PBS used to have a listing of "Digital" shows both "widescreen standard" and "High" definition. But I can't find it anymore. The "Current" website publishes a "pipeline" of PBS shows in production. Here's the HD stuff mentioned in last year's version:
This is an excerpt from the full list where HDTV or "high definition" was mentioned. This was done on 10/29/2004. Note that a new "pipeline" will be published in a mont or two...http://www.current.org/pipeline/http://www.current.org/pipeline/pipe2004.html
Current's 12th annual survey of public TV series for future seasons
What's in the works for public TV? This list based on Current's annual Pipeline survey describes multihour projects in various stages of pipedream, conception, preproduction, scripting, shooting and editing for January 2004 and beyond. For space reasons, we include only projects two hours or longer, and no series intended strictly for classroom use. For more information about this list.
Originally published in Current, Nov. 3 and Dec. 15, 2003
Compiled by Geneva Collins and the Current staff
Producing organization: Chambers Productions. Presenting station: Oregon Public Broadcasting. Distributor: APT. Episodes: 13 x 30. Status: production. Major funder: Proven Winners. OPB executive producers: David Davis, Tom Doggett. Series producer: Dawn Ford for Chambers Productions. Contact: David Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first PBS gardening series in high definition explores the wonder and fun of gardening.
Producing organizations: Alchemedia Ltd. and KQED, San Francisco. Episodes: 2 x 60. Status: fundraising. Budget: $1.2 million, including outreach, website and promotion. Contact: Elizabeth Pepin, email@example.com
This colorful HDTV series takes a lively, nostalgic and socially relevant look at the artists, characters and quirky history of the daily newspaper comic strip.
Rape of Europa
Producing organizations: Actual Films and OPB. Episodes: 2 x 60. Status: preproduction, fundraising. Budget: $1.1 million. Major funders: NEH, NEA. Executive producers: David Davis. Producers: Bonnie Cohen and Richard Berge. Contact: David Davis, david_davis@ opb.org, 503-293-195.
An HDTV production that tells how Nazi Germany looted the treasures of Europe during World War II and how others have tried to find and restore the art works to their rightful owners.
Words & Music
Producing organizations: Terwilliker Limited and KQED, San Francisco. Episodes: 4 x 60. Status: R&D. Executive producers: Andrew Kuehn and Terrence Flannery. Executive in charge: DeAnne Hamilton. Producers: Stephen Netburn, Allen J. Svirdidoff. Contact: Elizabeth Pepin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Feinstein, singer, pianist and raconteur, will host this HDTV series, taped before a live audience, which provides a window into the creative processes of musicians and songwriters. Guests may include such artists as Elton John, Billy Joel, Sting and Mary J. Blige.
Sometime in 2004
Sometime in 2005
History Through Deaf Eyes (w.t.)
Producing organizations: a co-production of WETA, Washington, D.C., and Florentine Films/Hott Productions in association with Gallaudet University. Episodes: 1 x 120. Status: fundraising. Executive producers: Dalton Delan, Karen Kenton. Producer/director: Lawrence Hott. Writer: Ken Chowder. Contact: Kristine Barr, 703-998-2713.
This HDTV documentary will explore the experience of the deaf community in America from 1814 to the present. Inspired by stories of people both famous and ordinary, the film will convey a range of perspectives on deafness. Outreach activities include an educators' guide for middle and high schools and a viewers' guide. Outreach, promotion and education activities will be developed for both hearing and deaf audiences.
Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures
Producing organizations: KQED, San Francisco, and Ocean Futures Society. Episodes: 4 x 60, 1 x 120. Status: fundraising. Budget: $6.5 million, including outreach, website, promotion, evaluation. Executive producers: Jean-Michel Cousteau, Danny L. McGuire. Contact: Elizabeth Pepin, KQED, email@example.com
, (415) 553-2340.
This intimate HDTV view of the Earth's oceans follows Cousteau and his crew of young scientists and divers as they explore previously unseen sights and examine behaviors of mysterious sea creatures. The camera will swim with sharks, visit the remote island of Kure, find sunken treasures, follow the gray whale obstacle course and explore ghost shipwrecks.
The Warrior Class (w.t.)
Producing organizations: WNET and Florentine Films. Episodes: 4 x 60. Status: R&D. Executive producer: Stephen Segaller. Producer/director: Roger Sherman. Contact: Lisa Braun, braun@ thirteen.org, 212-560-2715.
A cultural portrait of today's military. Shot in high definition, the series will look at the people who make up America's fighting forces -- and the culture of what the Defense Department calls "America"s oldest corporation."
Sometime in 2006
The Storm that Swept Mexico (w.t.)
Producing organizations: KERA, Dallas; Paradigm Productions, Berkeley; Once TV, Mexico City, and Atlantic Productions, London. Episodes: 3 x 60. Status: scripting. Budget: $2.5 million. Major funders: NEH, PBS, Latino Public Broadcasting. Executive in charge: Sylvia Komatsu. Executive producer: Rob Tranchin. Producer: Ray Telles. Contact: Rob Tranchin, firstname.lastname@example.org
This high-definition documentary series will explore the first major social revolution of the 20th century, the Mexican Revolution of 1910, presenting a rich and timely reflection of central themes to the universal struggle for national independence, stability and prosperity. Bilingual website, music CD, DVD and educational materials will be developed for international distribution. Bilingual outreach and educational materials are also planned.
2007 and beyond
Journeys in Africa
Producing organization: KCTS, Seattle. Distributor: American Public Television. Episodes: 13 x 30. Status: production. Budget: $500,000. Executive producers: Bill Ball, Jay Parikh. Host: Bill Ball. Contact: Pat Mallinson, email@example.com
This high-definition series is a travelogue, nature series and adventure program combined.