Company Overview of Public Broadcasting Service
Public Broadcasting Service, together with its subsidiaries, provides media programming and services to the American public. It provides approximately 3,060 hours of broadcast content to its 161 member public television licensees to inform, inspire, engage, and educate their customers. The company also offers promotional support services, including on-air and online promotional spots, social media, print and radio advertising, press support, and the coordination of public television’s educational message and positioning; and digital products and services, as well as development and copyright administration services. In addition, it provides interconnection and technical services consisting o...
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Founded in 1969
Key Executives for Public Broadcasting Service
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Member of Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee, Member of Executive Committee and Member of Finance Committee
Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services and Treasurer
Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications and General Manager of Children's Programming
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.
Public Broadcasting Service Key Developments
Amazon.com, Inc. and Public Broadcasting Service Announce New In-Season Content Licensing Agreement
Jan 20 16
Amazon.com Inc. and Public Broadcasting Service have announced an in-season content licensing agreement to make Prime Video as a subscription streaming home for the new PBS original series Mercy Street, with each episode available to Prime members in the US seven days after broadcast on PBS stations. In addition, all customers can stream the first episode of the Civil War-era drama series on Amazon Video at no cost, starting three days before its broadcast premiere, via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices or mobile devices, or online. The six-episode Civil War drama series premieres on PBS stations on January 17, 2016, directly following Downton Abbey on Masterpiece. Prime members can view episodes of Mercy Street seven days after each episode airs via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices. Prime members can also download the series for offline viewing on compatible iOS, Android and Fire devices at no additional cost.
Public Broadcasting Service Extends Availability of Video App to Android Platform
Jun 24 15
Public Broadcasting Service has extended the availability of its video app to the Android platform. The PBS app for Android provides access to hundreds of hours of video from PBS and member stations, including episodes from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new national and local station content updated daily. In addition, the app offers dozens of web-original videos from the PBS Digital Studios. The new app, and the previously released iOS app, are now both compatible with Chromecast. Through enhanced station integration and an improved localization feature, app users can identify their local PBS member station to gain access to favorite locally produced shows alongside national offerings, see customized menus and obtain up-to-date program guide information. Users can also support their local PBS station through a built-in donation page within the app. The app can be personalized by creating a profile that enables users to transfer their unique PBS experience from device to device. Users utilizing the sign-in feature can create a personalized watch playlist, bookmark favorite programs and continue viewing programs already in progress on web, mobile and over-the-top platforms. The app is powered by Brightcove's SDK which ensures smooth video playback across all versions of the Android operating system, greater app stability and a better overall user experience. Chromecast offers users an easy way to enjoy video from the PBS App on their television screens. To start streaming, users simply plug Chromecast into their TV, connect it to WiFi, and then press the PBS App's cast icon to start watching.
Public Broadcasting Service Appoints Jonathan Barzilay as Chief Operating Officer
Jan 15 15
PBS announced that Jonathan Barzilay has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of PBS. Mr. Barzilay will report to Ms. Kerger and serve as a key member of PBS senior leadership team. He brings to PBS more than 25 years of media experience in television, content development, children media, and digital initiatives, having held senior management positions at ABC, CBS, Qualcomm's FLO TV and, most recently, the Ford Foundation. His tenure begins March 25, 2015. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Barzilay will work closely with Ms. Kerger to ensure that all PBS services and activities are strategically aligned with the organizationâ s vision and mission. He will be charged with developing innovative and collaborative strategies that safeguard the health of the public broadcasting system, and for ensuring that resources are allocated effectively to meet business objectives, system priorities, and marketplace challenges and opportunities. Mr. Barzilay joins PBS from the Ford Foundation, where he served as Director, Freedom of Expression, managing the nonprofit grant-making organization's global programs in Media and Arts & Culture. He directed the foundation's work in support of public-service journalism, innovative business models for news programming, and press freedom, as well as support for artists and cultural institutions in diverse communities across the United States. Before coming to the Ford Foundation, Mr. Barzilay served as Senior Vice President and head of content at Qualcomm's mobile television service, FLO TV, where he was responsible for leading programming, content acquisition and development, and consumer research. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager at CBS Interactive, where he was responsible for all operations at the CBS.com and StarTrek.com websites, including the development of original online series and the launch of an online video player. Previously, Mr. Barzilay was Senior Vice President at Disney/ABC Cable Networks and General Manager at Toon Disney and ABC Kids. In that role, he oversaw all operations at cable network Toon Disney and the ABC Kids children's programming lineup on ABC-TV, including programming, marketing, business and operations. During the course of his 15-year career at Disney/ABC, he held numerous management posts, including Vice President and General Manager, ABC Children's Programming; and Vice President, ABC Television Network Group. As a member of ABC's legal department, he counseled ABC News and ABC Broadcasting on legal and regulatory matters.
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