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Recently launched streaming service, BBC Select, available in the US and Canada on Amazon Prime Video and the Apple TV app, has unveiled a line-up of all-new documentaries and series, many of which are territory premieres.
Beyond Rights BBC SElect 13 April 2021
Adding to the programming slate, BBC Select and UK content distributor Beyond Rights have just completed a deal for a range of new titles. At the head of the slate is The $50 Million Art Swindle (1 x 90’) from director Vanessa Engle and Top Hat Productions, tells the story of New York art dealer Michel Cohen who swindled over $50 million from the art establishment before going on the run from the FBI for 18 years. World’s Greatest Paintings (10 x 60’), from Lambent Production and presented by BBC journalist Andrew Marr, reveals the stories behind ten of the greatest paintings, from conception, creation, and public reception to the surprising life of the canvasses across generations.

A Brief History of Graffiti (1 x 60’, pictured) is from Kaboom Film & TV and follows Dr Richard Clay as he goes in search of what it is that has made human scribble and scratch mementoes of their lives. From the prehistoric cave paintings of Burgundy in France, through gladiatorial fan worship in Roman Lyon to the messages on the walls of Germany’s Reichstag in 1945. How I Created a Cult (3 x 60) is Conscious Life’s in-depth look at US cult leader Andrew Cohen, one of the most notorious gurus of the last 30 years, and examines what attracts people to charismatic leaders and how the best of intentions can turn dark when authoritarian power structures benefit those in power.

“BBC Select is all about culture, politics and ideas and the Beyond Rights catalogue has some standout content on all three areas,” remarked BBC Select editor in chief Jon Farrar, commenting on the deals. “I think the documentaries will have real resonance with our subscribers.”

Sherry Fynbo, Beyond Rights’ EVP sales for North America who negotiated the deal, added: “BBC Select offers an exciting new destination in the US and Canada for thought-provoking content that generates lively discussion and debate. We are delighted to have provided so many top tier titles from UK producer partners to add to its line-up.”