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CPB AND PBS ANNOUNCE MAJOR GRANT FOR NOVA Opportunity Fund
award will support new episodes, expand reach of top series
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) today announced that NOVA - the most-watched
documentary series on PBS - will receive funding of approximately $4 million
over two years. The funds will support new episodes, an expanded Web site, and
other elements of a strategic plan intended to build viewership and strengthen
support for the program.
NOVA is the second recipient of a grant from
the CPB and PBS Opportunity Fund, which was initiated and funded by CPB to
ensure the continued vitality of key PBS primetime series that were cited as
especially meaningful to PBS audiences in a recent CPB primetime research study.
NOVA is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
"NOVA represents what is most
distinctive about public television," said Pat Harrison, CPB's President and
CEO. "I am delighted that this grant will help NOVA continue to offer viewers a
peerless blend of analysis and exploration into the realm of fact."
"NOVA captures our minds and imagination through great stories and
cutting-edge science," said John F. Wilson, Sr. VP, PBS Programming. "The
PBS/CPB grant ensures that NOVA will continue to break new frontiers in
learning, television and media content."
NOVA is the highest-rated
science series on television and the most-watched documentary series on public
television; it also is the most visited Web site on PBS.org (pbs.org/nova). Now
in its 33rd broadcast season on PBS, it is one of the medium's most celebrated
series, having won every major industry award, most of them many times over,
from the Emmy to the Peabody.
"We're extremely grateful to CPB and to
PBS for their support," said Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of NOVA.
"This generous grant allows us to extend the reach of the series on-air and
online, strengthening NOVA's - and our local stations' –connection to our
viewers and their relationship to science and the thrill of discovery."
The $27 million Opportunity Fund was designed to help strengthen PBS
core primetime series in accordance with CPB audience research and strategic
priorities. The first grant, made in October 2005, went to WGBH Boston's
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