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PBS Launches In All UK Homes For The First Time

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PBS is launching its British channel, PBS America, on Freeview, meaning it will be available in all homes across the UK for the first time since debuting in 2011.

PBS America will be available on channel 91 on the Freeview TV guide, taking it into 6M more homes. It builds on existing carriage deals PBS has with Sky, Virgin, Freesat, My5 and Amazon.

PBS said the station reaches 2.5M viewers a month and is home to content such as Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Emmy-nominated series The Vietnam War, which offers a comprehensive retelling of the conflict.

PBS America is also home to Frontline, the Emmy-winning news investigation series, as well as the Nova science and technology strand. It will show The Feud on December 13, offering the real story behind the Hatfields and the McCoys dispute.

“This is a big moment for PBS America. For the first time since launch we
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Trent Reznor on ‘Watchmen’ Soundtrack, Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ Turning 30

Trent Reznor on ‘Watchmen’ Soundtrack, Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ Turning 30
When the Oscar-winning composing duo — and Nine Inch Nails bandmates — Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross learned that the beloved comic book Watchmen was going to be expanded into a TV series, they wanted in. Reznor was already a fan of the graphic novel, but moreover he liked the work of series creator Damon Lindelof, who previously worked on Lost and The Leftovers. So the duo reached out to Lindelof to offer their services, and, after a meeting with the show runner, they realized that they clicked immediately and got the gig.
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Best TV to See in Nov.: ‘His Dark Materials,’ ‘Rick & Morty,’ ‘Little Mermaid Live’

Documentary fans, you’re going to be one happy lot this month. You’ll be able to check out a two-part profile on a powerhouse country music star; enjoy a long, hard look at an icon of haute couture; get a peek at a peerless athlete; tour the educational system in American prisons; and watch folks pay tribute to a show business temple. Those looking to get lost outside of the real world have plenty of options too, courtesy of another black comedy from Team Fleabag, a new live-musical adaptation
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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Plot Three-Volume ‘Watchmen’ Soundtrack Albums

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Plot Three-Volume ‘Watchmen’ Soundtrack Albums
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross — the Oscar-winning composition duo, as well as the two official members of Nine Inch Nails — will issue the music they created for HBO’s Watchmen series in three volumes. The first volume will come out on November 4th, and the other two will be released as the series continues, with Volume Two due out November 25th and the final installment out December 16th. They will be available digitally and on vinyl.

Reznor and Ross planned the trilogy with the series’ writers. Each of the releases
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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Three-Volume ‘Watchmen’ Score Is Now Available for Pre-Order

While watching the series premiere of Watchmen last night, I was struck by the immediacy and power of the score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. This is the not the first collaboration between the two musicians having previously won an Oscar for Best Score for The Social Network and also worked together on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, Patriots Day, The Vietnam War, and Mid90s just to name a few. But their work on Watchmen easily ranks as one of their best and I spent the episode wondering when I’d be able to own the …
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Peter Coyote Riffs on ‘Country Music’ and How He Admires and Challenges Ken Burns

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Peter Coyote Riffs on ‘Country Music’ and How He Admires and Challenges Ken Burns
Though an instantly recognizable face from films such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Erin Brockovich,” it is Peter Coyote’s voice — a coolly authoritative baritone with a Zen master’s holy roll — that has endeared him to documentary lovers and makers. Alrhough director-writer Alex Gibney used Coyote’s wisened narration for “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and “The Pacific Century,” it is Ken Burns’ work where Coyote’s tones are most welcomed. In a collaboration that started with the 1992 documentary “The West,” Coyote has gone on to narrate 11 of Burns’ PBS film series, becoming almost a DeNiro to the documentarian’s Scorsese.

Being a musician and musical collector since his adolescence made Coyote an apt choice to narrate Burns’ epic new “Country Music” series. But it is the actor-writer’s activist past in the 1960s, cofounding the Diggers — the anarchist communal group that sought
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How Ken Burns Connected Every Dot of Country Music’s Rich History in New Film

How Ken Burns Connected Every Dot of Country Music’s Rich History in New Film
Ken Burns was in Dallas some years ago visiting a good friend, philanthropist Cappy McGarr. The filmmaker was working on his 2012 Depression-era miniseries, The Dust Bowl, and as usual for a workaholic who often has six or seven films brewing, Burns was turning over ideas for his next project. When McGarr suggested tackling country music, “it just exploded in my brain — like, of course,” Burns says. “And as we got into it, we saw that it was as real, important, and emotionally compelling as any film we’ve made.”

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BBC Boards ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment,’ Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’

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The BBC has acquired FX’s “American Crime Story: Impeachment” and Ken Burn’s upcoming PBS documentary series “Country Music,” the broadcaster announced Wednesday at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “American Crime Story: Impeachment” will air on BBC Two in the U.K., while “Country Music” has been picked up by sister channel BBC Four.

“Impeachment: American Crime Story” is the third instalment of the award-winning franchise, and tells the story of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Beanie Feldstein will star as Monica Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones. The season is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President,” and is set to air in the U.S. in on Sept. 27, 2020.

BBC Two served as the U.K. home of the previous “American Crime Story” instalment, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
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PBS CEO Paula Kerger Extends Contract for 5 More Years

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PBS CEO Paula Kerger has re-upped her contract for another five years, the executive announced on stage at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday.

“I believe so strongly in the purpose and power of public television,” Kerger said. “The content that makes a difference in people’s lives, the conversations that bring people together, the programs and resources that prepare our youngest learners for success. Public television isn’t just relevant for this modern age, I believe that our work has never been more important, and I’m excited about what lies ahead.”

Kerger has held the position since 2006, and the new deal extends her run as the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history.

Also Read: PBS Signs Carriage Deal With YouTube TV

“I always wanted to be sure that I’m adding value to the organization,” Kerger said, recalling the thought process behind deciding to commit
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Rushes: Rip Torn, "Apocalypse Now" Reconsidered, Saul Bass' Film Posters

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSRip TornThe great American actor and comedian Rip Torn has died. The New York Times gathers his eclectic accomplishments as a performer with his many personal and artistic eccentricities in their obit. The first poster for Hirokazu Kore-eda's The Truth, starring Catherine Deneuve as a pioneering French actress, set to publish her confessional memoir, and Juliette Binoche as her screenwriter daughter. Recommended VIEWINGAn ominous teaser for Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo's forthcoming third feature, Orbital Era. The film follows a group of young boys surviving in a space colony as it undergoes construction. The Royal Ocean Film Society analyzes the design philosophy of filmmaker and graphic designer Saul Bass in this guided visual tour of his landmark film posters.The divisive, baroque Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino is back with a crime epic concerning the inner
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Directors Guild Eliminates ‘Day and Date’ Film Releases for Awards Contention

The Directors Guild has eliminated films that are released via a “day and date” model in theaters and simultaneously on another platform, dealing a blow to streaming titles competing for awards, the DGA announced Wednesday.

However, the guild said that last year’s winner, Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” as well as all the other nominees for its top film award would still have qualified if the the new rule had been in effect.

The award has been renamed the “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film” from “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.” The new rule only applies in that category, with day-and-date releases still eligible in the First-Time Feature Film Award category.

They will also continue to be eligible in the DGA’s documentary category, which in the past has nominated theatrical releases alongside nonfiction miniseries like “The Vietnam War” and “O.J.: Made in America.”

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PBS Chief Paula Kerger to Give Keynote Speech at Banff World Media Festival (Exclusive)

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Long-serving PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger is headed to the Banff World Media Festival to give a keynote address on the role of a modern pubcaster.

The PBS chief will speak as part of Banff’s Summit Series of headliners at the fortieth edition of the festival. She joins the previously announced Jeffrey Katzenberg in taking a summer trip to the Rockies to give a keynote at Banff.

Kerger is in her fourteenth year at the helm of PBS, which is the largest non-commercial media organization in the U.S. The PBS Kids 24/7 channel and streaming service has launched on her watch, and PBS has moved from the fourteenth most-watched network to the sixth.

In programming terms, her tenure has seen the success of British drama series on Masterpiece, most notably period hit “Downton Abbey.” Factual content has included Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary “The Vietnam War,” and
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Film News Roundup: Library of Congress Announces Ken Burns Documentary Award

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In today’s film news roundup, the Library of Congress honors Ken Burns, Anthony Anderson is hosting the NAACP Image Awards, Berlin winner “Piranhas” gets distribution and “The Biggest Little Farm” gets school screenings.

Burns Award

The Library of Congress, the Better Angels Society and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation will present an annual documentary award named after Ken Burns.

The award, which will be presented each fall at a gala at the Library of Congress, will recognize a filmmaker whose documentary uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that touch on some aspect of American history. The winner will receive a $200,000 finishing grant to help with the final production of the film.

“I’ve been very fortunate to spend my career focused on our country’s history,” said Burns. “While each film is different, they all ask the same question about who we are as a people.
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‘This Is Us’: Dan Fogelman Talks About the Gruesome and Challenging Vietnam Episode

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‘This Is Us’: Dan Fogelman Talks About the Gruesome and Challenging Vietnam Episode
With multiple characters to service and timelines to tackle, “This Is Us” is not an easy show to produce. Now creator Dan Fogelman has added another ambitious wrinkle to production: Vietnam.

Starting with this week’s episode, “Vietnam,” “This Is Us” dives deep into the story of Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) and his tour of duty in 1971. In particular, the flashbacks will showcase the relationship between Jack and his younger brother Nicky (Michael Angarano), who also served — and ultimately died in combat.

“Vietnam” is a departure from the normal “This Is Us” storytelling, which usually shifts from the present-day stories of Jack’s now-grown children to flashbacks of Jack and wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore). In this episode, the story begins with the moment Jack finally reunited with Nicky at war, before traveling in reverse to tell the story of how Nicky got drafted, their home life with an abusive father,
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2018 News & Documentary Emmys: PBS, CBS and HBO win most again

PBS won a leading seven races while CBS and HBO each prevailed in six categories at the 39th annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmys on Oct. 1. (See the full list of winners.) The pubcaster had led with 45 nominations while the Tiffany net was second with 31 bids and the paycaster had 22.

This year, 12 PBS programs had been singled out for nominations and five won Emmys. Two series earned bragging rights with multiple awards: “Frontline” (2) and “Independent Lens” (2). Winning one apiece were: “The Farthest: Voyager in Space,” “Pov” and “The Vietnam War.”

CBS’s Sunday night staple “60 Minutes” had reaped a staggering 22 nominations and won three Emmys plus another for a partnership with the Washington Post.

HBO won six Emmys, including four for “Vice News Tonight.”

A&E, CNN, CNN International and Univision took three each and NBC, Netflix and the New York Times claimed a pair apiece.

By comparison,
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Exclusive Interview – Sound Editor Jacob Ribicoff talks The Vietnam War, Ken Burns, and music editing

Red Stewart chats with Jacob Ribicoff

Jacob Ribicoff is an American sound designer and sound editor who has been working in the film and television industries since the late-80s. He is best known for his work on movies like School of Rock and Manchester by the Sea, as well as most of acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burn’s documentaries.

Flickering Myth had the privilege to interview him, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

I’ll just jump into it – your resume is beyond amazing. Based on the press release that was sent to me, I thought you were just involved in the documentary field, but no you’ve done so many movies I love. You did School of Rock, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Manchester by the Sea, and of course The Vietnam War miniseries. Is there a particular difference for you between doing a fictional movie versus
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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Keynote Variety’s First Music for Screens Summit

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Keynote Variety’s First Music for Screens Summit
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will keynote Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit, held at Neuehouse in Hollywood on Oct. 30.

The day-long event, with ambient music exclusively provided by iHeartMedia, will focus on the latest trends in composing for film and television, music supervision, commercial synchs in the digital age, legacy act management, soundtracks’ enduring popularity, and more.

Interviewed by Kcrw’s Elvis Mitchell, Reznor and Ross will discuss their work together as composers, producers and songwriters. The two collaborated on the score for David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” and have since worked on composing for such projects as “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Gone Girl,” and “Patriot’s Day.” The duo entered the documentary realm in 2016, working alongside Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai on the score for the environmental advocacy film “Before the Flood” and collaborating with acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 2017’s “The Vietnam War.
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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Score HBO’s ‘Watchmen’

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Score HBO’s ‘Watchmen’
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will compose the score for HBO’s upcoming television adaptation of the famed graphic novel, Watchmen.

Over the past few years, Reznor and Ross have balanced their Nine Inch Nails output with an array of film and television projects. The pair notably won an Oscar in 2010 for scoring The Social Network, while they’ve also provided music for films like Gone Girl, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the climate-change documentary Before the Flood and Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s PBS documentary, The Vietnam War.
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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Compose Music for HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Series

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Compose Music for HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Series
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have been enlisted to compose original music for HBO’s adaptation of DC Comics’ “Watchmen” graphic novel series.

The Nine Inch Nails duo have become prolific composers for a wide range of film and TV projects in recent years. Reznor and Ross won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their score for 2010’s “The Social Network.”

Watchmen,” from Warner Bros. Television, is among HBO’s most-anticipated series for next year. Showrunner/exec producer Damon Lindelof, fresh off of his acclaimed HBO drama “The Leftovers,” is shepherding the series that is set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.

Key cast members include Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Andrew Howard, Tom Mison and Frances Fisher.

Reznor and Ross are known for their work with director David Fincher. The pair also earned Golden Globe noms for
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‘Watchmen’: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To Compose Music For Damon Lindelof’s HBO Series

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‘Watchmen’: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To Compose Music For Damon Lindelof’s HBO Series
The Oscar-winning duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are tuning up to compose the music for Watchmen, HBO’s upcoming DC superhero series from Damon Lindelof.

The pair won their Oscar for scoring 2010’s The Social Network and also have worked on such films as Patriots Day, Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and climate-change documentary Before the Flood, along with last year’s PBS documentary The Vietnam War. Reznor founded the influential industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which broke out with its 1994 album The Downward Spiral, and Ross worked on the group’s 2000s albums before becoming a full-fledged member in 2016.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. It stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr.,
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