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Two 9/11 specials picked up by Zodiak Rights

Zodiak Rights has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to 9/11: The Fireman's Story and 9/11: ER, both produced by Testimony Films for Channel 4.
July 27, 2011

Zodiak Rights has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to 9/11: The Fireman’s Story and 9/11: ER, both produced by Testimony Films for Channel 4.

Each one-hour documentary focuses on the stories of the emergency services personnel at the frontline on 9/11.

In 9/11: The Fireman’s Story, viewers are invited to see what happened to the firefighters who survived September 11. The special will touch on the heroism that marked the day, the initial wave of adulation for the survivors and the fallen 343 FDNY firemen, and also the stories that emerged of firemen who left their wives to live with the millionaire widows of fallen coworkers, and those who turned to drinking to ease their losses. The special will also reveal how many FDNY firefighters are now feeling a renewed sense of pride, determined to remember those who died.

The second doc, 9/11: ER, looks at the emergency services teams that treated the injured around the World Trade Centre. It documents the incredible response from the medical professionals on the ground and the impact their service had on so many people that day.

Both docs were produced by Steve Humphries, whose work also includes 9/11: The Miracle of Stairway B and Hotel 9/11.

Zodiak Rights’ newly acquired specials will premiere on Channel 4 this fall as part of the network’s programming to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11.

Hamish Mykura, Channel 4′s head of documentaries, commissioned both documentaries.

Emily Elisha, head of factual, Zodiak Rights commented, “Ten years on we are still uncovering new details about what happened during the 9/11 attacks and the personal testimony given in these films is as moving and powerful as ever.  They provide a fitting tribute to those who were affected and the emergency services that made a difference to thousands of lives.”

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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