Five-episode documentary series, 5x43 min. and/or 5x52 min., by Ira Beetz, Christoph Weinert, Kai Christiansen & Achim Scheunert, Gebrüder Beetz Production. Made in cooperation with NDR/arte, and funded by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein GmbH and nordmedia GmbH.
Pioneers turned Millionaires - Germans who changed American Industry from gebrueder beetz filmproduktion on Vimeo.
Way back in 2008 I translated the original treatment to this five-part documentary on "Germans who changed American Industry" — dare I mention that it originally started as a seven-part series? (One of the seven men to be looked at, Carl Laemmle, ended up getting a documentary all of his own — I also worked on that.) The series came out in 2010.To simply quote the text at the Smithsonian website (the series has been broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel, among other places): "Meet five inventive, courageous, and hardworking entrepreneurs, who led the charge during one of the most exciting eras in economic history. Levi Strauss, Henry E. Steinway, William E. Boeing, John Jacob Astor and Henry J. Heinz changed the way the world eats, dresses, plays and travels. They each left Germany hoping to find a better life in America and they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Relive the tragedies and the triumphs that made them millions while leaving a major imprint on American culture."