HASSELHOFF VS THE BERLIN WALL FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY
We’re excited to announce the commission by National Geographic Channels International of DSP’s one-hour special, Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
David Hasselhoff has a unique link to the Wall, having been invited to perform in Berlin to a million-strong crown from a newly united east and west Germany, singing on the broken barrier on New Year’s Eve in 1989. Hasselhoff was there to witness history in the making. Our new film will take viewers on an incredible personal journey, back to Berlin, retracing the Wall’s history, meeting the people who lived in its long shadow – the unbelieveable escapes and divided lives – and examining the fate of the Wall’s final remnants.
Hasselhoff says: “Looking for freedom behind the Berlin Wall, I discovered so much more. I witnessed firsthand the horror and the pain the East Germans experienced throughout their unwavering fight for freedom.”
And Simon Young, Executive Producer for DSP says: “David didn’t just witness one of the 20th century’s most historic moments, his song ‘Looking For Freedom’ also provided the soundtrack. Through David’s journey and the powerful stories he uncovers, the startling human cost of the wall is laid bare. And it becomes clear why David’s song meant so much to so many.”
DSP’s film Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall will air later this year. Updates to follow.
Following the news on Friday that the reburial of Richard III will be take place at Leicester Cathedral, DSP will work with Channel 4 to broadcast the moment live, when the King’s body is finally laid to rest in early 2015.
DSP has spent months extensively filming with both Leicester and York following the broadcast of Richard III: The King in the Car Park last year. The reburial will be the culmination of an incredible story following the discovery, under a car park in Leicester, of the remains of the last English King to die in battle.
The broadcast will feature an authoritative team of presenters, historians and royal experts as well as representatives of the City of Leicester, the University of Leicester team which carried out the dig, the Looking for Richard project who originated the search and the Richard III Society. It will also look at the history of Richard’s reign and the impact of the discovery on the people of Leicester.
Simon Young, our Executive Producer, says: “In all the excitement surrounding this discovery – and the enormous publicity it has generated – it is important to remember the human being at its heart. Richard III was the last English King to lead his soldiers into battle. He put his life on the line for his Kingdom and it is fitting that he should now be laid to rest with all the dignity and respect that this sacrifice deserves. It is an honour to be part of this unique national event.”
DSP’S EMILY DALTON APPOINTED AS MD AS BEN BOWIE STEPS DOWN
DSP’s Emily Dalton has been appointed the company’s MD as Ben Bowie steps down to pursue a new venture. Emily will also continue in her role as Creative Director.
Ben Bowie has been with DSP for 12 years. In that time DSP has produced award-winning programming including Hawking ; Richard III: The King in the Car Park; How to Build a Bionic Man; and Earth From Space. Ben was ranked as the 8th most influential producer in the UK in Broadcast Magazine’s Hot 100 in 2013.
The team at DSP that Emily continues to oversee includes Head of Development, Charlotte Surtees, Head of Special Projects, Iain Riddick and Executive Producer, Simon Young, whose collective credits include The Mill;Richard III: The King in the Car Park; How to Build a Bionic Man; The Crash; Dead or Alive; and Nazi Megastructures.