French docu tracks rise of German dictator

BIARRITZ — France Televisions Distribution, the overseas sales unit of Gallic pubcaster France Televisions, has sold two-part historical docu “Apocalypse Hitler” to the National Geographic Channel.

Hitler” is the prologue to the six-part documentary hit “Apocalypse: The Second World War.”

The first episode chronicles Hitler’s life as a failed painter and far-right activist up to his election as Chancellor of Germany, while the second episode centers on his relentless rise to power and ends in 1939, when WWII began.

As with “Apocalypse,” “Hitler” features exclusive archive footage that has been restored, colorized and rendered in HD.

Apocalypse” sold to more than 50 territories and earned high ratings in many countries, notably in France, Germany, U.K. and Belgium.

Hitler” will bow on France 2 before the end of the year.

France Televisions Distribution is showing the first episode to buyers attending TVFI’s Rendez-Vous TV mart in Biarritz, and will continue sales at Mipcom.

Another popular program on France Televisions Distribution’s slate is Yann Arthus Bertrand’s documentary series “Earth From Above,” which is shot in HD. Now in its fourth season, “Earth From Above” was nabbed by Italy’s RAI, as well a German free-to-air channel, as yet not revealed.

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