World Media Rights

Sky History & The History Channel order WW2 doc ‘U-Boat War Gamers’

A+E Networks UK and ZDF Studios have partnered on U-Boat War Gamers (working title), to premiere in the UK on Sky History in February 2023, and on The History Channel in Eastern Europe, Poland, Nordics, Middle East, South Africa, Italy and Germany next year. Produced by UK indie World Media Rights for ZDF in Germany […]

Curiosity Stream scopes out wartime docudrama ‘War Gamers’

Global factual outfit Curiosity has acquired War Gamers, a new six-part docudrama for its streaming service Curiosity Stream. Produced by UK-based World Media Rights, the 6 x 50-minute series tells the story of the women naval ratings (WRENS) who analysed how German U-Boats were so successful at sinking Allied shipping in the trans-Atlantic convoys in […]

Curiosity Stream & ZDFE set up female-driven WW2 docuseries ‘War Gamers’

Curiosity Stream and Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) have linked up on a six-part docuseries exploring how a group of young women defeated the Nazis’ attempts to sink Allied boats during the Second World War. War Gamers (6 x 50 minutes) is being produced by World Media Rights in association with coproducer ZDFE and Curiosity Stream, […]

WMR moves into scripted with Frank Warren drama

UK-based factual specialist World Media Rights (WMR) is developing a scripted drama about English boxing promoter Frank Warren. Kings of the Ring (WT) will be the first scripted series WMR has produced, and is billed as a “gritty, returnable transatlantic drama series set in the world of international boxing”. Warren has been one of the […]

ZDF buys into UK indie World Media Rights

ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) has made its first investment in the UK production market, taking a 32.5% stake in factual-focused World Media Rights (WMR). Adjacent to the deal is a board restructure at Blacks Ops producer WMR, with David McNab (above right) and ZDFE VP of corporate and portfolio strategy Tanja Meier-Sieden joining existing members. Veteran […]

ITVS to take first-look at World Media Rights

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has scored first-look rights to programming from UK indie World Media Rights. ITVSGE, UK broadcaster ITV’s international sales arm, has picked up more than 40 hours of factual series as part of the multi-year agreement. These include Real Story of…, a 6x60mins Reelz series about the stories behind recent Oscar-nominated movies; […]

WMR’s Evolution of Evil heads to US cable

Discovery’s American Heroes Channel has ordered Evolution of Evil, a ten-part series from UK indie World Media Rights that will examine how ten of the most notorious world leaders turned from into monsters. WMR is coproducing with Discovery for American Heroes and ZDF Enterprises is handling sales outside of the US and UK. The series […]

Blue chip to new chip: natural history with bite

Stewart Clarke speaks to commissioners, producers, distributors and digital pioneers about their efforts to reimagine the natural history genre. Alastair Fothergill is the embodiment of blue-chip, making landmark series for the BBC and films for Disney Nature, but he is now seeking to reinvent the genre, out of necessity as much as anything. “When I […]