Tuesday roundup: Orman leaves CNBC, Burns pops up in Interstellar

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Orman (Photo: David Shankbone, via Wikimedia Commons)

Orman (Photo: David Shankbone, via Wikimedia Commons)

• Suze Orman, financial expert and reigning pledge-show queen of PBS, is quitting CNBC after nearly 15 years to launch a new show, Money Wars, through Warner Bros. Her current program, The Suze Orman Show, will end in March 2015. But fear not, public television fundraisers: The new program will not interfere with Orman’s pledge productions, said Elle Krause-Lyons, spokesperson for producing station Twin Cities Public Television.

• If you’ve seen the box-office hit Interstellar, you may have wondered whether the oral-history interviews with survivors of the dusty conditions of the future came from Ken Burns’s documentary The Dust Bowl — and you’d be right. The Washington Post reveals how director Christopher Nolan courted Burns for his participation. Spoiler alert: The article mentions several plot points.

• Sesame Workshop, which recently got into subscription video on demand, realizes that today’s audience “isn’t happy with just one thing,” Scott Chambers, s.v.p. of worldwide media distribution, tells Kidscreen. “People want short-form clips and more interactivity like games that they can play either on our website or PBSKids.org.”

• The Fred Rogers Co. has launched a website encouraging his concept of being a good neighbor — on a global scale, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rogers’s hometown paper. The site is funded in part by CPB.


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