Discovery takes TV rights to “Who Will Write Our History”

U.S. cable net Discovery has picked up global TV rights to the feature doc Who Will Write Our History. Shot on location in Poland, the doc follows a secret band of ...
November 19, 2019

U.S. cable net Discovery has picked up global TV rights to the feature doc Who Will Write Our History.

Shot on location in Poland, the doc follows a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders who fought back against lies and propaganda during World War II. When the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940, these brave individuals used pen and paper to resist the lies and obfuscation of the Nazis.

The film was made with the participation of Joan Allen, Adrien Brody, Jowita Budnik, Piotr Glowacki, Karolina Gruska and Wojciech Zielinski.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Abramorama, with the support of UNESCO, the World Jewish Congress’ #WeRemember initiative and others, organized 355 screenings of Who Will Write Our History in 55 countries, as well as a premiere screening and Facebook Live integrated event at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, with the participation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Birkenau.

Who Will Write Our History is produced by Katahdin Productions and Match&Spark, in association with ARTE/NDR. The film is a coproduction of EC1 Łódź-The City of Culture and Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund, and it is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. It was written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman, with executive producers Nancy Spielberg, Ronald S. Lauder, Al Berg, Ori and Mirit Eisen, Anna Różalska and Philippa Kowarsky. Tarik Hachoud is co-prodcucer, and Katja Wildermuth is commissioning editor.

“From the moment I became involved with Who Will Write Our History, I shared Roberta’s and Nancy’s vision of producing a documentary film that must be seen by the widest possible global audience,” said Lauder, in a statement. “Discovery’s vast international reach and reputation for presenting high-quality, non-fiction programming makes it the perfect television partner. We deeply appreciate Nancy Daniels and David Zazlav’s support and commitment to broadcasting this important and timely story. The only way to fight modern day anti-Semitism is through education, and this film will be an important tool in that arsenal.”

Who Will Write Our History reminds us all how important all voices are needed to find the truth,” added Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer at Discovery and factual. “And while World War II was over nearly 75 years ago, today these stories emphasize how imperative it is for journalists and writers to record and unpack the issues they are observing. Discovery is honored to work with Ronald, Nancy, and Roberta to bring this film to TV audiences in the U.S. and beyond.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Abramorama’s COO and partner Karol Martesko-Fenster and strategic advisor Joe Cantwell, and on behalf of Discovery by senior director of business and legal affairs Melanie Jones.

The Discovery broadcast is set for January in the U.S. and several global territories.

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