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Beth Hoppe

Vice President of General Audience Programming

Beth Hoppe is thrilled to be back in public television where she oversees science, history, natural history and news and public affairs. She recently shepherded some timely documentaries to the PBS primetime schedule including Steve Jobs – One Last Thing (Pioneer Productions), Titanic with Len Goodman (BBCWW and 360 Productions), and the upcoming Cuban Missile Crisis - Three Men Go to War (Crossing the Line Productions) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of that event. Beth is excited about the rich science and history pipeline at PBS which includes ‘Exploration Wednesdays’ this fall with new episodes of Nature (WNET/Thirteen), NOVA, and NOVA ScienceNOW (WGBH), a four hour two night special in November from Ken Burns - The Dustbowl, and the exciting partnership between Kunhardt Magee Productions and AOL that will bring Makers – Women who Made America to the schedule this winter. Beth joined PBS from Discovery Studios. Prior to that she was President and CEO of Optomen Productions USA, a New York-based television production company known for science, reality and factual programming. During her tenure Optomen produced numerous programs and series for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, PBS, and the Food Network including Monsters Inside Me, Worst Cooks in America, and Most Evil.  Before joining Optomen, Beth was at WNET/Thirteen where she created and oversaw numerous productions and co-productions for PBS including the long running strand Secrets of the Dead with Channel 4 in the UK, and the primetime Emmy nominated Frontier House and Colonial House with Wall to Wall Television. At WGBH she was series producer of NOVA and directed the Ten O’Clock News.