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HBO picks up Lanzmann doc

US premium cable channel has acquired a 40-minute documentary that looks into the making of iconic Holocaust doc Shoah.

HBO will launch Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah in 2016. In Europe, Germany’s ZDF and Franco-German net Arte have bought the show, with Danish pubcaster also taking local rights.

DR was an early investor in the project, which comes from TV trade journalist Adam Benzine. Nick Fraser (Man on Wire) executive produced the project.

Philippa Kowarsky (The Gatekeepers) of Tel Aviv-based Cinephil has acquired international distribution rights, though Benzine and coproducer Kimberley Warner brokered the US, German, French and Danish deals.