Discovery-owned U.S. cable net Military Channel has picked up the series CIA Declassified (10 x 60 minutes, pictured) from London-based producer World Media Rights.
The series uses newly declassified CIA documents as a basis to recount the stories behind covert operations and features a mix of dramatic re-enactments and interviews with experts such as journalist Bob Woodward, and agents such as Felix Rodriguez, who ordered the killing of Argentine Marxist guerilla Che Guevara, and Michael Scheuer, the operative in charge of finding Osama Bin Laden.
“We developed CIA Declassified closely with the Military Channel, focusing on CIA stories where we could give viewers new, and at times, shocking information of some of the most clandestine operations in modern national security,” said World Media Rights CEO Alan Griffiths in a statement. “These are the gripping real life stories, including what really happened behind the mission of Zero Dark Thirty and how Fidel Castro’s mistress tried to poison him with CIA cold cream.”
IMG Entertainment is handling international distribution for the series.
Military Channel has also recently picked up WMR series The Mafia’s Greatest Hits (10 x 60 minutes), Black Ops (six x 60 minutes) and World’s Weirdest Weapons (six x 50 minutes), the latter of which was renamed Top Secret Weapon Revealed for U.S. broadcast.