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Extra: AARP backs ‘American Masters’; ABC, Gil Formats deals

AARP backs PBS ‘American Masters’  American non-profit social welfare organization AARP has provided two years of major series funding to PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ from Thirteen. The two-year commitment will support ...
January 5, 2017

AARP backs PBS ‘American Masters’ 

American non-profit social welfare organization AARP has provided two years of major series funding to PBS arts strand ‘American Masters’ from Thirteen.

The two-year commitment will support the strand’s 31st season, which launched on PBS earlier this week with Nancy Buirski‘s By Sidney Lumet.

“Through AARP’s generosity we’re able to continue to celebrate the luminaries that have left an indelible impression on our cultural landscape,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of ‘American Masters.’ “Their support will help us bring viewers some of our best films yet and expand our digital offerings over the next two years.”

Other films premiering as part of season 31 on ‘American Masters’ include Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (Feb. 21), Patsy Cline: American Masters (March), and culinary documentaries James Beard: America’s First Foodie and Julia! America’s Favorite Chef (May 19), and Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft and Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution (May 26).

ABC Commercial sends You Can’t Ask That abroad

Australian distributor ABC Commercial has secured a raft of license deals for factual format You Can’t Ask That (22 x 30; pictured) with unspecified broadcasters across Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil and the U.S.

You Can’t Ask That features marginalized groups – from sex workers and transgendered people to people with Down syndrome and people with facial disfigurements – answering anonymous and socially inappropriate questions. The series aims to break down stereotypes and offer genuine insight into the experiences of individuals who live by those labels.

The series first launched on ABC’s VOD service iView in Australia, and was subsequently scheduled on ABC TV.

“The raft of deals, including with Newen in France and avid interest across Europe, show the strength of You Can’t Ask That,” said Katherine McMillan, sales manager for formats and Latin America at ABC Commercial, in a statement. “We’re confident more territories will embrace the program as audiences clearly have an appetite for thought-provoking and candid stories.”

Gil Formats inks Pregnant and Platonic deals

Tel Aviv-based distributor Gil Formats has penned four deals with prodcos across Europe to produce its newest format Pregnant and Platonic.

Finestripe Productions in the UK, Endemol Shine Germany, This Is Nice Group in Sweden and Bulldog TV in Spain have signed on to produce the social experiment format in their respective territories.

The series chronicles the lives of men and women looking to birth a child without becoming romantically involved. Cameras will follow selected participants – hand-selected for them by a team of experts – over the course of a year as they face the challenges of becoming a co-parent. Each story will hopefully culminate with a child being born.

Pregnant and Platonic was co-developed by Gil Formats and New York’s MY Entertainment.

The format was inspired by the personal experience of Gil Formats CEO Assaf Gil who had his first child in 2016 with a co-parent.

About The Author
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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