A+E Networks’ History and H2 are marking the 100th anniversary of World War One with the six-hour special event series World Wars, set to premiere later this year.
Currently in post-production, the series, produced by Stephen David Productions (The Men Who Built America) will detail the years between 1914 and 1945 from the perspectives of soldiers and political leaders such as Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini. It will also feature CGI effects, dramatizations and interviews with Colin Powell, Leon Panetta, John McCain, John Major and Mario Monti.
World Wars was filmed in the U.S. and Europe, and will be broadcast on History and H2 in the U.S. and internationally. It will also premiere on France Télévisions and Germany’s N24.
In addition to the series, History and H2 are developing a global educational outreach campaign for high school and college students.
“2014 is the 100-year anniversary of World War One, and for History and H2, this is an incredible honor and privilege to tell one of the greatest stories of all time in a very different way,” said Dirk Hoogstra (pictured), EVP and general manager for the networks, in a statement. “World Wars will have the same quality and cinematic story telling that The Men Who Built America and America: The Story of Us delivered to viewers, both of which served as phenomenal successes for History.”