For Immediate Release: March 5, 2010

High School Students Take On International Affairs

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High School Students Take On International Affairs on MSG Varsity’s MODEL UN Four High Schools to Be Featured in Documentary Based Reality Series 

(Bethpage, N.Y.) – MSG Varsity and the Institute of Domestic and International Affairs have teamed up to present Model UN, a United Nations simulation conference that engages high school students in intense debate with their peers about important and complex international issues.  The documentary based reality series will follow four tri-state high school teams as they prepare and participate in the Philadelphia Model United Nations (PhilMUN).  MSG Varsity will air two half-hour shows and a one-hour finale – the first episode premieres Sunday, March 14th at 8:00 pm on Cablevision’s iO TV (Channel 14).  

PhilMUN is a four-day United Nations simulation conference where students work together to learn the intricacies of national policies and examine the impact that a state has on global affairs.  Some of the issues discussed during this conference include:  strengthening governance in the Middle East, border security, urbanization, public health in refugee camps, and rights of minority populations.  

Model UN will also feature six students throughout the series — sharing their stories and showing the pressure-packed world of mock international politics and debate from their perspective and experiences.  

“MSG Varsity is dedicated to showcasing a variety of high school activities and this series is a testament to that effort,” said Michael Lardner, Senior Vice President & Executive Producer, MSG Varsity. “The students participating in Model UN are truly the next generation of civic minded young leaders and we are thrilled to be the first network to provide such extensive coverage of this event.” 

“IDIA is excited to team up with MSG Varsity to bring the Model UN experience into people’s living rooms,” said IDIA Executive Director Michael Hinchliffe. “For the first time, parents, teachers, and fellow students will get a glimpse of what happens during a Model United Nations conference, and will see what a rewarding, enriching experience it can be.”

MSG Varsity’s Model UN is produced by Ace-Award winning and Emmy-nominated producer Martin Ehrlich and Emmy award winning Blink Productions. Colin Cossel, sports journalist, grandson of Howard Cossel and former Model UN high school participant, will narrate the series.
About MSG Varsity
MSG Varsity is a multi-platform suite of services comprised of: a 24/7 television network, a comprehensive online destination, and a groundbreaking interactive service, all dedicated to high school sports, academics and activities happening throughout the tri-state area.  Content for these services includes MSG Varsity’s professionally produced programming as well as content created by the high schools themselves.  Working in partnership with MSG Varsity, students and faculty are given extraordinary access to curriculum and training in multimedia creation and distribution, empowering them to become active participants in telling their school’s stories.  MSG Varsity is a Cablevision exclusive service not available to satellite or phone company TV subscribers and reaches three million households throughout the New York market.  For more information, please visit 

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation’s leading telecommunications, media and entertainment companies. In addition to its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings, the company owns and operates News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group.  Cablevision’s assets also include Rainbow Media Holdings LLC and its programming and entertainment businesses, AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Entertainment, as well as Clearview Cinemas.  Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at



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