History Channel has tapped celebrities Robin Roberts, Pierce Brosnan and Leonardo DiCaprio to direct original, non-fiction projects, the channel announced on Wednesday.
hello america Roberts will serve as executive producer Harlem Hell Fighters, a four-part documentary that will showcase the all-black military infantry unit of World War I through the eyes of Chief James Europe and Privates Henry Jognson and Horace Pippin. The Harlem Hellfighters fought the Germans with the French army after American troops refused to fight alongside them, eventually earning France’s highest military honor, according to the network.
Harlem Hell Fightersproduced by Rock’n RobinProductions and Radical Media, follows Roberts’ 2021 documentary History, Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy and Courage.
Brosnan will host the eight-episode series The greatest heists in history with Pierce Brosnan, which examines elaborate real-life heists that have taken place throughout history. From the Wilcox train robbery in 1899 to Boston’s Great Bring robbery in 1950, the Big Fish Entertainment-produced series will break down every aspect of every heist, including team, brand, plan, how they performed and ultimately the fallout, the network said.
DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions will produce the documentary series sitting bull, which traces the life of the legendary chief Hunkpapa Lakota. The series will provide a fresh perspective on the United States as the nation rapidly evolved around the legendary figure and will feature Lakota community participation in its production, network officials said.
Appian Way Productions, Stephen David Entertainment and IllumiNative will produce sitting bull for the network. “The story is committed to providing a diverse storytelling that showcases pivotal moments in our history, and Sitting Bull tells America’s story through one important lens – a Native American hero who immensely influenced the history of our nation,” the executive vice president of story and chief programming officer said. Eli Leher said in a statement.