ZDF doc uncovers secrets of top Nazi general
German pubcaster ZDF will reveal “the last secrets” of World War II in the documentary The Secret Underworlds of the SS — Hans Kammler’s Shadow Empire.
SS General Hans Kammler, Hitler’s chief of secret weapons, was one of the leading figures in the Nazi hierarchy in the final months of the Second World War. He also had a significant influence on the establishment of concentration and extermination camps.
In 1948, a German court declared Kammler dead in an alleged suicide. But recent documented evidence and other sources question the official version of the story.
The film draws on documents and commentary by renowned historians and other experts that could prove Kammler lived and was relocated to America, where he was interrogated by U.S. officials and evaded the Nuremberg Trials.
Further documents also point to the far reaching responsibilities of the SS General in secret projects such as missiles, nuclear energy and jet planes, and the possibility of an underground concentration camp.
The film is slated to launch at the end of the year. Andreas Sulzer and Stefan Brauburger are the filmmakers behind the Pro Omnia Film Production, to be distributed globally by ZDF Enterprises.
WMR docuseries follows rise and fall of royal families around the world
UK production house World Media Rights is unveiling rare and never-before-seen footage of royal families from around the world in its docuseries The Royals in Colour.
The 10 x 60-minute series charts the rise and fall of kings, queens, sultans and emperors across the globe from the first World War to the present day.
The Royals in Colour covers the 1918 murder of the Romanov family (pictured), Grace Kelly’s marriage to Monaco Prince Rainier, the fall of the Shah of Iran and Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle in 2018.
Other highlights include previously unseen footage of Edward VIII, former Duke of Windsor, and his abdication. Also, the Duchess of Windsor reveals how she met the Duke.
Existing color archive from multiple international and private collections will also tell the story of the wars, scandals, coup d’états, assassinations, vendettas and Communist revolutions that have led to the discontinuation of 28 royal families over the past century.
WMR’s Alan Griffiths and Dean Palmer are executive producers for the series, which will launch to international buyers at MIPCOM in October.
Snapchat orders up new Snap Originals
Social mobile app Snapchat has unveiled a slate of new original programs, including several unscripted titles.
Included in Snapchat’s slate is Mind Yourself, a project meant to reflect the company’s investment in emotional and psychological well-being. From Barcroft Studios, Mind Yourself follows young people living with mental health issues, from OCD and body dysmorphia to depression and PTSD.
Other new projects include Tekashi69 VS The World, which traces the rise and fall of controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine; The Honeybeez, about Alabama State University’s dynamic and inspiring plus-size dance squad; and Driven, which follows a group of entrepreneurs selling flashy, custom cars using only their phones.
Meanwhile, Snapchat has renewed Bringing Up Bhabie for a second season. The series follows 16-year-old rapper and viral celebrity Bhad Bhabie, who first made waves as a guest on Dr. Phil.
Launch dates have not yet been announced for these titles.