DRG adds three new series from Wildbear Entertainment

DRG has has acquired three new history series from WildBear Entertainment, further developing its long-standing relationship with Australia’s leading factual producer, as well as with Wild Thring Media, its agent who both negotiated the deal and secured the lead broadcaster for each title.

These new series, totaling 16 hours, add to the extensive collection of WildBear history, science/engineering and wildlife titles already selling well in the DRG catalogue. A Royal Tour of the 20th Century (4 x 60), which was commissioned by AB Droits in France, follows the British royal family, and especially Queen Elizabeth, the world’s most travelled head of state, as they influence and participate in a wealth of defining historical moments.

Titans of the 20th Century (6 x 60) is a biographical series telling the story of the most powerful figures in the last century, those who caused and those who cured our most troubled times. Anchored around four leading characters – Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt and Hitler – it also includes a number of supporting and ‘bit players’ who crossed their paths, influenced their thinking and underpinned key events.

Jungle War (6 x 60), which has been pre-sold to Histoire in France, examines conflict in some of the world’s most hostile and challenging environments. Across six hours it tells the story of the World War II campaigns fought in the jungles of Asia/Pacific – from the Solomon Islands and New Guinea to Borneo and Burma - and of the post-war conflicts in Malaya, East Timor, Vietnam and parts of Central and South America.

Mette Kanne-Behrendsen, DRG’s SVP of acquisitions, acquired the series, working with Edwina Thring at Wild Thring Media. Mette commented: ‘WildBear’s considered use of archive material and storytelling expertise are now widely established in the international marketplace and we delighted that we can meet on-going demand for their programming by investing in these wonderful new titles. Content focused around the key people and events of the 20th century is perennially popular, and with the Duke of Edinburgh recently retiring from public life and the Queen expected to cut back on her duties, this extraordinary look at the royal family’s work around the world should prove very timely’.

Michael Tear, WildBear Entertainment’s CEO added: ‘We pride ourselves in creating compelling and accessible history series that cover iconic subjects from new angles – and with new information. Our on-going relationship with DRG has seen our programming travel the globe and we are confidant that their expertise and relationships with buyers will ensure the same for these new titles’