WMR’s “Extraordinary Women” heads to U.S.

UK production company World Media Rights' Extraordinary Women series has been sold to 34 public broadcasting stations in the U.S. (Pictured: Audrey Hepburn)
May 24, 2013

UK production company World Media Rights’ Extraordinary Women series has been sold to 34 public broadcasting stations in the U.S.

Stations including WGBH Boston, WTTW Chicago, Vegas PBS and WGTV Georgia have acquired the 13 x 50-minute series, which explores the historical biography of iconic women through archive footage, interviews and reenactments.

Produced for BBC Worldwide, episodes include studies of Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn (pictured above), Indira Gandhi, Amelia Earhart and Martha Gellhorn.

The U.S. sales follows recent international sales to channels in territories including Canada, Australia, China, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Scandinavia and Russia, distributed by BBC Worldwide.

The series is executive produced by Matthew Barrett, World Media Rights’ creative director.

Extraordinary Women has been an outstanding international success,” Barrett told realscreen. “Our formula of creating competitively priced dramatic reconstruction with a captivating narrative consistently delivers and we’re naturally delighted at the international success that Extraordinary Women has enjoyed so far.”

“Quality content like Extraordinary Women adds so much to our broadcast schedule,” added Vegas PBS director of content Cyndy Robbins, whose station recently launched a Women’s Engagement Council.

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