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.

Dr. Perlmutter’s Whole Life Plan

Whole Life Plan with David Perlmutter, MD

Welcome to Dr. Perlmutter’s Whole Life Plan.

Dr. Perlmutter puts his ideas into practice in the real world to show you that living your best life is about much more than what you put in your mouth. It expands upon the core advice in his previous programs and introduces exciting new information about the advantages of eating more fat and fiber, consuming fewer carbs and protein, evicting gluten forever, and catering to your intestinal flora.
Food is a central component of the program, but so are other key aspects to achieving the best results: the timing of when you eat, sleep, and exercise; knowing which supplements to take and which medications to potentially drop; reducing daily stress and even chemical exposures in your physical environment; nurturing relationships and your own self-care; addressing the challenges in life with grace and ease; routinely creating goals for your personal development; and finding time for the kinds of physical activities that power the brain while healing the body.

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Wildest Arctic

Wildest Arctic

This beautiful series immerses the viewer in the nature of the northern extremities of Europe, beyond the Arctic Circle and into a land of ice and fire; from the Tundra and on to the Arctic Ocean. Wildest Arctic captures the awesome cinematic range of the Arctic region, from the crashes of vast glaciers, to the howls of the wildest wolves and the haunting remoteness of this true wilderness.

We find wolverines, lynx and leopards in the Taiga (Russian for “forest”); polar bears and whales in the Arctic Ocean; Arctic foxes and Atlantic puffins in Iceland; and follow the 2,000 mile migration of 500,000 caribou in the Tundra.

This is the arctic as you’ve never seen it before: surprisingly rich in wildlife and completely – beautifully – wild!

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