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Michael Mann, HBO unite for “Witness”

U.S. net HBO is teaming up with Michael Mann (pictured), the director behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Heat, Ali and Collateral, for a documentary series following young combat photographers working in conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.
February 29, 2012

U.S. net HBO is teaming up with Michael Mann (pictured), the director behind Hollywood blockbusters such as Heat, Ali and Collateral, for a documentary series following young combat photographers working in conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya.

Mann is making Witness, which has an initial order of four episodes, with documentary and commercials director David Frankham, and the first episode has been shot in Juarez, Mexico.

“David Frankham and I share an admiration for combat photography that captures the universal – and sometimes the indescribable – in a single frame in the midst of chaos and danger,” said Mann in a statement.

Frankham added that the series “will not provide a historical context,” explaining that “the direction Michael and I took in creating Witness was to immerse the audience via intimacy with the photographer into the intensity of a situation as it’s developing, as they risk their lives to capture one piece of the truth.”

The network has yet to set an air-date for the project. Witness builds on Mann’s existing relationship with HBO – he recently directed the pilot for and is executive producing the network’s new drama Luck, which is set in the world of horse racing.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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