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PBS Names Multifaceted Television Executive Perry Simon as New Programming Chief

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Perry Simon, an accomplished television leader who has held top posts at
BBC America, Vulcan Productions, Viacom Productions and NBC
Entertainment, will join PBS as the organization's next chief
programming executive and general manager, General Audience Programming,
PBS announced today. Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO, shared the
news during her remarks at the Television Critics Association's Summer
Press Tour. Simon, who will oversee all non-children's programming, was
identified through an extensive national search, and will begin his new
role in late September.

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Perry Simon (Credit: PBS/Rahoul Ghose)

Perry Simon (Credit: PBS/Rahoul Ghose)

"High-quality content is at the core of our work at PBS," Kerger said.
"Perry brings a breadth of media experience, including leadership roles
at BBC and Vulcan Productions — two of our longstanding partners who
share a commitment to educational and informative content. He is an
innovative leader who will work closely with our extraordinary team at
PBS, as well as producers and partners across the public television
system, to deliver on our mission of service to the American people."

Simon's extensive leadership experience stretches from major broadcast
companies and cable networks to digital upstarts and production
companies.

From 2010 to 2015, Simon served as general manager of BBC America,
overseeing the channel's cable and digital platforms. During his tenure,
he commissioned the network's first original programming, including the
Emmy Award-winning hit series "Orphan Black," and helped orchestrate
multiple U.S.-U.K. co-productions, including "Luther," "The Hour" and
"Broadchurch," and several documentaries in partnership with the BBC's
natural history unit.

Most recently, Simon was managing director at Vulcan Productions, the
social impact media company founded by Microsoft co-founder and
philanthropist Paul G. Allen. Vulcan Productions produces a wide range
of feature documentaries, television series and digital content, and has
often partnered with PBS, including on the recent documentary film GOING
TO WAR and last year's live PBS telecast and forthcoming documentary on
Allen's discovery of the USS Indianapolis.

"PBS' commitment to quality, education and diversity across every genre
is unmatched in the industry," Simon said. "I'm excited to join such a
talented team of programmers and producers to present stories, voices
and experiences that are simply not accessible anywhere else without a
ticket or a subscription."

Earlier in his career, Simon served as president of Viacom Productions
for a decade, overseeing the development and production of series and
movies targeted for broadcast and cable networks, as well as first-run
syndication, international markets, children's markets and emerging
digital platforms.

Simon has also held leadership roles at the intersection of traditional
television, film and digital media. As chief content officer at the
Silicon Valley startup Sezmi Corporation, he executed licensing deals
with networks and major film studios to launch one of the earliest OTT
television services. He also served as an early advisor to YouTube
before it was acquired by Google.

He began his television career at NBC, rising to become executive vice
president in charge of the prime time schedule. During this time, he
helped develop and supervise some of the most iconic series of the 1980s
and early 1990s, including "Cheers," "The Golden Girls," "Law and
Order," "Frasier" and "Seinfeld."

Simon is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and
serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in
Ashland, Oregon, one of America's oldest and largest regional theaters,
where he helps lead work in the areas of digital innovation and equity,
diversity and inclusion. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an
M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

About PBS

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with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to
explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content.
Each month, PBS reaches over 90 million people through television and 30
million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of
science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints;
and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS'
broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's
most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through
12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring
classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS'
premier children's media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build
critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to
find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS
KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a 24/7
channel, online at pbskids.org,
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