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First Hand Films inks “Primetime” BBC deal

Distributor First Hand Films has finalized a deal with UK public broadcaster BBC2 in Cannes for America in Primetime, a four-part documentary series exploring peak-time viewing in the U.S.
April 5, 2011

Distributor First Hand Films has finalized a deal with UK public broadcaster BBC2 in Cannes for America in Primetime, a four-part documentary series exploring peak-time viewing in the U.S.

As part of the agreement, First Hand Films will work closely with the Beeb to produce the international version of the series, which is currently in production in the U.S. and slated to air on BBC2 in 2012.

BBC exec producer for acquisitions Carol Sennett said: “Besides its entertainment value and extremely high-profile interviews, this unique series also taps into the psychological influence US scripted entertainment has had on society, not only stateside but globally.”

The 4 x 52 minute title is produced by The Documentary Group in conjunction with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation; WETA in Washington DC for PBS; and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) production company.

The news comes after First Hand yesterday unveiled plans for the launch of a production division, named Kiss The Frog Films.

 

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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