UKTV’s Yesterday acquires CNN’s “The Sixties”

Yesterday has acquired The Sixties (pictured), the Emmy-nominated CNN series coproduced by Tom Hanks, in a deal brokered by FremantleMedia International.
August 14, 2014

Yesterday, the UKTV-owned factual cable network, has struck a deal to acquire the Emmy-nominated CNN series The Sixties, coproduced by Tom Hanks.

In a deal brokered by FremantleMedia International, Yesterday will air the 10 x 60-minute series in 2014′s third quarter. The Sixties, which covers the landmark 20th century decade and examines the reasons it became a touchstone of social, political and cultural change, is up for two Emmy Awards for its episode The Assassination of President Kennedy, in the  Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special, and Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming categories.

Key highlights in The Sixties range from the rise of the Berlin Wall to the obsession with The Beatles; the space race that eventually landed a man on the moon, and the Cold War. Topics are examined through rare footage, eyewitness accounts and interviews with historians.

The series is exec produced by Hanks, Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific) and Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg), and was ordered by Adrian Willis, general manager of Yesterday. The deal was negotiated by Emma Sparks, UKTV’s manager of acquisitions and coproduction.

The Sixties taps into our deep seated fascination with this decade and the disproportionate impact that it had on our politics and culture,” said Jamie Lynn, FremantleMedia International’s exec VP of sales and distribution for EMEA, in a statement. “It epitomizes the quality of FremantleMedia International’s factual catalog and is a perfect show for the Yesterday’s discerning audiences.”

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