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Sales round-up: “Black Watch Snipers,” “Zara”

Yap films-produced Black Watch Snipers will see its world broadcast premiere today (Nov. 11) at 9 p.m. on History in Canada. The feature-length docudrama is part of History’s annual Remembrance Day programming. Black Watch ...
November 10, 2016

Yap films-produced Black Watch Snipers will see its world broadcast premiere today (Nov. 11) at 9 p.m. on History in Canada.

The feature-length docudrama is part of History’s annual Remembrance Day programming.

Black Watch Snipers (pictured) uncovers the events in the 10 months following D-Day in June 1944, as seen through the eyes of five snipers who led the charge in Canada’s oldest and most storied Regiment – the Black Watch, which suffered more casualties than any other Canadian regiment during World War II. Four of five snipers who led their platoon to victory and survived to tell the tale, Dale Sharpe, Jim “Hook” Wilkinson, Russell “Sandy” Sanderson, Mike Brunner, and Jimmy Bennett, reveal the harrowing details of their march through Western Europe, and dramatic re-enactments employed to bring their story to life.

“The incredible story of the Black Watch snipers in World War II hasn’t really been told on film up until now,” said film director-producer Robin Bicknell in a statement.”We were unbelievably fortunate to be able to introduce viewers to these remarkable Canadian veterans, now very elderly, and draw on their personal dramatic stories for the film. It’s a story of heroism, as well as a powerfully emotional story of men who literally depended on each other for their lives. And it’s an extremely fitting program for Canadians to watch, and honor them, this Remembrance Day.”

The film will be made available the day after broadcast on History.ca, History Go app, shomi and iTunes.

Zara: The Story of the World’s Richest Man

Prime Entertainment Group has sold a documentary exploring the life of Amancio Ortega, creator and owner of fashion giant Zara, to two channels in Belgium, and reports the documentary has been picked up in several other territories.

The documentary from Paris-based Giraf Prod explores Ortega’s rise from a childhood spent in poverty to being named earlier this year the world’s richest man, at the age of 80.

Prime confirmed two sales of the film (1 x 90-minute or 1 x 52-minute), both in Belgium where the channel Medialaan took the Flemish rights and RTL took the French speaking rights.

“This show on Zara is really unique, we go behind the curtain of the retail empire and Giraf got some amazing footage of Amancio Ortega’s 80th birthday this year. I feel this is going to be our hit show for this fall, said David Freydt, Prime’s managing director, said in a statement.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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