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Extra: ZED unveils history slate; BBC Earth continues Australia, New Zealand roll-out

ZED presents line-up of history programs Paris-based indie prodco and distributor ZED is boosting its slate of history programs with two new projects. Ku Klux Klan: An American Story will explore American history ...
September 9, 2019

ZED presents line-up of history programs

Paris-based indie prodco and distributor ZED is boosting its slate of history programs with two new projects.

Ku Klux Klan: An American Story will explore American history through the archival footage and interviews about the white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan. The 2 x 45-minute and 90-minute program will be delivered in September of 2020.

Meanwhile, Blood Money: Inside the Nazi Economy (2 x 45 minutes/90 minutes) examines the rise and fall of the Nazi regime through its economic system using 3D animations and archives. The program is produced by Gogogo Films for ARTE France and is slated for completion in fall 2020.

Additionally, ZED has acquired a new season of History Uncovered, which explores key moments of the 20th century. Produced by Cinétévé for ARTE France, the second season is scheduled to broadcast at the end of 2020.

BBC Earth launches with new providers in Australia, New Zealand

Premium factual channel BBC Earth will launch on cable nets Foxtel and Fetch in Australia and New Zealand next month.

BBC Earth will replace the existing channel BBC Knowledge, as it did on Sky in Australia and New Zealand last year.

The channel will make its debut with four David Attenborough-fronted titles: Blue Planet II (pictured), Planet Earth II, Frozen Planet and The Hunt. Each series will screen in its entirety across one of the first four days of the channel launch.

Other titles set to roll out include Attenborough and the Sea Dragon, Wild Mexico, Expedition Volcano, Rituals and Tribes, Animals and Me.

BBC Earth launches on Foxtel and Fetch on Oct. 10.

Group Nine Media raises $50M in new funding from Discovery, Axel Springer

Mobile video publisher Group Nine — parent company of NowThis, The Dodo, Thrillist and Seeker — has secured US$50 million in new funding from its lead investor Discovery, Inc. and strategic partner Axel Springer.

The new funds will be used for continued IP investments across Group Nine brands and to fuel growth of its newly-launched commerce division. The funds will also be used for potential strategic acquisitions.

Discovery, Axel Springer and Lerer Hippeau previously invested $40 million in a follow-on round in Group Nine in 2017.

Discovery, Inc. and Axel Springer will retain minority stakes in Group Nine, with Discovery remaining the lead investor.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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