Premium Service

Formed in 1990, APT Premium Service — one of APT’s three programming divisions — provides fundraising specials to public television stations. Through the creation of original programming concepts and the acquisition of existing high-quality programs, Premium Service has distributed more than 260 specials, including some of public television's most prestigious and highest-rated titles.

These include:

Andy Williams: Moon River and Me

This collection includes digitally re-mastered songs from the legendary crooner’s classic, Emmy-winning television series, including well-known standards “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Moon River” and “Danny Boy.”

Carreras Domingo Pavarotti in Concert

A beloved and successful fundraising program, this concert from 1990 features “the three tenors” Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti performing with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, conducted by Zubin Mehta.

Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows

Featuring classic clips from Andy Williams’ Christmas specials, this music and entertainment program showcases Williams’ solos on “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria,” as well as performances with his brothers on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and with the Osmonds on “Silver Bells.”

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Based on writer Michael Streissguth’s acclaimed book, the program weaves compelling interviews with archival photography — enhanced for broadcast by “extrapolation technique” — to evoke the spirit of that momentous day in 1968 when Johnny Cash appeared on stage at Folsom Prison.

Liza’s at the Palace….

The concert special captures powerhouse entertainer Liza Minnelli performing her legendary hits at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand hotel, including "New York, New York," "Maybe This Time," "Teach Me Tonight" and the "Palace Medley," as well as a show-stopping, affectionate tribute to her godmother, the late Kay Thompson.

Paul McCartney: Good Evening New York City

At the historic three-night christening of New York’s Citi Field in July 2009, the legendary Paul McCartney performed songs from his Beatles and Wings days to his solo classics, including: “Drive My Car,” “Got To Get You Into My Life,” “Back In The USSR,” “Band On The Run,” “Live and Let Die” and “Flaming Pie.”

Qi Gong For Beginners, Qi Gong For Weight Loss, Qi Gong: The Flow Continues & Qi Gong: Deeper Flow With Lee Holden

In the Qi Gong series of how-to shows, host Lee Holden demonstrates basic movements of qi gong, an ancient Chinese discipline used to strengthen, heal and cleanse the body.

Simon and Garfunkel – Songs of America 1969

Considered controversial at the time, this 1969 vintage CBS television program features footage of Simon and Garfunkel on stage, in the studio and on tour. It also integrates video montages of key events of the era, including news clips of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, activist Cesar Chavez, and the Poor People's March on Washington.

Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Clips and interviews with the Tom and Dick Smothers, the show’s writers, and guests Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger, detail the conflicts, censorship battles and eventual cancellation of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Tony Bennett: An American Classic

Take an emotional musical journey through this legendary entertainer’s life as Tony Bennett performs duets of his biggest hits with Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Diana Krall and Stevie Wonder, among others.

Trains Around North America

Hosted by Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt, this travel program traces America's railroad history, telling the unforgettable stories of 17 of the continent's historic and scenic tourist railroads. More than just a tour, these stories capture railroads as they defined the spirit of North America, creating a new industry and re-writing transportation history.


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