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National Productions

For more than five decades, WETA has been a major producing station for PBS, creating exceptional television programs for audiences nationwide.

WETA is especially noted for its more than 30-year partnership with Ken Burns that has resulted in landmark television series such The Civil War, Jazz, Baseball, THE WAR, The National Parks: America’s Best IdeaThe Dust BowlThe Roosevelts: An Intimate HistoryThe Vietnam War and Country Music. More recently, WETA has enjoyed a production partnership with the acclaimed Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that has brought to the American public the history documentaries Black America Since MLK: And Still I RiseAfrica’s Great CivilizationsReconstruction: America After the Civil War and the beloved genealogy series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Additionally, our acclaimed news and public affairs series such as PBS NewsHour and Washington Week are staples of the national public television schedule. More information about these and other WETA productions and co-productions are on the Ongoing and Past Productions pages. 

Below are just a few examples of national television productions currently in the WETA production pipeline. Look for them to be broadcast on public media stations nationwide in the months and years ahead!


Currently in production 

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Season Seven (Early 2021)
Host and executive producer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the mysteries, surprises and revelations hidden in the family trees of popular figures.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (February 2021)
This moving four-hour series from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

Hemingway (Spring 2021)
A three-part, six-hour documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that examines the visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Our Mental Health Crisis (w.t.) (Spring 2022)
Part of Well Beings, a national campaign on health created by WETA with a particular focus on youth mental health. This film will explore how young people are addressing their mental health needs and the impact of mental health stigma and stress on today’s youth. The four-hour film, executive produced by Ken Burns and produced and directed by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers of Ewers Brother Productions, will look at the experiences of young people who live with mental health conditions and focus on the importance of awareness and compassion. This film will shine a clear light on what life is like for these young people as well as for the parents, teachers, friends and healthcare providers in their lives.

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