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PBS Distribution hires Curiosity Stream & Discovery alum for content partnerships

PBS has hired a former VP of programming at Curiosity Stream to work across its distribution operations. Devin Cheema becomes director of content partnerships at PBS Distribution, having previously spent almost six years at US-based streamer Curiosity Stream. She joined in 2015 as SVP of operations before moving up two years later to become head […]

News round-up: Showtime greets ‘Fellow Travelers’; C5 orders true crime drama; PBS Distribution takes ‘Ridley’ NA sales rights

Showtime greets ‘Fellow Travelers’ US network Showtime has ordered Fellow Travelers, a political thriller starring and executive produced by Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol). Co-produced by Fremantle with Showtime, the limited series is based on the novel by Thomas Mallon and goes into production this July in Toronto. The story chronicles the volatile romance of two […]

PBS Distribution ups Andrea Downing to president; new role for Bernstein

PBS Distribution, a division of US pubcaster PBS, has promoted co-president Andrea Downing to the role of president. In her new role, Downing will offer strategic, financial, and operational leadership for the company as it expands the reach of its public media content across digital platforms. It is understood that fellow co-president David Bernstein will stay […]

ITV adapts Spain’s ‘Game Of Talents’ and Belgium’s ‘Professor T’ formats

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local adaptation of Spanish gameshow format Game Of Talents, while filming has commenced on new crime drama Professor T, based on a Belgian scripted format. Game Of Talents is based on a format created by Fremantle and is being produced by Fremantle-owned Thames. The show sees contestants team up […]

ITV Studios strikes raft of scripted deals in US

US buyers including Hulu, Acorn TV, PBS Distribution and BritBox North America have acquired a range of scripted content from ITV Studios. Sky comedy Brassic  has been acquired by SVOD service Hulu. Produced by Calamity Films for Sky One and written by Bafta winner Danny Brocklehurst, Brassic aired in the UK in August 2019, with a […]

PBS launches streaming channel on Amazon

PBS distribution has launched streaming channel PBS Living on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, which will host PBS classics such as Antiques Roadshow and The French Chef. PBS Living will be available by subscription on the Amazon platform for $2.99 a month after a seven-day free trial. The channel is designed to invite viewers to find […]

PBS America makes first third-party programme acquisitions

The international PBS channel has acquired a raft of documentaries from distributor Off the Fence, marking its first major deal for programming from outside the core PBS catalogue. The shows will go out on PBS America, the UK version of the US not-for-profit channel, which is run as a joint venture between David Lyons and […]

Amazon nets online rights to Downton Abbey

Amazon has inked a deal that gives it exclusive streaming rights to period drama Downton Abbey. The first two series of the drama, which is made by NBC Universal’s Carnival Films, are the most-watched TV shows on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service. It has now inked a deal with PBS Distribution and taken exclusive US […]