TVO picks up “Greatest Tank Battles”

The Canadian educational pubcaster has licensed six one-hour episodes of the military history series from Toronto's Breakthrough Entertainment.
July 26, 2012

Canadian educational pubcaster TVO has licensed six one-hour episodes of Breakthrough Entertainment’s documentary series Greatest Tank Battles to be produced in Toronto.

Co-created, developed and produced by Breakthrough partner Peter Williamson, the factual CGI animated series recreates significant combat battles from history. The forthcoming series will focus on tank battles in Northern Italy during World War II, decorated tank ace Michael Wittmann, the Vietnam War, the fall of Berlin during World War II, and American-Japanese battles in the South Pacific during World War II.

“Over many years TVO has continued its unparalleled commitment to the documentary category, particularly in the area of history and has supported many of Breakthrough Entertainment’s history programs,” Williamson said in a statement.

“TVO is excited to partner with Breakthrough Entertainment on this educational documentary series and to further our support for Ontario’s independent production industry,” added Nancy Chapelle, TVO’s managing director, content and programming. “As a public media organization, TVO has an important role to play in educating Ontarians about our role in history and the world around us.”

The series has aired on History Channel and National Geographic Channel in Canada, Military Channel in the United States and Discovery Networks in Europe since premiering in 2010.

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