The US public service broadcaster, PBS, is to hold two briefing sessions in the UK, as it seeks to meet UK indies and producers, in an attempt to raise the level of content it commissions from the UK.

The two sessions, in association with Pact, are being held in London and in Salford, with the Salford session on Wednesday 27 February.

Beth Hoppe

Beth Hoppe

PBS will be represented by Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager (audience programming) and Donald Thoms, who is vice president, programming and talent management.

PBS, in common with its peers, has developed into a multi-platform broadcast organisation, delivering its content through television, mobile TV and the web.
However, with its public service hat on, it still focuses much of its effort on education and the channel has an active interactive whiteboard initiative connecting classrooms across the US.

The broadcaster claims to have a monthly reach of circa 145 million people, primarily via TV but with a growing number accessing purely online.

Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, Pact’s director of market development, said: “PBS will update indies on the types of programming they are looking to license or commission from the UK in the year ahead and beyond.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Donald Thoms and Beth Hoppe to the UK and I’m sure these will be popular events.”

The Salford session is being held at On the 7th, at The Landings in MediaCity. The briefing will commence at 10.30 and should be over by 1.30. Tickets are free but attendance is restricted to one representative per company.

Ticket info can be obtained by emailing Dawn.