Nat Geo orders Hasselhoff-fronted Berlin Wall special

National Geographic Channels International is bringing entertainer David Hasselhoff (pictured) to Berlin for a 25th anniversary special entitled Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall.
June 5, 2014

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) is bringing entertainer David Hasselhoff (pictured) to Berlin for a one-hour special entitled Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall.

The special will mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the barrier and air in the U.S. and internationally later this year.

Hasselhoff is a well-known pop star throughout Germany and – upon the country’s reunification – was invited to perform in Berlin to a million-strong crowd on New Year’s Eve in 1989.

The Darlow Smithson Productions-made special will follow Hasselhoff’s journey back to Berlin, retracing the structure’s history and profiling those who experienced the segregation, as well as examining what happened to the Wall’s remnants. It will also chronicle Hasselhoff’s connection to Germany and recall his single “Looking for Freedom,” which became an unofficial protest anthem for the political situation.

“Looking for freedom behind the Berlin Wall, I discovered so much more,” said Hasselhoff in a statement. “I witnessed first-hand the horror and the pain the East Germans experienced throughout their unwavering fight for freedom. They are an inspiration to us all, and I am proud beyond words to present their saga to the world in partnership with National Geographic Channel.”

Hamish Mykura, exec VP and head of international content for NGCI, added: “Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall brings to life the extraordinary triumph over tyranny that sent the Wall crashing down while also weaving together an inspiring and surprisingly personal narrative of how David’s unique story fits into the Berlin Wall’s big picture.”

Simon Young, executive producer at Darlow Smithson Productions, noted: “David didn’t just witness one of the 20th century’s most historic moments, his song ‘Looking For Freedom’ also provided the soundtrack. Through David’s journey and the powerful stories he uncovers, the startling human cost of the wall is laid bare, and it becomes clear why David’s song meant so much to so many.”

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