[January 10, 2019; Arlington, VA] – Dalton Delan, WETA Executive Vice President and Chief Programming Officer, today announced an initiative to expand digital-first content production and partnerships for public media. To head up this major endeavor, Delan has named Grace Cutler as the Senior Director of National Digital Content at WETA, effective immediately. Reporting to Delan, Cutler will work to accelerate digital innovation and cross-platform content development for WETA and the public media system.
“WETA is developing new ways to deliver narrative storytelling across emerging platforms and optimize structural shifts in the media environment, which include the use of podcasts, AI and video streaming,” said Delan. “Grace brings an unmatched depth of experience in broadcast and digital content in the news and documentary space, and will be instrumental in creating a wide range of digital and mobile platform initiatives to support current and future programming that shapes and sustains public media’s impact.”
WETA is one of the top-producing stations of new national content for public television in the United States, creating more than 350 hours of national programming annually. The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize were the latest programs to air on PBS in Fall 2018. Some previous WETA projects with innovative digital multi-platform components include a partnership with AOL on MAKERS: Women Who Make America in 2014, and implementing short film and second screen companion digital experiences for Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies in 2015.
Cutler previously served as a series producer for the WETA-produced public affairs program In Principle, broadcast nationally on PBS in Spring 2018, and has been consulting with WETA, The Hill.com and other media outlets on several digital initiatives. In her new role, Cutler will help lead the development and implementation of WETA’s digital impact and growth related to its national broadcast productions, including a forthcoming major documentary project on mental health.
Prior to joining WETA, Cutler was the Managing Editor of News for Circa.com, and has previously worked for Fox News, CBS, CNBC and Voice of America. She has spent over a decade in digital media, and earlier in her career worked in New York, Hong Kong and London where she produced over 40 documentaries. Cutler covered war, conflicts, and presidential campaigns and worked on award-winning investigations. She holds a Master of Science degree in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and author, Douglas Rogers, and their two children, Madeline and Whitaker.
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