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World Wide Ent, ITN team for fast-turnaround Thatcher doc

The factual distributor and British producer have partnered to produce a fast-turnaround documentary about the life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (pictured), who died yesterday (April 8).
April 9, 2013

Factual distributor World Wide Entertainment and British indie ITN Productions have partnered to produce a fast-turnaround documentary about the life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (pictured), who died yesterday (April 8) at the age of 87.

The Thatcher special will form part of the companies’ joint 12-part documentary series World Wide Icons. The docs use of footage from ITN’s archive, as well as red carpet specials and celebrity footage, to recount the lives of influential world figures from the 20th and 21st centuries.

“We’ve already experienced huge demand for a biography of Margaret Thatcher,” World Wide CEO Izzet Pinto said in a statement, adding that the special will air on networks globally next week.

Other subjects to be profiled in the World Wide Icons series include Queen Elizabeth II; Nelson Mandela; Pope Benedict XVI; John F. Kennedy; Prince William, Kate, and their forthcoming baby; Muhammad Ali; Bill Gates; Richard Branson; David Beckham; Lance Armstrong; Tiger Woods; and Oscar Pistorius.

World Wide Entertainment is part of Istanbul-based content company Global Agency. The deal with ITN Productions marks the first time the company has commissioned its own programming.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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