Series Distributed Internationally by TCB Media Rights

London – Monday 20th November 2017 – A+E Networks® UK has commissioned Woodcut Media to produce new factual series Combat Machines for HISTORY in the UK.  

Combat Machines marks the third series in the ‘Combat’ franchise, following the success of Combat Ships and Combat Trains, which both previously premiered on HISTORY.

Brought to life through a combination of expert interviews, authentic recreation, graphics and archive footage, the new 8×1 hour show unravels the story of remarkable feats of military engineering.

Showcasing inventions such as Hiram Maxim’s machine gun, through to current armoured vehicles including the Cougar and Marauder, the series focuses on the definitive machines and weapons of both World Wars, as well as the Cold War. Themes covered in the series include: The Desert Rats; Machines of WW1; Vehicles of WW2; Electronic Warfare; Battlefield Engineering; Vietnam War; Mechanised Infantry; and The Arms Race.

Woodcut Media’s Executive Producer for the series, Adam Jacobs, says: “With the demand for military and history content still going strong, we are delighted to be producing Combat Machines as we evolve this informative and entertaining franchise.”  

Combat Machines was ordered by Dan Korn, VP of Programming for HISTORY at A+E Networks UK. The series will be distributed internationally by TCB Media Rights.

Dan Korn says: “HISTORY viewers have an enduring fascination with how things are made and the ‘great leaps forward’ in mechanisation which occur in the midst of conflict.  Combat Machines is the perfect opportunity to examine those moments of engineering ingenuity which, in many cases, made the difference between triumph and disaster.”

Paul Heaney, CEO of TCB Media Rights says: “This isn’t just the latest in a franchise, it’s a contemporary series that is responding to many platforms’ needs around the world.  Woodcut will tell the stories of each of the machines from a historical context along with a strong informative engineering reference.”

Combat Machines will broadcast on HISTORY® in the UK in 2018.



About Woodcut Media:

With offices in London and Hampshire, Woodcut Media, a member of the family of Bob & Co businesses, is one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of factual programming. In addition to being one of the leading true crime producers in the UK (Jo Frost on Killer Kids, Holloway: Women Behind Bars and The Krays: The Prison Years), Woodcut Media’s rapidly growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Wings of War, Combat Machines, Defenders of the Sky), premium one off docs (The Ivy, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba) and factual entertainment shows (How Hacks Work, Around the World in 80 Tricks and Animal Antics). Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer and CEO, Kate Beal, alongside former BBC exec Derren Lawford as Creative Director and former Lion TV founder Jeremy Mills as Chairman. Woodcut Media also featured in the 2017 Realscreen Global 100. www.woodcutmedia.com


About Bob & Co Group:

The Bob & Co group is made up of TV, film and theatre production companies, operating across the UK and internationally, partnered with an FCA regulated media investment fund. The group combines creativity with financial expertise to develop and produce scripted, unscripted, television, film, digital and theatre content.  The group was set up by Bob Benton as a bridge to connect creativity with finance. Having enjoyed a 30 year career in broking and investment banking, Bob transferred his expertise to the development and production of media content.  Hilary Strong joined the group as Chief Executive Officer in 2017. 

About A+E Networks UK

A+E Networks® UK is a joint venture between A+E Networks® and Sky. Its portfolio of quality factual and entertainment channels includes HISTORY®, Lifetime®, Crime + Investigation®, H2® and new free-to-air channel BLAZE™. A+E Networks UK launched in November 1995 and now operates 18 channels, broadcasting into 56 million homes across 102 countries in the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The venture has offices in London, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Johannesburg.

About TCB Media Rights

TCB Media Rights, established in late 2012 by Paul Heaney, has been the fastest growing distributor in the UK for the past two years. A specialist in factual, factual entertainment and formats, TCB Media Rights offers a full suite of distribution services, employing its international contacts, experience and knowledge to ensure that every project fulfils its maximum potential. With more than 1,900 hours in its rapidly expanding portfolio, TCB Media Rights has more than 75 producer-partners from around the world, including ITN Productions, CJZ, Motion Content Group, Icon Films, Like A Shot Entertainment, Essential and Woodcut Media.  TCB works with all major factual buyers around the world, including Discovery, Sky, Netflix and AETN.

David Clifton, A+E Networks UK

T: +44 (0)7715 799 967 Email: David.Clifton@aetn.co.uk