Sales round-up: Deals for PBS International, Tricon

PBS International sells the upcoming 'Frontline' election special The Choice 2016 to eight more networks while Tricon inks several doc deals in Australia.
August 3, 2016

Distributor PBS International has inked deals with eight more broadcasters for a special about the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

The Choice 2016, a two-hour special from ‘Frontline’ producer Michael Kirk, sketches investigative biographies of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump through dozens of interviews with their friends, family, advisers and adversaries, as well as journalists, authors and political insiders.

The latest networks to come on board are EBS (Korea), Public Television Service Foundation (Taiwan), TVN (Poland), LRT (Lithuania), NPO (Netherlands), NTV (Turkey), ABS-CBN (Philippines) and SH Channel 8 (Israel).

PBS International previously secured 17 networks for the program: Alhurra (Middle East), TVI (Portugal), ZDF-ARTE (Germany/France), MediaCorp (Singapore), CBC (Canada), RTS (Switzerland), SBS (Australia), SRC (Canada), DirecTV (Latin America), Globosat (Brazil), ERR (Estonia), Acht (Belgium), YLE (Finland), DR (Denmark), RTÉ (Ireland), SVT (Sweden) and NRK (Norway).

All other territories are still available for broadcast sales. The Choice 2016 airs on PBS in the U.S. on September 27.

In other sales news, Toronto-based Tricon Films & Television has sold documentary and lifestyle titles to Foxtel Australia and several airlines.

Foxtel Australia picked up 17 hours of factual programming, including doc series Reelside (6 x 30 minutes); the coming-of-age doc Inocente (1 x 40 minutes); The Restorers (5 x 60 minutes), about vintage aircraft restorers; Independence USA (16 x 30 minutes and 2 x 60 minutes), which follows a family as they prepare to live off the grid; and Muscle Car (13 x 30 minutes).

Meanwhile, Spafax has picked up the music doc On The Record with Mick Rock (1 x 60 minutes) for Cathay Pacific inflight Hong Kong. GEE acquired the lifestyle series Breakneck Builds  (3 x 30 minutes) and Sugar Showdown (3 x 30 minutes) for Westjet Inflight Canada; and Born to Run (1 x 60 minutes) for Ciba Inflight Africa.

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