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History and Peter Berg Team for 'Warfighters' Docuseries
History and Peter Berg are teaming up once again.
The A+E Networks cabler has ordered a docuseries from the prolific producer and director that takes an inside look at the global war on terror, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Warfighters aims to give viewers an inside look at the realities of war by chronicling recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions in the global war on terror. Each hourlong episode will include interviews, cinematic sequences and real images and footage from actual operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to show the challenges and high-stakes environments Army Rangers, Green Berets, Marines and Navy SEALS face in fighting what now stands as the longest ongoing conflict in American history.
History will use the Veteran's Day holiday to launch the series, with four back-to-back episodes set to premiere on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Berg and veteran Special Forces Green Beret Bert Kuntz, who is working with the director on the forthcoming History series The Selection: Special Operations Experiment, will host the marathon. Additional new episodes of The Warfighters will bow in 2017.
The Warfightershails from Berg's unscripted banner Film 45. He will exec produce the series along with Film 45's Matt Goldberg and Brandon Carroll, as well as History's Matt Ginsburg, Russ McCarroll and Paul Cabana. Jenny Ewig is attached as a co-exec producer, with former Navy SEAL Ray Mendoza and former Army Ranger Mike Baumgarten set to produce.
A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for The Warfighters.
“We can never do enough to pay tribute to our vets and military servicemen. I’m incredibly happy that History continues honoring these great men and women with The Warfighters,'" Berg said. “This series is special to me because we get to make it with veterans.”
The Warfighters is one of several military-themed series from Berg, whose film credits include the war drama Lone Survivor. Berg and Film 45 are also behind History's The Selection: Special Operations Experiment, which puts 30 men and women through Special Operations training tactics and features veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers as instructors. Berg also exec produced History's Live to Tell, which gave first-person accounts of recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions.
Berg, whose film Deepwater Horizon will hit theaters Friday, is also an exec producer on the HBO comedy Ballers and Amazon's forthcoming Novak Djokovic docuseries.
History is the latest cable network to experiment with unique rollout strategies in order to try to break through in the Peak TV era. Last year, TBS launched comedy series Angie Tribeca with a 25-hour marathon of the first season. The Turner network will, similarly, unveil first-year comedy Search Party with the entire first season set to air Monday-Friday from 11-12 p.m. beginning Nov. 21.