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Nat Geo Channels Intl acquires rights to ‘Hitler’s Last Year’

MUMBAI: Infotainment broadcaster National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) t has picked up the rights to a new WWII special about ‘Hitler’s Last Year’ from Zed.

The two-part film will air globally on National Geographic Channel this year, including in the US.

The commemorative special, documenting the final year of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s life, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict. Spanning the eleven apocalyptic months of the conflict between D-Day and the Third Reich’s surrender, the special unveils previously unheard strategies on both sides of the conflict that changed world history forever. Viewers will learn why it took almost a year to bring down the Nazi regime.

Based entirely on re-mastered, restored, recoloured archives and with re-mastered sound in 5.1, the project has drawn upon rare images to retrace the epic events that ended the war.

NGCI executive VP, head of international content Hamish Mykura said, “There is a universal fascination with Hitler and his regime. This is a beautifully made, visually stunning film that provides a shocking and in-depth insight into the tactics employed by both sides in the final months of the war. It is an exceptional and gripping film that will be a fitting commemoration of the War’s end, and a notable addition to National Geographic Channel’s legacy of high-quality history programming.”

Zed head of distribution and acquisitions Céline Payot Lehmann said, “This film proves that there is still a place on prime time television for well written and high-quality specialist factual. Director Korn-Brzoza is an amazing storyteller who manages to bring new light to a well-known chapter of history.”

Produced by Cinétévé (Lucie Pastor and Fabienne Servan Schreiber) for France 2, the film was directed by David Korn-Brzoza.

Additional production partners include Smithsonian Canada, TV5 Québec Canada, RTBF, RTS and Viewcom.