Zodiak Rights sprints towards Usain Bolt doc

The distributor has acquired the international rights to Elephant Doc's Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive, which it will offer to buyers at MIPCOM in Cannes next month.
September 14, 2011

Distributor Zodiak Rights has acquired the international rights to a two-part documentary portrait of Olympic and World 100-metre record holder Usain Bolt, which it will offer to buyers at MIPCOM in Cannes next month.

Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive is produced by Elephant Doc, part of Elephant Groupe, for France 2. The film’s producer and director, Gaël Leiblang, gained exclusive access to the runner and will be filming him as he prepares for the London 2012 Olympics.

The two parts of the special include Usain Bolt: The Fastest (1 x 60 minutes), which will feature Bolt in his home environment and includes interviews with friends, family and former coaches. It will be available in March 2012.

The second part, Usain Bolt: The Legend (1 x 60 minutes), will capture the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics, including his preparation for the event, followed by his activity during the Games themselves. It will be available immediately after the Olympics.

Zodiak Rights has worldwide rights to the documentary excluding France.

“We are excited to be partnering with Elephant & Co on these exceptional films,” said Zodiak Rights CEO Matthew Frank. “Both documentaries will be available to the international market at a relevant time – with the London 2012 Olympics just around the corner. We believe Gaël Leiblang’s exclusive footage will be a very prestigious addition to our catalog.”

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