Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Channel Records, 1997-2010
Created in 2006, Smithsonian On Demand was a partnership between Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution to develop, launch, and operate a Smithsonian video programming channel. The partnership's purpose was to widen and extend the reach of the Smithsonian through unique and original programs that utilized Smithsonian collections, exhibitions, and research. In the partnership, Showtime was the funding and managing partner, while the Smithsonian would provide the content and production assistance. Under the umbrella of Smithsonian Networks, Smithsonian On Demand became Smithsonian Channel in 2007.
This accession consists of records that document the development, creation, and implementation of the Smithsonian Channel. There are records related to the various partnerships the Smithsonian was looking into before going with Showtime Networks. Some of these partnerships included Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Starz Encore Entertainment. Also included are records related to the development of programming for the channel as well as records related to the controversy about the Smithsonian and Showtime partnership. People of note in the accession include Gary Beer, CEO, Smithsonian Business Ventures and Secretary Lawrence M. Small. Some records were created when Smithsonian Enterprises was known as Smithsonian Business Ventures.
Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, presentations, meeting notes and minutes, contracts, agreements, financial records, program proposals, program reviews, press releases, and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restricted for 25 years, until Jan-01-2036. Boxes 1-3 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Transferring office; 03/28/2014 memorandum, Toda to Kennard; Contact reference staff for details.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Small, Lawrence M.
- Beer, Gary
- Smithsonian Business Ventures
- Showtime Networks
- Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
- Starz Encore Entertainment (Firm)
- Smithsonian Channel
- Smithsonian On Demand
- Smithsonian Networks (Firm)
- Smithsonian Institution
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-134, Smithsonian Enterprises, Smithsonian Channel Records