The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) plans to add a new subscription based channel to Amazon Prime on August 4th, according to Deadline. Titled PBS Documentaries, the new channel will add over 900 hours of content from the Ken Burns collection, including films like Nova, Frontline, American Masters, Nature, American Experience, Independent Lens, POV, and other independent producers featured on the PBS network.
PBS Documentaries will launch with over 100 films from the past 38 years which will include compelling works like Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and the Last Days In Vietnam from American Experience. PBS Distribution also intends to create and produce new content for the channel, including works like a new American Masters documentary titled How It Feels To Be Free; a two-part documentary called The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song; and a new documentary that explores the creation of the groundbreaking television show called Mr. Soul!. The PBS Documentaries channel will be available for free for all Passport members, PBS’s own streaming service, or will be priced at an additional $3.99 a month for all Prime membership owners.
Besides announcing a new channel coming out in August, PBS also unveiled details about two other up-and-coming series it plans to release later this year. On October 5th, PBS will add Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan, a heartfelt interview series hosted by the New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan (Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning To Say). The hour-long show will feature host Corrigan as she sits down to talk with different influential leaders from a range of diverse fields about a variety of different topics.
PBS will also release a new PBS Kids special titled PBS Kids Talk About Race and Racism on October 9th of this year. The half-hour program will feature authentic conversations between real children and their parents as they cover issues of race and racial injustices in an age-appropriate way. Besides being aimed at children, the show will also demonstrate strategies and methods for parents who are interested in engaging their children about challenging topics surrounding racism. For more information and supplemental materials, you can check out their site here.