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OWN acquires “Becoming Santa”

U.S. channel OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired Becoming Santa (pictured), Jeff Myers' festively focused one-off documentary, which was a surprise audience hit at South By Southwest in Texas earlier this year.
November 22, 2011

U.S. channel OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired Becoming Santa (pictured), Jeff Myers’ festively focused one-off documentary, which was a surprise audience hit at South By Southwest in Texas earlier this year.

The network will air the film in the run-up to Christmas, on December 7 at 9 p.m. EST. International distribution for the doc – which won the Spotlight Premiers Audience Award at SXSW and later played at Hot Docs – is being handled by UK-based Mercury Media for territories outside of the U.S.

Becoming Santa looks at Jack Sanderson’s journey to ‘become’ Father Christmas. Dispirited by the passing away of his parents, he decides to buy a red suit, bleach his hair and beard, and become a Santa Claus for a season – something which turns out to be much harder than expected.

Check out realscreen‘s review of the film from March this year here.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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