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History, Morgan Freeman to explore “great escapes” with six-part series

A+E Networks’ History is teaming up with Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment for a six-part series exploring notorious prison escapes. Each hour-long episode of Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman (w/t) will ...
October 13, 2020

A+E Networks’ History is teaming up with Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment for a six-part series exploring notorious prison escapes.

Each hour-long episode of Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman (w/t) will detail various historic convict escapes, ranging from prisons such as Alcatraz and Sing Sing. Recreations, graphics and Freeman’s narration will chart the story of each escape — from its planning to the escape route, to the searches for the convicts after the fact.

“The History Channel is honored to partner with Morgan and his production team, Revelations Entertainment, to deliver context and backstory to some of history’s infamous prison escapes,” said Eli Lehrer, executive vice president and general manager for History, in a statement. “Morgan’s gravitas will help ground this series and drive the drama in a way no other face or voice can.”

Besides Freeman (pictured), Lori McCreary, James Younger and Kelly Mendelsohn are executive producers for Revelations Entertainment. Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef are executive producers for History.

The series was first unveiled as part of A+E’s MIPCOM Global Upfront on Monday (October 12), which saw the network group highlighting other recently announced series within its 800+-hour catalog on offer, including a home renovation competition series featuring Home Improvement duo Tim Allen and Richard Karn, Assembly Required, and a programming strand, ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries’, hosted by Laurence Fishburne.

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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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