PBS Slates Innovative Irish Format

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PBS has picked up a format called Genealogy Roadshow from Irish producer Big Mountain.

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”Our company focus is set on developing shows that have universal values, have genuine transformational journeys at their core that connect with audiences,” added Jane Kelly, Big Mountain’s creative director

Genealogy Roadshow will premiere as an American adaptation this fall, with four new hour-long episodes shot in Austin, Nashville, Detroit and San Francisco.

The nonfiction series combines history and science to uncover stories of diverse Americans, with each individual’s linking to a larger history. The U.S. series will air in a prime-time 9 p.m. slot weekly beginning September 23.

Genealogy Roadshow has been a hit in Ireland, where national broadcaster RTE commissioned the original format from Big Mountain Productions. It premiered on RTE1 in September 2011 with an average series run share of 28 percent. Series two has just completed production and will air in September on RTE1.

“It just hit a nerve,” said Big Mountain executive producer Philip McGovern. “Everybody wants answers to questions about their own histories to help make sense of their lives today. We’ve had a lot of interest in the format internationally and are delighted PBS has picked it up.”
”Our company focus is set on developing shows that have universal values, have genuine transformational journeys at their core that connect with audiences,” added Jane Kelly, Big Mountain’s creative director.

Genealogy Roadshow is represented in the U.S. by Pat Quinn of Quinn Media Management. The format has been licensed and the U.S. series produced by Los Angeles-based Krasnow Productions. Krasnow Productions is represented by APA, which also repped the package. For more detail on apa please visit, http://www.apa-agency.com/. Company president Stuart Krasnow is a 30-year veteran of the biz, whose banner has produced series in almost every genre of unscripted, including The Weakest Link, Average Joe and Dog Eat Dog.

Run by husband-and-wife team Kelly and McGovern, who are former BBC/RTE executive producers, Big Mountain originates and produces shows for national broadcasters in Ireland and the U.K., including The Big House currently airing on Monday nights on TV3 in Ireland.

Los Angeles-based Quinn Media specializes in business development for international media companies and licensing foreign formats to the U.S. market.

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