SVT picks up Holocaust doc series “Annihilation”

The Swedish broadcaster is the latest net to pick up William Karel's eight-part Holocaust documentary series Annihilation (pictured) from distributor ZED.
December 18, 2014

Swedish broadcaster SVT has picked up the Holocaust documentary series Annihilation (pictured) from French distributor ZED.

Co-directed by William Karel and Blanche Finger, and produced by Zadig Productions, the 8 x 52-minutes series will premiere in January and air throughout 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps towards the end of World War II.

Channels already set to air the series include France 2, ZDFinfo, UKTV, Viasat History, TV5 Québec Canada, RTS, NRK and the American SVOD platform Curiosity Project. The two-years-in-the-making project had a budget of US$4 million, including US$1.5 million in pre-sale deals.

“We wanted to produce an extremely accessible program which could speak to all generations,” said producers Céline Nusse and Paul Rozenberg in a joint statement. “To older people, who think they know about this subject, and to younger ones, for whom the duty of memory and passing on seems an absolute necessity.”

Karel added: “Some 300 films have been made telling a small part of the story. Our film will cover a century: the whole story of the crisis in Germany and Hitler’s arrival in power right up to the present day.”

ZED is also attempting to capitalize on the theatrical release of The Imitation Game, about Enigma code-breaker Alan Turing, by pushing its doc on the same subject, The Man who Cracked the Nazi Code.

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