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Steve Jobs Doc "One Last Thing" To Premiere on PBS

Steve Jobs.

"Steve Jobs - One Last Thing," a one-hour expose on the life and career of the recently deceased Apple mastermind, will premiere on PBS, November 2.

Titled as a play on the catchphrase Jobs used at his product launch presentations, "One Last Thing" features interviews with Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple, Walt Mossberg, principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal and The Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am. According to PBS, the doc doesn't just shed a positive light on the icon, it also peels back the layers on the man to take a look at his controlling disposition.

"One Last Thing" is a production of Pioneer Productions for Channel 4 (UK) and PBS and was funded by PBS, Chanel 4 and Mentorn International. You can catch is from 10pm-11pm ET on Wednesday, November 2 following the premiere episode of "NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos."

Full release below:

STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING
Premieres on PBS Wednesday, November 2, Following NOVA “The Fabric of the Cosmos”

– Entire Night of Programs Devoted to Science and Technology Exploration –

ARLINGTON, VA: OCTOBER 26, 2011 — PBS announced today that STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING has been added to the primetime lineup following the premiere episode of NOVA “The Fabric of the Cosmos.” Through interviews with colleagues and others who knew the creative genius whose innovations transformed the lives of millions, ONE LAST THING provides an inside look at the man and the major influences that helped shape his life and career. Titled as a play on the famous catchphrase used by Jobs at his product launch presentations, STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING premieres on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). NOVA “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-part series that takes viewers to the frontiers of physics with acclaimed author and physicist Brian Greene, debuts at 9:00 p.m ET.

“From the vast complexity of time and space to the genius of a man who put technology in the palm of our hands, these extraordinary programs explore the work of two visionaries in science and technology,” said John F. Wilson, Senior Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive.

ONE LAST THING takes an unflinching look at Jobs’s difficult, controlling disposition, and offers unique insights into what made him tick. While there has been near-universal agreement that Steve Jobs was a great innovator in business and technology, ONE LAST THING looks into why he was so great. What were the influences that shaped his character? What drove him from such humble beginnings to the heights of success?

Featuring interviews with, among others, Ronald Wayne, co-founder of Apple with Jobs and Steve Wozniak; Ross Perot, who invested in NeXT Computer when Jobs was running out of money; Walt Mossberg, principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, who interviewed Jobs every year from 2003-2010; will.i.am, frontman and producer for The Black Eyed Peas, whose “I Gotta Feeling” currently ranks as the most downloaded iTunes song ever; Dean Hovey, designer of the original mouse for Apple; Robert Cringely, writer and host of the PBS series TRIUMPH OF THE NERDS: THE RISE OF ACCIDENTAL EMPIRES; Robert Palladino, calligraphy professor at Reed College, whose classes Jobs credited with inspiring his typography design for the Mac; and Bill Fernandez, who introduced Jobs and Wozniak in Sunnyvale, where the three hung out in his father’s garage and tinkered with electronics.

In a never-before-broadcast interview from 1994, Jobs expounds on his philosophy of life: “You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

In his many successful Apple product launches, Jobs developed his own catchphrase to tease his audiences. Appearing to reach the end of a presentation, he would then announce to the expectant crowd: “Oh — one more thing,” before unveiling his latest design achievement. This documentary exploration of the life of one of America’s most successful innovators and entrepreneurs pays homage to his famous presentational skills and his unique talents.

STEVE JOBS – ONE LAST THING is a production of Pioneer Productions for Channel 4 (UK) and PBS. The film is funded by PBS, Channel 4 and Mentorn International.

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2 Comments

  • Judith Michaels | November 3, 2011 3:00 AMReply

    I just watched this documentary. It was a very good presentation. Near the end I realized that not one woman was included in the comments. Did Steve live in an exclusively male world? I don't think so.

  • HerbLewis | October 27, 2011 5:40 AMReply

    Enough with Steve Jobs already! I get it, he was the head of Apple and they make a lot of cool things that people like and now he’s dead. What’s the big deal? He obviously didn’t invent the cure for cancer.