History has ordered eight episodes of the Six TV series, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company. This military action drama is inspired by recent events. On a mission to eliminate a Taliban leader, Navy SEAL Team Six finds a US citizen working in cooperation with terrorists.
Executive producing are William Broyles, David Broyles, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Alfredo Barrios, Jr., and George W. Perkins. Bruce C. McKenna is Executive Consultant. McKenna, Barrios, William and David Broyles, and Karen Campbell are set to write. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall will serve as technical advisor to the series.
Here’s the press release from A+E Networks, parent-company of History:
JANUARY 6, 2016
HISTORY® ORDERS MILITARY DRAMA SERIES SIX
A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company Teaming with
Academy Award® Nominee William Broyles to Produce New Drama Series
Pasadena, CA – January 6, 2016 – HISTORY® has ordered eight episodes of the military action drama SIX from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. Inspired by current events, the series will be producedby A+E Studios, Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company in association with Academy Award® nominee William Broyles and David Broyles.
Written by William Broyles (Castaway, Apollo 13, Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military special operations veteran, SIX follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy SEAL Team Six, the best of the best, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. A drama inspired by real missions capturing what these SEALs do, their complex personal lives, and the life and death decisions they make, SIX will be executive produced by William Broyles, David Broyles, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Alfredo Barrios, Jr. (Burn Notice) and George W. Perkins (Live from Baghdad). Bruce C. McKenna (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) will serve as Executive Consultant, and join Barrios, William and David Broyles, and Karen Campbell (Dexter) in writing the episodes. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall (Zero Dark Thirty,Lone Survivor) will serve as the series’ technical advisor.
“We are thrilled to partner with William and David Broyles, Harvey Weinstein and the entire team, including our own A+E Studios, to bring this epic tale to HISTORY,” said Buccieri. “The backdrop surrounding this elite team of American soldiers – from their lives at home to the astonishing bravery they display serving our country – provides an amazing canvas for stories that deserve to be told.”
“The idea originally came to me when I read about Boko Haram kidnapping school children in Africa. I thought about how would our world react and it brought on the idea of creating a series about the world of SEAL Team Six because the story felt as poignant and timely as ever. Each year will feature a different theater of war – the first starting in Africa. We then brought on Bill, whom I long admired, along with David to write the pilot. They took my idea and developed a brilliant script for the project and added authenticity to the world in a way that only firsthand experience could possibly bring,” said Harvey Weinstein. “SIX is a series that recognizes this country’s great heroes and soldiers, and there’s no doubt that it will make for some of the most important, provocative television seen in ages. While we had vast interest from other networks, our great relationship with Nancy Dubuc, Paul Buccieri and Barry Jossen made HISTORY the clear choice.”
“SIX represents the type of authenticity HISTORY values from our creative and writing teams,” added Jana Bennett, President & General Manager of HISTORY. “This series will reflect the network’s renewed focus on core programming which embraces our recent history as well as our deeper past.”
Other current series from A+E Studios include Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed drama UnREAL, which will return for a second season this year, and HISTORY’s upcoming Knightfall.
William Broyles and David Broyles are represented by Paradigm and Gretchen Rush and Barry Littman at Hanson, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman & Newman.
HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” “Swamp People,” “Alone” as well as the hit drama series “Vikings.” The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com
About A+E Studios
A+E Studios is the studio unit of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios creates, produces and distributes high quality scripted programming across all networks and platforms in the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E® Network, Lifetime®, History®, LMN®, FYI™, H2® and A&E IndieFilms®. A+E Studios’ slate of programming consists of scripted series, event series and movies, including the upcoming event mini-series Roots for HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime, UnREAL for Lifetime and Sons of Liberty™ and Houdini for HISTORY.
About The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC boasts an active unscripted television production division which garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013 and five in 2014. TWC Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, which is currently in its 14th season on Lifetime; with its spin-off series and critically-acclaimed Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano and Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Davis, and fashion critic Kelley Osbourne. TWC will also launch several new projects in 2015 across several networks, including MTV, Lifetime, and AMC.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of the Six TV show? When it airs on History, do you plan to check it out?