History, Bio Germany secure deals for Munich Olympics doc

One-hour special The Eleventh Day - The Survivors of Munich 1972 sees surviving Israeli athletes being interviewed about the infamous terror siege, and has sold to networks in Europe and South America.
July 9, 2012

Broadcasters in Europe and South America have picked up The Eleventh Day – The Survivors of Munich 1972, a History and Bio Germany original documentary on the massacre of Israeli athletes at theĀ 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

The one-hour special, which had its simulcast premiere on History, History HD and Bio in Germany on July 7, features surviving Israeli athletes talking about the terrorist attack. In the doc, director and producer Emanuel Rotstein brings the athletes as a team back to Munich for the first time since 1972.

The doc has been licensed by the German network to History in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, Benelux, Africa, the Middle East, Greece, Turkey and Central Europe; and been picked up by History and Bio in Latin America.

“This has been the most successfully licensed local productions not only in the history of our channel group, but also in the German pay-TV market, and we continue to receive international inquiries,” said Andreas Weinek, History and Bio Germany’s general manager, in a statement.

The Eleventh Day will rebroadcast in Germany on Bio on July 21 ahead of the London Olympics and again on September 5, the anniversary of the massacre; and on History on September 2.

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