Following on from their first third-party acquisitions earlier this year, PBS America has sealed deals with various international distributors – including PBS International, Off The Fence, Content Media, Electric Sky, TVF International and Cineflix Rights – to acquire 88 hours worth of new content for their Autumn 2013 schedule.
“Our ambition is to make PBS America the destination for viewers to indulge in Americana; how America came to be, its great cities and landscapes, its cultural jewels and the quirky modern tales that make it unique”, said Richard Kingsbury, General Manager of PBS America. “This autumn, a strong schedule from PBS supplemented with an eclectic range of acquisitions will help us build that reputation.”
Amongst the many titles covered by these deals are WGBH’s JFK, which will have its world premiere on PBS America this November, and the UK television premiere of Ken Burns’ theatrically released The Central Park Five. JFK is a four hour documentary which examines the life of America’s 35th President, which will premiere on November 12th at 9pm. While The Central Park Five, selected for both Cannes 2012 and TIFF 2012, tells the story of a horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamouring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by a gross miscarriage of justice. Other titles acquired include documentaries War of the Worlds, Makers: Women Who Make America, Children of WACO, FBI: Critical Incident and Cold Case: JFK.