PBS docu series new CAA clients

Will rep 'stories and characters' from 'Experience'

NEW YORK — Creative Artists Agency has signed an unusual deal to represent “stories and characters” from the PBS documentary series “The American Experience.”

Citing Hollywood’s new love affair with historical subjects ranging from the Titanic to the “Primary Colors” gloss on the Clinton presidency, CAA says it will be able to draw on 10 years’ worth of “American Experience” films. CAA’s client Robert Redford directed “Quiz Show,” a movie inspired by the documentary “The Quiz Show Scandal.”

Another docu, “The Battle over ‘Citizen Kane,'” has inspired a theatrical movie now in pre-production from Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free.

CAA also represents the Smithsonian Institution, whose resources will go into the script of a forthcoming movie about the Pony Express written by Michael Blake (“Dances With Wolves”).

Jonathan Levin negotiated the “American Experience” deal on behalf of CAA with the show’s executive producer Margaret Drain.