Series Distributed Internationally by TCB Media Rights
London – Monday 19th June 2017– Woodcut Media has been commissioned by Quest, Discovery’s free-to-air factual entertainment channel in the UK, to produce a new documentary series Wings of War, which covers 100 years of aeronautical warfare.
Currently in production, Wings of War (10 x 60’) tells the quintessential story of the role planes and their pilots have played throughout military history, and how technology allowed aerial combat to advance way beyond the realms of possibility. Through a combination of expert interviews, authentic recreations, engineering graphics and archive footage, this series also tells the gripping and oftentimes emotional stories of pilots who flew these legendary aircraft, whilst charting the evolution and developments of military aircraft through to the present day.
Topics include the mighty bombers of World War II, the Voisin used for artillery spotting, through to the Cold War’s Blackbird (which has flown thousands of missions photographing military installations), the birth of the jet engine, the Eurofighter Typhoon (which is so advanced that it can’t be flown by a human without help of a computer), and more.
Commissioned by Simon Downing, SVP, Head of Quest and Eurosport at Discovery Networks UK and Ireland, Wings of War is executive produced by Adam Jacobs and Kate Beal for Woodcut Media. Jamie Watkins is the executive producer for Discovery.
The series is being distributed internationally by TCB Media Rights who have also provided the deficit financing.
“Wings of War pays homage to the military aircraft and aviators that shaped history in the last 100 years, whilst offering viewers a rich and in-depth perspective on the importance and evolution of military aviation,” commented Adam Jacobs, Executive Producer, Woodcut Media.
“Quest viewers love aviation programming, and with the centenary of the RAF in 2018, this series tells the incredible stories about planes, their pilots and the impact they have had on our military history,” said Simon Downing.
“Buyers love an anniversary, and planes generally rate well for them. WOW will be a very broad based series with plenty of engaging personal stories made with the panache (not the 70s fragrance) that Woodcut can so often turn their hands to,” added Paul Heaney, Founder and Managing Director of TCB Media Rights.
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 (Holloway: Women Behind Bars, The Krays: The Prison Years and Murder Casebook), Woodcut Media’s rapidly growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Defenders of the Sky and Combat Trains), premium one off docs (The Ivy, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba) and factual entertainment shows (Around the World in 80 Tricks and Animal Antics). Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer 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 TCB Media Rights:
TCB Media Rights was established in late 2012 by Paul Heaney, who served as president and managing director of Cineflix Rights, where he built the business from a boutique operator into a major distributor. 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 110 titles in its rapidly expanding portfolio, TCB Media Rights’ has more than 60 producer-partners from around the world, including Arrow Media, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, GroupM Entertainment, Icon Films, Like A Shot Entertainment, Seven Productions and Wag TV. Its broadcaster clients include Channel Nine Australia, Channel Seven Australia, Discovery Networks International, France TV, National Geographic, Planete, RMC, SBS Australia, Sky TVNZ, TV4 Sweden and UKTV.
About Discovery Communications:
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching more than 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s portfolio includes the global brands Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. Discovery reaches audiences across screens through digital-first programming from digital content holding company Group Nine Media, Discovery VR, over-the-top offerings Eurosport Player and Dplay, as well as TV Everywhere products comprising the GO portfolio of TVE apps and Discovery K!ds Play. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com
Discovery Networks UK & Ireland
Richard Lambert, Manager, Corporate Communications
T: +44 20 8811 4145 Email: Richard_lambert@discovery.com