The following message was sent to all producers via the gaproducer-l listserv today:

Dear Producers,
 
Happy New Year!
 
PBS Interactive (PBSi) is looking forward to an exciting year with the impending launch of the PBS.org redesign and Project Merlin. With your feedback, we are also continuing to improve our Producer Product Offering, which includes our suite of video and social media tools as well as our dedicated hosting solution.
 
Last August, the Producer Products & Services (PP&S) team announced a moratorium on all Web site redesigns due to resource constraints while we focused on COVE, the PBS.org redesign and Project Merlin. That redesign moratorium has now been lifted.
 
However, we are placing a set of guidelines on all new sites, redesigns and active sites. The purpose of these requirements, particularly compliance with Project Merlin, is to ensure that producer sites are aligned with PBSi’s overall goals to drive more traffic to producer and local station sites, build new audiences and offer a more comprehensive, dynamic experience to our users.
 
The guidelines are as follows:

We look forward to working with all of you in 2010 to provide our audience with the best possible experience on PBS.org.
 
For further information, please contact your Program Manager. We also encourage you to subscribe to the Producer Exchange blog and Web site to receive regular updates from the PP&S team: pbs.org/exchange
 
Sincerely,
 
Jayme Swain
Director, Producer Products & Services