PBS is ending production of Market Warriors, the much-anticipated series that premiered in July 2012 as a partner program to longtime ratings hit Antiques Roadshow, according to a March 14 WGBH internal memo to employees.
Marsha Bemko, executive producer of both programs, today told Current the decision was PBS’s and declined further comment.
The demise of the series triggered several layoffs. The memo said that Field Producer Rebecca Donahue and Editors Peter Hyzak and Sean Sandefur left WGBH the week of March 4, while Senior Producer John Kalish, Associate Producer Joey Toppan, Production Assistant Rebecca Taylor and Assistant Editor Jim Fetela departed on Friday. Production Manager Heather Prince and Post Production Coordinator Maureen Fahey will stay through the end of the month and National Marketing Account Manager Jake Messier will remain until the final new episode airs April 22.
“I could not be more proud of this hardworking team,” Bemko said in the memo.
The memo noted that the station “continues to work with PBS on a range of new and ongoing series.”
The series was hit by controversy just a week after launch when original narrator Fred Willard was arrested and charged with lewd conduct, which led to his outster. He was replaced by Mark Walberg, Antiques Roadshow host.
The program was announced in January 2012 under the working title Market Wars.