PBS SoCal KOCE Profiles Southern California Cultural Visionary in Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future

First Documentary Film about the Man who Transformed the Southern California Retail and Arts Experiences Premieres on PBS SoCal (KOCE) Sept. 22

LOS ANGELES--()--PBS SoCal has produced the first documentary film about cultural visionary and philanthropist Henry Segerstrom, who re-invented the shopping experience and brought renowned arts to Southern California. Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future premieres on PBS SoCal KOCE Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

“It makes me prouder than ever to see others recognize and confirm it.”

Henry Segerstrom was a local icon whose impact can be felt all over the world,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal. “It’s important we tell the stories of the people who make Southern California special – and Mr. Segerstrom is one of them. He leaves behind a proud legacy of community leadership.”

Narrated by television and Broadway star Matthew Morrison, the film follows the life of the philanthropic entrepreneur who inspired those around him with his vision. He was first known for turning his family land into the world-renowned South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. He convinced Nordstrom to expand beyond the Pacific Northwest and brought exclusive European designers such as Chanel and Hermes to Orange County, revolutionizing the shopping experience and creating one of the highest grossing retail centers in the U.S.

A patron of the arts, Mr. Segerstrom became one of Orange County’s top philanthropists. Beginning with a Segerstrom family donation of land and funds to South Coast Repertory, his leadership and generosity led to the creation of The Orange County Performing Arts Center. The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall followed and the entire complex was renamed the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. He was a friend to influential artists and designers including Isamu Noguchi, Plácido Domingo, Richard Serra, Valery Gergiev and Cesar Pelli.

“As his wife, I know what a great man he was during his lifetime, and how incomparable and positive his imprimatur was on Orange County,” said Elizabeth Segerstrom. “It makes me prouder than ever to see others recognize and confirm it.”

Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future tells Mr. Segerstrom’s story through his own words and the words of those whose lives he touched. It features archival footage and a host of interviews with notable people including Frank Gehry, Misty Copeland, Renée Fleming, Nigel Lythgoe and Bruce Nordstrom. Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future is a PBS SoCal production. Maria Hall-Brown is the Executive Producer.

About PBS SoCal KOCE

PBS SoCal KOCE is the home to PBS for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. Our content is available free through three broadcast channels, at pbssocal.org, on our mobile apps, and via connected TV services. And we reach into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to an array of arts and culture experiences. PBS SoCal has offices in Century City, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles. Connect with us at pbssocal.org and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Jennifer Vides, 310-803-9008
Stacy Shaffer, 714-241-4166
South Coast Plaza
Debra Gunn Downing, 714-435-2021
The Segerstrom Foundation
Todd Quartararo, 949-291-1777


Release Summary

PBS SoCal KOCE profiles visionary in "Henry T. Segerstrom: Imagining the Future", a documentary about the man who transformed the Southern California retail and arts experiences. The film debuts 9/22.

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