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Advisory Board Members
Chief Programming Executive & General Manager General Audience Programming
Beth Hoppe is Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. In this role, she oversees all PBS general audience primetime programming, fundraising programming, and PBS Plus, a package of fully funded programs for stations' use in their weekend schedules. She is responsible for creating and implementing PBS’ primetime content strategy built around offering the highest quality productions in the genres of arts and independent film, drama, history, natural history, science, and news and public affairs. She is concentrating on strengthening PBS’ core series and commissioning new programming working with producers, partners, and funding sources.
Ms. Hoppe joined PBS in 2011 as Vice President, General Audience Programming. She has shepherded programs including Your Inner Fish (Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films), Hawking (DSP), Call The Midwife (Neal Street Productions), My Wild Affair (Blink Films), and Vicious (Brown Eyed Boy) to the schedule. Under her leadership PBS has become the fifth highest rated network in primetime television among households after the big four broadcasters.
Ms. Hoppe joined PBS from Discovery Studios. Prior to that she was President and CEO of Optomen Productions (USA), a New York-based television production company known for science, reality and factual programming. Productions included Monsters Inside Me for Animal Planet, Worst Cooks in America for Food Network, Mars: The Quest for Life and Are We Alone? for Discovery and Science Channel and Most Evil for Discovery and I.D.
Ms. Hoppe spent the early part of her career in public broadcasting in roles ranging from production at NHPTV to directing The Ten O'Clock News at WGBH to series producer at NOVA to running science and history programs at WNET/Thirteen where she created the House franchise including the wildly popular Frontier House, and she is thrilled to be back in the PBS family.
Speaking at: Revenge of the Doc