Whip Media and PBS Distribution Expand Streaming Tracking Agreement

Software platform and data provider Whip Media and PBS Distribution Jan. 10 announced at CES 2024 an expanded agreement.

PBS Distribution currently utilizes Whip Media’s performance tracking and finance solution for its businesses and has now expanded services to include Whip Media’s new FASTrack tool.

“Whip Media is excited to be working with PBS Distribution for the next chapter of its growth as it ex pands its footprint in free ad-supported streaming,” Carol Hanley, CEO of Whip Media, said in a statement.

“We are pleased to be implementing Whip Media’s new dynamic set of tools for our AVOD and FAST businesses,” PBS Distribution president Andrea Downing said in a statement. “Creating an efficient workflow around performance data is important to the success of our business.”

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Whip Media’s FAST and AVOD solutions include streaming performance tracking, as well as financial automation and reporting.

PBS Distribution Launches PBS Food FAST Channel

PBS Distribution has announced the addition of the new FAST Channel PBS Food on Freevee, Plex and Roku in the United States.

The new FAST channel provides a new way for viewers to watch titles including “Mind of a Chef,” “The French Chef With Julia Child,” “Eating In With Lidia,” “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” “Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul,” “Essential Pépin,” “Simply Ming” and more.

On the new FAST channel, viewers have an opportunity to see inside the kitchen of some of the world’s best chefs, past and present including Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, Vivian Howard, José Andrés and many more culinary stars. 

“In this ever-changing entertainment landscape, we are proud to bring our extensive library of beloved cooking programming to the FAST space with PBS Food,” Andrea Downing, president of PBS Distribution, said in a statement. “With endless hours of lean back content, audiences will now have more ways to find our classic food content to enjoy.”

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PBS Food joins other FAST Channels available from PBS Distribution, including Antiques Road Show, Julie Child and Antiques Road Trip.

Doc ‘The Niagara Movement: The Early Battle for Civil Rights’ Heading to PBS

The hour-long documentary The Niagara Movement: The Early Battle for Civil Rights will debut Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. on WNED PBS and Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s YouTube Channel. It will be available on other public television stations and to stream on the PBS app in February 2024.

Delving deep into a national crusade that forged the civil rights landscape for the 20th century and beyond, the film explores the Black elite and intellectual society at the turn of the 20th century and examines the heated national debate and conflict three Black leaders — sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, publisher William Monroe Trotter, and educator and orator Booker T. Washington — had about how best to foster equality and opportunity for Black Americans.
The film, produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning and two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lawrence R. Hott, spotlights the early battle behind the civil rights movement that sprang forth as a repudiation of the methods of Booker T. Washington, then the most prominent Black leader in America. The end of Reconstruction brought about oppressive Jim Crow laws and widespread lynching. Washington pandered to white society with his conciliatory philosophy of racial segregation and industrial training for Blacks instead of other advances.
Washington’s position was roundly criticized by Du Bois and by Trotter, a prominent Boston newspaper publisher, and soon a new civil rights organization emerged: the Niagara Movement. The group was formed when Du Bois and Trotter helped summon Black intellectuals, clergy, writers, newspapermen and activists from across the country to Buffalo, N.Y.; the 29 men ultimately met across the Niagara River in Fort Erie, Canada, to evade disruption by Washington’s supporters. The organization’s key demand: full civil rights for Black Americans. 

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Its Declaration of Principles, a sharp rebuke to Washington, stated, in part: “We refuse to allow the impression to remain that the Negro-American assents to inferiority, is submissive under oppression, and apologetic before insults.”
The film captures the far-reaching impact of the short-lived Movement — disbanded only four years after its inception — which laid the cornerstone of the modern American civil rights movement, eventually morphing into the NAACP.
“The influence of the Niagara Movement is evident in the protests and court challenges of the American civil rights movement as well as past and current activism,” Tom Calderone, president and CEO of Buffalo Toronto Public Media, said in a statement. “We are pleased to present this important film about such a prevailing influence on our society.”


Season Two of ‘Hotel Portofino’ Headed to PBS Platforms Oct. 15

Season season of “Hotel Portofino” headed to all PBS platforms, including PBS Masterpiece Prime Video, in the United States Oct. 15.

The British period drama series, starring Natascha McElhone (“Californication,” “The Crown”), follows an elite yet dysfunctional British family who open a hotel for upper-class travelers on the Italian Riviera during the Roaring ’20s. Set in the Italian village of Portofino, season two begins in the summer of 1927 as Bella Ainsworth is still devoting her energy to Hotel Portofino, which has overcome teething troubles and is starting to prosper. Aside from her hotel duties, Bella is concerned for her children — Lucian, whose marriage to Rose might be facing trouble, and Alice, who needs a break from her responsibilities at the hotel. Bella’s husband Cecil has not been seen since returning to England at the end of the previous summer. With Cecil’s unannounced return to Portofino, the messy private lives of her children, and a visit from a travel guide that could make or break the hotel’s future, Bella does her utmost to keep all the plates spinning.

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Season Two of Crime Drama ‘Professor T’ Debuts on All PBS Platforms Sept. 3

Season two of the crime drama series “Professor T” premieres Sept. 3 and runs through Oct. 15, across all PBS platforms in the United States, including the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

Joining Ben Miller (“Bridgerton”) as Professor T and Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as his mother is award winning actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) as therapist Dr. Helena. 

Across six episodes, the Professor and the team untangle a series of knotty crimes ranging from an unexplained fire in a student block to the mystery of an entire family found dead in their home. From the blossoming affair between the two young detectives, Lisa and Dan, to the start of an exciting new liaison for Police chief DCI Christina Brand, nothing is quite what it seems. Meanwhile, Professor T is dominated and perplexed by the women in his life. As he attempts to improve his relationships with everyone from his mother to the love of his life Christina, he takes the monumental step of seeing a therapist. His sessions with Dr. Helena are painful for the Professor and his mother as they delve deep into his past and chip away at the secrets of his childhood.

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New Episodes of ‘Rosie’s Rules,’ ‘Alma’s Way’ Streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April

New episodes of “Rosie’s Rules” and “Alma’s Way” are among the titles arriving on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April.

The channel offers 40-plus educational and entertaining shows and shorts for kids ages 2-8. The subscription rate is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

In “Rosie Rules” volume five, available now, 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes and her friends pretend to be pirates traveling around the world, but they need a globe to plan a route. Then, while Jun is visiting Shanghai, she and Rosie plan a virtual breakfast, but when it’s daytime for Rosie, it’s nighttime for Jun. Next, while delivering popcorn in Maya’s apartment building, Rosie, Crystal and Mom find a lost dog toy, so they become doggie detectives to find its owner. And Rosie builds a cardboard house for Gatita so she can have a peaceful nap. Plus Rosie, Crystal, and Iggy try to recreate Mom and Papá’s beach anniversary tradition at home, and it’s Chiles en Nogada Day, but when Papá loses the recipe, it’s up to Rosie to figure out who else might have it.

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In “Alma’s Way” volume nine, debuting April 28, when Mr. Ramirez takes too many cats into his shop, Alma helps him figure out what to do with them. Then, when Alma asks her friends to play stickball, there’s one hold-out — Howard. Next, Alma, Harper and Rafia want to make a quick-change video like Safina’s, but they can’t figure out how she did it. And Eddie asks Alma to help him record a rap, but his project gets derailed when it turns into a rap circle with Junior, André and Becka. Plus, when Alma’s new friend Beto is disappointed that the Bronx beach doesn’t feel like his old beach in San Diego, Alma and André try to show him that even though this beach is different, it’s just as fun. Then, during a trip to the beach, Junior’s sandcastle gets washed away by the tide.

Also available in April are “Let’s Go Luna!” volume 14; “Cyberchase” volume 15, debuting April 14; and “Sing-Along with PBS Kids” volume one, debuting April 21.

PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel to Bow Carousel for Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This April, the  PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel will launch a special carousel in anticipation of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

The PBS programs recognize the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

The titles that will be on the carousel include “Asian Americans,” “American Experience: Mr. Tornado,” “Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March,” “American Masters: Tyrus,” “Frontline: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “A Tale of Three Chinatowns,” “First Vote,” “Frontline: President Xie,”  “Great Performances: Beethoven in Beijing,” “American Experience: Plague at the Golden Gate” and “Frontline: A Thousand Cuts.”

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Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in April include “La Frontera with Pati Jinich” season two on April 3; “The Sun Queen” (“American Experience”) on April 4; “America and the Taliban” season one (“Frontline”) on April 4; “Reel South” volume eight on April 11; “My Grandparents’ War” season two on April 11; “Weather the Future” (“Nova”) on April 12; “Hummingbird Effect” (“Nature”) on April 12; “Picture a Scientist” (“Nova”) on April 15; “Niagara Falls” (“Nature”) on April 19; “Changing Planet” season two on April 19; “Treasure of the Caribbean” on April 26; “Chasing Carbon Zero” (“Nova”) on April 26; and “Bill Nye: Science Guy” on April 26.

Two New Seasons of ‘Antiques Road Trip’ to Stream on PBS Living in April

This April, two new seasons of “Antiques Road Trip” will begin streaming on PBS Living.

“Antiques Road Trip” season 21 starts streaming April 17 and season 22 April 24. In the series, the antique experts head out in classic cars on journeys throughout Great Britain in search of unique items and bargain prices. After a days-long scavenger hunt, they attend an auction where they put their finds up for bid, competing against one another to see who makes the most profit. The antiques found along the way range from household goods to one-of-a-kind treasures, including historical artifacts.

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The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

‘Tom Jones’ Among Titles Headed to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April

“Tom Jones,” a new adaptation of Henry Fielding’s classic novel, headlines the upcoming releases on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April.

The subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Four episodes of the “Masterpiece” dramedy “Tom Jones” start streaming April 30. In the series, Solly McLeod (“House of the Dragon”) stars as the handsome, resourceful title character, with Sophie Wilde (“You Don’t Know Me”) as the beautiful and bright, seemingly unattainable love of his life Sophia Western. He is a foundling of uncertain parentage, while she is an heiress. In 18th-century England, their class differences make their journey to find each other complicated and treacherous. Emmy-winning actress Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”) plays the seductive and vengeful Lady Bellaston, who comes between Tom and Sophia. 

Season two of the crime drama “Before We Die” begins streaming April 10. Lesley Sharp (“Scott & Bailey,” “Three Girls”) returns to head up the cast as Detective Hannah Laing, who joins forces with maverick detective Billy Murdoch, played by Vincent Regan (Troy, 300) in a desperate bid to protect her son Christian, played by Patrick Gibson (“The OA,” Guerrilla). The second installment of the series will not follow the same storyline of the original Swedish series, which the first season is based on, but will see Hannah pitched directly against Dubravka, played by Kazia Pelka (“World’s End,” “Casualty”), the matriarch at the head of the Mimica Croatian crime family.

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Twelve episodes in season two of the “Walter Presents” Italian crime dramedy series “Mafia Only Kills in Summer” start streaming April 14. The second season picks up when the Giammarresis decide not to flee and to instead return home, risking the possibility of mafia retaliation. The secret that Pia has concealed will begin to eat away at her and at her marriage; the reluctant mafioso, Massimo, would like to leave the Cosa Nostra; and the situation for the Giammarresi family becomes more complicated with each passing day. It is the time of the high-profile mafia killings, and the specter of an incredibly violent mafia war hangs over the Sicilian capital. While this bloody cowl enshrouds the city, the Giammarresi family must find the strength to stay united and survive.

Other titles coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April include season two of “Walter Presents: The Silence of Water,” due April 7; “Walter Presents: Transfer,” due April 28; “Walter Presents: Carmen Curler,” due April 28; and “Walter Presents: Malaka,” available April 28.

PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel Unveils COVID-19 Collection

The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel has launched a special collection of documentaries entitled “Processing the Pandemic,” featuring programs that highlight the many different aspects of how COVID-19 disrupted everyday life and how different countries and communities handled it.

The titles include “The Virus: What Went Wrong,” “Death Is Our Business/Love, Life and the Virus,” “The Virus That Shook the World,” “China’s COVID Secrets,” “America’s Medical Supply Crisis,” “Iraq’s Assassins/Yemen’s COVID Cover-up,” “COVID’s Hidden Toll,” “Outbreak” and “Pandemic in Seattle.”

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

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Other titles being added to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel in March are: “Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story”; “Frontline: Age of Easy Money,” due March 14; “Girl Talk,” due March 17; “Secrets of the Dead: Decoding Hieroglyphics,” due March 24; and “The Movement and the Madman,” due March 28.