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The ABC’s of PBS: Going global: PBS partners abroad

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...
February 1, 1998

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.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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