A+E Networks is preparing to launch several Titanic-themed shows on its own channels and for distribution including a pair of 3D specials. The shows will be launched across A+E’s channels worldwide to coincide with the centenary of the sinking of the iconic cruise liner this April.
Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved is a 1x2hrs 3D series produced by Lone Wolf Documentary Group and will air on A+E’s History. The show examines how the ship sank and fell apart with exclusive underwater 3D footage.
“It’s an exclusive two-hour special and gives a different point of view on how the ship broke up,” says A+E Networks’ senior VP, international programming and marketing, Christian Murphy. “There’s new footage that has helped build a different theory as to why the ship sank and for us this will be a worldwide programming event.”
Also from Lone Wolf is Titanic: 100 Years in 3D. It has 3D footage of the wreck and wreck site combined with stories of the passengers and crew. Each individual’s story is linked directly to an artifact recovered from the stricken liner.
As well as the 3D shows, there is Nazi Titanic, which was produced by Blink Productions. The 1x2hrs show, which will air on free-to-air channel Channel Five in the UK as well as History, tells the story of Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels’ attempt to make a movie based on a fictional account of what happened to the Titanic. The movie’s director was subsequently arrested by the Gestapo and killed before extracts were used in the 1950s movie about the Titanic, A Night to Remember.
The Titanic shows will be complemented with other content as they are launched internationally. Murpy said: “We want to build a platform for our tent-pole programming and there will also be new long and shortform content as we set out to do that.”