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MercuryMedia sells “Inheritance”

UK distributor MercuryMedia has sold Inheritance, a documentary telling the story of a woman facing the legacy of her Nazi father, to broadcasters in the UK, Australia, Sweden and Finland.
June 13, 2011

UK distributor MercuryMedia has sold Inheritance, a documentary telling the story of a woman facing the legacy of her Nazi leader father, to UK pubcaster the BBC, Australia’s ABC, Sweden’s SVT and Finland’s MTV.

The Emmy-winning film by Oscar-winner James Moll has previously screened on ARTE in France, Noga in Israel and on PBS in the U.S.

It focuses on Monika Hertwig, the daughter of  Amon Goeth, prominent Nazi leader and commandant of the Plaszow Concentration Camp. Hertwig discovered her father’s past as a teenager, and was forced to come to terms with his legacy after Ralph Fiennes portrayed Goeth in Schindler’s List.

MercuryMedia’s chief executive Tim Sparke said: “This sale of this challenging production to the world’s leading public service broadcasters demonstrates their renewed vitality. It is to their credit that they individually recognize the power, value and importance of independently produced documentary film.”

BBC executive producer for acquisitions Carol Sennett added: “Inheritance is one of the most emotionally resonant documentaries about the Nazi Holocaust I have ever seen. We are delighted to be showing it on BBC television.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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