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‘Giganto’ will make history

Special to cash in on 'Kong' hype

In an attempt to cash in on Peter Jackson’s remake of “King Kong,” the History Channel, in which NBC has a 25% stake, will air its latest special,  “Giganto: The Real King Kong,” on Thursday.

Program, which will explore the existence of a real King Kong,  airs the day after Jackson’s remake hits theaters nationwide.

Special will  feature interviews with anthropologists and employ modern science and technology to probe the mystery of a giant ape named Giganto Pithecus, known to exist between 40,000 and 400,000 years ago, and determine if a present-day descendant still roams the Earth.  Anthropology, forensic testing, body reconstruction and 3-D animation are all utilized.

Commissioned from distributor Cableready, “Giganto” was produced by Bosch Media and White Wolf Entertainment.

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