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04/12/2006

FremantleMedia Enterprises Secures Controversial Drama '638 Ways To Kill Castro'

FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) has announced a deal securing worldwide television distribution and home entertainment rights to the controversial documentary feature, '638 Ways to Kill Castro', to coincide with the Cuban leader’s official 80th birthday.
Produced by Daisy Goodwin’s Silver River Productions for Channel 4, FME will be distributing this story of smoking guns and smoking cigars worldwide - a remarkable 50 year-long detective thriller about the man who always got away.
The documentary, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK Tuesday November 28, reveals every conceivable method of assassination, from exploding cigars to femme fatales; a radio station rigged with noxious gas to a poison syringe posing as an innocuous ballpoint pen.
There is also footage of Antonio Veciana, a Cuban exile who came close to killing Castro on three occasions, spanning 17 years, who is found running a marine supplies store in Miami. All these men, according to the film, reveal that they were supported and funded by the United States. At one point, staggeringly, the CIA even sought the help of the Mafia in the hope they would be able to succeed where so many others had failed.
David Ellender, CEO FremantleMedia Enterprises commented: “Made by a multi award-winning creative team, 638 Ways to Kill Castro is a timely piece of documentary filmmaking. With Cuban imagery commonplace today and US foreign policy constantly in the headlines, this film blends history, current affairs and numerous conspiracy theories to form a hugely entertaining programme. The stories are tragic, ludicrous, funny, and bizarre and we are confident that we have a programme that will engage audiences the world over with what is a truly thought-provoking documentary.”
Tanya Shaw, Joint Head of Factual and Features, Silver River added: “We are delighted to have worked with FremantleMedia Enterprises on this exciting and thought provoking documentary. We couldn’t have made the film without their support, both in the UK and internationally.”
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