The projects were announced in the runup to parent A+E Networks’ upfront presentation this evening.
The documentary initiative, which has a working title of The History 100, is described as “an ambitious new strand comprised of 100 films focusing on the most compelling historical events of the last 100 years.” It aims to complement the network’s ongoing non-fiction and scripted programming.
Among the first eight films of the 100 are works from noted documentary filmmakers Barbara Kopple, Charles Ferguson, Daniel Junge and Werner Herzog. Topics will include the history of the video game industry; the battle between Coke and Pepsi; the story of Watergate; former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev; and the Mercury 13 group of prospective female astronauts that ignited an early public debate on gender equality. (The Watergate project directed by Ferguson, an Oscar winner for Inside Job, was announced last spring.)
Ed Shadle, a speed record holder, as he makes a pulse-pounding attempt to set the first speed record in 20
years. “Speed Demons” is produced by Pilgrim Media Group. Craig Piligian and Sam Korkis are executive
producers for Pilgrim Media Group. Jim Pasquarella is executive producer for History.
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