DRG takes worldwide rights to Redford’s “The West”

The London-based distributor has acquired the international rights to the Robert Redford-exec produced documentary series The West and will debut it for buyers at MIPCOM. (Pictured: Robert Redford)
September 29, 2015

London-based distributor DRG has acquired the global rights to the Robert Redford-exec produced doc series The West.

The 8 x 60-minute series is about the evolution of the American West during the 19th century. Redford (pictured) will also present the show, which is being produced by Stephen David Entertainment with Sundance Productions. It will premiere in the U.S. on cable net AMC next year.

The West mixes dramatizations, documentary footage and visual effects to recreate the period in U.S. history between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the century, from 1865 to 1890.Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull are among the historical figures profiled, while guest contributors include actors Ed Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Kris Kristofferson, Burt Reynolds and James Caan.

Along with Redford, Stephen David  and Laura Michalchyshyn are exec producing. John Ealer is directing.

DRG will launch the show for buyers at MIPCOM, which kicks off on October 5 in Cannes. Previously announced titles on the distributor’s MIPCOM slate include Honey I Bought the House and Supersized.

The West was originally announced as a Discovery Channel project but later moved to AMC.

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