ARLINGTON, VA, August 24, 2023 – PBS Distribution announced today that celebrated Canadian drama
LITTLE BIRD will premiere October 12th at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS and across all PBS platforms in the US
(check local listings). From Rezolution Pictures and OP Little Bird, and Canadian broadcasters Crave and
APTN, in partnership with Fremantle, the six-part, one-hour limited series explores universal themes of
resilience in the face of trauma and loss. It follows Bezhig Little Bird (Darla Contois) as she embarks on a
path to find her birth family and uncover the hidden truth of her family history.
PBS will also broadcast and stream COMING HOME, a 90-minute companion documentary providing
historical context about the Sixties Scoop on October 12th at 10:00 ET (check local listings). Directed by
Erica Daniels (Run as One), COMING HOME explores the connections between the ground-breaking
movement for Indigenous narrative sovereignty and the impact of the child welfare system as experienced
through the LITTLE BIRD series’ Indigenous creatives, crew, and Sixties Scoop advisors. COMING
HOME provides a structuring through-line, interwoven with interviews with cast, crew, and community
members revealing personal connections to the Sixties Scoop.
LITTLE BIRD and COMING HOME will stream on all station-branded PBS platforms including PBS.org,
and the PBS App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon
Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO. Both programs will also be available to stream on
PBS Passport and the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.
Removed from her home in Long Pine Reserve in Saskatchewan, Bezhig Little Bird is adopted into a
Montréal Jewish family at age five, becoming Esther Rosenblum. Now in her 20s, Bezhig longs for the
family she lost and is willing to sacrifice everything to find them. Her search lands her in the Canadian
Prairies, worlds apart from everything she knows. As she begins to track down her siblings, she unravels
the mystery behind her adoption and discovers that her apprehension was connected to a racist
government policy, now known as the Sixties Scoop. Bezhig’s sense of identity shatters, and she is forced
to reckon with who she is and who she wants to become.
Led by Contois, the character-driven drama features a talented cast of Indigenous actors, including: Ellyn
Jade; Osawa Muskwa; Joshua Odjick; Imajyn Cardinal; Braeden Clarke; Eric Schweig; and Michelle
Thrush. Rounding out the cast is Lisa Edelstein (House, M.D., Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) who plays
Esther’s adoptive mother, Golda Rosenblum.
The recent winner of the coveted Audience Award at the 2023 SERIES MANIA Festival in Lille, France,
LITTLE BIRD was filmed in and around Winnipeg and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation on Treaty 1 territory, in
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation on Treaty 2 territory. LITTLE BIRD showrunner Jennifer Podemski was also
recently presented with an Academy Board Of Directors’ Tribute Award at the 2023 Canadian Screen
“PBS is proud to bring American viewers the premiere of LITTLE BIRD ” says Maria Bruno Ruiz, Vice
President, Program Content Strategy and Scheduling at PBS. “It is a very powerful story that not only
engages and pulls on your heartstrings, but also educates on a time in history that is rarely portrayed.”
“We aspire to bring programs rich in culture and diversity to our audience and we’re thrilled to add the
inspiring LITTLE BIRD story to our platforms,” said Germaine Sweet, Managing Director, Content
Acquisitions at PBS Distribution. “In addition to the creative brilliance of Jennifer Podemski and Hannah
Moscovitch, this series showcases an important time in North American history to learn from and
“Little Bird is a crucial story that requires sensitivity and boldness to shed light on a piece of history that is
not widely known. We are proud to collaborate with PBS to ensure that this story reaches audiences in the
United States and receives the recognition it deserves,” said Lisa Honig, Senior EVP Distribution North
Led by an Indigenous creative team, Little Bird is developed by showrunner, Jennifer Podemski and
Rezolution Pictures, and created by Podemski and head writer Hannah Moscovitch. The creative team
includes directors Zoe Hopkins and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and was written by Hopkins and Moscovitch.
The series is executive produced by Christina Fon, Ernest Webb, Catherine Bainbridge, Linda Ludwick
(Rezolution Pictures), Kim Todd, Nicholas Hirst (Original Pictures), Jennifer Podemski, Hannah
Moscovitch, Zoe Hopkins, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Jeremy Podeswa, along with Christian Vesper and
Dante Di Loreto (Fremantle). Producers are Tanya Brunel and Jessica Dunn (OP Little Bird), Claire
MacKinnon and Philippe Chabot Rezolution Pictures) and Lori Lozinski and Ellen Rutter. Fremantle
handles global sales.
For Bell Media, Alison Korogyi is Development Executive; Rachel Goldstein-Couto is Head of
Development, Original Programming; Mitch Geddes is Production Executive; Sarah Fowlie is Head of
Production, Original Programming; Carlyn Klebuc is General Manager, Original Programming; Tory
Jennings is Director of Content, Crave; Justin Stockman is Vice-President, Content Development &
Programming; and Karine Moses is Senior Vice-President, Content Development & News, Bell Media and
Vice Chair, Québec, Bell.
For APTN, Adam Garnet Jones is Director of TV Content and Special Events, Danelle Granger is
Executive in charge of Development and Scripted Content, and Lisa Ducharme is Director of Online
Content and Deliverables.
LITTLE BIRD and COMING HOME join the slate of Indigenous programming PBS will broadcast this fall
in celebration of Native American Heritage, including THE AMERICAN BUFFALO by Ken Burns
premiering October 16, NATIVE AMERICAN SEASON TWO premiering October 24, and NEXT AT THE
KENNEDY CENTER “Embracing Duality: Modern Indigenous Cultures” premiering soon.
Becky Scullin, PBS
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of the biggest entertainment formats, most watched international dramas, award winning films and hardhitting
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About Rezolution Pictures
Rezolution Pictures is an award-winning production company that’s changing the narrative when it comes
to diversity and representation in the entertainment landscape. They have established original Indigenous
content within mainstream media and sold programming around the world in major markets to
broadcasters including GEM, APTN, Superchannel, OMNI, TVO, CBC, RDI, ARTV, Télé-Québec, FNX,
Vision Maker and internationally with PBS, Peacock +, ARTE. The Emmy-nominated Rumble: The Indians
Who Rocked the World has won awards at Sundance, Hot Docs and the CSAs and the Gemini- and
Peabody-winning Reel Injun has been inducted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
About OP Little Bird
OP Little Bird, is a Winnipeg-based company, majority-owned by Manitoba independent producer Tanya
Brunel, Métis from the Red River region and member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. The other
shareholders are Original Pictures Manitoba, a company controlled by producer Jessica Dunn and
Original Pictures Inc. a boutique production company with offices in Winnipeg, Toronto and Calgary,
founded by its president Emmy-award winner Kim Todd (The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World, Falcon