World Wide Entertainment And ITN Productions To Launch 'World Wide Icons' A MIPTV

World Wide Entertainment has partnered with ITN Productions, the production hub of leading news and multimedia company ITN, to commission “World Wide Icons”, a 12-part series of biographical documentaries about some of the most famous and influential people in the world.

Launching at next week’s MIPTV, the series of hour-long programmes uses unique footage from ITN’s unparalleled archive to shine a light on the most iconic figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

With subjects ranging from statesmen to royalty, religious leaders to sportsmen, high-quality documentary footage is interspersed with expert analysis to provide in-depth biographical portraits of people including Queen Elizabeth II; Nelson Mandela; Pope Benedict XVI; John F. Kennedy; Prince William, Kate, and their new baby; Muhammad Ali; Bill Gates; Richard Branson; David Beckham; and controversial sportsmen Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods and Oscar Pistorius. The series will also include red carpet specials, consisting of themed celebrity footage.

World Wide Entertainment has been distributing high-quality finished programmes for more than 15 years, and in 2012 the brand was acquired by a consortium led by formats house Global Agency. With a fast-growing slate of reality shows, documentaries and one-off films, World Wide Entertainment has already acquired a range of existing content, but this deal marks the first time the company has commissioned its own programming.

Izzet Pinto, CEO of World Wide Entertainment, said of the series: “In this crowded marketplace, it’s vital to have premium content, so we’re delighted to be working with the creative team at ITN Productions. With their unrivalled archive and production skills, and our established global distribution network, we’re sure ‘World Wide Icons’ is going to be one of the biggest-selling new series of 2013.”

Emma Read, Head of Factual and Features at ITN Productions, added: “We’re delighted to be producing these high-quality documentaries about some of the most famous and interesting personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries. Combining ITN’s rich archive material and production expertise, these programmes will instantly resonate with audiences worldwide and add colour and context to the lives of some of the most iconic people of our time.”

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