Distributor PBS International is to bring new episodes of history series Pioneers of Television (pictured) to MIPTV next month, ahead of the program’s fourth season premiere on PBS.
The series, which profiles the medium’s first big stars, debuted at MIPCOM in October, and has since been sold to Spain’s DTS/Prisa, Finland’s YLE, New Zealand’s The Arts Channel, and Israel’s SH Channel 8/Slutzky. In-flight content providers Spafax and Codevtel have also acquired the series.
The new episodes feature comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby and profile sitcom stars, TV doctors and nurses, comedy actors and racialized actors who broke the color barrier on television. The four one-hour programs include “Standup to Sitcom,” “Doctors and Nurses,” “Acting Funny,” and “Breaking Barriers.”
“The roll-out of the series was met with such enthusiasm from our buyers that we were happy to acquire the newest season,” says Tom Koch, VP of PBS International, in a statement. “It has the right mix of nostalgia and star power which makes it a truly entertaining look back into the golden age of television.”