UKTV’s Yesterday Channel Inks FMI Deal For CNN’s ‘The Sixties’

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UKTV has sealed a deal with FremantleMedia International to acquire CNN’s Emmy nominated factual series The Sixties for their Yesterday channel, TVWise has learned.

From Executive Producer Tom Hanks, The Sixties explores the transformative decade which became a period of monumental social and political change. The 10-parter, which will air on Yesterday in Q3 2014, uses rarely seen footage, personal films and eyewitness accounts to examine key moments during the decade, from the “golden age” of television, to the rise of the Berlin Wall and the space race.

The deal with FremantleMedia was brokered by UKTV’s Acquisitions and Co-Production Manager Emma Sparks, after being ordered by Yesterday’s General Manager Adrian Wills. It marks the latest deal concluded by UKTV to bolster the range of exclusive content on Yesterday, following on from the recent co-production deal with Sky Vision for a documentary about the Berlin Wall.

“The Sixties is a production of broad scope and tremendous ambition, with amazing rarely or unseen footage which is brilliantly put together”, said Adrian Wills, General Manager of Yesterday. “This series is a perfect fit for Yesterday’s proposition; fascinating factual stories.”

While UKTV’s Emma Sparks added: “We’re delighted to have completed this deal with FremantleMedia International for this provocative and compelling series. The Sixties will appeal to any viewer who is fascinated by the decade and those turbulent years, which altered virtually every aspect of modern life for future generations.”