Zed picks up “Sinatra,” sells “Death Army” to Nat Geo

French producer-distributor Zed has acquired Frank Sinatra or America's Golden Age (pictured), while National Geographic Channel has inked a global pre-sale for Zed's two-part doc, Hitler's Death Army: Das Reich.
June 17, 2015

French producer-distributor Zed has acquired Frank Sinatra or America’s Golden Age (pictured), a film detailing more than 50 years of the crooner’s career.

Produced by Marie Drogue of French production unit Ma Drogue à Moi for France 5, the film will showcase rare archival footage and a major graphic treatment in an effort to bring Sinatra – the renowned singer and Oscar-winning actor – back to life.

While the film is to be completed by October, a broadcast date has been scheduled for December 12 – what would have been the musician’s centennial. Pre-sales are currently being discussed with broadcasters in Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

“Two years ago when Zed decided to invest in an arts and culture lineup, it seemed a bit risky as the genre is reputed niche and highbrow, although quality driven,” said Celine Payot Lehmann, head of distribution at Zed, in a statement. “A bet that has paid off as it has opened new channels of distribution for us, on TV and also on SVOD platforms.”

Elsewhere, National Geographic Channel has taken the worldwide rights to Zed’s two-part doc Hitler’s Death Army: Das Reich, set to air later this year in more than 170 countries and in 43 languages.

The 2 x 60-minute film uses re-colorized HD footage to expose the horrors during the final year of the reign of Das Reich – otherwise known as the Panzer elite division – which carried out mass murders on the Eastern front.

Produced by Patricia Boutinard Rouelle for Nilaya Productions and directed by Michaël Prazan, Hitler’s Death Army: Das Reich has previously been broadcast by France 3 and Arte.

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Barry Walsh is editor-in-chief 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 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.