Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

“We wanted to take a moment to say what a true pleasure it was working with the entire PBS team on the Variety Studio Actors on Actors series. [Your] attention to detail and commitment to this project gave our team great peace of mind in knowing we were in extraordinarily capable hands. [Your] professionalism, organization and attentiveness made working with the many team members (on all sides of production), a MUCH smoother experience than any of us could have hoped for. [Your] calm and collected demeanor, positive attitude and ‘saint-like’ patience was greatly appreciated given the high level of deliverables and amount of work that was needed in such a short period of time. We are excited and look forward to working with your entire team again.”

Donna Pennestri, Associate Publisher
Kate Mazucca, Managing Director
Variety Media, LLC

“I have had the pleasure of working with multiple PBS Flagship Stations over the years but I have to say my experience with [PBS SoCal] and their highly creative technically skilled staff ranks right at the top. The time, effort and advice their team provides from shepherding the theatrical version of a film into an even better broadcast version, to demystifying a challenging deliverable process is, to say the least, invaluable. Any film maker who gets the opportunity to work with [PBS SoCaL] will greatly benefit from doing so, as will their film.”

Raymond A Bell
Executive Producer / Producer / Distributor


“I want to take a moment to thank the PBS SoCal team for all that you have done to bring “Mia” to fruition. We couldn’t have found a better, more experienced, or more supportive group of individuals with whom to work, and we are so appreciative that PBS SoCal is our U.S. television broadcast home. You saw our film’s potential when we were in the very early stages of production, and you have been beside us every step of the way over the past years, encouraging us and providing us with your expertise, your energy, and your creativity. Thank you for your commitment to bringing “Mia” into the PBS SoCal repertoire.”

Maria Ramas
Producer and President of Slavenska Dance Preservation, Inc.

“Partnering with PBS SoCal enabled the success of China Challenges, our five-hour documentary series on the central issues that China’s new leaders face economic, social, political, innovation, beliefs & values. There were many sensitivities and subtleties in producing this series for broadcast on PBS stations and on public broadcasting’s WORLD channel, and PBS SoCal, led by Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer for Program Development & National Productions, guided us to navigate the system and to tell our story effectively and efficiently. PBS SoCal provided various kinds of dedicated support, all at the highest level of media industry standards. Personally, I have been partnering with PBS SoCal… for over 15 years – primarily with respect to Closer To Truth, our continuing series on science and philosophy, now in its 15th year, which originated at KOCE – working closely from the beginning with PBS SoCal CEO and President Mel Rogers, a visionary national leader in public television of highest professionalism and integrity. I am proud to attest to PBS SoCal’s commitment, creativity, competence, knowledge of the PBS system, and loyalty. Working with PBS SoCaL has been, and is, one of my best professional relationships and I am honored to acclaim their excellence and to recommend highly their services.”

Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn
Executive Producer, Writer, Host

Ed Edelman

“As producer of the documentary, The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman, I had the extraordinary privilege of working with [PBS SoCal]. Over the past year and a half, [PBS SoCal] staff navigated my film’s journey from post-production to local, national and international broadcast. [They] steered course flawlessly and graciously. [Their] knowledge of rules and regulations of the broadcast world, as well as [their] sensitivity and personal support throughout the process were remarkable. [They are] rare individual[s] who combine superb intelligence with the strongest work ethic and personal integrity. [They are] uniquely qualified to guide producers through the arduous process of bringing a film to broadcast. I cannot praise [PBS SoCal] highly enough!”

Mari Edelman

“I have been working with and developing a long-form series with [PBS SoCal] for the past several months and I must say… [they are] highly experienced, even tempered Executive[s]. [They have] production, creative and development expertise that not everyone in [that] position has. It has been a great experience thus far and I am happy to be working with such professionals.”

Billy Frank
CEO & Executive Producer, Make it Happen Productions

“[PBS SoCal’s] leadership and guidance has been invaluable in the production of our television series over the last several years. [They] consistently provide kind encouragement and smart advice, which has been extraordinarily helpful. I enjoy working with [them] very much.”

Laurie McLaughlin