London based independent factual TV Production Company World Media Rights today announces that Discovery Communication’s network American Heroes Channel has acquired the US rights to its brand new, original 3 x 50′ documentary series ‘War in the Pacific’.
ZDF Enterprises is distributing the series in the rest of the world outside of the UK and the USA.
‘War in the Pacific’ recounts the brutal battles waged on land, air and sea on the dying throes of World War 2. Triggered by the horrific Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the conflict extended across vast stretches of ocean and ushered in revolutionary new methods of warfare such as the introduction of aircraft carriers, kamikaze attacks and ultimately the most terrifying weapon invested – the atom bomb.
Featuring remarkable enhanced colour film footage often shot by the troops themselves, ‘War in the Pacific’ charts the desperate battles for every inch of terrain as US troops eventually drove Japanese forces from their foxholes and bunkers with flame throwers, artillery and tanks.
The series is the latest World Media Rights production to appear on American Heroes Channel following ‘Black Ops’ (8 x 50′), ‘Secrets of the Bible’ (13 x 50′) and ‘Myth Hunters’ (13 x 50′). American Heroes Channel also recently acquired World Media Rights’ 10 x 50′ documentary series ‘Evolution of Evil’ for the US.
Winona Meringolo, Vice President of Development at Discovery Communications negotiated the deal for American Heroes Channel and Nikolas Huelbusch, Director of Factual for ZDF Enterprises with World Media Rights’ CEO Alan Griffiths
“This series coincides with this year’s 70th anniversary of VJ day and draws on World Media Rights’ expertise in archive. It is filled with specially colourised footage shot by the troops themselves that gives it a freshness that is quite new. But above all, it tells the story of a conflict, the likes of which the world had never seen before or since. Fought over vast stretches of ocean, winning it required the development of wholly new forms of warfare – navies dominated by aircraft carriers not battleships, amphibious assaults and ultimately nuclear weapons ” said Matthew Barrett, Creative Director of World Media Rights.