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Founder: Jan Zolcer

 

Jan Zolcer with Mikhail Gorbachew, George H. W. Bush, Helmut Kohl, Simon Peres, Hans-Dietrich Genscher

 

Jan Zolcer was born in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to Munich, Germany in 1986.  

 

In 1988 he founded the Zolcer TV film production company.  Within three years the company had opened 20 offices in 20 countries worldwide, and so one of Europe"s largest independent news agencies was established.  The company produced documentaries and reports and worked together with numerous media organizations, including  ZDF, CNN, NHK, Channel4, STV, Arte, NOS, ORF, RTL, SAT-1, RAI, DW...  Many of the company's productions were primarily from Eastern Europe.

 

Zolcer TV news bureaus opened in the following cities - Moscow, Warsaw, Sofia, Bucharest, Tirana, Kiev, Vilnius, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Novi Sad, Zagreb, Stockholm, Helsinki, Cologne, Johannesburg, Washington, Jerusalem, and Istanbul.

 

In the autumn of 1999, one of the largest documentary enterprises in television history was launched as a co-production between the German ZDF TV and Zolcer TV. The series is called  "100 years - 100 pictures - 100 events", and was a mammoth undertaking. Sixty editors and countless researchers spent three years working on the 100 individual ten minute episodes for the series, which has been broadcast either partially or fully in twenty countries.

 

There are about 600 witnesses to different historical events, including:
the last witness to the Titanic tragedy, Lenin's grand-niece, Al Capone's grand-nephew, the sons of Mussolini and Charles Chaplin, a nurse from Pearl Harbor, Hitler's secretary, survivors of Auschwitz, the navigator of the Nagasaki bomber, the heroes of Mount Everest, an Apollo 11 astronaut, Edward Teller, Shimon Peres, Helmut Kohl, Pope John Paul II and Ali Agca, Lech Walesa, Otto von Habsburg, George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev.

 

We have sifted through 7 million meters of film from 440 world archives and searched through 6000 articles from newspapers in 36 countries; 60 editors, cameramen and research assistants spent three years working on the series.

 

At the beginning of 2000, Zolcer TV began the production of the "Secrets of Power".  Based on a concept initiated by Jan Zolcer, Mikhail Gorbachev worked with the production company as a reporter to create five documentaries about some of the most important politicians in the world, namely George H. W. Bush, Simon Peres, Helmut Kohl, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Mikhail Gorbachev.

 

This forms the basis for the archives of onlinefootage.tv.

 

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