Tag archive: Downton Abbey

System/Policy : Television programs

Unusual rights delay: hint of budget strife?

PBS’s ongoing negotiations to curb per-hour costs of producing programs and to assert more control over content are increasing friction with its largest producer, Boston’s powerhouse WGBH, according to sources at other stations with knowledge of the situation.

For a period until just four days before the second-season premiere of the gem of this season’s PBS schedule, Downton Abbey from Masterpiece Classic, the approval of PBS broadcast rights for the series hung in the balance as WGBH protested the network’s contract demands…. Continue reading

Awards in public media

Primetime Emmy Awards, 2011

Masterpiece Classic’s Downton Abbey led PBS’s Emmy winners. Among six Primetime Emmys presented in September [2011] to the British costume drama was the highly coveted statuette for best miniseries. Producers of documentary and performance series brought PBS’s Emmy total up … Continue reading