Nat Geo picks up D-Day doc “Sacrifice” from ZED

National Geographic has picked up worldwide rights for the US$1.9 million budgeted World War II doc Sacrifice for its international and U.S. channels.
November 5, 2013

National Geographic has picked up the worldwide rights to the D-Day documentary Sacrifice (two x 52-minutes, pictured) from Paris-based factual distributor ZED, to air on its international and U.S. channels.

The World War II doc – produced by CC&C and Louis Vaudeville, and directed by Isabelle Clarke, Daniel Costelle and Frederic Lumière – revisits the Allied forces’ June 6, 1944 Normandy landings and the ensuing 100 days leading up to the liberation of Paris from the Nazis.

The two-parter comprises newly colorized and remastered archival footage and testimonials of soldiers, officers and citizens. It will air France’s TF1 on June 6 to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Zed completed financing for the US$1.9 million-budgeted project through deals with Toute L’Histoire, RTBF, Blue Ant Media, TV5 Québec, TVE, NRK, RTV Slovenija and CeskaTV. The company said it is also in talks with broadcast partners in China, Mexico, Japan, Belgium and Italy.

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