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Smithsonian Channel Sets Season Two of Combat Ships


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A second season of Combat Ships, produced by Woodcut Media, has been ordered by Smithsonian Channel for the U.S. and U.K.

Woodcut has already commenced filming the new eight-part season, which is slated to premiere on the Smithsonian Channel later this summer. The series takes an in-depth look at some of the most influential military sea vessels ever made, the strategic roles they played and some of the lesser-known stories surrounding their feats. Combat Ships features a series of interviews with prominent historians, re-enactments, unique archive footage and 3D graphics.

Season two of Combat Ships is distributed internationally and deficit-financed by TCB Media Rights.

David Royle, chief programming officer at Smithsonian Channel, said: “Combat Ships is a terrific blend of military history, maritime engineering and great storytelling. We are delighted to be working again with Woodcut—they have a real flair for creating the type of well-paced, visually rich, factual entertainment that our audiences crave on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Kate Beal, Woodcut Media CEO, said: “Our franchise has grown exponentially as demand for premium military history series never seems to wane. TCB has been a great partner, and the Smithsonian Channel marks a new prestigious platform to premiere this latest installment of Combat Ships which shines the light on some of the most magnificent seafaring vessels used in warfare throughout history. We are proud to present this new season which no doubt will continue to enthrall audiences worldwide.”

Jimmy Humphrey, head of acquisitions at TCB Media Rights, said: “The Combat franchise is right in the sweet spot for TCB and with long-time partners Woodcut and Smithsonian Channel at the helm for the most ambitious iteration so far, this is an exciting project to be involved with. We’re adding ships to the ever-present need for planes, trains and automobiles series.”








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Chelsea Regan is the associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]

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