(Paris/London) Independent French TV production company Pernel Media and Vivendi Entertainment today announce that French media group Canal+ has ordered an epic 4K docudrama series about the building of the ancient Egyptian Pyramids for its Planète+ and C8 channels.
‘Secrets of the Pyramid Builders’ (6 x 45’) plunges viewers into the heart of one of the greatest projects in the history of humanity: the construction of the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza.
Combining 4K fictional scenes shot on location in Morocco with the latest archaeological research shot in Egypt, expert interviews and stunning VFX reconstructions, this thrilling series tells the story of the people who built the wonders of the ancient world and looks at what it took to achieve their epic feat. From the very first pyramid built by Djoser in Saqqara – until the last Pyramid of Giza, this series emphasizes the less known story of the women and men who lived and worked in the shadow of the pyramids and how this huge construction project lead to the creation of the first centralized administration in human history.
Vivendi Entertainment will distribute the series globally.
‘Secrets of the Pyramid Builders’ was co-written by BAFTA nominated Christopher Holt ( ‘Wonders of the Solar System’, ‘Elizabeth I’, ‘The Real War of Thrones’,) and Sigrid Clement (‘The French Doctor of Kabul’, ‘SOS: Heritage in Danger’), who also acts as series director. Alain Brunard (‘Pasteur’, ‘Marie Curie on the Front’) is drama director for the series while Pernel Media President Samuel Kissous is executive producer.
“‘Secrets of the Pyramid Builders’ is a hugely ambitious docudrama series that dramatically re-tells the true human stories behind these incredible structures. The construction of the Pyramids was a project so huge that it shaped the first nation in human history 4,500 years ago, bringing together thousands of men and women and millions of tons of materials from across Egypt and colonised lands. Our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to bring back to life these incredible stories in a unique docudrama series the likes of which hasn’t been seen before,” says Samuel Kissous, President of Pernel Media.
Matthieu Porte, EVP International & Development at Vivendi Entertainment, explains “We are glad to partner with Pernel Media and our sister channels on an ambitious project with such a global appeal. This will confirm Vivendi Entertainment’s position as one of the most active players in non-fiction distribution in Europe”.
Pernel Media is one of France’s leading factual producers and is behind major series including ‘20 Years on Death Row’ for 13ème Rue and UKTV, ‘Extreme Lands’ for France 5, three series of ‘Wheeler Dealers France’ for RMC Decouverte and major hit docu-drama series ‘The Real War of Thrones: A History of Europe’ for France 5, which has sold to more than 35 territories worldwide.
Last month, the company officially launched its drama division with the coproduction of new English-language short film ‘3 Sleeps’. A number of other scripted projects are currently in development.