PBS Chief Paula Kerger Talks Ambitious ‘American Portrait’ Project, Pubcaster’s Storytelling Legacy On 50th Anniversary- TCA

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PBS Chief Paula Kerger Talks Ambitious ‘American Portrait’ Project, Pubcaster’s Storytelling Legacy On 50th Anniversary- TCA
PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger on Friday at the TCA Winter Press Tour focused on the celebration of the public broadcaster’s 50th anniversary and creators like Carl Sagan, Julia Child, Fred Rogers, Gwen Ifil, Ken Burns and Skip Gates who have helped build its legacy as she looked to the future.

“The future of PBS is multi-platform and experiential, guided by mission and storytelling,” she said in the pubcaster’s executive session. “Everyone should be able to see the diversity of their perspectives reflected on the screen. You want to be able to talk about where that takes you moving forward: looking at our legacy, at our history and how it informs what we’ll do moving forward.”

One of the most ambitious projects for PBS is “American Portrait,” which Kerger described as “a digital-first, national storytelling project that invites everyone into the conversation.” PBS “will gather video
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