PBS Int’l, Warehouse 51 team up for copro

Trading History, set to air on UKTV's Yesterday channel later this year, focuses on rare artifacts only found via auction houses. (Pictured: Warehouse 51 MD Carl Hall)
April 1, 2016

PBS International and UK-based prodco Warehouse 51 are teaming up to coproduce an “artifactual” series, titled Trading History.

The six-hour series, set to air on UKTV’s Yesterday channel in Q4 of this year, focuses on rare items that only come to light via auction houses, and are then snapped up by private collectors.

The series will feature such rare artifacts as Coco Chanel’s telephone and ancient Roman coffins among other trinkets and treasures. The project is being shopped at MIPTV by the distribution arm of PBS, which is looking for pre-sale partners alongside UKTV.

“This coproduction represents an opportunity for us to develop, co-finance and distribute unique programming in a unique way,” said Tracy Beckett, director of acquisitions for PBS International, in a statement.

“We have the amazing opportunity to capture shots of rare, museum quality artifacts in this unique period of time before they disappear into private collections – possibly forever,” added Carl Hall, managing director of Warehouse 51 Productions. “Our primary focus will be on the relics themselves, verified and documented through extensive research by the world’s top auction houses.”

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