First Hand Films taking “America in Primetime” to the world

First Hand Films has licensed the WETA Washington DC and The Documentary Group documentary series, set to air on PBS in the U.S. this fall, to ZDF/ARTE.
September 30, 2011

Zurich-based First Hand Films has licensed the documentary series America in Primetime from WETA Washington DC and The Documentary Group to ZDF/ARTE.

The four-part, 52-minute series, which explores 60 years of American primetime television through character archetypes, is set to air on U.S. public broadcaster PBS this fall. BBC in the UK has also previously acquired America in Primetime.

First Hand Films is the international distributor of the doc series. It will be available at MIPCOM, as part of a slate that also includes the Zeppers Film & TV Production documentary Kill Your Darling, which reconstructs the unsolved murder of model/photographer Melissa Halstead; and Here Comes Uncle Joe, a Korean doc from Boda Media Group, focusing on a man who delivers just about everything to 15 isolated villages.

Other docs in First Hand Films’ roster include The Journey (w/t), from IDTV Docs Production, which follows a family scattered around the globe and features the coming of age story of one of the 19-year-old boys; Aung San Suu Kyi – Lady of No Fear, on Burma’s national heroine; and The Guantanamo Trap, which tells the story of four people who have been linked by Guantanamo Bay. Please Remove Your Shoes – The Myth of America’s Airport Security takes a closer look at the background of aviation security before and after the 9/11 disaster; while Love Hate Love, a realscreen MIPTV Pick from earlier this year, features three families who have been torn apart by terrorism and how they attempt to move beyond hatred.

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