Matt Graham, senior director of PBS Digital Studios, has jumped ship to RLJ Entertainment, which has hired the exec to oversee Acorn TV, a platform that streams British shows.
As VP of Acorn TV, Graham, who starts next Monday according to a statement, will be based at the company’s Silver Spring, MD office and report to Mark Stevens, president of Acorn Brands for RLJ Entertainment.
At PBS Digital, Graham co-founded the web-original programming division of PBS that recently launched Pemberley Digital’s Frankenstein, M.D. Under his leadership, PBS Digital Studios won 6 Webby Awards and was awarded Mashies for best YouTube brand channel and best video series.
RLJE is an independent owner, developer, licensee and entertainment distributor with over 5,300 exclusive titles in its library. Since it owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE manages the IP and publishing rights to mystery fiction titles including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. RLJE also owns all rights to the hit U.K. mystery series Foyle’s War.
Stevens said, “Acorn TV is leading the way in bringing highly entertaining British programming to U.S. audiences, and, with his extensive digital experience, Matt is ideally suited to build on its success.”
Acorn TV brings some British titles to American and Canadian audiences for $4.99 per month. Its U.S. premieres included Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Series 2, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case, BBC drama The Field of Blood, and new episodes from Murdoch Mysteries and George Gently.
A PBS spokesperson said the company will be filling Graham’s position but no replacement has been named yet.