Docs

France TV’s new “Apocalypse” heads to Nat Geo

France Télévisions Distribution has sold two-part colored archive doc Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler to Nat Geo in the U.S., as part of a raft of deals ahead of next month's MIPCOM market in Cannes.
September 20, 2011

France Télévisions Distribution has sold two-part colored archive doc Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler (pictured) to Nat Geo in the U.S., as part of a raft of deals ahead of next month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.

The 2 x 52-minute doc, previously known as Apocalypse Hitler and unveiled at Sunny Side of the Doc earlier this year, is the anticipated follow up to France Télévisions’ Apocalypse (pictured above), the Second World War-in-color series that became one of the broadcaster’s highest-rating factual titles to date.

National Geographic Channel has taken a worldwide/U.S. presale for the title, which has also been picked up by terrestrial channels RTBF (Belgium), TeleQuebec (Quebec), SVT (Sweden) and Ceska TV (Czech Republic).

Elsewhere, France Télévisions Distribution has sold four seasons of nature documentary Earth from Above to RAI in Italy and Servus TV in Germany; while the series Mythical Beaches of the ’60s has been sold to UK terrestrial Channel 4 and an undisclosed Italian network.

The distributor has also agreed a deal to make a selection of programming available via U.S. VoD site Hulu. The agreement follows the outline-agreement with Sony for a VoD selection of French programmes for North America and France.

Finally, the French firm has also unveiled its MIPCOM 2011 line up. Among the more than 50 hours of HD programming is new seasons of nature programming Earth From Above and Somewhere on Earth, while new history titles include The Black Sun of Hiroshima and Renault vs Citroën.

Also new is investigative one-off Zambia – Good Copper, Bad Copper, which promises to reveal “the truth behind the exploitation of natural resources by global trade giant Glencore, supported by the European Bank of Investment.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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