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Michael Mann, HBO unite for “Witness”

U.S. net HBO is teaming up with Michael Mann (pictured), the director behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Heat, Ali and Collateral, for a documentary series following young combat photographers working in conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
February 29, 2012

U.S. net HBO is teaming up with Michael Mann (pictured), the director behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Heat, Ali and Collateral, for a documentary series following young combat photographers working in conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.

Mann is making Witness, which has an initial order of four episodes, with documentary and commercials director David Frankham, and the first episode has been shot in Juarez, Mexico.

“David Frankham and I share an admiration for combat photography that captures the universal – and sometimes the indescribable – in a single frame in the midst of chaos and danger,” said Mann in a statement.

Frankham added that the series “will not provide a historical context,” explaining that “the direction Michael and I took in creating Witness was to immerse the audience via intimacy with the photographer into the intensity of a situation as it’s developing, as they risk their lives to capture one piece of the truth.”

The network has yet to set an air-date for the project. Witness builds on Mann’s existing relationship with HBO – he recently directed the pilot for and is executive producing the network’s new drama Luck, which is set in the world of horse racing.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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