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Burns exclusive to PBS until '22

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PASADENA -- PBS has extended its relationship with filmmmaker Ken Burns through the year 2022, the network announced Saturday at the TV critics press tour.

This means that Burns will be allowed only to work on projects for PBS over the next 16 years.

Burns just recently finished his next big project for PBS: "The War," a 14-hour study of World War II, and how it changed the modern world, slated to air in September.

His deal calls for him to deliver at least three major new series for PBS as well as several smaller-scale documentaries, said John Boland, the network's newly appointed chief content officer.