PBS sells catalog to Autentic for Germany
New programs highlights include Ark Media doc 'My Lai'CANNES -- PBS International has signed a long-term distribution deal with Germany's Autentic for German-language rights to the public broadcaster's entire catalog.
Autentic, a joint venture between Jan Mojto's Beta Film and ex-Discovery Channel Germany head Patrick Horl, will be the exclusive distributor for new and library titles from PBS. New program highlights include Ark Media's upcoming doc "My Lai," an expose of the U.S. Army massacre in Vietnam in 1968, which airs on PBS April 22.
PBS titles already sold in Germany -- such as Ken Burns' World War II documentary series "The War" -- will revert to Autentic once their current licensing period expires.
PBS only has one similar international distribution deal in place -- with Polyvideo for Italy.
Tom Koch, vp of international at PBS Distribution, said the deal could also form the basis for future co-productions between PBS and Autentic. In addition to licensing programming for the German market, Autentic runs its own factual pay TV channel in Germany.