NGCI commissions fast-turnaround Pope doc

Mentorn Media's Pope Francis: Road to the Vatican is set to premiere tomorrow (March 29) on National Geographic Channels in 170 countries.
March 28, 2013

Mentorn Media’s Pope Francis: Road to the Vatican is set to premiere on March 29 on National Geographic Channels in 170 countries.

The reversioned documentary – originally Vatican: Life Within – was updated to include the recently elected Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, and his challenges ahead.

The hour-long special combines rare access from the initial program, which revealed how staff manage daily life for the Pope,  with interviews of people who’ve worked with Bergoglio over the years, and footage of the Pope’s inauguration in the Vatican.

“The election of Pope Francis was unexpected and made it a far bigger story,” said Steve Anderson, executive producer for Mentorn. “It was a massive event for Argentina. The new film is now able to reflect that, along with the reasons why Pope Francis has a reputation for being a ‘Pope of the Poor.’”

“National Geographic Channel has experienced lots of success in developing strong, fast-turnaround specials that examine gripping current events, and are produced in the moment,” said Hamish Mykura, executive vice president and head of international content for NGCI. “It’s superb to have a documentary on the new Pope ready to run worldwide over the Easter weekend.”

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