WMR’s “Extraordinary Women” heads to U.S.

UK production company World Media Rights' Extraordinary Women series has been sold to 34 public broadcasting stations in the U.S. (Pictured: Audrey Hepburn)
May 24, 2013

UK production company World Media Rights’ Extraordinary Women series has been sold to 34 public broadcasting stations in the U.S.

Stations including WGBH Boston, WTTW Chicago, Vegas PBS and WGTV Georgia have acquired the 13 x 50-minute series, which explores the historical biography of iconic women through archive footage, interviews and reenactments.

Produced for BBC Worldwide, episodes include studies of Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn (pictured above), Indira Gandhi, Amelia Earhart and Martha Gellhorn.

The U.S. sales follows recent international sales to channels in territories including Canada, Australia, China, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Scandinavia and Russia, distributed by BBC Worldwide.

The series is executive produced by Matthew Barrett, World Media Rights’ creative director.

Extraordinary Women has been an outstanding international success,” Barrett told realscreen. “Our formula of creating competitively priced dramatic reconstruction with a captivating narrative consistently delivers and we’re naturally delighted at the international success that Extraordinary Women has enjoyed so far.”

“Quality content like Extraordinary Women adds so much to our broadcast schedule,” added Vegas PBS director of content Cyndy Robbins, whose station recently launched a Women’s Engagement Council.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.