Woodcut international handling worldwide sales

For immediate release:

London/Hampshire,  Wednesday 30th August 2023 – Indie prodco Woodcut Media uncovers some astonishing stories of female heroism and bravery in a special 3-part history documentary series World War II: Women on the Frontline.

Currently in production, the new series has been pre-sold to Channel 4 in the UK, and SBS (Australia).

World War II: Women on the Frontline (3 x 1hr) explores the daring and unknown histories of remarkable soldiers, pilots, and spies who fought, flew, and died in the Second World War. Defying expectations, overcoming prejudices, and often outperforming their counterparts, each episode sheds light on some of the most perilous, courageous, and unwritten stories of the women who led the charge.

Featuring some unforgettable archive footage, World War II: Women on the Frontline includes stories of women from around the world who played a vital role – from fighter pilots, bombing squadrons, and anti-aircraft gunners, through to women who put themselves in immeasurable danger as spies, intelligence officers or resistance fighters.  The series shines a light on the likes of Selma van de Perre who as a teenager worked as a courier for the Dutch Resistance, was betrayed and survived the horrors of Ravensbrück concentration camp, the Soviet sniper ‘Lady Death’, who was sent to battle without a gun, before killing over 300 Nazis, as well as Lee Miller, one of the most talented journalists of the Second World War.

Underpinned by innovative research and supported by world-leading experts and first-hand testimony from those who served, this series challenges accepted Second World War history in a completely fresh take.

World War II: Women on the Frontline was acquired by Polly Scates, Senior Acquisitions Manager, Channel 4.  Woodcut Media’s Jonathan Mayo is series producer, Kate Beal, executive producer, and directors are Rebecca Joyce and Imogen Walford.

Worldwide sales are handled by Woodcut International who will be presenting the series to buyers for the first time at the upcoming MIPCOM market.

Polly Scates, Senior Acquisitions Manager, Channel 4 said: “ I am very excited to be partnering with Woodcut on this refreshing and informative new series, telling the stories of these extraordinary women who are so often overlooked within history.”

Kate Beal, CEO and Co-Founder, Woodcut Media said: “We are proud of this series as it really provides a unique lens through which to view the Second World War. Rarely do we hear about the brave women who played a pivotal role on the frontline.  Women jumped into cockpits, dropped bombs, broke codes, bravely fought, and risked their lives as did their male counterparts – and we want audiences worldwide to know about their amazing feats.”



About Woodcut Media:

Founded by award-winning producer Kate Beal in 2014, UK indie prodco Woodcut Media is a female-led operation with a diverse team at its core, whose main ethos is to provide an honest and trusted voice – creating programming that tells incredible human stories with creativity, authenticity, and care.  As well as being one of the leading true crime doc producers in the UK, Woodcut also specialises in a broad range of standout unscripted content covering factual entertainment, specialist factual, and premium/talent led programming.  Titles include Confessions of a Psycho Killer, The Murder of Meredith, Murder in the Red Light (for Amazon Prime Video),  long-running series World’s Most Evil Killers/Britain’s Most Evil Killers (8 seasons), Fiennes: Return to the Nile with Joseph and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Cut from a Different Cloth,  Mandela, My Dad and Me, both featuring Idris Elba, Hitler: A Life in Pictures, and Paranormal Captured to name just a few.  In 2020, Woodcut launched distribution company Woodcut International, as well as Bristol-based production operation Woodcut West which specialises in natural history and high-end specialist factual.  www.woodcutmedia.com

About Woodcut International:

Established in September 2020, UK based Woodcut International is the distribution division of Woodcut Media, a leading producer of a broad range of factual programming that includes True Crime, specialist factual, premium factual and factual entertainment. Woodcut International focuses on the global sales of select Woodcut Media series and specials that include new productions and library titles such as A Royal Guide To… (with 2 seasons),  (K)nox: The Rob Knox StoryForgotten War StoriesThe Killer Within, the Idris Elba led docs (Cut from a Different ClothMandela, My Dad and Me), and Fukushima: Nature in the Danger Zone, to name a few. www.woodcutinternational.com