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Pop Twist picks up Palmer portfolio

LA-based distributor Pop Twist has agreed upon a deal to represent 40 titles from acclaimed director Tony Palmer (pictured), including Leonard Cohen documentary Bird On A Wire, which has been sold into Israel.
March 9, 2011

LA-based distributor Pop Twist has agreed upon a deal to represent 40 titles from acclaimed director Tony Palmer, including Leonard Cohen documentary Bird On A Wire, which has been sold into Israel.

Palmer is best known for his work as a director of music documentaries, covering artists including Wagner and The Beatles. The director has spent recent years reacquiring the rights to his films, and the deal will see Pop Twist representing a nearly complete collection of his work.

The indie will be bringing the portfolio to MIPTV in Cannes next month, and has already reached a deal to sell Bird On A Wire to Reshet TV in Israel.

Pop Twist president Douglas Zwick told realscreen: “Palmer is one of the world’s greatest music documentarians. He’s a very serious artist who really gets what composers are about.”

Other Palmer titles debuting at MIP include The Wagner Family, a documentary about the heirs of composer Richard Wagner; All You Need Is Love, Palmer’s 17-hour history of pop music which includes a major focus on The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and other Sixties icons; and Ayn Rand: In Her Own Words, which looks at the life of the influential Russian-American novelist.

The latter will air as a rough cut at MIPDoc, and has already been sold to ABC in Australia to premiere later this year, with E1 Entertainment having picked up North American DVD rights.

In related news, Pop Twist has also sold Emmy-nominated PBS series Travelscope (65 x 30 minutes) to Ideascape HD in Russia, to air later this year; while Ovation in Australia has picked up Classic Songs: Music That Changed The World (12 x 30 minutes).

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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