PBS Digital Studios

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PBS Digital Studios is a YouTube channel and network through which PBS distributes original educational web video content. It comprises both original series and partnerships with existing YouTube channels. Most of the series are about science, popular culture, art, food, news, and music.

History[edit]

PBS Digital Studios was founded by Jason Seiken in June 2012.[1] They had their first viral hit with a "remix" of autotuned vocals from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood titled "Garden of Your Mind".[2]

The PBS Digital Studios network has received more than 500 million views and has over 7 million subscribers. Popular series found on their channels include Crash Course, Blank on Blank, It’s Okay To Be Smart, and the multiple Webby Award–winning PBS Idea Channel.[3] Each month, the shows average more than 5 million streams.[4]

Its first scripted series, Frankenstein, MD, launched on August 19, 2014, and ran until October 31, 2014.[5][6]

In 2015, PBS Digital Studios partnered with the Green brothers' series Crash Course, commissioning three courses in astronomy, U.S. government, and philosophy.[7] Crash Course Astronomy launched January 15, 2015, Crash Course U.S. Government & Politics launched January 23, 2015, and Crash Course Philosophy launched February 8, 2016.

In addition to commissioning series, PBS Digital Studios have partnered with existing YouTube channels. They partnered with BrainCraft in June, 2014[8] and Physics Girl in August, 2015.[9]

In 2017, the network cancelled a slew of its shows, including popular channels like PBS Game/Show & the PBS Idea Channel.[10]

Current series[edit]

  • Above The Noise
  • Be Smart
  • CrashCourse
  • Deep Look
  • Far Out
  • Fate & Fabled
  • First Person
  • Historian's Take
  • Indie Alaska
  • It's Lit!
  • Monstrum
  • Only in El Paso
  • Otherwords
  • PBS Eons
  • PBS Space Time
  • PBS Vitals
  • Reactions
  • Sound Field
  • Subcultured
  • Two Cents
  • Weathered

Past series[edit]

As of December 2020, PBS Digital Studios lists the following as "past" series:

  • 24 Frames
  • After the Ice
  • America From Scratch
  • American Veteran: Keep It Close
  • Animal IQ
  • Antarctic Extremes
  • A Moment of Science
  • A People’s History of Asian America
  • Are You MN Enough?
  • The Art Assignment
  • BBQwithFranklin
  • Beat Making Lab
  • Blank on Blank
  • Bon Appétempt
  • BrainCraft
  • Central Standard
  • Everything But the News
  • FullTimeKid
  • Future of Work
  • Good Gumbo
  • The Good Stuff
  • Gross Science
  • Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe
  • Hot Mess
  • Human Elements
  • I Contain Multitudes
  • If Cities Could Dance
  • The Intergalactic Nemesis
  • Indie Lens Storycast
  • InventorSeries
  • Latinos Are Essential
  • Makin' Friends with Ryan Miller
  • Mike Likes Science
  • Modern Comedian
  • NOURISH
  • opbmusicStagepass
  • Origin Of Everything
  • Out of Our Elements
  • Overview
  • Parentalogic
  • PBS Diorama
  • PBS Game/Show
  • PBS Idea Channel
  • PBS Infinite Series
  • PBSoffbook
  • PBS ReInventors
  • PBS Short Docs
  • Pancake Mountain
  • Physics Girl
  • Prideland
  • Say It Loud
  • Self-Evident
  • Serving Up Science
  • Shanks FX
  • STELLAR
  • Tacos of Texas
  • The ChatterBox
  • You're Doing it Wrong

Reception[edit]

Evan Desimone of NewMediaRockstars wrote, "Brilliant...takes you somewhere you didn’t expect."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Looking Back On A Year Of PBS Digital Studios, July 18, 2013.
  2. ^ First scripted series from PBS Digital Studios updates Frankenstein for modern age, July 25, 2014.
  3. ^ PBS Digital Studios to Premiere First Scripted Series 'Frankenstein, M.D.' on Tuesday, August 19 Archived 2014-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, July 23, 2014.
  4. ^ PBS Launching 4 New Digital Original Series, May 5, 2014.
  5. ^ "Newcomer Anna Lore cast as title role in new Pemberley Digital series 'Frankenstein, M.D.'". The Daily Dot. July 23, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Frankenstein, MD (TV Series 2014– ), retrieved September 24, 2018
  7. ^ Staff, Wrap PRO (November 6, 2014). "Vlogbrothers to Bring 'Crash Course' to PBS Digital Studios and Classrooms Nationwide".
  8. ^ "Big news! BrainCraft joins PBS Digital Studios". braincraft.tv. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Dianna Cowern's 'Physics Girl' Joins PBS Digital Studios". Tubefilter. August 21, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  10. ^ PBS Idea Channel (June 30, 2017), Idea Channel is Ending, retrieved May 29, 2019
  11. ^ DeSimone, Evan (September 26, 2014). "We're Obsessed With The PBS Idea Channel! | New Media Rockstars". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved May 25, 2022.

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