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Accession 14-134,  Smithsonian Enterprises,  Smithsonian Channel Records, 1997-2010

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Enterprises
Title: Smithsonian Channel Records
Dates: 1997-2010
Quantity: 5 cu. ft. (5 record storage boxes)
Collection: Accession 14-134
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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.

Descriptive Entry

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.

Use Restriction

Restricted for 25 years. Boxes 1-3 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid, until Jan-01-2036; Transferring office; 03/28/2014 memorandum, Toda to Kennard; Contact reference staff for details.

Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-134, Smithsonian Enterprises, Smithsonian Channel Records

Container List

Box 1

History

Showtime - Idea bank, 1997

Box 1 of 5

Showtime - Idea Bank, 1998 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 5

Board of Regents - Meetings related to Smithsonian Business Ventures, 1998-2006

Box 1 of 5

SVOD - Miscellaneous programs before SVOD, 1999-2006

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - General correspondence, 2000-2002

Box 1 of 5

PBS/WETA partnership, 2000-2006 (3 folders)

Box 1 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 1 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 1 of 5

Media assets audit, 2001-2005 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 5

SVOD - Informational booklet, 2001-2006

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Starz Encore Group - Meeting, September 10, 2002

Box 1 of 5

NBC meeting, September 30, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel prospect list, 2002

Box 1 of 5

SVOD - Gary Beer notes, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Projected financials, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - NBC, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Rights/Clearances, 2002

Box 1 of 5

SVOD - Financials, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Prospect letters, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Prospect list, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Live Project, 2002

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Starz Encore Group correspondence, 2002-2003

Box 1 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 1 of 5

SVOD - Starz meeting, February 13, 2003

Box 1 of 5

SVOD - Board of Regents report, April 16, 2003

Box 1 of 5

Box 2

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 2 of 5

Waller Capital Corporation - Smithsonian presentation, August 2003

Box 2 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Business plan, 2003 (includes electronic records)

Box 2 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 2 of 5

Starz Encore Group - General, 2003 (2 folders)

Box 2 of 5

Smithsonian Video on Demand (SVOD) - Background, 2003-2005

Box 2 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 2 of 5

SVOD - Board of Regents communications, 2003-2005

Box 2 of 5

Showtime meeting - New York, January 14, 2004

Box 2 of 5

Showtime meeting - New York, December 15, 2004

Box 2 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 2 of 5

Showtime Networks - General, 2004-2005 (3 folders)

Box 2 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 2 of 5

Showtime conference call, March 11, 2005

Box 2 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 2 of 5

Showtime meeting - New York, June 22, 2005

Box 2 of 5

SVOD - Comcast study, June/August 2005

Box 2 of 5

Media audit summary, August 26, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Showtime meeting in New York, September 13, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Larry Small/Sheila Burke VOD meeting, September 16, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Showtime VOD venture overview - Larry M. Small - Regents meeting, September 19, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Showtime meeting - New York, November 7, 2005

Box 2 of 5

SI Senior Officers meeting on Showtime Joint Venture (JV), November 21, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Meeting with Dave Evans on Showtime Video on Demand (VOD), November 22, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Sheila Burke/Ned Rifkin - Showtime meeting, December 19, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Showtime Networks/VOD - Internal summary memo, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Showtime - Trademark materials, 2005

Box 2 of 5

Box 3

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 3 of 5

Correspondence - Yahoo, 2005

Box 3 of 5

Google presentation, 2005

Box 3 of 5

Media audits, 2005

Box 3 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Transition, 2005-2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Implementation, 2005-2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Internal Smithsonian correspondence and memoranda, 2005-2006

Box 3 of 5

SI/Showtime joint venture meeting - Next steps, January 6, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian tour - Showtime Networks (SNI), April 24-25, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Regents Pre-meeting on SVOD, May 4, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Board of Regents briefing, May 8, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Programming meeting - Secretary Small, July 7, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Programming category research - Debriefing presentation, September 21, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD committee - Report to Secretary's extended staff meeting, October 31, 2006

Box 3 of 5

RESTRICTED FOLDER - Non-Circulating

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Logo drafts

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Logo approval, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD internal fees/revenue sharing, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Press releases (pre-controversy), 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Congressional hearings, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Letters of opposition, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Clarification of language, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Levick Strategic Communications, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Covington & Burling, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Clippings - SVOD controversy, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Government Accountability Office (GAO) request, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Programs development report, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Sponsorships, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Meetings, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Information meetings, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Networks presentation, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Networks marketing, 2006

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Update meeting, June 8, 2007

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Correspondence and general information, 2007

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Management committee meeting, June 30, 2010

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Channel - Overview booklet, 2010

Box 3 of 5

Notebooks

Box 3 of 5

Programming

Program ideas, 2000, 2005-2006 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 5

SVOD - Mission critical submissions, August 2006

Box 3 of 5

Program treatments, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Programs - One-offs, exceptions, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Externally generated submissions, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Internally generated submissions, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Program - Hunt for the Double Eagle, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Program - American Treasures, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Programs - National Zoological Park, 2006

Box 3 of 5

Program - Green, 2009

Box 3 of 5

Program - Women in Science - Marketing plan, March 2010

Box 3 of 5

Smithsonian Channel programs, 2010

Box 3 of 5

Box 4

Smithsonian Networks - Mission Critical proposals, 2010

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 2 to 30, 2006

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 31 to 60, 2006-2007

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 61 to 90, 2007

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 91 to 120, 2007

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 121 to 140, 2007-2008

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 141 to 160, 2008

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 161 to 180, 2008

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 181 to 210, 2008

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 221 to 230, 2008

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 231 to 250, 2008

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 251 to 280, 2008-2009

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 281 to 300, 2009

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 301 to 320, 2009

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 321 to 360, 2009-2010

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program reviews - 361 to 400, 2010

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - California by Air, 2007

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program idea - Barcoding of Life

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Armor in the Attic, episode 1, 2006

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Armor in the Attic, episode 2, 2006-2007

Box 4 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Armor in the Attic, episode 3, 2007

Box 4 of 5

Box 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - America's Treasures, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - American Festivals, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - America: Wild and Wacky, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - America: Wild and Wacky, episode 2, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - America: Wild and Wacky, episode 3, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - America's Greatest Monuments, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - America's Hangar, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Airbus vs. Boeing, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - All Dolled up, episode 1, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - All Dolled up, episode 2, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Oasis Earth, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Pandas in the Wild, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - In Search of Santa Claus: The True Story, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Sound Revolution: Blues, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Sound Revolution: Jazz, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Sound Revolution: Soul, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Wanda Jackson, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Wanted: Anaconda, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Yellowstone National Park, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nature Tech: Magic of Motion, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nature Tech: The Material World, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nature Tech: Life Power Energy, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nick Baker's Weirdest Creatures: Blood Squirting Lizard, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nick Baker's Weirdest Creatures: Vampire Fish, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nick Baker's Weirdest Creatures: Basking Shark, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nick Baker's Weirdest Creatures: Star Nose Mole, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nick Baker's Weirdest Creatures: Saggy Skinned Frog, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nick Baker's Weirdest Creatures: Pink Fair Armadillos, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Nick Baker's Weirdest Creatures: Croc from Mars, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - The Lost Gods: Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - The Lost Gods: Mayans, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - The Lost Gods: Celts, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - The Lost Gods: Incas, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Mysteries, Myths, and Legends, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - True Story of Mary Celeste, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Light at the Edge of the World: Polynesia, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Light at the Edge of the World: Peru, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Light at the Edge of the World: Himalayas, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Light at the Edge of the World: Arctic, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Journeys in the Air: West Coast of Ireland, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Journeys in the Air: Italy, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Journeys in the Air: South of France, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Journeys in the Air: Southern England, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Men Who Brought the Dawn, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Batwomen of Panama, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Cutting Loose, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Dream Windows, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Flying with Condors, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Fortress Britain (Castles), 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Ghosts of Duffy's Cut, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Goodwood, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Golden Age of Zeppelins, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Zoo babies, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - When Pigs Fly, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - World's Finest Cars, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - World's Smallest Airplanes, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Unbelievable Flying Objects, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Uncle John's Band, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Vampire Princess, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Vietnam Memorial, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Tiger Tales, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Timewatch: D-Day, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Timewatch: Egypt, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Street Monkeys: Internal Affairs, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Supercars, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stories from the Vaults: Famous Donors, Episode 1, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stories from the Vaults: Superlatives, Episode 2, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stories from the Vaults: There's No Place Like Home, Episode 3, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stories from the Vaults: Beauty, Episode 4, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stories from the Vaults: Firsts, Episode 5, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stories from the Vaults: Life After Death, Episode 6, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stories from the Vaults: Random?, Episode 7, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Stealth, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Smithsonian Spotlight, Episode 1, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Smithsonian Spotlight, Episode 2, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Smithsonian's Weirdest, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Saving Treasures, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Smithsonian Coin Legends, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Lansdowne, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Legend of the Big Blue, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Loose at the Zoo: Golden Lion Tamarins, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Mummy Mysteries: Battlefield of Bones, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Mummy Mysteries: Roman Skull, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Mummy Mysteries: Bog Bodies, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Mummy Mysteries: Child Mummies, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Hindenburg, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Hoover Racers, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Hunt for the Double Eagle, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Day of the Kamikaze, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Designer Dogs, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Electric Guitar, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Eyewitness Kamikaze, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Ghost Cat: Saving the Clouded Leopard, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Gun Room, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Critter Quest, Episode 1, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Critter Quest, Episode 2, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Critter Quest, Episode 3, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Christianity Decoded, Flesh and Blood, Episode 1, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Christianity Decoded, Damned or Saved, Episode 2, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Christianity Decoded, Angels, Episode 3, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Christianity Decoded, Sign and Symbols, Episode 4, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Christianity Decoded, Miracles, Episode 5, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Christianity Decoded, Emotion and Reason, Episode 6, 2006

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Carrier at War, 2007

Box 5 of 5

Smithsonian Networks - Program review - Bombs, Bullets, and Fraud, 2006

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