August 10, 2016
New Television Series Hunting Nazi Treasure Asks the Public to Join the Hunt for Priceless Objects Missing Since World War II
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DALLAS, Aug. 10, 2016 -- The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art is pleased to announce its participation in a new original investigative television series, Hunting Nazi Treasure. The new co-production between Corus Entertainment's HISTORY Canada and More4 (Channel 4), is produced by Saloon Media (Toronto) and BriteSpark (UK), with production set to begin this September. Hunting Nazi Treasure will air on HISTORY in Canada in 2017.
The series will feature a team of present-day investigators led by Robert M. Edsel, Founder and Chairman of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, and the author of the New York Times #1 Bestselling book-turned-movie The Monuments Men. Joining Edsel on the team are investigative journalist Conor Woodman and World War II historian James Holland. The detective work in Hunting Nazi Treasure will take the team across four continents – from European salt mines and castles to the desert sands of North Africa and across the ocean to North and South America in search of some of the hundreds of thousands of paintings, documents, and other cultural objects worth billions of dollars that remain missing.
The investigators will be digging for new leads through questioning of top experts and historians of the Nazi era, and sifting through original documents, including de-classified intelligence reports, Nazi dossiers, rare archives, and private collections. They will also meet with witnesses, veterans, victims and their descendants to hear their personal stories about what was lost and develop additional clues. "This program will present a unique opportunity to put the Foundation's extensive records and archives to use, and engage the public in the search for these missing items," said Edsel. "The Foundation regularly receives leads through its toll-free tip line, 1-866-WWII-ART (1-866-994-4278), and online at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is my hope that our program will become America's Most Wanted for culture and lead to the return of priceless objects to their rightful owners. George Clooney's film introduced the Monuments Men to a worldwide audience; now we have an opportunity to enlist the help of the public to join the hunt for some of the hundreds of thousands of objects still missing."
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About the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art The Monuments Men Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) entity dedicated to honoring the men and women who, during World War II, protected and safeguarded civilization's most important artistic and cultural treasures from theft and destruction, and using that legacy to reestablish the highest standards for the protection of cultural treasures during future conflicts. The Foundation is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal, awarded by the President of the United States, America's highest honor for work in the humanities. The Foundation is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. www.monumentsmenfoundation.org
About Corus Entertainment Inc. Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children's book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus' roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
About Saloon Media Saloon Media is a leading factual-entertainment company specializing in smart, popular, returnable series. It's recent credits include the CSA nominated series Mummies Alive for HISTORY in Canada, SMITHSONIAN in the US and Yesterday in the UK; the 10-part broadcast and web series Tornado Hunters for CMT; the returning series See No Evil, co-produced with the UK's Arrow Media for DISCOVERY ID US; and Miracles Decoded for HISTORY in Canada, UK, Poland and India. www.saloonmedia.com
About BriteSpark Films Specializing in innovative and entertaining factual programming, BriteSpark, part of Argonon Media, is a fast growing London based prod co making highly regarded shows for broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic. Recent credits include, MANCHESTER'S SERIAL KILLER? for Channel 4, INCREDIBLE ENGINEERING BLUNDERS for DNI, THE WIVES DID IT for ID and NIGHTMARE TENANTS, SLUM LANDLORDS for Channel 5.www.britesparkfilms.com