DCD wins global rights to "pregnant man" film

LONDON Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:02am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - British independent TV producer and distributor DCD Media Plc said on Thursday it had won worldwide rights to produce a documentary on the "pregnant man" for Britain's Channel Four.

DCD's September Films unit beat four other production firms to win the commission, and will have exclusive access to Thomas Beatie, the first man in the world to give birth, for the hour-long documentary, the company said.

DCD-owned distributor NBDtv/DCD Media is to license the rights internationally and has already concluded sales in the United States and Germany, it said.

Beattie, 34, was born female, named Tracy Lagondino, and was a Hawaiian beauty pageant contestant before undergoing gender reassignment surgery and hormone treatment.

He gave birth to a girl at an Oregon hospital on June 29, People magazine reported on July 3.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Paul Bolding)

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