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Exclusive: American Heroes Channel to launch doc film strand

Discovery Communications-owned U.S. cable net American Heroes Channel is to launch AHC Films, a strand for independent documentary films, realscreen can reveal.
April 29, 2014

Discovery Communications-owned U.S. cable net American Heroes Channel (AHC) is to launch AHC Films, a strand for independent documentary films, realscreen can reveal.

AHC Films will aim to offer a diverse range of films, celebrating “a wide range of heroes through uplifting and engaging films dedicated to powerful stories of the men and women who have shaped the world we live,” according to a spokesman for the network.

The strand will launch on Memorial Day (May 26) at 9 p.m. EST, kicking off with Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler’s documentary Chosin, which tells the story of the survivors of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.

“AHC Films is our way to step back and examine the nation’s critical moments – providing viewers with a unique, in-depth perspective, and a contemporary angle on stories you may or may not know,” said Kevin Bennett, AHC’s executive VP and general manager.

“We are proud to kick off AHC Films with the critically-acclaimed documentary Chosin, giving viewers an amazing, first-person account about an historic battle, and shining a light on the true meaning of honor and solidarity.”

Chosin was first released on the theatrical circuit in 2010, where it earned the Best Documentary Feature at the G.I Film Festival, before also being awarded the Best Documentary Feature prize from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in 2013.

The news comes after Discovery Communications last month rebranded Military Channel as AHC. The newly rebranded net targets an audience of P25-54, with a male skew.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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