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Discovery's new series showcases World War II's most influential leaders

26-February-2005
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Discovery's new series showcases World War II's most influential leaders

It's time to go back in time and discover more. Discovery Channel will make you revisit past by premiering Virtual History, a documentary series, which showcases World War II's most influential leaders and defining moments of the period. The series presents important episodes in the lives and careers of well-known World War II leaders, including Hitler, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt presenting them through an audio-visual medium in an archival format.

On the concept behind this, Raja Balasubramanian, Brand Director, Marketing of Discovery Networks, said, "We have used special techniques wherein the historical characters images have been superimposed on the actors to make it look live and real. For the first time a historical documentary blends together the latest in CGI technology with techniques normally used only in Hollywood movies."

The series presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes analysis of one of the most dramatic days of the Second World War - July 20, 1944 - a day marked by an incredible attempt to assassinate Hitler by the very generals he commanded. The documentary focuses on Hitler and other WW2 leaders, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt.

Tiger Aspect, who produced The Secret Plot to Kill Hitler for Discovery Channel, spent three years researching and developing the show. During that time they consulted fifteen historical experts, more than 250 academic books, in excess of 150 historical collections and 2500 period stills.

History channel ran a similar series on the 'Plot to Kill Hitler' in December 2004. On whether this would have an impact, Balasubramanian said, "We have a different series wherein we are showing what really happened in the lives of three leaders, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt. Moreover, not many viewers have seen it on the History channel and therefore we aren't really worried."

Asked on the promotions, he said, "We are doing some print and radio advertisements. Other than this there would be certain fliers that would be done as part of the promotion."

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