ITVS Veteran Tamara Gould Named Chief Content Officer For Public Media Group of Southern California, Parent Organization of PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV

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Gould Brings Experience as Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Media Executive and Strategic Partnership Builder to Southern California’s Flagship PBS Stations

Tamara Gould

“Tamara Gould is an extraordinary talent and she brings a wealth of production experience and deep ties to public media,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of the Public Media Group of Southern California.

The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC), the parent company of PBS SoCal, KCET and Link TV, today named Tamara Gould as Chief Content Officer (CCO) reporting directly to President/CEO Andrew Russell. In this role, Gould will lead a dynamic, creative and nationally recognized team of content producers across multiple platforms to amplify the voices and stories of the extraordinary communities within and beyond Southern California. She will serve as the strategic leader and visionary in the development, production and distribution of the organization’s linear and digital content that includes existing award-winning, locally-produced series ARTBOUND, LOST LA, and EARTH FOCUS, as well as educational productions like FAMILY MATH.

“Tamara Gould is an extraordinary talent and she brings a wealth of production experience and deep ties to public media. She has great skill in building strategic collaborations with both local and national partners to support independent filmmakers and is an industry-recognized leader in the world of documentary storytelling,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of the Public Media Group of Southern California. “We’re excited to have her join our organization to lead our content group and we’re confident that she will help us grow and strengthen our content efforts, including our local productions, our national projects and our content creation for digital distribution platforms to better serve public media audiences and our diverse community.”

Tamara Gould has held numerous positions at ITVS during her 18-year tenure, including most recently Head of Co-Productions and Strategic Partnerships. She served as Production Executive for multiple documentaries and series for public broadcasting and has worked closely with both journalism and media outlets as well as ITVS’ federal partners including CPB, NEH, NEA and USAID to increase opportunity and support for independent filmmakers.

Production credits include Matter of Mind (in production with Structure Films), a multi-part trilogy focused on neurodegenerative brain conditions, TED Talks Live, a three-part television series in partnership with TED Talks and PBS, Half the Sky, a four-hour television special for PBS with Show of Force based on the bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn, and American Graduate Latino, a collection of bilingual television programs and digital shorts focused on the barriers to high school graduation facing Latino youth.

Gould has spearheaded ITVS' international work, including the Global Perspectives Project, an international documentary exchange program between U.S. and global filmmakers from over 80 countries with major support from philanthropic and government partners as well as the creation of Women and Girls Lead Global, a public-private partnership to bring the power of documentary film to work for women and girls in countries around the world.

Gould also made the award-winning Hell of a Nation, a PBS documentary film which focused on the Constitutional Convention in Afghanistan post-9/11 produced with Actual Films. Prior to joining ITVS, she served as an Executive Producer of Television at KQED and as Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Public Media Group of Southern California, a tremendous hub of talent and creativity producing critical content for the Southern California community and beyond,” said Gould. “I look forward to working with this talented team to create programming that engages, educates and inspires our large and diverse audience. The nation and the world look to California for insight into the future of climate, culture, technology and entertainment. PMGSC and all of its platforms and partnerships are an essential conduit to tell those stories.”

Gould holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Film, where she graduated with honors from Brown University. She is a Fulbright Scholar and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is a Southern California native and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her family.

About the Public Media Group of Southern California
The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of our region, and through the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our Southern California content channels PBS SoCal and KCET are available over-the-air in the Los Angeles market with programming available to stream on the free PBS App. Our Link TV channel is available nationally on Dish Network. A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations and delivers social impact through a variety of services including those that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.

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