PBS Digital’s Matt Graham jumps to Acorn TV

Graham (pictured) joins the streaming service which is part of RLJ Entertainment, which licenses and distributes British content.
October 15, 2014

Matt Graham, senior director of PBS Digital Studios, has jumped ship to RLJ Entertainment, which has hired the exec to oversee Acorn TV, a platform that streams British shows.

As VP of Acorn TV, Graham, who starts next Monday according to a statement, will be based at the company’s Silver Spring, MD office and report to Mark Stevens, president of Acorn Brands for RLJ Entertainment.

At PBS Digital, Graham co-founded the web-original programming division of PBS that recently launched Pemberley Digital’s Frankenstein, M.D. Under his leadership, PBS Digital Studios won six Webby Awards and was awarded Mashies for best YouTube brand channel and best video series.

RLJE is an independent owner, developer, licensee and entertainment distributor with over 5,300 exclusive titles in its library. Since it owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE manages the IP and publishing rights to mystery fiction titles including those featuring the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. RLJE also owns all rights to the hit U.K. mystery series Foyle’s War.

“Acorn TV is leading the way in bringing highly entertaining British programming to U.S. audiences, and, with his extensive digital experience, Matt is ideally suited to build on its success,” said RlJE’s Stevens in a statement.

A PBS spokesperson said the company will be filling Graham’s position but no replacement has been named yet.

(From Stream Daily)

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