Three Murder Mystery Films With Agatha Christie Character Coming to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in May

Three murder mystery films, Agatha and the Truth of Murder, Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar and Agatha and the Midnight Murders will be streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in May.

In the films, viewers follow what might have happened to the author Agatha Christie, a writer who also happens to investigate real life crimes.

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Due May 11 is Agatha and the Truth of Murder. In the film, in 1926, with her writing in crisis and her personal life in tatters, a young Agatha Christie decides to solve a real-life murder. With Dean Andrews (“Ashes to Ashes,” “Life on Mars”), Bebe Cave (“Victoria,” “Great Expectations”), Amelia Dell and Ruth Bradley (“In Her Skin,” “Grabbers”) as Agatha Christie.

Coming May 18 is Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar. In the film, set in 1928, bruised from divorce and struggling with fame, Agatha travels to Iraq and finds a web of murder, intrigue and love. With Jonah Hauer-King (A Dog’s Way Home, World on Fire, Little Women) and Lyndsey Marshal (The Hours, Rome, Hereafter) as Agatha Christie.

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Available starting May 25 is Agatha and the Midnight Murders. In the film set in London in 1940, as the Blitz rages and her future is threatened by fallout from the war, Agatha makes the decision to kill off her most famous creation. With Blake Harrison (A Very English Scandal, World on Fire, “The Great”), Jacqueline Boatswain (Bloodborne, London Voodoo), Gina Bramhill (Us, “Sherlock,” “Endeavour”) and Helen Baxendale (Anonymous, “Cold Feet”) as Agatha Christie.

In addition, “Masterpiece: Indian Summers” seasons one and two will be added to the channel in May, as well as a number of international programs from Walter Presents including “Le Monstre,” “1864,” “Crimes of Passion” and “The Nordic Murders.”

‘Face to Face,’ ‘Box 21’ Among Walter Presents Programs on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in April

Five new international programs from Walter Presents are streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel beginning in April: “Face to Face,” “Box 21,” “Devil’s Throat,” “Seizure” and “Silent Hunt.”

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Available now is the eight-episode Danish series “Face to Face.” In the series, when investigator Bjørn is called in to identify a young woman, he is horrified to find his own daughter lying on the autopsy table. Her death is ruled a suicide, but Bjørn refuses to believe his daughter has taken her own life. As the evidence begins to point towards murder, Bjørn begins to track the last day of his daughter’s life. This sends him on a whirlwind journey where he encounters people important to his daughter, revealing a network of truths, lies and criminal acts woven into her and Bjørn’s own life. In order to understand his daughter’s death, Bjørn must confront himself — until he finally faces the unavoidable truth of why she died.

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Also available now is the six-episode Romanian crime thriller “Box 21.” The series follows Lidia, a young Romanian woman who is lured to Sweden with promises of a better life. Through a wicked turn of events, Lidia is forced into prostitution. Looking for revenge, her fate is interwoven with police officer Ewert Grens, who chases a dangerous criminal.

Due April 16 is the 12-episode Bulgarian crime thriller “Devil’s Throat.” The series follows a DANS employee and an ambitious local investigator at the height of the Bulgarian refugee crisis. They are looking into the murder of a retired police officer in the border town of Smolyan. The clues are gradually turning toward a terrible secret about a crime that will overturn their investigation and their personal fates.

The Norwegian series “Seizure,” which starts streaming April 23, follows two Oslo detectives, played by popular Norwegian actors Anders Danielsen Lie (“Oslo, August 31st,” “22 July”) and Anders Baasmo Christiansen (“Kon-Tiki”), as they investigate the deaths of four immigrant boys. Set against an intense backdrop of personal trauma, violent weather and otherworldly apparitions, the show mixes elements of traditional Scandi Noir with a more supernatural twist.

Due April 30 is the German eight-episode series “Silent Hunt.” It follows an aristocrat by birth and gentleman by nature, Detective Hanns von Meuffeels, who brings a unique but effective approach to police work. He draws a suspect in with the power of good investigative skills and a well-practiced silence. Von Meuffels applies his own particular investigative style to reveal the truth, often confronting his own past and mistakes in the process, on cases involving satellite control systems for the arms industry, Turkish extremists, international money laundering, among others.

‘Atlantic Crossing’ Coming to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel April 4

The eight-episode series historical drama series “Atlantic Crossing” is coming to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel starting April 4.

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Based on a true story of passion and politics, “Atlantic Crossing” follows a friendship forged in war portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”) as U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, and Swedish star Sofia Helin (“The Bridge”) as Norwegian Crown Princess Martha. Ranging back and forth across the North Atlantic throughout World War II, the series depicts momentous events in the changing fortunes of Norway, Great Britain and the United States, probing deeply into the rarely told story of Norway’s struggle against Nazi invasion and occupation.

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The series opens in 1939 with a goodwill visit to the United States by Norway’s Crown Prince Olav (Tobias Santelmann, Kon Tiki) and Crown Princess Martha where they befriend the president and first lady (Harriet Sansom Harris, “Desperate Housewives”). Months later, Norway is fighting for survival as Nazi Germany invades the neutral country with the goal of seizing its strategic ports and securing access to iron ore mines for steel production. During the assault, German troops try to capture the Norwegian royal family to use as bargaining chips, but the King (Søren Pilmark, Downsizing) and Olav manage to escape to England where they set up a government-in-exile. Meanwhile, Martha and the three children make their hazardous way to America where they are taken in at the White House by President Roosevelt.

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This sets the stage for an epic drama that mixes war and diplomacy, desire and jealousy. At the outset, America is officially neutral. It would be political suicide if Roosevelt defies the strong isolationist sentiment in the United States, yet Martha urges him to find a way to help Norway in the fight against Germany. Meanwhile across the ocean, Olav grows increasingly suspicious of Martha’s close ties to the president. The relationship also tries the patience of the first lady and Roosevelt’s closest advisors: Harry Hopkins (Daniel Betts, “The Crown”) and the president’s rumored paramour, Missy LeHand (Lucy Russell, “Wolf Hall”).

‘Churchill’s Secret,’ Four ‘Walter Presents’ Series Heading to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in March

The biopic Churchill’s Secret, starring Sir Michael Gambon, and four “Walter Presents” programs are streaming in March on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

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Churchill’s Secret

The drama Masterpiece: Churchill’s Secret, about the little-known life-threatening stroke Churchill suffered during the summer of 1953, debuts March 11. The film stars Sir Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”, Emma), Romola Garai (The Miniaturist, Atonement) and Matthew Macfadyen (“Succession”). During his second term as Prime Minister, Churchill (Gambon) suffers a stroke, which his inner circle conspired to hide from the public. The film charts the course of Winston’s remarkable recovery and investigates the strain that his great public service wrought upon his private life. Told from the point of view of his family, his doctor, the men he championed and his young nurse (Garai), Churchill’s Secret follows the great man’s extraordinary battle to recover, casting an honest light on the tensions within his brilliant and dysfunctional family.

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“Seaside Hotel” Season 7

Season seven of the “Walter Presents” Danish drama “Seaside Hotel” debuts March 12. It is now the summer of 1940 and the hotel opens for a new season. Denmark has been invaded by the Germans and the previous years’ guests flee to the beach-side hotel to get some respite from the German occupation. It has been a year since Amanda and Philip have taken over the ownership of the hotel, and they are looking forward to welcoming the guests back for a new cheerful and pleasant summer season. However, the occupying forces have also discovered the cozy hotel and the guests and staff alike realize that even out on the dune range, they cannot hide from the war. They are faced with the uncomfortable choice of whether to cooperate with the Germans’ demands or say no, risking Amanda’s first season as hotel owner, possibly making it her last.

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“Witch Hunt”

The “Walter Presents” Norwegian crime thriller series “Witch Hunt” is due March 5. In the series, Ida Waage is working as the CFO at a prestigious law firm. One day, she spots a suspicious invoice and traces it back to a money laundering operation linked to the firm’s biggest client, Peer Eggen. After alerting her executive board, she is shocked when they turn on her, and look to discredit her. With her job and credibility threatened, Ida continues to seek justice and alerts the police. Investigator Eirik Bråten discovers that the invoice is a cover-up for a larger scandal that involves various transactions between Eggen and the husband of Norway’s Minister of Justice. When journalist Aida Salim takes this bombshell news public, Ida’s firm retaliates further, with vicious stories designed to ruin her career. After the Minister dies suddenly in a crash, Eirik and Aida join forces to hunt for evidence, assuming Eggen to be behind the accident, while Ida pursues her employers in court. However, Ida ultimately realizes that her determination to fight back and do the right thing is putting herself, and everyone she loves, in grave danger.

“Judgement”

The “Walter Presents” French crime drama “Judgement” starts streaming March 19. In the series, the brutal murder of Judge Dessureaux’s youngest daughter Gabrielle plunges his family into a living hell. When presumed killer Tristan Rabeau is acquitted, the family decides to seek revenge.

“Dresden Detectives”

The “Walter Presents” German crime thriller “Dresden Detectives” debuts March 26. It follows a pair of female detectives with their fingers on the pulse of crime, who are as different and unpredictable as the cases they solve — from online dating and the live murder of a social media influencer to a public witch hunt for pedophiles — the cases they solve are complex and contemporary. The tension between the two women, which stems from their different backgrounds and investigative styles, drives cases forward and pushes them to their limits both privately and professionally.

‘Presumed Guilty,’ ‘Fear by the Lake’ Among ‘Walter Presents’ Titles Coming to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in February

Episodes from four new international programs from “Walter Presents” will be added to the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in February: “Fear by the Lake,” “Presumed Guilty,” “Luna & Sophie” and “Agathe Koltès: Murder in Brittany.”

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Season one of the French crime drama “Fear by the Lake Season” is available Feb. 5. Lise Stocker and Clovis Bouvier are facing a completely new threat when several people are suddenly struck down by a mysterious and deadly disease. A virus is spreading in the French alpine city of Annecy. It’s a race against the clock to find out where the virus came from and to stop its spread from becoming an epidemic.

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The Spanish series “Presumed Guilty” is available Feb. 12. In an idyllic fishing village in the Basque Country of northern Spain, a terrible event forces Jon Aristegui, a researcher living and working in Paris, to come back to his birth town six years after leaving it. Upon his return, he will have to confront the ghosts of his past and a mystery that was never solved and haunts him to this day: the disappearance of his girlfriend Anne.

Season two of the German crime drama “Luna & Sophie” debuts Feb. 19. Childhood best friends, the female investigative duo Luna and Sophie, return for a second season of crime fighting. The new cases tangle Luna and Sophie’s personal and professional lives together, as Luna’s father, who has been incarcerated in the Potsdam prison system, suddenly comes back into their lives, claiming to have witnessed a murder. Sophie starts an affair with a colleague on the team, which not only strains her marriage, but her friendship with Luna. When a hostage is taken in a Potsdam jewelry store, the case takes an unexpected turn. Then a mission into the deepest part of Brandenburg shows Luna and Sophie that the world there is completely different.

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The French crime drama “Agathe Koltès: Murder in Brittany” debuts Feb. 26. At 50, police commander Agathe Koltès is beautiful, funny and charming. She’s about to take up a post in a small town in Brittany, where everybody is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the great veteran cop. What nobody knows is that Mathilde Sirach, the young police captain who was fiercely opposed to Koltès’ coming, is actually her daughter. They haven’t seen each other in years. As expected, the mother-and-daughter reunion is stormy, but soon their investigations will lead them to rediscover the strong love and bond they have for each other.

New Hugh Laurie Series ‘Roadkill’ Among Titles Coming to PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November

Six new programs, including a new political thriller starring Hugh Laurie, “Roadkill,” Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King and season one of “Jekyll and Hyde,” will be streaming on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel in November.

Also streaming are international programs from “Walter Presents,” including the new Spanish crime thriller “Under Suspicion,” “The Hunter” and “Berlin Dance School.”

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Due Nov. 1 is the new political thriller “Roadkill” from Academy Award nominee David Hare (The Reader, The Hours). The series stars Hugh Laurie as Peter Laurence, a self-made forceful and charismatic politician. Peter’s public and private life seem to be falling apart — or rather are being picked apart by his enemies. As his personal revelations spiral, he is shamelessly untroubled by guilt or remorse, expertly walking a high wire between glory and catastrophe as he seeks to further his own agenda, while others plot to bring him down. However, events show just how hard it is, for both an individual and a country, to leave the past behind. Helen McCrory (The Queen, “Harry Potter”), Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Westworld, Inferno) and Millie Brady (“The Last Kingdom,” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) also star.

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Coming Nov. 6 is season two of the “Walter Presents” series “The Hunter.” In the Italian crime drama set in January 1996, after years of waiting, arrests and sleepless nights, anti-mafia prosecutor Saverio is over the moon. Not only has he finally married the love of his life Giada, he’s also closer to catching his most wanted prey: Giovanni Brusca. The brutal head of the Cosa Nostra has held the son of one of his enemies hostage for over two years. Even though the boy is still alive, he’s just a pawn in a sick game of thrones played by the Brusca brothers. When things go wrong during Saverio’s long-planned raid of the Brusca hideout, his life starts falling apart before his eyes.

Due Nov. 13 is the “Walter Presents” Spanish crime thriller “Under Suspicion.” In the series, on the day of her first communion, surrounded by her family, 7-year-old Alicia Vega disappears without a trace. After two weeks of searching, the police are only sure about one thing: Alicia’s kidnapper is a family member. Two officers, Laura and Víctor, are chosen to go undercover in the town where the Vega family lives as a married couple to uncover who is responsible for the crime. They don’t know each other and are complete opposites. Laura is firm and organized. Víctor is impulsive and willing to do whatever is necessary to discover the truth. As time passes, the case turns out to be more complicated than they expected — the Vega family is a web of secrets complicating the rescue of Alicia.

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Season two of the “Walter Presents” German drama “Berlin Dance School,” due Nov. 27, continues to follow the proprietor of the Galant dance school, Caterina Schollack and her three daughters, Monika, Eva and Helga. Three years have passed and Monika is now a single mother fighting for custody of her daughter Dorli who is living with her aunt Helga and her husband Wolfgang as a way to hide his homosexuality. Meanwhile, the careers of Monika and her dance partner Freddy pick up speed under the stewardship of Caterina’s management. Their sister Eva is also unhappy in her marriage to Professor Fassbender. The program follows the three sisters as they search for their own new identity, while dealing with issues such as emancipation, family structures and the desire for female self-determination.

Also coming Nov. 27 is Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King. The film tells the inside story of the tensions that were unleashed when the queen fell in love with Prince Philip — tensions that would place huge strain on the royal marriage and would shape the future of Elizabeth’s reign. Young Philip, it was felt, was “rough, ill-mannered, uneducated and would probably not be faithful,” according to one courtier. The royal and political elite disliked his German roots — and they disliked his larger than life, ferociously ambitious uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten. This film draws on unpublished memoirs to show how Philip and Mountbatten were maneuvering for a royal marriage as early as the winter of 1939-40, when the queen was just 13. Philip’s German links were a source of anxiety for Elizabeth’s parents with the queen’s mother reported to have privately referred to Philip as “The Hun.” The film reveals, for the first time, the complexities and frustrations of the royal marriage as the queen struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government.

Finally, Nov. 30 comes season one of “Jekyll and Hyde.” Set in 1930s London, the series follows Robert Jekyll, a naive, sensitive young man finding his place in the world and moving away from the protection of his loving foster parents. As he begins to feel himself coming under the power of a darkness he cannot control, he realizes that all this time his parents were protecting him from his true self. Jekyll has inherited the curse of his grandfather, and when angered or in danger he undertakes a graphic and twisted transformation to become Hyde, a shadowy, brooding figure of incredible strength and agility — confident and fearless. As he tries to discover his past and search for a cure, Robert Jekyll is drawn deep into Hyde’s world of monstrous creatures and freaks of nature.

Season Six of ‘Seaside Hotel’ Debuts Nov. 20 on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel

Season six of the Danish drama “Seaside Hotel” will debut Nov. 20 on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video channel.

Six years have passed and it is now the summer of 1939. Dark clouds hover over Europe as World War II looms in the near distance, but the regular guests of the Seaside Hotel have again gone on holiday. Amanda struggles to keep her small commercial film company alive, but does not find much help from her sister, Vera, a young lady with strong opinions. Mrs. Frigh has become the manager of the tobacco factory and has big plans for her son, Leslie, but she has forgotten the new maid, Nana, who he is having a summer fling with. The actor Weyse is trying to cure an embarrassing case of stage fright that took place this spring. Wholesaler Madsen hopes to be allowed to build in Nazi Germany, while Mrs. Fjelds tries to help her daughter-in-law’s brother, the Austrian Jew Robert, who is on the run from the Nazis after escaping from a concentration camp.

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‘Van der Valk,’ ‘Flesh and Blood,’ ‘Islands of Wonder’ and Season One of ‘Cobra’ Coming to DVD and Digital in October From PBS

“Masterpiece Mystery! Van der Valk,” “Masterpiece: Flesh and Blood,” Islands of Wonder, and season one of “Cobra” are coming to DVD and digital in October.

Available now is Islands of Wonder, in which viewers journey to three of the most exotic, mysterious and remote islands on Earth: Madagascar, Borneo, and Hawaii. These isolated and iconic tropical islands harbor remarkable wildlife and human castaways found nowhere else on Earth. In a rapidly changing world, these fragile islands are a vital gauge for the health of our planet. Ancient Madagascar is the strangest and oldest island in the world, famed now for its lemurs. Though, over millennia it has given rise to more unique wildlife than any other island, Borneo’s rich coral reefs, lush jungles and mountainous landscapes reveal it is no paradise, and the struggles to survive are the secret to a greater variety of life, from orangutans to sun bears and flying snakes. Hawaii, the most remote island chain in the world, is a wondrous archipelago that has offered sanctuary for all life that have reached its tropical shores. From humpback whales to waterfall-climbing fish, carnivorous caterpillars and even albatross. All these islands are home to an extraordinary wealth of diverse wildlife and stunning, yet seldom seen, natural backdrops.

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Due Oct. 13 is “Masterpiece Mystery!: Van der Valk,” which follows Piet Van der Valk, played by Marc Warren (“Beecham House,” “The Good Wife”), an engaging, unapologetic, and street-smart detective, as he leads his dynamic team in solving a raft of mysterious crimes. Brilliant, but cynical Piet Van der Valk solves these baffling crimes in and around 21st-century Amsterdam, which is more prosperous, cosmopolitan, and crime-prone than ever — at least that’s the way steely-eyed cop Van der Valk sees his murder-infested beat. Van der Valk and his team tackle high profile cases in the worlds of art, politics, addiction, mysticism and fashion.

Coming Oct. 20 is the drama “Masterpiece: Flesh and Blood,” in which the already dysfunctional lives of Helen, Jake, and Natalie are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Francesca Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man, retired surgeon Mark (Stephen Rea). Their suspicion of the newcomer triggers events in the siblings’ own complex love lives, which begin to spiral out of control. Next door neighbor Mary (Imelda Staunton) has known the family for years and tries to support them all with wise counsel, but seems powerless to stop the events from escalating. As the mystery unravels, this dark yet deliciously witty thriller explores family dynamics, modern relationships, love, loyalty, and betrayal, while keeping viewers guessing up until the very last moment.

Due Oct. 20 is season one of “Cobra,” an action-packed political drama that follows the British Prime Minister and his emergency committee as they navigate a major crisis and its political and personal fallout. On the brink of a geomagnetic solar storm, a team comprised of Britain’s leading contingency planners and senior politicians assemble under the name COBRA (taken from its meeting place in Whitehall’s Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) to guide the country through turbulent times.

PBS Masterpiece Launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels for Canada

PBS Distribution Sept. 15 launched its streaming channel PBS Masterpiece on Amazon Prime Video Channels for Canada.

“We have seen tremendous consumer demand and subscription growth since we launched PBS Masterpiece on Amazon Prime Video Channels in the United States in May of 2017,” Andrea Downing, co-president of PBS Distribution, said in a statement. “This expansion allows our committed and loyal Masterpiece fan base in Canada to enjoy these high-quality, award winning programs whenever they like.”

The channel launches with popular Masterpiece programs such as “Sanditon,” “Endeavour,” “Home Fires,” “Inspector Lewis,” “Poldark” and “Victoria.”

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In addition to Masterpiece programming, the channel will also offer titles from the Walter Presents library of series from countries all over the world, subtitled in English, marking the debut of Walter Presents programs to Canadian audiences. Titles include the highest-rated drama in Denmark, “Seaside Hotel,” and crime thriller/mysteries “Professor T,” “Though Shall Not Kill” and “Before we Die,” among many others.

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“I am genuinely thrilled to be launching Walter Presents in Canada, with its rich, bi-lingual culture and its history of active engagement with the world as well as its long-standing appreciation of world drama,” said Walter Iuzzolino, co-founder and curator of Walter Presents, in a statement. “I know Canadian audiences will embrace our collection of quality, award-winning series with a sense of curiosity and with real gusto.”

The subscription rate for PBS Masterpiece in Canada will be CDN $6.99 per month plus applicable taxes with an Amazon Prime membership.

PBS Appoints Marketing VP

PBS Distribution has been appointed Tonya Harley VP of marketing.

Harley will lead marketing and communications, supporting multiple brands and businesses, with a focus on customer acquisition and retention strategies for the company’s direct-to-consumer subscription businesses — PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids, PBS Living and newly launched PBS Documentaries — on Prime Video Channels.

“Tonya is an Emmy-award winning marketing professional with a proven track record of successfully delivering results for clients that exceed expectations,” PBS Distribution co-president Andrea Downing said in a statement. “She brings keen analytical skills and experience across a wide range of industries, and her ability to create targeted and efficient media plans to drive acquisition across broadcast and digital platforms will support our key primary initiatives perfectly.”

Harley joins PBS Distribution from BCD Travel, where she led their hotel marketing team as the director of strategic marketing. She was responsible for building a modern brand identity, designing social media campaigns to drive engagement, and overseeing the creative development, social media, content development, sales training, and public relations to support product launches.

Prior to working for BCD Travel, Harley was a senior marketing strategist with Advito. During her five years there, she built a strategic vision for developing digital products to help clients reduce travel costs while building client retention and loyalty, and led a cross-functional team in creating the product strategy, positioning, and marketing plan to drive new business.

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Before joining Advito, she spent five years at Liberty Mutual Insurance, culminating in the role of manager of national advertising. She was responsible for more than $125 million in creative and media spend, focusing on the strategy and creative development of brand television, direct-response television, and digital and field marketing. Harley built the first-ever marketing portal for field sales agents to create brand consistency across the organization while helping agents leverage marketing tactics to boost sales.

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Early in her career, Harley’s experiences were rooted in client management at Argus Communications, where she developed omni-channel marketing campaigns for her clients. She saw her strategic recommendation come to life as a television ad that was nominated and won a National Academy of Arts & Sciences Emmy Award for “Outstanding Community or Public Service Single Spot” TV.