Factual distributor World Wide Entertainment and British indie ITN Productions have partnered to produce a fast-turnaround documentary about the life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (pictured), who died yesterday (April 8) at the age of 87.
The Thatcher special will form part of the companies’ joint 12-part documentary series World Wide Icons. The docs use of footage from ITN’s archive, as well as red carpet specials and celebrity footage, to recount the lives of influential world figures from the 20th and 21st centuries.
“We’ve already experienced huge demand for a biography of Margaret Thatcher,” World Wide CEO Izzet Pinto said in a statement, adding that the special will air on networks globally next week.
Other subjects to be profiled in the World Wide Icons series include Queen Elizabeth II; Nelson Mandela; Pope Benedict XVI; John F. Kennedy; Prince William, Kate, and their forthcoming baby; Muhammad Ali; Bill Gates; Richard Branson; David Beckham; Lance Armstrong; Tiger Woods; and Oscar Pistorius.
World Wide Entertainment is part of Istanbul-based content company Global Agency. The deal with ITN Productions marks the first time the company has commissioned its own programming.