Bill Gardner (USA)
Vice President, Programming & Development

As Vice President, Programming & Development Bill Gardner oversees content strategy, development and production for the PBS Primetime schedule in the genres of history, culture, natural history and science.

He works closely with flagship PBS strands such as Nature, NOVA and American Experience as well as managing a large portfolio of independent projects.

During his time at PBS, projects Gardner shepherded have won three Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, a Dupont-Columbia Award, an Imagen Award, an NAACP Image Award and numerous Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Wildscreen Awards.

Bill is particularly focused on collaborating with producers and distribution partners to reach younger and more diverse audiences and expand content reach across distribution platforms. Bill also oversees the PBS-BBC co-production partnership, with successful multi-platform focused output such as Big Blue LiveWild Alaska LiveEarth’s Natural Wonders and Spy in the Wild in the Science and Natural History genres, and Basquiat: Rage to Riches in the Arts & Culture space.  Some of the international co-productions he has developed or commissioned have earned several BAFTA and Grierson Awards.

Bill holds a Masters Degree in cultural anthropology, has taught university programs in Arkansas and Marrakech, Morocco and is on the board of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

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