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Nat Geo plans Concordia docus

Company lines up U.S. and international productions

ROME — National Geographic Channel is going all out recounting Italy’s Costa Concordia cruise ship tragedy with two separate docus.

While Nat Geo’s “Italian Cruise Ship Disaster: The Untold Stories” premiers in the U.S. Feb. 12, touted as the first U.S. docu detailing the luxury liner disaster, Nat Geo’s Italian outpost is producing another one-hour TV special with a more international focus, destined to air on most of its global 165 subscription channels outside the U.S. by March.

“This will be an emotional retelling of the stories of those who survived,” said Sherin Salvetti, VP of factual at Fox Channels Italy. Nat Geo is majority-owned by News Corp.

“It will include footage of people representing all nationalities on board, some of whom we tracked down and interviewed once they got back home; not just in Italy.”

Italo production company Doclabs, which is producing the as-yet-untitled special, was on the scene a few hours after the ship carrying more than 4,200 passengers ran aground, killing 17 and injuring more then 60, with 15 others still not accounted for. But Nat Geo has also been using its global reach to run messages on its international channels urging survivors to upload footage and get in touch.

The onslaught of announced TV specials about the Titanic-like tragedy in Italy also includes Discovery Channel in the U.S., whose docu will be out this spring, and Channel 4 in the U.K., whose “Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia” aired Jan. 31.

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