A+E Networks, JSBC Partner on Docudrama


A+E Networks has inked a co-production pact with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation for a one-hour docudrama, Scars of Nanking.

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre during World War II, the one-hour special is set to air on HISTORY in the U.S., HISTORY Asia and Jiangsu Satellite TV in China on December 13. It tells the story of the American missionaries who struggled to save Chinese civilians from the invading Japanese forces. Accompanying the docudrama is a feature-length factual special, Scars of Nanjing: 80 Years After.

Edward Sabin, executive managing director of A+E Networks International, noted, “Our Asia team has done an incredible job in this collaborative opportunity to work with one of China’s most influential media operators and produce a show of significant regional importance. This is a premier project that is certain to lead to a long and fruitful collaboration with Jiangsu.”

“Over the past few years, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation has built strong awareness of these horrible events with a number of impactful documentaries,” said Alan Hodges, managing director of the Asia Pacific at A+E Networks. “Now, as we approach the 80th anniversary, we are honored to be joining the effort to create a production that tells the story with a western perspective and narrative to be shared with a much broader audience.”

“We are excited to be working with A+E Networks, whose reputation for providing impactful, disruptive content clearly places it among the top providers of both factual and scripted content around the globe,” said Cao Haibin, general manager of JSBC Documentary Media. “A+E provides the perfect combination of talent and demonstrated acumen required to tell this important story to a mainstream global audience.”