NGCI takes Zed’s “Hitler’s Last Year”

The two-part World War II special, featuring restored and re-colored archive, will air globally on National Geographic Channel this year, including in the U.S.
March 9, 2015

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has acquired the archive-based film Hitler’s Last Year from Paris-based producer-distributor Zed.

The special, produced in time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict, spans the 11 months of the war between D-Day and the Third Reich’s surrender, using remastered, restored and re-colored archive material.

“There is a universal fascination with Hitler and his regime,” said Hamish Mykura, executive vice president and head of international content for NGCI. “This is a beautifully made, visually stunning film that provides a shocking and in-depth insight into the tactics employed by both sides in the final months of the war.

“It is an exceptional and gripping film that will be a fitting commemoration of the War’s end, and a notable addition to National Geographic Channel’s legacy of high-quality history programming,” he added.

“This film proves that there is still a place on prime time television for well written and high-quality specialist factual,” offered Céline Payot Lehmann, head of distribution and acquisitions for Zed.

The film was produced by Cinétévé (Lucie Pastor and Fabienne Servan Schreiber) for France 2, and directed by David Korn-Brzoza. Additional production partners include Smithsonian Canada, TV5 Québec Canada, RTBF, RTS and Viewcom NV.

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