Contact: Melanie WallaceRegion: United States

Title: Senior Series Producer
Genre: Science, Factual
Region: United States

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Activities: Public Broadcaster

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Transmission: Cable, satellite, IPTV, Internet


The longest-running science series on television, Nova offers an informative and entertaining look at challenging subjects. Whether exploring a galaxy or an atom, the series ventures beyond the numbers and looks into the personalities responsible for the discoveries, and illuminates the process and passion of scientific discovery.


NOVA is the most-watched primetime science series on American television, reaching an average of between four and five million viewers weekly. The series remains commit­ted to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, from the latest breakthroughs in science and technology to the deepest myster­ies of the natural world. NOVA airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on WGBH Boston and most PBS stations. The Director of the WGBH Science Unit and Senior Executive Producer of NOVA is Paula S. Apsell.


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Strong science stories: stories with a mystery to solve or a quest to follow, stories that are about the process of engaging in a scientific or technological endeavor. We define science broadly and are interested in a wide range of subject areas which can be found on our website,


Acquisition policy: Co-productions, acquisitions and in-house productions

Audience: male, 35+


Length: 52 min programs, some continuous 2 hour programs, 2-3 part miniseries 


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Melanie Wallace is committed to public media and has worked in many different capacities including researcher, producer/director, and writer on a wide variety of NOVA programs spanning a diverse range of topics including climate change, medical innovations and astronomy to mention only a few.


In her current role, Melanie works closely with Senior Executive Producer, Paula Apsell. Together, they search for new talent, innovative program ideas, and new co-production opportunities. Melanie brokers deals between NOVA and NOVA’s numerous international partners including broadcasters such as the BBC, ARTE, ABC Australia, and NHK as well as independent producers from across the globe. 


Another aspect of Melanie’s job is one of ambassador; traveling and speaking worldwide to promote the NOVA brand while highlighting the role NOVA plays in the USA to enhance science literacy and science education across a variety of platforms in public media.


Additionally, she is frequently called upon to serve as juror for a variety of awards including the Emmys, Duponts, Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival, Beijing Science Festival, and Athens Science Festival to mention a few. 


Before assuming the role of Senior Series Producer, Melanie was a staff producer/director, writing, directing and supervising numerous programs and series for WGBH and NOVA.  Some of these include Adventure, Odyssey, and The Ring of Truth, as well a Condition Critical: A Forum on American Health Care with TV host Phil Donahue.