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Corporation for Public Broadcasting Announces Departure of Michael Pack, Senior Vice President, Television Programming

  • For Immediate Release on February 9, 2006

(Washington D.C.) -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting today announced that Michael Pack, Senior Vice President of Television Programming is exercising a long-standing option with CPB to return to his work as an independent producer and make "Winning Modern Wars," a film that he set aside over three years ago when he joined CPB.

"We are grateful to Michael for his work and leadership at CPB's Television Programming Department," said CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison. "While he launched funding initiatives to promote community outreach, renew PBS's premier series, and train the next generation of producers, his legacy will ultimately be two innovative, groundbreaking CPB projects: 'America at a Crossroads' and the 'American History and Civics Initiative.'"

"When I came to CPB three years ago, I was given the mandate to restructure the TV programming department, make CPB more proactive in program development, and launch major new initiatives in public affairs and education, which I am happy to have accomplished during my time at CPB" said Pack. "I look forward to returning to the creative side of filmmaking."

Harrison also announced that John Prizer, CPB Vice President of Program Development, will serve as the acting head of CPB's Television Programming Department.

America at a Crossroads is a series of documentaries that will illuminate the changes that have taken place in America and the world since 9/11. Last month, CPB announced that 21 films had been selected to receive production grants. In addition, CPB tapped WETA, Washington D.C.'s premiere public television station, to coordinate the production and promotion of the initial eight films in the "America at a Crossroads" series.

The American History and Civics Initiative represents a major commitment by CPB to use its educational mandate, reach, and creative capacity to address critical shortfalls in middle and high school students' knowledge of American history, our political system, and their roles as citizens.

Eighty-nine proposals were received by CPB, including over 40 from Public Television Stations, many in partnership with some of the best known and respected names in technology and education.

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