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Kennedy doc travels

Broadcasters including Foxtel in Australia and TV4 in Sweden have picked up a documentary on the assassination of JFK from distributor Cineflix Rights.

The Day Kennedy Died was produced by Glasgow-based indie Finestripe Productions for US cablenet Smithsonian and UK commercial broadcaster ITV.

Renowned director Leslie Woodhead is behind the project, with actor Kevin Spacey providing the voiceover for the English and US versions.

Distributor Cineflix Rights has now secured a raft of global sales ahead of the 50th anniversary of the assassination, which is on November 22.

Discovery Iberia and Discovery Netherlands, VRT in Belgium, Austrian pubcaster ORF, RTL in Belgium, DRTV in Denmark, Norway’s NRK, N24 Germany and CCTV China are among the broadcasters taking on the programme.

Sue Summers, joint MD at Finestripe, spoke to C21 about the making of the documentary for last week’s Factual Weekly.

She said: “You cannot beat eyewitness testimony on television. There will be a lot of other projects around the date but we weren’t interested in the conspiracy theories; this was purely about that day and people who were there.

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