PBS in talks with NatGeo for exclusive Obama documentary

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National Geographic Television is filming the daily life of President Barack Obama over the next four months for an exclusive documentary, and a PBS rep confirms the pubcaster is “in discussions” to air the film. The C21 Media website, which covers international entertainment, reports from MIPCOM in Cannes, France, that the hourlong doc, The White House: Through the Lens, is “being made for public service network PBS,” to air in November 2010. PBS Spokeswoman Stephanie Aaronson told Current the doc is one of many projects the network is considering, although specifics such as title and airdates have yet to be decided. Maryanne Culpepper, NatGeo e.v.p., told C21 that talks began with Obama’s reps last August, before he was elected. Producers received approval to begin filming last month and the first shoot took place last week. Day One of the project captured the president lunching with Bill Clinton, and romping through the White House with the family dog, Bo.

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