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Zodiak racks up American pre-sales for Chilean miners doc

Distributor Zodiak Rights has secured pre-sale deals with broadcasters in the U.S. and Latin America for BBC2's forthcoming hour-long documentary 17 Days, which looks at last year's Chilean mining disaster and the time the miners spent underground.
June 23, 2011

Distributor Zodiak Rights has secured pre-sale deals with broadcasters in the U.S. and Latin America for BBC2′s forthcoming hour-long documentary 17 Days, which looks at last year’s Chilean mining disaster and the time the miners spent underground.

U.S. news channel MSNBC and NBC Universal’s Spanish language broadcaster Telemundo have secured the North American rights for the Ronachan Films production and will broadcast the doc in early August this year.

Directed by Bafta-winner Angus Macqueen (Cocaine, Gulag) and promising exclusive access to five of the miners, 17 Days is scheduled to premiere in the UK on terrestrial channel BBC2 later this summer, in conjunction with the anniversary of the event.

Emily Elisha,┬áZodiak Rights head of factual, said: “The world watched in celebration and awe as the Chilean Miners were rescued but there is a much darker, less-well known story about the first 17 days when they were totally cut off with little hope of surviving.

“With exclusive first-hand testimony this moving film will reveal just how these men pulled together in such extreme conditions – and how their survival became a symbol of hope and camaraderie across the globe.”

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