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World Media Rights announces ‘Evolution of Evil’, a co-production with American Heroes Channel

The series will be distributed by ZDF Enterprises.

20th May 2015 – London

London based independent factual TV Production Company World Media Rights today announces a co-production with Discovery Communications’ network American Heroes Channel, to create the brand new, original 10 x 50’ documentary series ‘Evolution of Evil’ for the US. ZDF Enterprises is distributing the series in the rest of the world (outside the USA and UK).

‘Evolution of Evil’ showcases World Media Rights’ trademark of blending drama reconstruction with archive, especially shot documentary material and expert testimony as it reveals how ten of the most notorious world leaders turned from seemingly normal human beings into monsters.

The series identifies key moments in the lives of a terrifying rogues gallery of cruelty including North Korea’s Kim dynasty, Saddam Hussein, Papa Doc Duvalier, Mussolini and Japan’s infamous General Hideki Toji.

The series is the latest World Media Rights production to appear on American Heroes Channel following ‘Black Ops’ (8 x 50’), ‘Secrets of the Bible’ (13 x 50’) and ‘Myth Hunters’ (13 x 50’). ‘WWII in the Pacific’ (3 x 60’) World Media Rights’ previously announced co production with American Heroes Channel will air this year before the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

“‘Evolution of Evil’ charts the moments that some of the nastiest despots in history cross the boundaries from normal human behavior into downright evil. The series sets out to ask the question: are they just like us or is there something that makes these people different and if so, can we pinpoint what it is and when it takes hold?  It’s a subject that perfectly suits World Media Rights’ strength of combining intelligent history with dramatic story-telling.said Matthew Barrett, Creative Director of World Media Rights.

„We’re very happy to work with World Media Rights on these exciting history series that are a perfect match for ZDF Enterprises’ distribution catalogue”, said Nikolas Huelbusch, Director ZDFE.factual.

Winona Meringolo, Vice President of Development at Discovery Communications negotiated the deal for American Heroes Channel and Nikolas Huelbusch, Director of Factual for ZDF Enterprises with World Media Rights’ CEO Alan Griffiths. Executive Producer for World Media Rights is Creative Director Matthew Barrett.


About World Media Rights
World Media Rights (WMR) is currently one of the largest factual programme producers in the UK. Created in 2006 it now supplies factual TV programming regularly to over fifty countries globally and its programmes are regularly broadcast on channels including Discovery (in Europe and the USA), France Television, Canale Plus, ZDF, Mediaset and UKTV. The WMR senior management team includes Alan Griffiths (CEO) and Matthew Barrett (Creative Director)

Contact at World Media Rights
Justin Crosby Boom! PR – 0203 176 6688 / 07966 228361


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

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