Bret Marcus, displaced by the cancellation of "California Connected," becomes Vice President of Programming, Publicity and Promotion at the local PBS station. Release after the jump.
KCET, public television for Southern and Central California, has named
Bret Marcus to the newly created position of Vice President of
Programming, Publicity and Promotion, it was announced today by Mary
Mazur, KCET Executive Vice President of Programming and Production.
Most recently, Marcus was executive producer of the award-winning
statewide news magazine California Connected, a co-production of four PBS
member stations, including KCET. With Marcus at the helm, California
Connected received the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University
Award, two National Headliner Awards and the Radio and Television News
Association of Southern California’s Golden Mike Award.
“We are extremely pleased that Bret is on board in this expanded
capacity,” says Mazur. “KCET has several new projects on the horizon and
the station’s media activities are growing rapidly, both nationally and
locally. Bret is an excellent leader with sharp instincts and a keen
ability to utilize our resources for maximum impact.”
In his new position, Marcus will oversee local program production,
including the development of KCET Desert Cities and KCET Orange.
Additionally, he will oversee KCET’s Communications Department, including
publicity, advertising and promotion. Laurel Lambert, who presently runs
advertising and publicity, reports directly to Marcus.
“I look forward to moving from California Connected into this new role,”
says Marcus. “KCET has cemented its reputation for excellence through its
local and national programming and its visionary approach to engaging
viewers on-air, online and in the community. I am proud to have this
opportunity to contribute to the growth and future of KCET.”
Marcus’ distinguished career has spanned more than two decades of
award-winning news production. Prior to California Connected, he was
executive producer for special projects at NBC News where he conceived,
developed and coordinated projects for NBC News. Prior to that, he was
executive producer of The News with Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC.
His credits as senior executive producer also include CNBC Primetime,
where he helped create Upfront Tonight with Geraldo Rivera. At ABC News,
Marcus was executive producer of World News Now and Good Morning America
Sunday as well as the broadcast producer of the highly acclaimed
documentary series, Turning Point. Prior to moving over to network news,
Marcus ran the news departments at WNBC TV, the network’s flagship station
in New York, and WRC TV, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Washington
In addition to his five National Emmy Awards and four New York Emmy
Awards, Marcus has earned two duPont-Columbia Awards, the George Foster
Peabody Award, and a first place National Headliner Award for outstanding
coverage of a major news event. He has also won numerous AP and UPI
KCET, the West Coast flagship station of PBS, produced the acclaimed Carl
Sagan series Cosmos. In addition to Wired Science, KCET has two other
national series: three-time NAACP Award winner Tavis Smiley and the
Peabody Award-winning series A Place of Our Own/Los Nińos en Su Casa.
KCET is also co-producing What’s the Big Idea? with the Henson Company.
KCET and the BBC have co-produced nationally broadcast PBS specials,
including Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State, a chronological six-part
exploration of the largest mass murder site in history; How Art Made the
World, a lively and provocative five-part investigation into the
far-reaching influence of art on society; and, in association with the
Imperial War Museum, The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, an
eight-part series that was the first television production ever to go
beyond the military and political history of World War I to reveal its
ongoing social, cultural and personal impact.
KCET, public television for Southern and Central California, is watched by
4.6 million viewers per month in 11 counties, the largest broadcast reach
of any public television station in the United States. The station also
serves as a content provider for national and regional PBS member
stations. Other series produced from the station’s Hollywood studios
include Life & Times and Huell Howser.
Throughout its more than 40-year history, KCET has garnered hundreds of
major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs
programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality
educational family and children’s programs, and its outreach and community
services. For additional information about KCET productions, Web-exclusive
content, programming schedules and community events, please visit