About Us

Executive Program Services, Inc. provides program distribution to public television stations nationwide as well as producer-consultation and other services. EPS is among the largest distributors to public television stations in annual hours of programming and provides attractive solutions in the often complicated world of public television.

EPS was founded by Alan Foster and Dick Hanratty, two former PBS-network programming executives who each have more than 40 years of experience in public television.

Before forming EPS in 2001, Alan Foster and Dick Hanratty were network programming executives for PBS in Alexandria, Virginia. They were responsible for overseeing SIP (pledge programming) and the start-up of PBS Syndication Services — PBS SELECT and PBS PLUS — acquiring, producing or distributing approximately 800 hours per year.

Under the leadership of Alan Foster, Vice President of Fundraising and Syndicated Programs, SIP was responsible for such public television fundraising successes as Suze Orman, Doo Wop, The Irish Tenors, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Sarah Brightman, Frank Patterson, Roy Orbison Black & White, and many others.

Through PBS Select, Dick Hanratty, Director of PBS Plus and PBS Select, syndicated popular programs like The Red Green Show, Battlefield, and many others to public TV stations.

Under Hanratty’s guidance PBS Plus provided an outlet for public television stations and independent producers to distribute their programs nationally on PBS. Included were such mainstays of public television as This Old House, Charlie Rose, Julia Child and many others.

Recent successes for EPS include: “Cool Spaces” a four-part series on architecture; “BrainChange with Dr David Perlmutter,” a megahit pledge program; several specials by Dr. Daniel Amen, each reaching 95% of US TVHH; “30 Days To A Younger Heart with Dr Steven Masley” which has been available in 90% of US TVHH and has been extraordinarily successful as a pledge vehicle since March 2014; and, “Inspector George Gently,”  a very popular contemporary British mystery series.

EPS principals also include Dan Everett and Constance Foster. Mr. Everett was the longtime Director of Broadcasting for WGBH, Boston, and is highly respected in the PBS system. He provides effective station relations skills for our projects. Mrs Foster, a former vice-president for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington, D.C., is a vice president of EPS currently. Executive Program Services, Inc is a Virginia corporation.

Dick Hanratty retired from EPS June 30, 2016.

Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD

Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD

“One of the most exciting lessons I’ve learned from looking at all our scans is that your brain does not have to deteriorate. With the right plan, you can slow or even reverse the aging process.” – Dr. Daniel Amen

In this program, award-winning psychiatrist, neuroscientist and 10-time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen will show you how to supercharge your memory and remember what matters most to you.

In Memory Rescue with Daniel Amen, MD, we’re going to talk about how you can improve your memory and even rescue it if you think it’s headed for trouble. This very simple idea to strengthen your memory is based on treating the 11 major risk factors that destroy your brain. Most of these risk factors are either preventable or treatable.

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I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant

I'll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant

“The medicalization of American life from birth to death is killing our souls.”

– Hattie Bryant

As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.

From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.

Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.

Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.

Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.

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