Stephen David Q&A: ‘World Wars’ for History Channel

"The World Wars" is the new History Channel documentary about World War I and World War II. It details how these two global conflicts were connected and profiles the various leaders involved.

As executive producer Stephen David tells Gold Derby in an exclusive video chat (watch below): "We started looking into the origin stories of the people we know. The more we looked into it, the more we saw that the two wars were actually connected. It really was one 30-year period of war."

The three-part program debuts on Memorial Day and is narrated by two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. It features gripping dramatic scenes with actors, stunning CGI visuals, and interviews with contemporaries such as Sen. John McCain, Gen. Colin Powell, and former British Prime Minister John Major.

Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle, Adolf Hitler, Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin are names that will live in infamy. This documentary shows how they rose to power through the first war and became leaders in the second.

Regarding the rise of power by Hitler, David explains, "Like it or not, he is the lead of this whole time period. He certainly drove the world into the second world war. The Great Depression had such a catalyst effect on Hitler's rise to power and the fact that the countries became isolationalists. There was a period of four or five years where nobody was watching what anybody else was doing."

David was nominated for two Emmy Awards last year for producing and writing "The Men Who Built America" also for the History Channel. It focused on the rise of 1880s business leaders such as Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, and John Rockefeller.

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