Small World Productions

  • Small World Productions is a premier producer of travel programs for public television. More than 165 Small World episodes, documentaries and specials have aired nationally over the past 25 years. All were distributed by APT–American Public Television via satellite. KCTS/Seattle is co-producer and presenting station to public television.
  • Small World’s series, specials and documentaries include:
    • Travels in Europe with Rick Steves 52 half-hours
    • Smart Travels with Rudy Maxa 65 half-hours Europe & Pacific Rim countries
    • Adventures with Purpose with Richard Bangs 12 hour-long documentaries
    • Egypt, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Morocco, India, Greece, Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong China
    • Travels in Mexico and the Caribbean with Shari Belafonte 13 half-hours
    • America’s Historic Trails with Tom Bodett 13 half-hours
    • Best Travels in Europe with Rick Steves 5 eighty-minute pledge specials
    • Best of Europe with Rudy Maxa 2 eighty-minute pledge specials
    • Europe Through the Back Door with Rick Steves-3  half-hours
  • Small World’s series, specials and documentaries reach more than 96% of US TV Households—over 108 million households with more than 302 million viewers.
  • Small World’s programs also air on the Create Network, a digital lifestyle channel from APT now in 77% of US TV Households. After initial releases on public television many of our shows are distributed to domestic and international cable channels as well, including China, Japan, Russia, Korea, the Middle East and more.
  • Small World’s programs reach an audience with high-disposable-income and ample time to travel. ‘Baby-boomers’ prefer public television! According to PBS Research, public television is more than twice as powerful as its closest cable competitor at delivering the boomer demographic. Boomers purchases 60% of all consumer goods and 70% of all leisure travel.
  • According to a 2012 Roper Report, for the fifth consecutive year public television is the most trusted institution in the country. The luster of public television reflects positively on corporate underwriters and financial supporters of programs and series produced by Small World.
  • Small World’s programs have been honored with more than four dozen major awards. They include CINE Golden Eagle Awards, APT Most Valuable Producer Award, APT Program Excellence Awards, Telly Awards, Lowell Thomas Gold Awards for Travel Journalism, and Emmy Awards.
  • Small World publishes our programs on DVDs and Blu-rays, further extending their audience and reach. DVDs are offered in end-of-show tags on public television.
  • Small World’s DVDs and Blu-rays are also distributed nationally by major specialty-DVD publishers. Retailers include Costco, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Amazon, Best Buy and Netflix. Scores of Small World DVDs are in permanent library collections across the US and Canada.
  • Small World supports and enhances series and specials with web sites such as www.smarttravels.tv and www.adventureswithpurpose.tv. Each on-line site contains clips, scripts, links, additional viewer information and outreach. Viewers may purchase DVDs and books related to shows in Small World’s secure web store.
  • Small World is fully-equipped to produce network quality programs from start-to-finish. We shoot in Sony HDCam format, edit in HD with Avid technology and deliver in HDCam format. Original music scores are composed in-house. Small World supports all of our programs with detailed promotion and active carriage campaigns.