Who We Are

Welcome to Executive Program Services

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.