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DRG takes int’l rights to C4, Wild Pictures’ “My Grandparents’ War”

London-based producer and distributor DRG, a division of Nordic Entertainment Group,  has picked up international distribution rights to World War Two factual series My Grandparents’ War. My Grandparents’ War marks the 80th ...
July 4, 2019

London-based producer and distributor DRG, a division of Nordic Entertainment Group,  has picked up international distribution rights to World War Two factual series My Grandparents’ War.

My Grandparents’ War marks the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII by following high-profile actors as they retrace the steps of their grandparents, from the beaches of Dunkirk to the prisoner of war camps in Asia.

Kristin Scott Thomas (pictured) and Mark Rylance have already filmed episodes, and two other actors are now filming the final episodes.

Channel 4 commissioned My Grandparents’ War from Wild Pictures. Tom Anstiss and Paul Hamann serve as executive producers, and Fatima Salaria is commissioning editor for C4.

“It’s a privilege to work with such talented people as Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance and the two other award-winning actors we are currently filming with,” said Antsiss in a statement. “They each bring real intellectual curiosity, emotional depth and compassion, and deliver a compelling and revelatory new understanding of World War Two. Their films explore universal themes and are a moving reminder of how bravery, comradeship, love and self-sacrifice prevailed in the face of tragedy.”

DRG’s SVP of acquisitions, Mette Kanne-Behrendsen, has now acquired the international distribution rights to the 4 x 60-minute series for DRG.

“With My Grandparent’s War, Wild Pictures has brilliantly combined key moments in history with a fresh and compelling biographical insight into some of the world’s leading actors,” said Kanne-Behrendsen. “Such a unique and considered approach to this global event, coupled with the 80th anniversary in September, is sure to make this extraordinary series a ‘must have’ title for any broadcaster or platform looking to commemorate the start of World War Two.”

My Grandparents’ War will air on Channel 4 later this year.

(Photo courtesy of DRG)

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Barry Walsh is editor 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 HMV.com. 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.

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