We love everything that PBS digital studios is putting out these days from the absolutely brilliant PBS Ideas Channel to the monstrously successful Frankenstein MD, so we were more than a little nervous this morning when we learned that PBS Digital senior director Matt Graham is hitting the road to join RLJ Entertainment as the new head of AcornTV.
Graham leaves behind a huge legacy at PBS Digital. He was a co-founder of the networks original web programming division which gave rise to Pemberley Digital’s critically acclaimed Frankenstein MD. During Graham’s time steering PBS Digital the studio took home six Webby awards, a Mashie for Best Branded YouTube Channel, and countless words of praise from web television critics and media.
AcornTV is one of the leading distributers of British television programming to U.S. audiences. The extensive Acorn library includes familiar PBS favorites like detective drama Foyles War, Agatha Christie’s unlikely sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot, and camp heavy crimes stopper Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries. In a statement RLJ President Mark Stevens said that he expects Graham’s extensive digital experience will help Acorn to grow even further.
PBS released a statement saying only that it planned to fill Graham’s post at the digital studio but did not reveal any names. The lack of an immediate successor suggests that Graham’s departure may have come as a surprise.