The FIE, fencing's governing body, has commissioned IMG Sports Production, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, media and entertainment company, to make a three-part television documentary series, coinciding with the organisation's centenary year.
The 3x30 minute series, to be called ‘En Garde’, will take an historic look at fencing at the Olympic Games and FIE World Championships featuring some of the legends of the sport, while also showcasing major developments that have taken place.
The series will also show action from some of the major fencing events this season.
The production contract is an extension of IMG Consulting’s public relations work with the FIE around its centennial, which has included development of a specific centennial logo and branding.
James Mitchell, series producer for IMG Sports Media, said: "The programmes reflect the FIE’s centenary celebrations as well as fencing’s rich heritage and its glamorous history.
"The aim is to showcase the FIE’s commitment to growing the sport as widely as possible internationally. We will do this by looking back at the sport’s rich history, featuring some of the personalities competing today and also showcasing the excellent work they are doing to develop fencing’s reach even further."
Maxim Paramonov, the former secretary general of the FIE, who is now an adviser to the federation's president Alisher Usmanov, added: “We are constantly looking at how we can improve and can reach more people. Fencing is a dynamic sport, delivering spectacular images and this film shows the excitement and fascination inherent in fencing. Some of the best fencers of the century give their testimony of why they are so passionate about fencing."
The FIE was founded on November 29, 1913 by the representatives of nine nations: the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Norway.