PBS Distribution Elevates Andrea Downing to President


Andrea Downing has been promoted to the post of president at PBS Distribution (PBSd).

In her new role as president, Downing will provide strategic, financial and operational leadership for PBSd as the organization continues to expand the reach of public media content across digital platforms. Under Downing’s leadership, the organization has successfully navigated a digital transformation. During her tenure, she has helped to grow and diversify PBSd’s portfolio of businesses, including the addition of six direct-to-consumer SVOD services.

Prior to joining PBSd, Downing served as VP of home entertainment and partnerships at PBS. She also previously worked as director of operations at Discovery.

Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, said: “Andrea is an accomplished executive who has guided PBS Distribution’s path from a startup to a global company with far-reaching impact. We are grateful for her ongoing leadership to ensure that PBSd continues to adapt, evolve and thrive in the modern media landscape.”

Jon Abbott, president and CEO of GBH, said: “Andrea has been instrumental in the organization’s extraordinary growth and success. As media has seen tectonic change, PBSd has innovated and evolved as a vital enterprise supporting the economics of our public media mission.”