PBS International

Sales round-up: PBS Int’l scores with moon landing; ZDFE sells drama into China

PBS scores international sales for moon landing doc The commercial arm of the US public broadcaster has secured a raft of sales for Chasing The Moon, with 12 broadcasters including the BBC and France and Germany’s ARTE signing on for the 6 x 60-minute doc series. The film has also been acquired by SBS (Australia), VPRO (Netherlands), […]

PBS investigates Munich ’72 terror tragedy

PBS International is taking a 1x45mins documentary about the shocking murders of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games to Cannes. Munich ’72 and Beyond tells the stories of the families of the dead, who were killed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, and their lifelong efforts to honour their loved ones. It comes […]

News brief: BBC buys Lockerbie bombing series

The BBC has acquired UK rights to a new PBS documentary series that sheds new light on the perpetrators of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing from PBS International. The BBC will run My Brother’s Bomber in its Storyville strand, with SBS in Australia, Alhurra in the Middle East, DR in Denmark and Phoenix Satellite in […]

Discovery among PBS lions scandal doc buyers

Discovery Networks International, MSNBC and TV Ontario in Canada have acquired Blood Lions, a documentary about the battery cage rearing of lions. On the back of the recent controversy over the ‘trophy-hunting’ killing of famous African lion Cecil, PBS International has closed the deals. The DNI deal covers more than 200 territories, and will air […]

Ken Burns cancer series finds buyers

Four channels have taken on a PBS documentary series from filmmaker Ken Burns about cancer. PBS International has presold Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies to Globosat in Brazil, DirecTV in Latin America, YLE in Finland and TVI in Portugal. Billed as “the comprehensive story of cancer”, the doc series is based on a Pulitzer […]

BBC, Canal+ among Vietnam doc buyers

The UK’s BBC and France’s Canal+ have acquired Last Days in Vietnam, a doc from PBS International about the final stages of the Vietnam War. SBS in Australia, YLE in Finland, NHK in Japan, RTÉ in Ireland, DR in Denmark, SRC-RDI in French-speaking Canada, Channel 8 in Israel, MBN in the Middle East, ERR in […]

Korean-Western copro set for Cannes

Treasures of the Earth, a 3x60mins doc series with coproduction partners from Korea, the US and UK, is headed for the French Riviera. Korean’s PAAN Media, Pioneer and Nova are coproducing the show, which PBS International will sell at MIPCOM. The partnership marks Pioneer’s first Asian coproduction. Nova commissioned the show for WGBH Boston, and […]

PBS closes HIV doc presales pre-market

PBS International has presold HIV origins doc The Bloody Truth ahead of its debut at MIPCOM and of World AIDS Day on December 1. TVI in Portugal, MBN in the Middle East, NRK in Norway and UR in Sweden have all acquired the doc, which travels into the hospitals and primeval forests of Africa to […]

PBS brings Robin Williams special to market

The sales arm of US public service channel PBS, is launching a Robin Williams commemorative special internationally. Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special went out on PBS this week (September 9) after the comedian and actor’s tragic death last month. It was part of the broadcaster’s Pioneers of Television strand Broadcasters around […]