FMI to distribute Arrow Media’s “Hitler” series

FremantleMedia International has picked up the global rights to Arrow Media's Hitler: The Biography, a six-part documentary series about the life of the Nazi leader.
October 2, 2015

FremantleMedia International has picked up the global distribution rights to Hitler: The Biography (working title).

Produced by Arrow Media, the six-part documentary series chronicles the life of Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler and features newly unearthed archival materials as well as declassified documents, colorized footage, interviews and new CGI techniques.

Producers are billing the series as a “definitive” take on Hitler’s life, having delved into his time as a private in First World War, the publication of his manifesto Mein Kampf, his rise to power in Germany and his eventual downfall and suicide in 1945.

It was originally commissioned by Discovery-owned U.S. cable net American Heroes Channel and an unnamed UK broadcaster.

“The life of Hitler may feel like familiar territory, but it’s not,” Arrow joint creative director John Smithson said in a statement. “By taking six hours to go into forensic detail on every aspect of his character, his development, his relationships, his successes, his failures and his eventual downfall, we will reveal a totally new picture, telling the story in a fresh way for a new generation of viewers.”

Ash Potterton served as executive producer for Arrow Media.

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