UK network PBS America has acquired 88 hours of programming, including JFK, The Central Park Five and Makers: Women Who Make America (pictured), to air this fall.
The titles come from separate deals with PBS International, Off the Fence (OTF), Content Media, Electric Sky, TVF International and Cineflix Rights.
From PBS International, the UK channel has acquired JFK, a 4 x one-hour documentary series on John F Kennedy; War of the Worlds, a one-off airing on October 30, about the frenzy caused by HG Wells’ famous radio play; The Central Park Five, from Ken Burns, airing on October 22 and 23; and Makers: Women Who Make America, a three-part series launching on October 4.
Other titles in that deal include Latino Americans, Cold Case: JFK, The Panama Canal, Grand Central and Cinema’s Exiles.
Titles in the remaining five deals include Aerial America, Hell on Hooves, The Shooting of Iwo Jima, Children of Waco and Inside Moonshine from OTF; Rocket Men, Children who Cheated the Nazis and Secret Worlds from Content Media; and D-Day: The Shortest Day, Raiders of the Lost Gold, Twister Chasers and Science of Interrogation from Electric Sky.
PBS America also picked up two titles each from TVF International and Cineflix Rights, FBI: Critical Incident and Smokestack Lightening, and Cheating Vegas and The Bear Whisperer, respectively.
“Our ambition is to make PBS America the destination for viewers to indulge in Americana; how America came to be, its great cities and landscapes, its cultural jewels and the quirky modern tales that make it unique,” said Richard Kingsbury, the general manager of PBS America. “This autumn, a strong schedule from PBS supplemented with an eclectic range of acquisitions will help us build that reputation.”