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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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