HISTORY(R) ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF SCRIPTED SERIES "KNIGHTFALL"
Produced by A+E Studios in Association with
Jeremy Renner's The Combine and Midnight Radio
New York, New York - March 23, 2015 - HISTORY(R) is in-development with KNIGHTFALL, a scripted series chronicling the actual events leading up to and following the persecution, downfall and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar on Friday the 13th, 1307, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. Friday the 13th is known as a cursed day over 700 years later because of this event. KNIGHTFALL will be produced for HISTORY by A+E Studios in association with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield's production company The Combine and Midnight Radio.
KNIGHTFALL is created and executive produced by Don Handfield (Touchback, The Founder, Kill the Messenger) and Richard Rayner (L.A. Without A Map) with Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Hurt Locker) also serving as executive producer from The Combine. Executive producers from Midnight Radio are Jeff Pinkner (Alias, Fringe), Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Josh Appelbaum (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls). Dirk Hoogstra, Russ McCarroll and Julian P. Hobbs are Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.
HISTORY(R), now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network's all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers(R), American Restoration(TM), Ax Men(TM), Counting Cars(TM), Pawn Stars(R) and Swamp People(R) as well as HISTORY(R)'s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible, The Men Who Built America, Houdini, Sons of Liberty and the Emmy(R) Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us(R) and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY(R) website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY(R)'s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com.
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A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E Network, Lifetime, History, LMN, FYI, H2 and A&E IndieFilms. A+E Studios' slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including "The Returned" for A&E Network, "UnREAL" for Lifetime and "Texas Rising," "Sons of Liberty," and "Houdini" for History, among others.