While u.s.-centric by definition, pbs has always looked to coproducers abroad. Some of its most successful projects internationally have been tied to the bbc, pbs’s most prolific partner: Steven Hawking’s Universe, Around the World in 80 Days with Michael Palin and The Secret of Life, not to mention upcoming projects like nova’s much-anticipated Ice Mummies of the Inca.
Channel 4 is also an active partner, collaborating on productions like China: Born Under A Red Flag and Roam Sweet Home. u.k. prodco Brook/Lapping Associates is currently working with wgbh on 50 Years War, a story about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Look for the pubcaster to undertake projects with new and smaller partners, like with The University, a series on campus life, produced with ABC Australia and KCTS Seattle; and Two Lives, 8 x 30 minutes written by Elmore Leonard and Roddy Doyle, from Lark International, RTE Ireland, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and WTVS Detroit.