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Arte picks up ‘The Kennedys’

Switzerland's TSR, Belgium's RTBF grab miniseries

LONDON — Franco-German cultural web Arte has picked up controversial miniseries “The Kennedys.”

The state-owned channel will air the show in Gaul after its initial run on pubcaster France 3.

Europe Images International, the TV distribution arm of conglom Lagardere, also licensed the show to Swiss free-to-air broadcaster TSR and Belgian counterpart RTBF.

FTD took French DVD rights.

The eight-parter was directed by Jon Cassar, and spans the clan’s history from JFK’s election in 1960 to Bobby’s assassination in 1968.

The series, which stars Katie Holmes as Jackie, Greg Kinnear as JFK and Barry Pepper as Bobby, is produced by Muse Entertainment.

In the U.S., the docudrama was initially skedded to air on the History Channel, but was yanked after its historical accuracy was questioned. It eventually screened on ReelzChannel.

The series is in the running for two Golden Nymph Awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which runs June 6-10. It is nommed for best miniseries, and Tom Wilkinson, who plays Joseph Kennedy Sr., is competing for best actor.

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