Pubcaster KCET Los Angeles has bagged more money and an exec producer — Bruce Paltrow — for the first of its “PBS Hollywood Television” teleplays set to bow on PBS next year.
KCET has received a $500,000 grant from the Michael J. Connell Foundation to fund the production of the first 90-minute drama to air under the “PBS Hollywood Television” banner in fall 2000. That coin comes on top of the $1.8 million kicked in earlier this year by the Corp. for Public Broadcasting.
KCET is hoping to attract talent from its own back yard to work on two- and three-act plays, envisioned as contemporary versions of the dramas seen on the legendary 1950s anthology series “Playhouse 90.”
There are no specifics yet on the project Paltrow will helm for the station. The veteran producer-director’s past TV
and pic credits include CBS’ “The White Shadow,” NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and 1982’s “A Little Sex.” He’s just wrapped the indie feature “Duets,” whose cast members include his Oscar-winning daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Separately, KCET has upped Mary Mazur to senior veep of programming and production.
Mazur oversees all of the station’s local and national productions, a slate that includes the “PBS Hollywood Television” project; “Chasing the Sun,” a four-part series on the history of aviation; and “School,” a four-parter on the history of public education in America.