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Sundance 2012: HBO heads to “Zoo”

HBO Documentary Films has secured the U.S. broadcast rights to Me @The Zoo (pictured), a documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, which looks at an online video blogger who becomes famous.
January 17, 2012

HBO Documentary Films has secured the U.S. broadcast rights to Me @The Zoo (pictured), a documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, which looks at an online video blogger who becomes famous.

The doc, directed by Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch, will premiere in Utah as part of the U.S. Documentary Competition and promises “an in-depth exploration of the new phenomenon of internet celebrity.”

Memento Films International is handling international rights for the documentary, and Josh Braun at Submarine negotiated the deal with HBO Documentary Films.

Focusing on the story of Chris Crocker, the video blogger responsible for the famous “Leave Britney alone” YouTube clip, the doc will explores how video sharing and social platforms have shaped the way people tell their stories and mediate their lives.

“Throughout its history, HBO Documentary Films has shown a dedication to intelligent, thought-provoking content,” said Moukarbel and Veatch in a joint statement. “We couldn’t be happier that Me @The Zoo has found the perfect home at HBO.”

This doc marks the directorial debut for both Moukarbel and Veatch, and was produced by Nicholas Shumaker and Jack Turner. It was exec produced by Vin Farrell, Jim McKay and Michael Stipe of C-Hundred Film Corp, and by Rachel Grady.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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