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Congratulations, Rebecca! Time magazine has named WGBH’s rebecca eaton, Masterpiece executive producer, to its 2011 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. “It’s an incredible privilege to be honored for doing work that I love: bringing great television drama to American audiences,” Eaton says. “This is a remarkable tribute to Masterpiece, our coproducers, WGBH and PBS, and the viewers who watch Masterpiece every week!”

his year, Masterpiece, the jewel in PBS’s crown, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The beloved, WGBH-produced series debuted as Masterpiece Theatre in January 1971 with The First Churchills and quickly ignited Americans’ passion for literature-based classic and contemporary tales. Forty years and some 2,000 hours of programming later, Masterpiece is still going strong as the most honored prime-time drama series on American television—with 51 Primetime Emmys, 18 Peabody Awards, 34 British BAFTAs, a Golden Globe, and even two Academy Award nominations. More than any other WGBH series, Masterpiece is part of people’s lives. Whether you love contemporary thrillers like Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren…great classics like I, Claudius or Dickens’ Little Dorrit…or suspenseful, clever mysteries like last fall’s Sherlock… Masterpiece is there for you, your family, and millions of fans every single week—on television and online. And under the talented guidance of longtime executive producer Rebecca Eaton (see left and page 4), Masterpiece just keeps getting better, with critically acclaimed hits like this season’s Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. No wonder The Boston Globe calls the new season “the best in years.” In this issue, you’ll learn about The Masterpiece Trust, a fund established to help secure the series’ future (see page 3). You’ll also meet some of Masterpiece’s extraordinary supporters who share a passion for great drama, like Michelle and Steven Karol (page 3) and Jeffrey and Jane Marshall (page 4). And you’ll see some of the wonderful friends, many of you among them, who joined me in our studios on April 9 for a Masterpiece 40th-anniversary celebration (see page 6) that featured Masterpiece Mystery! host Alan Cumming performing highlights from his cabaret show. We are grateful to them, and to all of you for your significant support, which has allowed us to create and deliver masterpieces for 40 outstanding years, with more to come.


Securing the Future of Masterpiece

For Karols, Support of Masterpiece


Trust Is Elementary

f Sherlock Holmes were trying to unlock the secret to mic he lle a n d ste v e n k a rol ’s passion for WGBH’s Masterpiece, it wouldn’t take him long to crack the case. She’s the granddaughter of famed “Golden Age” mystery writer John Dickson Carr and recently penned her first whodunit. He’s a sports fan who chooses costume dramas over Sunday Night Football. Both are voracious readers and theater buffs. And neither has missed an episode of Masterpiece in more than 30 years. So it’s perhaps no mystery why the Beacon Hill couple recently made a generous gift to support The Masterpiece Trust (see sidebar). “Masterpiece has given us so much pleasure over the years,” says Michelle. “We saw an opportunity to make a strong statement of our affection and enthusiasm for the series.” Masterpiece has been a Karol family tradition for three generations. Both Michelle and Steven began watching the series as teenagers with their parents and later made fans of their own three daughters. The series has sparked kitchentable conversations, added to their bookshelves, and inspired family vacations to the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts and Agatha Christie’s holiday home in Devon, England. For their 30th wedding anniversary last year, Michelle and Steven spent a week at Oxford, taking classes and scoping out settings from Masterpiece Mystery!’s Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis, filmed on location there. “Masterpiece connects you to history, culture, and classic literature,” says Steven. “It’s so much more than watching television.” While the couple says their taste for Masterpiece is omnivorous, each does confess to an all-time favorite. For Michelle, it’s Lillie Langtry, starring Francesca Annis as the controversial Victorian beauty. Steven loves the courtroom classic Rumpole of the Bailey. And both say Masterpiece “hit it out of the ballpark” with this season’s Sherlock and Downton Abbey. “Masterpiece is a national treasure,” says Steven. “We hope The Masterpiece Trust will help ensure its success for another 40 years.”

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Masterpiece, the longest running and most honored prime-time drama series on American television, WGBH recently established The Masterpiece Trust to ensure the series’ future—on TV, on the Internet, and in classrooms nationwide. The Trust is a collaborative effort among WGBH (which produces Masterpiece), PBS (the series’ primary funder), and member stations across the country. It provides an opportunity for individual philanthropists and families who care deeply about the series to support it in a substantial way: with gifts of $25,000 or more. To date, the Trust has secured just over $600,000 in funding, from friends near and far—from San Diego to Chicago, from Vermont to the coast of Maine. “The Trust is a huge step forward for all of us who care deeply about Masterpiece,” says WGBH’s Rebecca Eaton, Masterpiece executive producer. “No series has touched the lives of families across generations more than Masterpiece. I am profoundly grateful to our dear and generous friends here in the Boston area, and also to the Trust’s contributors from across country who watch through their local PBS stations, for stepping forward to keep Masterpiece strong. I hope everyone who can will join with us in securing Masterpiece’s future.” To learn more about The Masterpiece Trust, please contact Ellen Frank, director of Major Gifts, at 617-300-3809 or



Behind the Masterpiece Love, betrayal, redemption, life, death, money. They’re the ingredients for any good story, and for 40 years viewers of WGBH’s Masterpiece have enjoyed a veritable feast. “For so many of us—including me— the Masterpiece tradition of superb, literature-based scripts with memorable characters, played out in gorgeous settings has been the drama of our lives,” says executive producer rebecca eaton (shown above on left), who has led the acclaimed series for 26 years. Eaton was recently named to Time magazine’s 2011 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. How does she keep America’s longestrunning prime-time drama fresh year after year? “Whether it’s the reprise of a favorite classic like Upstairs Downstairs or a 21st-century take on Sherlock Holmes, the best stories are always timeless,” says Eaton. On the heels of a popular and critically acclaimed Masterpiece Classic season, Masterpiece Mystery! is gearing up for another summer of intrigue—and adding a new sleuth to the ranks with Rufus Sewell (Middlemarch) as a Roman police detective in Zen. In the fall, Masterpiece Contemporary welcomes back Emma Thompson (Much Ado About Nothing) and Alan Rickman (The Barchester Chronicles) as reunited ex-lovers in The Song of Lunch. Downton Abbey and Sherlock return in 2012 with follow-ups to their smash debuts. “We’re also giving Masterpiece viewers more ways than ever to experience their favorite dramas,” Eaton says. Forty thousand Facebook fans are using the social networking site ( masterpiecepbs) to discuss all things Masterpiece. “And you can watch Masterpiece online after the broadcast premiere at” Says Eaton, “I can’t think of a more exciting time to be a Masterpiece fan.”


For Masterpiece, the Marshalls

Are Friends in Deed T

here are fans of WGBH’s Masterpiece…and then there are friends. j e ffr e y a n d ja n e ma r s ha ll are proud to call themselves both. The Back Bay couple began watching Masterpiece as newlyweds when it premiered in 1971, and they’ve been hooked ever since. Earlier this year, the Marshalls bolstered their longtime support of the series with a gift to The Masterpiece Trust. “Masterpiece is the best of the best,” says Jeffrey. “It’s deep, meaningful drama that transcends everyday life and celebrates the human condition.” Both Jeffrey and Jane laud Masterpiece for the consistent high quality of its scripts, settings, costumes, and acting. But they save their highest praise for executive producer Rebecca Eaton (shown above left with the Marshalls), with whom they’ve shared a warm friendship for many years. “There’s no one else like Rebecca,” says Jane. “She’s the standard bearer not only for public television, but for all of television drama.” Among their favorite Masterpiece moments through the years, the Marshalls count classics such as Cousin Bette and newer fare including Cranford. They’re especially impressed by the series’ success at reinvention—from the organizing of Masterpiece into distinctive Classic, Mystery!, and Contemporary seasons to stunning new productions of The Forsyte Saga and Bleak House to the introduction of a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. “Masterpiece proves itself time and again,” says Jeffrey. “Every season is a learning experience full of memorable characters, engrossing stories, and wonderful surprises.” A passion for and appreciation for the arts has long guided the Marshalls’ personal and philanthropic interests, from their involvement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, and Nichols House Museum to their membership in the Ralph Lowell Society and their establishment of a fund to support Masterpiece and arts and humanities programming on WGBH. So when it came time to consider The Masterpiece Trust, they didn’t hesitate. “We want Masterpiece to keep going strong,” says Jane. “As funding for public media gets harder to come by, we hope The Masterpiece Trust will be a buffer in challenging times.” Adds Jeffrey, “Masterpiece has broadened our minds and brought joy to our lives for 40 years. We couldn’t ask for a greater return on investment.”

ralph lowell society news Celebrating Masterpiece


or all of us who love Masterpiece, this has been a dazzling season of programs and events, thanks to the significant annual support of Ralph Lowell Society members. In April, more than 300 friends joined us at WGBH’s studios for an allstar celebration of Masterpiece’s 40th anniversary. For many, it was their first visit to WGBH, and we were thrilled to extend a warm welcome. I’m hopeful they’ll return for a second visit…as Ralph Lowell Society members! One of my favorite parts of the evening was when Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton shared stories about some of our favorite programs, including Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, both of which are drawing record audiences. If you missed either, please contact our Ralph Lowell Society Lending Library to borrow DVDs of these and other Masterpiece gems for a summer’s worth of entertainment. And speaking of summer, now is the time when many of us renew our memberships. I hope you’ll do so without delay. In the meantime, thank you for all you do in support of WGBH.

genie thorndike chair, ralph lowell society

ralph lowell society membership levels friend • $1,500 fellow • $2,500 sponsor • $5,000 benefactor • $10,000 president’s circle • $25,000 chairman’s circle • $50,000 For a complete list of the benefits and privileges at each membership level, please call the Ralph Lowell Society Hotline at 617.300.3900, visit ralphlowell, or email We welcome your questions and value your support. Chair, Ralph Lowell Society • Geneva Thorndike Director, Ralph Lowell Society • Vanya Tulenko Associate, Ralph Lowell Society • Christopher Reilly

The Way to Their Hearts

Is through WGBH


hat do you get when you combine a passion for public broadcasting, a whole duck, a jar of honey, and a bicycle pump? If you’re ro s e a n n a n d b o b pao lin i, you get the ingredients (and tools!) you need for The Frugal Gourmet’s version of Peking duck—and the makings of a relationship grounded in lifelong learning and the joy of simple pleasures. When they met in 1984, the Tewksbury couple quickly discovered a shared love for cooking—and for cooking shows on WGBH. Two of their early dates were spent tackling the aforementioned Chinese delicacy and a gâteau of crêpes from The French Chef. Today, the Paolinis still find inspiration on WGBH. In addition to their longtime membership in the Ralph Lowell Society, the couple recently became members of the Great Blue Hill Society with a bequest to WGBH. Here, they talk about what WGBH means to them. Does WGBH get the credit for bringing you together? Roseann: Cooking those recipes was the first time we worked together. WGBH helped us develop the foundation for our relationship: teamwork and compromise. Bob: Those experiences gave us the confidence to try new things without fearing failure. Julia Child always said there was nothing you couldn’t cover up with frosting or mashed potatoes! How else has WGBH influenced your life? Bob: It gives us a better sense of the world and helps us focus on what’s important. Roseann: WGBH has educated us in so many areas: news, nature, science, history. I think it’s made us better people. What are some of your WGBH favorites? Roseann: Nature, Nova, Frontline, Ken Burns, all of the cooking shows. Bob: I never miss the PBS NewsHour. We also enjoy Masterpiece Mystery! Why have you made WGBH a philanthropic priority? Roseann: WGBH offers the most thoroughly researched, interesting, and entertaining programming on television. Bob: WGBH gives you all sides of an issue, in an honest and balanced way, enabling you to decide for yourself where you come down on it…something that’s sorely missing in most media today. SHARING THE VISION NEWSLETTER • SPRING/SUMMER 2011


An Eventful Season

from left: wgbh president and ceo jon abbott, pbs president and ceo paula kerger, and wgbh board chair amos b. hostetter, jr.

from left: trustee marjie kargman, masterpiece mystery! host and performer alan cumming, and ralph lowell society sponsors dr. james and prof. melinda rabb

from left: anne columbia, overseer terrie bloom, and ralph lowell society member sally currier pannell

from left: ralph lowell society sponsor wendy shattuck, masterpiece executive producer rebecca eaton and alan cumming

ralph lowell society chair genie thorndike and husband, overseer will thorndike


40th-Anniversary Celebration

Is a Masterpiece

More than 300 Masterpiece friends gathered at WGBH’s studios Saturday, April 9 for an inspired evening of stories, film clips, and entertainment in celebration of the beloved series’ 40th anniversary. WGBH President Jon Abbott and Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton welcomed the enthusiastic crowd to Calderwood Studio for champagne, a buffet dinner, and a high-powered performance by Masterpiece Mystery! host

Alan Cumming, who dazzled guests with highlights from his cabaret show. WGBH Trustee Marjie Kargman and her husband, Bob, helped build excitement for Masterpiece’s 40th when they hosted a traditional English tea at WGBH’s studios on March 2 featuring cookbook authors and former WGBH staffers Marilyn and Sheila Brass demonstrating how to make a proper “cuppa.”

ralph lowell society member aaron bates (center) with (from left) lindsey dowling, michael ditrapano, jenna distasio, keryn johnson and andrew brock

alan cumming performs in the calderwood studio

A Close-Up Look at

Making Stuff

from left: president and ceo jon abbott, mit professor and panelist dr. donald sadoway, trustee and science visiting council member david koch, science visiting council member marshall turner, nova senior executive producer paula apsell, vice chair henry becton, and science visiting council member joshua boger

from left: new york times columnist and making stuff host david pogue, nova senior executive producer paula apsell, and john abele

WGBH Trustees, Overseers, Science Visiting Council members and friends poured into Yawkey Theater on Tuesday, February 15 for a presentation and panel discussion devoted to Nova’s breakthrough hit Making Stuff, a four-part TV and Web series that is bringing materials science to life for millions of viewers. Leading the discussion were Nova senior executive producer Paula Apsell; Making Stuff host and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue; and MIT Professor Donald Sadoway. Science Visiting Council members enjoyed a private dinner following the presentation.

from left: bonnie johnson, overseer ruth ellen fitch, wai jit chow chin and francis chin

Private West Coast Preview of

Stonewall Uprising

Former Chair of the WGBH Board of Overseers David Chamberlain and his wife, Karin, welcomed WGBH President Jon Abbott, American Experience executive producer Mark Samels, and more than 40 guests to their San Francisco home on Thursday, November 4 for cocktails and a sneak preview of American Experience’s Stonewall Uprising, a new documentary about the event that triggered the birth of the gay rights movement.

jill toth and dr. bryant toth

from left: american experience executive producer mark samels, dagmar dolby, kathryn hope and dr. jill armstrong hope

from left: host and ralph lowell society benefactor david chamberlain, pbs foundation board chair dr. mary g. f. bitterman, charlene harvey and michael mccone

from left: haig and connie mardikian, lucien ruby, and caryl welborn

jim and jean douglas




New Trustees Bring a

Wealth of Experience

WGBH welcomed four new Trustees at its annual February meeting. “Together, they bring a stunning breadth of experience and perspective to an already deep bench of board talent,” says WGBH Board Chair Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. “We’re honored to welcome them on board and we look forward to working with them in the year ahead.”

jo s e ph e. aoun began his presidency of Northeastern University in 2006. He came to Northeastern from the University of Southern California’s College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, where he was the inaugural holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. He received his PhD in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981; his Diploma of Advanced Studies in General and Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Paris (France) VIII in 1977; and his Masters in Oriental Languages and Literature from Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon) in 1975. He is a fellow in the Linguistic Society of America and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, he was presented with the Chevalier de L’ Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the French government.

c athy e . min e ha n has been appointed Dean of the School of Management at Simmons College, effective August 1. She retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in July 2007 after 39 years with the Federal Reserve System, having served as the President and Chief Executive of the Boston Bank and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee from July 1994 on. Minehan is a graduate of the University of Rochester and holds an MBA from New York University. She is currently Managing Director of Arlington Advisory Partners LLC, and a director of VISA Inc., Becton, Dickinson and Company, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and MITRE Corporation. She serves on the boards of Partners Healthcare and MIT’s investment management company, and is Chair of the Board of Trustees at Massachusetts General Hospital.

s u s a n h ockfield has served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since December 2004. With a faculty appointment in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, she is the first life scientist to lead MIT, where she has helped the Institute capitalize on the historic convergence of the life sciences with the engineering and physical sciences in fields from clean energy to cancer. In response to her leadership, in 2006 MIT launched the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), a $300 million effort to accelerate research, policy, and education to achieve a clean energy future. Dr. Hockfield also has worked to shape emerging national policy on next-generation manufacturing and advocated for the research university as an engine of innovation and economic growth.

ha n s z iegle r is Senior Managing Director of Bernstein Global Wealth Management’s Boston office. He previously oversaw Bernstein’s private client businesses in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, and Florida. Most recently, he had responsibility for AllianceBernstein’s Global Wealth Management activity in London. Prior to joining the firm in 1999, Ziegler had been President and CEO of Stein Roe & Farnham since 1993; President and CEO of Pitcairn Trust Co. from 1989 to 1993; Executive Vice President of The Boston Co. from 1987 to 1989; Senior Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1980 to 1987; and a Vice President of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. from 1967 to 1980. Ziegler served in the US Army Signal Corps. He earned a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.


New England Summer Festivals

Radio Campaign

Going Strong O

n December 1, 2009, WGBH launched the most ambitious expansion of our radio services since our 1951 broadcast debut. WGBH’s acquisition of commercial classical station WCRB allowed us to create 99.5 All Classical as a public classical-music service available on-air and online 24/7—and to re-imagine 89.7 WGBH as Boston’s NPR station for news and culture. “We’ve come a long way in a very short time, thanks to the significant support of donors to WGBH’s Radio Campaign, who together have contributed nearly $5 million towards our $10 million goal” says Marita Rivero, Vice President and General Manager for Radio and TV. “We’re building audience as we continue to improve and expand both our classical and news services.” In March, WGBH welcomed Ben Roe as 99.5 All Classical’s new managing director. An accomplished, Grammy and Peabody Award-winning producer, Roe led NPR’s Cultural Programming Division and has extensive classical radio experience. He’s wasting no time applying those skills to the 99.5 All Classical lineup. In June, 99.5 is introducing an ambitious new Friday night and weekend schedule, thanks to Radio Campaign support. “We’re adding more than 16 new hours of locally produced programming, and exciting new features,” Roe says, “from New England Summer Festivals Saturday nights from 6 to 7pm, to Baroque in Boston Sunday mornings with Laura Carlo.” (The full schedule is available in the June Explore! The Members’ Magazine.) “We’ve been equally busy on the news side with 89.7 WGBH,” Rivero says. In 2010, the service introduced two new local one-hour weekday series: The Emily Rooney Show and The Callie Crossley Show, creating a vibrant forum for the discussion of critical local issues. 89.7 also launched a new enterprise-reporting unit to tell the important, untold stories of our region—from reports on special education to the ongoing Cape Wind project. And 89.7 partnered with WGBH TV and to produce a new cross-platform series that premiered this spring called Where We Live, which explores New England’s new economic reality, one town at a time. “The success of both radio services is a testament to the creative vision of our staff, and to the generosity of our Radio Campaign supporters,” Rivero says. “Thanks to them, 99.5 All Classical and 89.7 WGBH together now have the largest public radio audience in New England. We’re off to a terrific second year.”

Summer classical music festivals are a New England tradition. In fact, the per capita number of festivals is greater here than anywhere else in the country. So it’s no surprise, perhaps, that 99.5 All Classical’s new managing director ben roe has made showcasing the festivals on-air and online year ’round a priority. A new 99.5 series, New England Summer Festivals, premieres Saturday, June 4 from 6 to 7pm. “We’ll be showcasing some of our past great recordings and interviews,” Roe says, “while sending our hosts out to cover this summer’s festivals.” Look, and listen, for everything from the Boston Early Music Festival to The Rockport Chamber Music Festival to the Marlboro Music Festival. “We want to be both a mirror and spotlight for our region’s classical music riches,” says Roe, who is working now with sister public radio stations to deliver the series all across New England. Stay tuned!



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The poet and writer Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” For 40 years, the WGBH-produced Masterpiece has touched the lives of millions of people with outstanding literature-based stories, superb scripts, and top talent—ensuring that everyone has a front-row seat to great drama.

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PHOTO CREDITS • COVER: Upstairs Downstairs - © BBC 2010 (2); Emma - © BBC 2009 (2); Elizabeth R - Mobil Masterpiece Theatre; Poirot - © ITV plc for Masterpiece; The Buccaneers - Joss Barrett; Endgame - © Target Entertainment for Masterpiece (2); Downton Abbey Courtesy of Masterpiece (2); Cranford - © BBC 2007; Little Dorrit - ©BBC 2008/Mike Hogan for Masterpiece (2); Jane Eyre - © BBC 2006 photo by Mike Hogan; Bleak House - © BBC; Mystery!’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - © Granada TV; Northanger Abbey - © ITV plc (Granada International) for Masterpiece; I, Claudius - © London Films International; Prime Suspect - © ITV plc (Granada International); Small Island - Courtesy of © Steffan Hill 2009/Ruby Films; Mystery!’s Inspector Morse - Central Television; Jeeves and Wooster - Peter Kernot/© Granada; Sherlock: Courtesy of Hartswood Films/BBC; Middlemarch - David Edwards; The Jewel in the Crown: Mobil Masterpiece Theatre; Wallander - © Left Bank Pictures; Inspector Lewis - © Robert Day/ITV plc for Masterpiece; The Lost Prince - © BBC 2003. • PAGE 2: © WGBH/Anthony Tieuli; Joel Laino for WGBH. • PAGE 3: © WGBH/ Lisa Abitbol. • PAGE 4: © WGBH/Vanessa Wiegel. • PAGE 5: © WGBH/Lisa Abitbol; Courtesy of Roseann and Bob Paolini. • PAGE 6: © WGBH/Lisa Abitbol (7). • PAGE 7: © WGBH/Lisa Abitbol (3); Gene Kosoy (4). • PAGE 8: Courtesy of Joseph E. Aoun; © Hollie Bertram 2011; Courtesy of Cathy E. Minehan; © WGBH/Lisa Abitbol. • PAGE 9: © WGBH/Lisa Abitbol; Wiley Stewart. • BACK COVER: © BBC/Masterpiece. © 2011 WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION • 110267

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