PBS / WGBH TV / Nova

United States
Senior Series Producer, Co-Production & Acquisition, NOVA

Now in its 41st season, NOVA is the most-watched science series on American television and in the world, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.

Each week NOVA takes an in-depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering, and NOVA captivates its viewers with its unique way of presenting each topic.

The series remains committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world.

The Director of the WGBH Science Unit and Senior Executive Producer of NOVA is Paula S. Apsell.

Not only does NOVA have such a strong presence on television, but it also has a powerful website presence. You can also read about significant science stories as told by some of the biggest names in science, technology, and engineering on "NOVA Next." NOVA Labs is a new digital platform where "citizen scientists" can actively participate in the scientific process. From predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cyber-security strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualising, analysing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.

Additionally, the NOVA Education site is a collection of NOVA resources for bringing science, technology, and engineering to life in educational settings. This free digital library is tied to teaching standards and includes video, audio segments and interactives.

BUYER PROFILE 08.04.2014


Genres Docs & Factual
Looking for Strong science stories: significant, relevant subjects, smart, clean, intelligent. Science, technology and archaeology. Contemporary science for WGBH.
Policy & Volume of Acquisition 20-22 new programmes/year. Co-productions, acquisitions and in-house productions. No social science or political science.
Audience General PBS Audience which skews slightly male and older.
Prices Depends on type of deal. Range at USD 50,000.
Length 52' programmes, some continuous two-hour programmes, multi-part series, mini-series.
Licence All North American rights required (streaming, education, home video, digital)
Updated post-MIPCOM 2015