The future of public television station KCET has been in doubt since they split from PBS at the beginning of the year, leaving a gap in their programming schedule. But today the station announced a partnership with Eyetronics Media and Studios to produce original programming over the next five years.
The Encino-based Eyetronics will provide $50 million in financing to produce and acquire content. Variety reports:
To kick off the arrangement, KCET plans to launch production on five new series before year’s end designed to air on the station. Eyetronics, headed by CEO Dominique Bigle, will package and distribute these and ensuing programs domestically and internationally.
Southern California people, places, culture, innovation and history — both celebrated and little-known — will be featured.
According to KCET CEO Al Jerome, the deal will bring new hires to the TV station.