Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame on Tuesday, January 28, during the Realscreen Summit in New Orleans.
Having joined the American public broadcasting organization in March 2006, Kerger is the longest-serving president and CEO in its history.
Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS, with more than 330 member stations throughout the country, has grown its audiences across genres and platforms. PBS has moved from the 14th most-watched network in America to number seven in the past decade. Over the course of a year, 86% percent of all U.S. television households watch PBS, and each month, Americans view an average of 255 million videos across PBS’s web, mobile and connected device platforms.
Since Kerger’s arrival, PBS has consistently presented high-quality, groundbreaking content that delivers on the founding mission of public television — to educate, inspire and entertain the American people. Among her accomplishments are Ken Burns’s critically acclaimed Country Music; the documentary Hamilton’s America, about the Broadway smash hit musical, on ‘Great Performances’; Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders on ‘American Experience’; the pop culture scripted phenomenon Downton Abbey on ‘Masterpiece’; and award-winning children’s programs such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
Kerger has made particularly strong commitments to PBS’s work in children’s education. She led the historic launch of the PBS KIDS 24/7 broadcast and streaming channel, ensuring that PBS’s educational programming can reach children anytime and anywhere through local stations. In addition, Kerger oversaw the development of PBS LearningMedia, which empowers teachers across America to engage and inspire their students with high-quality digital content.
Kerger also serves as president of the PBS Foundation, an independent organization that raises private sector funding, which is a significant source of revenue for new projects at PBS.
“Under Paula Kerger’s 13 years as president and CEO of PBS, the network has grown its audiences across genres and platforms, which is a formidable achievement in this multimedia era, “said Claire Macdonald, VP and publisher of Realscreen. “We are very pleased to honor her contribution to the media landscape by inducting her into Realscreen‘s Hall of Fame.”
Kerger will also take part in a one-on-one keynote conversation at the Realscreen Summit to discuss her career and achievements to date, as well as her views on the present and future state of public broadcasting, and non-fiction programming.
With her induction into Realscreen‘s Hall of Fame, Kerger joins other present and past network executive inductees such as former A+E Networks CEO, and current Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc, and NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy.
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