Beth Hoppe is the Senior Vice President for Long Form at ABC News, Disney Media Networks, overseeing long form programming including 20/20, Nightline, WWYD, and all the output of Lincoln Square Productions, while working closely with the broadcast and digital teams on release strategy. Prior to joining ABC News, she was the Chief Program Executive and General Manager for General Audience Programming at PBS, growing the network from the 12th to the 6th most-watched in America. During her tenure she oversaw the return of the acclaimed drama Mercy Street; partnered with the BBC to generate specials; developed a multi-platform strategy for independent films including the Oscar-nominated film Last Days in Vietnam from American Experience and Black Panthers from Independent Lens. Beth collaborated with filmmaker Ken Burns to develop the strategy and roll out for The Roosevelts and The Vietnam War. Under her guidance PBS had more News and Documentary Emmy Award wins than any other network in 2016 and 2017. Before PBS Hoppe was the Executive Producer at Discovery Networks. Prior to her time at Discovery, Beth was President and CEO of Optomen Productions USA that she started from the ground up.
Her work has been recognized with several Emmy awards, including DNA: The Human Race (2004), The Secret Life of the Brain (2002), and NOVA, Siamese Twins (1995). The Channel 4 co-production 1900 House earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2000.