Sales roundup: PBS’s “The Vietnam War” goes abroad; TVF content heads to MENA

International broadcasters pick up PBS’s The Vietnam War International broadcasters spanning 43 countries have licensed PBS International’s The Vietnam War. New deals for the 10-part, 18-hour series include VRT (Belgium), Telefonica (Spain), Beyond ...
September 18, 2017

International broadcasters pick up PBS’s The Vietnam War

International broadcasters spanning 43 countries have licensed PBS International’s The Vietnam War.

New deals for the 10-part, 18-hour series include VRT (Belgium), Telefonica (Spain), Beyond Home Entertainment (Home Video/Australia), Foxtel (Australia), Alhurra Television (Middle East), TV UNAM (Mexico), Sistema Público (Mexico), EBS (South Korea), YES (Israel), YLE (Finland), RTE (Ireland), NRK (Norway), TVNZ (New Zealand), RUV (Iceland), Delta Airlines (Inflight) and Emirates Airlines (Inflight).

These 16 new partners join fellow broadcasters PBS (U.S.), ARTE (France, Germany), ARTE France Développment (Home Video/France and Germany), SBS (Australia), BBC (U.K.), Société Radio-Canada (French Canada), PBS America, PBS America (Home Video/U.K) and American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).

Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War offers a comprehensive narrative of the decades-long war. The program includes testimony from more than 60 witnesses, including Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from both North Vietnam and South Vietnam. It premiered on PBS yesterday (Sept. 17), with the first five episodes to air nightly through to Thursday (Sept. 21).The final five episodes will air nightly from next Sunday (Sept. 24) through to Thursday (Sept. 28).

ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland and A+E Networks ink partnership on factual programming 

Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland and A+E Networks have inked a multi-year license agreement to air an exclusive package of factual programming on the broadcaster’s channels.

The deal gives the German TV group access to a roster of A+E brands including A&E, Lifetime and FYI, along with exclusive rights to History. Programming highlights include 60 days In as well as the A+E’s docuseries Behind Bars: Rookie Years.

Also included in the deal is the companion series to The First 48After the First 48, new episodes of Cold Case Files as well as History’s docuseries Oak Island and new episodes of Mountain Men.

TVF programming heads to MENA

London-based distributor TVF International has sold a variety of its blue-chip factual content across channels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Al Jazeera Media Network has picked up BBC’s Jim Al-Khalili-hosted The Amazing World of Gravity (2 x 45) and Margaret Mountford hosted The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun (1 x 60) alongside Channel 4′s The Billion Dollar Flower Market (1 x 46), Discovery Asia’s Flying the Great Wall (1 x 52) and The Maritime Silk Road (6 x 48).

Elsewhere, BBC Arabic acquired the rights to the documentary The Checklist Effect (1 x 45), which goes into hospitals around the world to meet with experts, doctors and patients to understand the challenges faced by surgical teams. BBC Arabic also bought PBS’ Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (1 x 57), a documentary which provides a window into Islamic culture.

Discovery MENA returned for the third series of competitive fishing format, The Big Fish Off (15 x 46), which originally aired on ITV4.

Kuwait TV secured Aerial Asia (4 x 46), Autism: Challenging Behaviour (1 x 60), Brain Damage: The Truth About Trauma (1 x 52), Hidden Heroes (26 x 30), Secrets of the Universe (8 x 30) and The Truth About Vitamins (1 x 60). Kuwait TV and Dubai TV also picked up packages of over 20 hours of science, space, health and travel and adventure programming from TVF’s specialist factual catalogue.

Kanal 2 picks up history docs from Prime

Estonian channel Kanal 2 and Prime Entertainment Group have inked a deal for the distributor’s history conten,t including the series Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death squads and the documentary Hitler is My Neighbor.

Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death squads (4 x 52), tells the stories of the mobile commandos, the Einsatzgruppen, who were tasked with the mission of eliminating all Jews on the conquered territories. Hitler is my Neighbor (1 x 60) tells the story of Edgar Feuchtwanger, a schoolboy in Munich and a German Jew, who lived across the street from Hitler.

Both history documentaries have aired on such channels as France 2 in France, Polsat in Poland, Societe Radio Canada, Netflix, PBS America, FTV Prima and DK4 in Denmark.


About The Author
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.