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Media Manager is a content management system (CMS) used by the PBS community to publish and distribute videos across platforms. It seeks to improve the way stations, producers, and users search and view digital content, and provides the ability to organize, relate, and present it in ways that streamline searchability.

What does all of that mean? Generally speaking, it means that searching for videos on and station and producer sites is now much easier than ever. When your video is mapped properly in Media Manager, it's possible to locate it through more granular searches such as through a particular show within a season or a specific episode within a show.

Your video content can be organized within the following categories:


Some key features of Media Manager include:

  • Detailed and organized digital assets.
  • New and improved console.
  • Auto-detection and manual selection of time zone.
  • Enhanced metadata and detailed hierarchy allowing viewers to easily find a specific episode of a show.
  • Detailed presentation of shows, including season, episode, and special.
  • Presentation of videos by availability (e.g.: pre-air, just-aired, Passport, expired). 
  • A history feature that logs and tracks all changes in the CMS. 
  • Franchise/Show genre mapping right from the console.
  • Content sharing between PBS stations. 
  • Ability to embed video on third party websites.

Moving from Merlin/COVE to Media Manager

If you are a Merlin/COVE user and are moving to Media Manager, here are some differences you'll notice.

How it was done in Merlin/COVEHow to do it in Media Manager
You would create a single COVE asset that would be part of a single show.Now you can add and assign video files to episodes, seasons, shows, and specials. A single all-encompassing file no longer exists. Now you can create separate files for episodes, clips, extras, and previews and assign them to franchises (e.g.: Masterpiece), shows (e.g.: A Chef's Life), specials (e.g.: The Manners of Downton Abbey), and seasons (e.g.: Season 6). When users search for your video, it is easier to find.
You had to send a request to PBS to have images added to your content channel.Go to your show on the Shows page and click the Images tab to add your show images. View image guidelines
Related content had to be added through the video object.Use the Remote Assets section in the left side navigation menu to create episode links and learn more promos and add them right to your video asset. Learn how
View asset status through the Publish tab.Click the Status tab on video assets to review the status of all elements. Refer to the green Publish/red Unpublish button in the upper right side of the asset screen to check publish status.

Data Model

The following diagram illustrates the relationship between each object in Media Manager. It shows which objects can hold clips, previews, or full length video assets and displays the relationship between franchises, shows, collections, seasons, specials, and episodes. 

Getting started

Ready to begin using the Media Manager console? Let's get started!


Visit the FAQ page for answers to your questions and quick tutorials on how to perform common tasks in Media Manager. 

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