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CBC, EBS, NHK, SBS acquire JFK titles

Distributor PBS International has penned deals for three major films on JFK (pictured), with broadcasters from Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia all making acquisitions.
September 26, 2013

Distributor PBS International has penned deals for three major films on JFK (pictured), with broadcasters from Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia all making acquisitions.

The titles were produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. Tom Koch, VP of PBS International, said: “While the immediate need is to program in time for the November anniversary, all of these titles will resonate for years to come and this makes them attractive investments for broadcasters.”

JFK: One PM Central Standard Time (1 x 52-minutes, HD), which chronicles the chaos of the CBS newsroom as journalist Walter Cronkite prepared to announce the news of JFK’s assassination to the people of the United States, has sold to SBS (Australia), MBN (Middle  East), SRC/CBC/RDI (Canada/French), RUV (Iceland) and NHK (Japan).

Meanwhile, Cold Case JFK (1 x 53-minutes, HD) has also been acquired by MBN (Middle East) and SBS (Australia), as well as CBC Newsworld (Canada/English), SH Channel 8 (Israel), EBS (Korea), Canal Once (Mexico), NRK (Norway), TVI (Portugal), Multicanal (Spain), RTSI (Switzerland/French) and PBS’s UK channel PBS America.

The ‘Nova’ one-off re-opens the assassination case 50 years after the tragedy to ask whether investigators today could do better using modern science and forensic technology.

Finally, PBS has signed contracts for JFK (4 x 60-minutes, HD), from ‘American Experience,’ which explores Kennedy’s life in politics from his early political career as a congressman to his climb to the U.S. presidency.

JFK was produced in association with France Télévision, and has sold to MBN (Middle East), SBS (Australia), RTE (Ireland), YLE (Finland), TVI (Portugal), UR (Sweden), and PBS America.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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