe Planning Map and Best Destinations Newsletter.

Stations pay all shipping charges.

Questions: angie@ricksteves.com

To order, please contact:
 

pledge@ricksteves.com
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
130 Fourth Avenue North
Edmonds, WA 98020
Tel: 425-771-8303
Fax: 425-771-0833