Filming Begins on “Grantchester” Series 7





Filming Begins on “Grantchester” Series 7
This series is set in the long hot summer of 1959 and wedding season is in full swing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester.
[via press release from ITV]
Filming begins on Grantchester series 7

Filming begins on Series 7 of hit MASTERPIECE PBS and ITV series Grantchester

Tom Brittney steps behind the camera to direct episode

Filming has begun on the seventh season of hit MASTERPIECE PBS and ITV crime drama Grantchester, with Robson Green returning as DI Geordie Keating and Tom Brittney as Grantchester’s Reverend Will Davenport.

This series is set in the long hot summer of 1959 and wedding season is in full swing in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester.

As the Reverend Will Davenport unites happy couples in holy matrimony, Detective Inspective Geordie Keating is busy as ever investigating a range of local murder cases. With a new decade just around the corner, the question of what the future holds is on everyone’s minds, not least Will’s, but before the 50s roll over into the swinging sixties there are some crimes to solve and some life-changing decisions to be made that might change life in Grantchester forever.

Tessa Peake-Jones returns as Mrs. Chapman, Al Weaver as Leonard Finch, Kacey Ainsworth as Cathy Keating, Oliver Dimsdale as Daniel Marlowe, Nick Brimble as Jack Chapman, Melissa Johns as Miss Scott and Bradley Hall as Larry Peters.

This series will feature a number of special guest appearances, including Charlotte Ritchie, Ellora Torchia, Emma Cunniffe, Janie Dee, Philip Whitchurch, Rowena King, Anna Wilson-Jones, Michael D. Xavier and many others.

And this season, Tom Brittney makes his Grantchester directing debut as he steps behind the camera to direct episode three of the show.

Tom Brittney says:

“I’m thrilled to be back on set with my Grantchester family and back in our happy place. I’m also absolutely over the moon to be given the opportunity to direct an episode this series, it’s been a life ambition of mine and I can’t wait for the audience to see it (and also I can finally order Robson about!).”

Robson Green, added:

“Great to be back in the world we all refer to as our ‘HAPPY PLACE.’ This new series is the best yet and is testament to the outstanding creative team that make this extraordinary, likeable, charming and entertaining tale what it is…Class!”

Executive Producer for Kudos, Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, says:

“We are delighted to be returning to our beloved Grantchester for another series. Last series was shot in winter and we’re very pleased to once again be filming in what we hope will be a glorious summer. All the cast and crew are excited by Tom Brittney making his directorial debut – we know he will create a very entertaining episode.”

MASTERPIECE Executive Producer-at-Large Rebecca Eaton, added:

“We can’t wait to bring MASTERPIECE viewers back to Grantchester for a seventh season. Captivating storylines and characters you care about… this new season is filled with all the ingredients that have made the series a Mystery! fan favorite and special viewing experience.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by GBH Boston.

The series will be executive produced for Kudos, part of Banijay UK, by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd (Deadwater Fell, Humans) writer and series creator Daisy Coulam (Deadwater Fell, Humans) and Robson Green. The Executive Producers for MASTERPIECE are Rebecca Eaton and Susanne Simpson at GBH Boston. Tim Whitby is joining the team as Producer while Tim Fywell returns after a two-series hiatus to direct episodes one and two. Drama Commissioner, Chloe Tucker, is looking after the commission of Grantchester from an ITV perspective.

Adapted from the Grantchester Mysteries novels by James Runcie, the series was developed for television by Daisy Coulam. The new series will be written by Daisy Coulam, Louise Ironside, Richard Cookson, Tumi Belo and John Jackson.

Grantchester is commissioned by PBS MASTERPIECE and PBS Distribution for US audiences and is one of ITV’s most popular returning series. Banijay Rights will be responsible for international distribution.



“DINOSAUR TRAIN: ADVENTURE ISLAND” ON DVD FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION THIS AUGUST





“DINOSAUR TRAIN: ADVENTURE ISLAND” ON DVD FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION THIS AUGUST
Below is a listing of the upcoming PBS KIDS DVD that will be released from PBS Distribution this August.

Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Families can also find full episodes of PBS KIDS series for free on their local PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms, including pbskids.org, the PBS KIDS Video app, and the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel.
Program available:
Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island – 8/10/21
Run Time: 136 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $9.99

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through television, digital media, and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in loveable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can watch PBS KIDS anytime on the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and the PBS KIDS Video app, available on mobile and connected-TV devices, no subscription required. PBS KIDS’ large collection of mobile apps and pbskids.org provide accessible content, including digital games and streaming video to spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers, parents, and community – providing resources to support children’s learning, anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



TWO NOVA DOCUMENTARIES HEADLINE DVD RELEASES FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION





TWO NOVA DOCUMENTARIES HEADLINE DVD RELEASES FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION
THIS AUGUST
Below is a listing of the upcoming DVD releases from PBS Distribution slated for August.

Every purchase helps support public television for all

Programs available:
NOVA: Great Electric Airplane Race – 8/03/21
Genre: Science, Technology
Run Time: 53 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

NOVA: Ship that Changed the World – 8/17/21
Genre: Science, History
Run Time: 52 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99



“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: TESLA,” “DOC WORLD: COCAINE PRISON,” AND “THE BOTANY OF DESIRE” HEADLINE TITLES





“AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: TESLA,” “DOC WORLD: COCAINE PRISON,” AND “THE BOTANY OF DESIRE” HEADLINE TITLES COMING THIS AUGUST TO THE PBS DOCUMENTARIES PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL
Arlington, VA – July 15, 2021 – Streaming on the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel this August are two biopics ─ one about the infamously prolific, forward-thinking, and controversial inventor, Nikola Tesla; and another that details two prison inmates’ lives and their families as they are dragged into the lowest levels of drug trafficking in Bolivia. Also coming to the channel is a documentary based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, “The Botany of Desire,” which is brought to life through narration by Frances McDormand. The film focuses on four species of plants that we’ve all interacted with and details how humans have completely shaped these plants’ evolutions and destinies.

The subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Information about the programs is listed below.

American Experience: Tesla

Premiere Date August 6, 2021
Episodes 1
Genre Biography, Science & Technology
Recently dubbed the “patron saint of geeks,” Nikola Tesla has had electric cars, rock bands, a unit of measurement, a minor planet, and a lunar crater named after him. Still eclipsed however by contemporaries such as Edison and Marconi, Tesla, the visionary scientist died impoverished and largely forgotten. During his lifetime, he gained international fame for his invention of a system of alternating current that made possible the distribution of electricity over vast distances and is the basis for the electrical grid that powers 21st century life. But the visionary Tesla imagined much more — robots, radio, radar, remote control, the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and harnessing the wind and sun to provide free energy to all. As a showman, he dazzled his scientific peers who flocked to see him demonstrate his inventions and send thousands of volts of electricity pulsing through his body. His fertile, yet undisciplined imagination was the source of his genius and also his downfall, as the image of Tesla as a “mad scientist” came to overshadow his reputation as a brilliant innovator. It is his exhilarating sense of the future that has inspired renewed interest in the man, as his once scoffed-at vision of a world connected by wireless technology has become a reality. “Tesla,” from American Experience, chronicles the life of a man whose ideas revolutionized his time, and ours.

Doc World: Cocaine Prison

Premiere Date August 15, 2021
Episodes 1
Genre Society, Public Affairs
“Cocaine Prison” follows the lives of three Bolivians who work at the lowest levels of the cocaine trade: two prison inmates who film their daily experiences, and an inmate’s sister who must decide whether to traffic cocaine or pursue a college education. The film bridges the ever-widening gap between the North and the South and brings a new perspective to the war on drugs being waged in the Andes.

The Botany of Desire

Premiere Date August 27, 2021
Episodes 1
Genre Science, Environmental History
Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, “The Botany of Desire” takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world ─ seen from the plants’ point of view. Narrated by Academy Award®-winning Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species ─ the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato ─ evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control.

“The Botany of Desire” shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan’s garden, and then roams the world from the corn fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam. One of the great conceits of human civilization is to put ourselves outside nature ─ constantly shaping and re-shaping the wild for our own purposes. Taking the plants’ view of the world pushes viewers to understand Pollan’s call to restore human activity to its proper place in the matrix of nature.

Other titles coming to the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
in August:
American Experience: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
American Masters: Wyeth
FRONTLINE: In the Shadow of 9/11
The Life of Muhammad, Season 1

About PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel
The PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a DTC-SVOD channel exclusive to Prime Video. This channel features nearly 900 hours of the highest quality factual programming, including the full catalog of films from Ken Burns and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, in addition to programming from other independent producers.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



FIVE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS FROM WALTER PRESENTS COMING TO THE PBS MASTERPIECE PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL





FIVE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS FROM WALTER PRESENTS COMING TO THE PBS MASTERPIECE PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL THIS AUGUST
— Including “Astrid,” “Bauhaus,” “Tunnel of Dreams,” “Our Miracle Years” and “Nina” —
Arlington, VA – July 13, 2021 – This August, five new international programs from Walter Presents will be streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel, a top destination to stream award-winning series from around the world. Among the programs arriving on the channel is a French crime drama and three period dramas taking place during the 1920s through the 1950s. The series’ include “Astrid,” “Bauhaus,” “Tunnel of Dreams,” “Our Miracle Years,” and “Nina.”

The subscription rate for the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel is $5.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Walter Presents: Astrid

Premiere Date: August 6, 2021
Episodes: 9
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: French with English Subtitles
Astrid Nielsen works as an archivist in the criminal records library of the judicial police. Astrid has Asperger’s syndrome, and an incredible memory for information. The district commander, having noticed this unique ability, decides to utilize Astrid and her photographic memory by involving her in ongoing cases. She’s entrusted with very complex investigations which have remained unsolved. As they work to solve the cases, Astrid helps the commander using her incredible memory, and in return, the district commander inadvertently ends up helping Astrid with her social skills.

Walter Presents: Bauhaus, Season 1

Premiere Date: August 20, 2021
Episodes: 2
Genre: Period Drama
Language: German with English Subtitles
Inspired by the life of designer Alma Siedhoff-Buscher, “Bauhaus” takes place in 1920s Weimar, Germany, a few years after the First World War and after the German Revolution ended. Against the will of her parents, the rebellious and artistically gifted Lotte Brendel decides to join the new art school, Bauhaus. Led by the visionary architect Walter Gropius, Bauhaus and its eccentric instructors attempt to expand their students’ creativity and their concept of what art is and what it can be. While at the school, Lotte becomes part of a movement that sets out to end the stagnant, outdated rule of the German Empire, to usher in a new era.
Walter Presents: Tunnel of Dreams

Premiere Date: August 20, 2021
Episodes: 2
Genre: Period Drama
Language: Swiss and German with English Subtitles
In 1873 men from all over Europe flock to the tiny village of Goschenen in Switzerland to work on the biggest and most spectacular construction site of modern times, the tunnel through Gotthard. “Tunnel of Dreams” follows the lives of three young people in the years of rapid industrial expansion: the German engineer, Max, the innkeeper’s daughter Anna, and the hot-headed Italian, Tommaso. In the bustle and confusion of the expanding city and the building of the tunnel, the three young people forge a friendship that defies the differences of social class and tackles internal and external dramas; including the growing tension between Tommaso, who becomes the spokesman of the miners, and Max, who struggles to be loyal to his employer and his friends.
Walter Presents: Our Miracle Years

Premiere Date: August 27, 2021
Episodes: 6
Genre: Period Drama
Language: German with English Subtitles
Germany, June 20, 1948. In Altena, a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia, long queues are forming at the local bank, as they are all over the country. With the introduction of the new currency, every citizen, whether rich or poor, old or young, resistance fighter or former Nazi, has the opportunity to start anew. Whoever lines up at the exchange point gets 40 freshly printed D-Marks and can decide for themselves what he or she does with them.

In the line, are Christel and Eduard Wolf, the metal manufacturer couple, their three daughters Ulla, Gundel and Margot and their friends Jurgen, Benno and Tommy. Also in line is the businessman Walter Bocker. Behind them lies an appalling war and the ballast of the past. Ahead of them lies the start of a new era. The paths of the friends’ lives lead them to different cities across the country, including Dusseldorf, Tubingen and East Berlin. They celebrate success, fight for recognition, see their dreams fail and find or lose great love. “Our Miracle Years” is a stirring social panorama of the Wirtschaftswunder, the German Economic Miracle of the 1940s and ‘50s.
In addition to the above, the other title that will be streaming on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel this August is listed below:

Walter Presents: Nina
About PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel
MASTERPIECE has been setting the standard for exceptional British drama in the US for 50 years and the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel continues this legacy and has expanded to include award-winning TV series from around the world – all carefully curated for ‘viewers like you’.

About MASTERPIECE
Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys® and 18 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive producer and Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer-at-large for the series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Raymond James with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for hits such as All Creatures Great and Small, Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.

About WALTER PRESENTS
Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the U.K. as a video-on-demand service, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator, Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan. In March 2017, Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the U.S., with the New York Times hailing it as a “chic TV boutique with a foreign accent.” Walter Presents launched in Italy September 2018, its first roll-out in mainland Europe, on Discovery’s Nove, Giallo and Dplay channels. In October 2018 Walter Presents partnered with PBS Distribution in the US, to make premium foreign language drama available on PBS Masterpiece on the Amazon Prime Video channel. Additionally, select top-tier titles chosen by PBS are also broadcast on PBS stations and streaming on PBS Passport, a digital member benefit available through local stations. In February 2019 Walter Presents increased its US distribution further launching on Comcast Xfinity X1 and later in June Walter Presents launched on the Roku Channel. In 2019 Walter Presents teamed up with Medialaan to make the service available to Flemish audiences on their newly launched digital channel StreamZ, and also joined forces with S4C to make its dramas available in Welsh. In 2020 we partnered with TVNZ with over 250 hours of content on their VOD service and also launched Walter Presents in Russia exclusively on Start, Russia’s fastest growing SVOD platform, providing 400 hours of hit international drama as well as launching with PBS Masterpiece in Canada. This year Walter Presents partnered with Australia’s largest subscription streaming service, Stan.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



NOVA “THE CANNABIS QUESTION” Will Premiere September 29 on PBS





As more U.S. states move toward legalizing cannabis, NOVA reports on the latest science investigating the plant and its medical benefits and risks, and explores the decades of criminalization disproportionately targeting communities of color

NOVA “THE CANNABIS QUESTION”

Premieres Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 9 p.m. ET/8C on PBS

pbs.org/nova | @novapbs

BOSTON, MA; July 8, 2021—The award-winning PBS science series, NOVA, a production of GBH Boston, today announced THE CANNABIS QUESTION, a new film exploring our relationship with cannabis, uncovering what scientists have discovered about the plant’s effects on the body and brain, including its potential risks and medicinal benefits, and the demonization and criminalization that has disproportionately harmed communities of color over several decades. THE CANNABIS QUESTION premieres Wednesday, September 29, at 9 p.m. ET/8C on PBS and will also be available for streaming online at pbs.org/nova and via the PBS video app.

More than 80 years after America ended one kind of prohibition, it is ending another. Cannabis is growing into a multi-billion-dollar industry as it moves out of the shadow of the illicit market and into newly legalized mainstream commerce. Increasingly eaten, dabbed, vaped, and smoked, cannabis is on the rise and our nation is at a crossroads. The long-demonized plant has been decriminalized in over 30 states, legalized in many, and is frequently marketed as a medicine. Fifty-five million Americans say they currently use it, and yet there’s been surprisingly little scientific investigation of the plant in the U.S.

Though many believe cannabis is benign, and even beneficial, confusion reigns as the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule 1 drug—in the same category as heroin—with no approved medical uses. Because of this classification, research that focuses on the plant’s complex chemicals—and its effects on users—has been limited.

“It’s shocking how little we actually know about cannabis, since scientists have not been able to thoroughly study its effects,” said NOVA Co-Executive Producer Julia Cort. “This film presents a timely look at what we know about the potential benefits and risks of cannabis use, while also examining how the plant has been weaponized against marginalized communities, causing irreparable harm. We hope THE CANNABIS QUESTION will inspire people to join the national conversation about cannabis—not only around what researchers have learned about the plant, but the science that could be done in the future, as well as the powerful impacts it can have on society.”

THE CANNABIS QUESTION follows scientists such as Daniele Piomelli at UC Irvine and Yasmin Hurd at Mount Sinai Hospital, who are leading research on the endocannabinoid system—a collection of chemicals and receptors throughout the brain and body that help regulate the activity of multiple organs. In fact, the cannabinoid receptor—named after cannabis—is the most abundant receptor in the brain. These receptors bind with our own cannabis-like molecules, called endocannabinoids, regulating key functions such as sleep, cognition, memory, and emotion. The disruption of this crucial biological system can be associated with psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoid compounds, chemicals that mimic those in our own bodies and can latch onto these key receptors. One is THC, which produces the “high” associated with cannabis use. Another, called CBD, shows promise for treating epilepsy, opioid addiction, and anxiety.

“THE CANNABIS QUESTION is one of the first documentaries to closely examine the latest scientific research on our body’s endocannabinoid system and how cannabis engages it,” said Director Sarah Holt. “I hope viewers will come away with an understanding of why this is one of the most important regulatory systems in our body—and anytime you use cannabis, you are interfering with it.”

The film presents the current understanding about the potential medical benefits of cannabis, while raising questions that require more research. Along the way, viewers hear personal stories from individuals who use it medicinally to treat ailments that include side effects from chemotherapy, PTSD, anxiety, and chronic pain— helping patients cut back on the use of opioids and other pharmaceutical drugs. NOVA follows Stanford neuroscientist Catherine Jacobsen who experimented with CBD extracts as a treatment for her son, whose chronic epilepsy was causing crippling seizures and was not controlled by pharmaceutical drugs. Her work helped pave the way for the only FDA-approved cannabinoid drug—Epidiolex, which can be prescribed to treat seizures. The film goes on to document several clinical trials around cannabis currently underway, including research investigating whether CBD could improve life for some children with autism.

When it comes to recreational use, scientists are just beginning to explore important questions about the risks that cannabis may pose to the developing brain. Scientists have learned that humans’ endocannabinoid levels are lower early in life and increase greatly during the developmental window leading into adolescence, a period when many try using cannabis. THE CANNABIS QUESTION features a clinical study by psychologist Joanna Jacobus who has scanned over 1,000 teenagers’ brains to decipher cognitive differences between cannabis users and their drug-free peers. Viewers also meet Cynthia Rogers and Ryan Bogdan, at Washington State University, whose research centers around prenatal exposures to cannabis and how it affects brains at the earliest stages of development. Until more data can be collected, scientists recommend caution to protect the developing brain, especially since cannabis use is increasing among pregnant women, with ads marketing it as a treatment for morning sickness and insomnia.

In addition to examining the potential health benefits and risks posed by cannabis use, NOVA traces the history of the criminalization of cannabis—a massive public health disaster causing irreparable harm—starting in 1937 when the drug became illegal in the U.S. At the time, government officials tapped into the prejudice towards Mexican immigrants, demonizing the Mexican word for cannabis—“marijuana”—and claiming it caused violent and deviant sexual acts. In the 1970s, Richard Nixon ignored an expert panel recommending decriminalization, and declared a “war on drugs,” targeting radical youth, the poor, and especially people of color. Ultimately, the “war on drugs” would cost around a trillion dollars and increase incarceration rates by 700%. Since 2012, 6 million people have been arrested, with some 40,000 Americans currently in prison for cannabis, mainly for possession charges.

Kassandra Frederique, executive director for Drug Policy Alliance, explains that regardless of state-by-state legalization, cannabis is still one of the driving forces fueling mass incarceration in the U.S., and it is disproportionately targeting communities of color. Despite the fact that government data shows usage is equal across races, more people of color are arrested for cannabis-related offenses. The film follows the story of Sean Worsley, a Black Iraq War veteran from Arizona who used medical cannabis to treat PTSD. While traveling through the state of Alabama, Worsley and his wife stopped at a gas station, where police arrested the couple—despite Sean’s carrying a medical marijuana card making it legal for him to obtain and use cannabis in his home state. Worsley was charged with a felony and ultimately incarcerated, kicking off a series of events so stressful he eventually suffered a stroke. Experts note Worsley’s story is a common example of how racism continues to drive the war on cannabis. For people of color, this often means a vicious cycle of arrests, incarceration, poverty, and dramatically negative effects on overall health and quality of life.

While an enormous number of Americans continue to experience the devastating effects of criminalization, cannabis is creating a thriving wellness industry for others in legalized states—and government regulation is poised to become a major national debate.

As part of its commitment to encouraging national conversation surrounding the issues presented in THE CANNABIS QUESTION, NOVA will launch a robust audience engagement and education and outreach campaign centered around the film. In addition to hosting a national screening event, NOVA will partner with five public media stations—WHRO (Norfolk, VA), Nebraska Public Media (Lincoln, NE), WKAR (Lansing, MI), KPBS (San Diego, CA), and Rocky Mountain PBS (Denver, CO)—to produce multiplatform content including localized short-form videos and regional screenings to engage audiences around the film and other digital science content. NOVA Education will also provide an outreach toolkit for stations and communities throughout the U.S. to host their own events in Fall 2021 and host live-streamed events on the science of cannabis. In addition, a PBS LearningMedia collection will be produced featuring excerpts from the film and support materials for use in classrooms.

THE CANNABIS QUESTION is a NOVA Production by Holt Productions, LLC for GBH Boston. Written, Produced, and Directed by Sarah Holt. Co-Produced by Jaro Savol. Executive Producers for NOVA are Julia Cort and Chris Schmidt. NOVA is a production of GBH Boston.

Original funding for THE CANNABIS QUESTION is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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About NOVA

NOVA is the most popular primetime science series on American television, demystifying the scientific and technological concepts that shape and define our lives, our planet, and our universe. The PBS series is also one of the most widely distributed science programs around the world, and is a multimedia, multiplatform brand reaching more than 55 million Americans every year on TV and online. NOVA’s important and inspiring stories of human ingenuity, exploration, and the quest for knowledge are regularly recognized with the industry’s most prestigious awards. As part of its mission to make the scientific enterprise accessible to all, NOVA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its work, from the production process to the range of stories we tell and the voices we amplify. In addition, science educators across the country rely on NOVA for resources used in the classroom as well as in museums, libraries, and after-school programs. NOVA is a production of GBH Boston; more information can be found at pbs.org/nova, or by following NOVA on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

About PBS

PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About GBH

GBH is the leading multi-platform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH produces digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates and inspires, through drama and science, history, arts, culture and journalism. It is the creator of such signature programs as MASTERPIECE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Arthur and Molly of Denali, as well as WORLD Channel and a catalog of streaming series, podcasts and on-demand video. With studios and a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR®; CRB Classical 99.5; and CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® station. Dedicated to making media accessible to and inclusive of our diverse culture, GBH is a pioneer in delivering media to those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. GBH creates curriculum-based digital content for educators nationwide with PBS LearningMedia and has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at wgbh.org.



ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS Explores the Thrilling World of Music Photography on PBS





ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS Explores the Thrilling World of Music Photography on PBS

Fridays, July 16-August 13, 2021

The World’s Most Iconic Photographers, Musicians and Industry Experts Give Viewers a Backstage Pass into the Electrifying World of Music Photography in New Six-Part Series

ARLINGTON, VA – PBS, in partnership with FilmRise and Universal Music Group’s Mercury Studios, announced today the premiere of ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS, a new six-part series that exposes the eye-opening, thrilling world of live music photography.

ICON follows the fascinating lives and often wild experiences of the artists who documented popular music in images, from the earliest darkrooms to the fast-evolving digital landscapes of the present day. The series premieres Fridays, July 16-August 6, 2021, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET & August 13, 2021, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

Featuring irreverent interviews with some of the most famous music photographers, musicians, gallerists, music journalists and social commentators, ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS is an eye-opening thrill ride that captures what it was like on both sides of the camera when the most recognizable images in history were taken. Via studio portraits, record sleeves, coffee table books, along with magazine photo shoots, fine art, and images taken at live shows and exhibitions, viewers will learn about the origins of these enduring, iconic images and the future of music photography.

“As the nation’s largest stage, PBS continues to bring captivating and energizing arts and performance programming to American homes,” said PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming Sylvia Bugg. “Each of the six riveting episodes of ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS unfolds like an exclusive all-access pass to some of the most well-known concerts and photoshoots in music history, inviting our viewers behind the curtain and backstage.”

“ICON is a dream come true for me,” said Gered Mankowitz, executive producer and renowned music photographer. “For over 10 years, director Dick Carruthers, fellow executive producer Andy Saunders and I have been trying to get this series made, and now to have it aired on PBS in the USA is the icing on the cake. I have been committed to music photography since 1963 and have been fighting to get the genre taken seriously as an art form in its own right for most of that time. ICON does the job, and I hope you will enjoy watching it as much as we loved making it.”

Photographers interviewed include industry legends Jill Furmanovsky, Mick Rock, Danny Clinch, Michael Zagaris, Bruce Talamon, Kevin Westenberg, Terry O’Neill, Kevin Cummins, Bob Gruen, Rachael Wright, Deborah Feingold, Rankin, Laura Levine, Baron Wolman, Neal Preston, Janette Beckman, Roger Sargent, Pooneh Ghana, Christie Goodwin, Albert Watson and Lynn Goldsmith.

Sharing eye-opening insights from a musician’s viewpoint are Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age), Ziggy Marley, Lars Ulrich, (Metallica), Brett Anderson (Suede), Alice Cooper, Craig David, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Zara Larsson, Stefflon Don, Sharleen Spiteri (Texas), Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), Julian Lennon and Dizzee Rascal.

Full episode descriptions are below:

Episode One – “On Camera” (Friday, July 16, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

What makes an image iconic? Episode One explores how photographic images of Snoop Dogg, Bob Dylan and Madonna influence perceptions and how they communicate, through themes of interaction, technical skill, occasional luck and cultural impact. The episode goes back to Robert Johnson to find the genesis of music photographs that demonstrate the incredible power of a frozen moment in time. Other highlights include Kevin Cummins on Joy Division, Gered Mankowitz on Jimi Hendrix and Rachael Wright on Billie Eilish trying not to be beautiful.

Episode Two – “On the Road” (Friday, July 23, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

On stage, backstage, on the tour bus—from the earliest days of live performance to the modern day, visually striking live music photographs have captured moments of pure magic and created era-defining imagery. Episode Two features touring stories from early trailblazers who went on the road with artists such as Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Who, mixed with tales from the punk era of CGBGs, the Clash and the Sex Pistols. The episode also explores photographers’ relationships with Oasis, Metallica, U2, Ed Sheeran and Courtney Barnett, plus special sections on music photography legend Jim Marshall and the origins of the “Three Songs, No Flash” rule.

Episode Three – “On the Record” (Friday, July 30, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

The photography of record sleeves from jazz and early rock ’n’ roll is analyzed and explored, from the Beatles and Pink Floyd to the highly stylized and conceptual imagery on albums by Blur and Dizzee Rascal. Themes of nostalgia, resonance and association run through the superb stories of classic album covers by the Jam, Lou Reed, Thin Lizzy, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Joy Division and Crosby Stills and Nash. Highlights include Lynn Goldsmith on Patti Smith’s Horses, Jonathan Mannion on Jay-Z and DMX, and Elliott Landy on Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline.

Episode Four – “On the Cover” (Friday, August 6, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

Music magazines played a pivotal role in elevating music photography to iconic status, providing a visual context for some of the world’s greatest bands and their music. This episode explores the legacy of the early covers of Rolling Stone, Creem, NME, Mojo and Q. Journalists, musicians and publicists discuss the enduring appeal and importance of the printed page, with music photographers who shot many of the most iconic front covers telling some touching, scandalous and never-heard-before stories about these images. Highlights include Chalkie Davies’ story of how Elton John hoped to use an NME magazine cover to come out, a young Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger with a leopard and the Stone Roses with a lot of paint. The episode also reveals how magazines covered the deaths of David Bowie and Kurt Cobain.

Episode Five – “On the Wall” (Friday, August 13, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

The transition of music photography from being considered disposable to a highly collectable and valuable art form is examined by gallerists, publishers, art experts and featured photographers whose body of work now hangs on the walls of the world’s most revered institutions. Tracing the journey from the early days of low-paid assignments to the first gallery exhibitions of music photography and expensive coffee table books, ultimately arriving at individual prints now selling for six and even seven figure sums, this episode offers insight into this relatively new industry, exploring the relationship between art and commerce. Highlights include the section on Abbey Road – the “Holy Grail” of music photographs – Bruce Talamon on Miles Davis and how he got his Taschen book deal, Chris Floyd on waiting all day for the ‘real’ Paul McCartney, Jill Furmanovsky on her profile of a shy Charlie Watts and Bob Gruen on getting a surprise call from the UK’s National Portrait Gallery.

Episode Six – “On the Net” (Friday, August 13 from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)

Where does music photography sit in the contemporary popular culture landscape? The seismic switch from analogue to digital is discussed alongside the rise and influence of social media. Episode six ends the series in seeking to determine, through the next generation of music photographers, whether music photography still has a role to play—does it still carry the same importance, and who are the new standard bearers of the profession?

ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS was produced and directed by Dick Carruthers, whose celebrated career includes award-winning work with many of the artists featured in the series such as Oasis, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, along with Gered Mankowitz and Andy Saunders serving as executive producers . Executive in charge for PBS is Zara Frankel.

ICON: MUSIC THROUGH THE LENS features music by: Robert Johnson, Seasick Steve, Jimi Hendrix, The White Stripes, The Rolling Stones , Bob Dylan, Madonna, Queen, Iggy Pop, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, The Who, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop & Josh Homme, Dizzee Rascal, The Libertines, Happy Mondays, Leonard Cohen, ODB, Salt N Pepa, Slick Rick, Paul McCartney, Julian Lennon, Manic Street Preachers, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Strokes, The Band, Janis Joplin, Courtney Barnett, Plain White T’s, Zara Larsson, Mahalia and Stefflon Don.

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About FilmRise

FilmRise is an industry-leading film and television studio as well as the largest privately owned AVOD streaming network, based in Brooklyn, NY. Founded in 2012 by veteran producers and financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein, FilmRise is a recognized market leader and innovator, considered the largest independent provider of ad-supported content. At the forefront of analytics-led curation and distribution, FilmRise offers over 40,000 film and television titles across multiple worldwide streaming platforms. FilmRise’s impressive library includes such iconic titles as Gordon Ramsay’s HELL’S KITCHEN, Carsey-Werner’s 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, the Robert Stack-hosted true crime series UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, the high-tech documentary crime series FORENSIC FILES, classic television shows like THE RIFLEMAN, the popular family comedy-drama series HEARTLAND as well as award-winning feature films and documentaries including 2020 Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary winner REWIND, true crime thriller MY FRIEND DAHMER starring Ross Lynch and Anne Heche, two-time 2020 Spirit Award-nominated and top film critics’ favorite DRIVEWAYS starring Brian Dennehy and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning feature film THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST starring Chloë Grace Moretz. For more information, go to: filmrise.com

About Mercury Studios

Mercury Studios is a multi-faceted content studio established to develop, produce, globally distribute and invest in innovative, music-rooted storytelling across a range of media including film, television, podcasting, publishing and live-streamed performance. Taking its name from the iconic Mercury Records label, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and creates an open space for experimentation to unleash and amplify both emerging and established artists. With offices in London and Los Angeles, Mercury Studios harnesses its established relationships with best-in-class talent from music and film, seamlessly bridging the two worlds to create a completely distinctive community of trailblazers driven by original IP, innovation and collaboration.



PBS KIDS DVD RELEASE FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION THIS JULY





PBS KIDS DVD RELEASE FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION THIS JULY

Below is a listing of the upcoming PBS KIDS DVD that will be released from PBS Distribution slated for July.

Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Families can also find full episodes of PBS KIDS series for free on their local PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms, including pbskids.org, the PBS KIDS Video app, and the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel.

Program available:
Wild Kratts: Cats and Dogs – 7/27/21
Run Time: 127 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $6.99

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through television, digital media, and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in loveable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can watch PBS KIDS anytime on the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and the PBS KIDS Video app, available on mobile and connected-TV devices, no subscription required. PBS KIDS’ large collection of mobile apps and pbskids.org provide accessible content, including digital games and streaming video to spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers, parents, and community – providing resources to support children’s learning, anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



“PROFESSOR T” AND “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: UNFORGOTTEN, SEASON 4” HEADLINE DVD RELEASES





“PROFESSOR T” AND “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: UNFORGOTTEN, SEASON 4” HEADLINE DVD RELEASES FROM PBS DISTRIBUTION
THIS JULY
Below is a listing of the upcoming DVD releases from PBS Distribution slated for July.

Every purchase helps support public television for all

Programs available:
Professor T – 7/27/21
Genre: Drama, Crime Thriller
Run Time: 275 min. on 2 discs
SRP: $39.99

MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Unforgotten, Season 4 – 7/27/21
Genre: Drama, Crime Thriller
Run Time: 270 min. on 2 discs
SRP: $34.99

Finding Your Roots, Season 7 – 7/27/21
Genre: Docuseries
Run Time: 520 min. on 3 discs
SRP: $39.99

American Experience: Billy Graham – 7/20/21
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 112 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

NOVA: Picture a Scientist – 7/6/21
Genre: Science
Run Time: 90 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

NATURE: Sharks of Hawaii – 7/6/21
Genre: Nature
Run Time: 53 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten – 7/13/21
Genre: Documentary, History
Run Time: 84 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

Frontline: The Virus that Shook the World – 7/13/21
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 180 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

Journey into Buddhism – 7/13/21
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 255 min. on 3 discs
SRP: $39.99

NOVA: Reef Rescue – 7/20/21
Genre: Science, Nature
Run Time: 54 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

Inside the Met – 7/20/21
Genre: Docuseries
Run Time: 180 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

NOVA: Fighting for Fertility – 7/20/21
Genre: Science
Run Time: 54 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

Great Performances: Broadway Musicals – A Jewish Legacy – 7/20/21
Genre: Documentary, Music
Run Time: 85 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

NOVA: Hindenburg – The New Evidence – 7/27/21
Genre: History, Science
Run Time: 54 min. on 1 disc
SRP: $24.99

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.



NEW VOLUMES OF ARTHUR & HERO ELEMENTARY PLUS, A WILD KRATTS SPECIAL





NEW VOLUMES OF ARTHUR & HERO ELEMENTARY PLUS, A WILD KRATTS SPECIAL AMONG TITLES ARRIVING ON
THE PBS KIDS PRIME VIDEO CHANNEL THIS JULY
Arlington, VA – June 22, 2021 – This July, PBS Distribution will be adding new volumes of Arthur and Hero Elementary, along with a Wild Kratts special to the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel. In “Arthur, Volume 24,” George gets creative with guest artist, Kevin Sampson, for the country-wide art show. Then, Arthur and his friends are shocked to hear Mrs. MacGrady is diagnosed with cancer. They all react differently, but must learn to come together in order to support each other. In “Hero Elementary: Volume 8,” Sara is excited to celebrate the full moon viewing, but when half the moon disappears, Sparks’ Crew flies to the moon to investigate where the other half went. Then, in “Wild Kratts: Cats & Dogs,” the evil Zach Varmitech comes up with a scheme to capture and sell wild cats and dogs. The Wild Kratts crew must race to protect the animals! Also coming to the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel this July is “Let’s Go Luna, Volume 8” and “Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion.”

The subscription rate for the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel is $4.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase supports public television for all.

Families can also find full episodes of PBS KIDS series for free on their local PBS stations, the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms, including pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video app.

Arthur: Volume 24

Streaming Date: July 2, 2021
Episodes: 3
In “Arthur, Volume 24,” George creates a piece of art for the country-wide art show with the help of guest artist, Kevin Sampson. Also, Arthur must learn how to control his temper after getting angry over a pair of sneakers in “George Scraps His Sculpture/Arthur’s Big Meltdown.” Then, in “The Great MacGrady,” Arthur and his friends find out that Mrs. MacGrady is diagnosed with cancer. The kids must learn how to come together to support each other.

Wild Kratts: Cats & Dogs

Streaming Date: July 13, 2021
Episodes: 1
While on the African savanna, Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt observe lots of wild cats and dogs interacting with each other. Soon, Wild Kratts kids are calling in from all over to ask about these wild animals and whether they’re like their own pets. Zach, who has been secretly listening to all the questions, comes up with a scheme to capture and sell these creatures as “special” pets. The Brothers, plus Aviva, Koki, and Jimmy, race to save the wild cats and dogs and protect them so they can “live free and in the wild”.

Hero Elementary: Volume 8

Streaming Date: July 16, 2021
Episodes: 4
Sara is excited to celebrate the full moon viewing with her pals in “Heroes in Space, Part 1/Heroes in Space, Part 2,” but they notice that half the moon seems to be gone! Sparks’ Crew flies to the moon to investigate where the other half went. In “Squeak to Me/Team’s Song Theme Song,” Sparks’ Crew wants to make their own theme song. How can they make sounds of different pitches? Then, when Sparks’ Crew is looking for their classmates in “Search and Rescue/Secret Lives of Teachers,” the kids are shocked to see their teacher on the weekend outside of school. Plus, what happens when a toy train display featuring a model replica of City Town is ruined in “Back on Track/Switcheroo-er”?
Also coming to the PBS KIDS Prime Video Channel
in July:

Let’s Go Luna, Volume 8
Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion

About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS believes the world is full of possibilities, and so is every child. As the number one educational media brand for kids, PBS KIDS helps children ages 2-8 learn lessons that last a lifetime. Through television, digital media, and community-based programs, PBS KIDS wants children to see themselves uniquely reflected and celebrated in loveable, diverse characters who serve as positive role models, and to explore their feelings and discover new adventures along the way. Families can watch PBS KIDS anytime on the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and the PBS KIDS Video app, available on mobile and connected-TV devices, no subscription required. PBS KIDS’ large collection of mobile apps and pbskids.org provide accessible content, including digital games and streaming video to spark kids’ curiosity. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn and grow – including their teachers, parents, and community – providing resources to support children’s learning, anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About PBS DISTRIBUTION
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, operates six streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.). Other services include transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand licensing, physical products on DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational, non-theatrical, inflight, and international program sales and co-productions.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.