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Band of Brothers Goes to History

The History Channel is joining Home Box Office’s Band of Brothers.

History said Monday that it has reached a multiyear deal with HBO for the U.S. rights to award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, which told the story of "Easy Company," the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

The 10-part, 10 hour miniseries will make its basic-cable debut on Historyduring the second quarter of 2004. This marks the first time Band of Brothers will air on any U.S. television network other than HBO.

History will present Band of Brothers in a wide-screen format with limited commercial interruption.

The miniseries premiered on HBO Sept. 9, 2001, and it was the recipient of six Emmy Awards (nominated for 19), one Golden Globe Award (nominated for three), a Peabody Award and a WGA Award. Band of Brothers was also named the American Film Institute’s "Movie or Miniseries of the Year" for 2002.

The miniseries was produced by Band of Brothers Ltd. in association with DreamWorks Television and The Playtone Co. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg served as executive producers, while Stephen E. Ambrose, Gary Goetzman of Playtone and Tony To were co-executive producers.