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History & Doc Deals for Passion


Passion Distribution has signed a raft of global deals for programming from its history and documentary slate, including Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial and The Great Plague.

The three-part doc series The Great Plague sheds new light on the infamous epidemic of 1665 and 1666. Produced by Voltage TV and Motion Content Group for Channel 5, it has been licensed to BBC Select (North America), SBS (Australia), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), Axess TV (Sweden), DR (Denmark) and Viasat (CEE and Scandinavia).

Nuremberg: The Nazis on Trial uses archive and recently recovered, newly digitized filmed material to follow the twists and turns of the most incredible war crimes trial the world has ever seen. Sales for the film, produced by Middlechild Productions for Channel 5, include SBS (Australia), HISTOIRE (France), DR (Denmark), NRK (Norway), Channel 8 (Israel) and Viasat (CEE and Scandinavia).

The 1,000 Years of History collection—which features episodes produced by Middlechild Productions, Lambent Productions and Raise The Roof Productions and was commissioned by Channel 5—notched up new deals. Discovery Networks Asia Pacific (Pan Asia) acquired China: 1,000 Years of History, and SBS Australia acquired Russia: 1,000 Years of History and Scotland: 1,000 Years of History. Aceonemedia (South Korea) went for 1,000 Years of History, as previously announced at ATF 2020.

The doc Storming the Capital: The Inside Story reveals what happened when the very heart of the United States government was stormed by Donald Trump supporters, just as legislators were formalizing the election of Joseph Biden. discovery + (Europe plus India), N-TV (Germany and German Speaking Austria and Switzerland), ORF (Austria), RTS (French-speaking Switzerland) and TVN (Poland) licensed the documentary, which was produced by ITN Productions for ITV.

The 4×1-hour Future Warfare, produced by Wildbear Entertainment, uses expert interviews, file footage and CGI with original filming to look at the game changers in military capabilities that are resetting the character of current and future warfare and which will thrust our world into a new era. The series was licensed by National Geographic Channel (Poland), Ananey Channels (Israel), AMC Networks Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia), Transmet (China) and Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (Japan and Taiwan).

Also from Wildbear, the six-part Beyond Our Earth explores the journey to conquer space and understand the very fabric of the cosmos. Sales include UR (Sweden), AMC Networks Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia), Kan (Israel), BBC Studios (Poland), Discovery Networks Asia Pacific (Japan) and Phoenix Television (Southeast Asia).

About Kristin Brzoznowski

Kristin Brzoznowski is the executive editor of World Screen. She can be reached at kbrzoznowski@worldscreen.com.


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