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ABC picks up Spike Lee’s “Bad 25″

ABC in the U.S. has acquired the television rights to Spike Lee's forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Bad 25, and is aiming to air the film during the Thanksgiving holiday.
August 29, 2012

ABC in the U.S. has acquired the television rights to Spike Lee’s forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Bad 25, and is aiming to air the film during the Thanksgiving holiday in November.

The broadcast network will air a version of the documentary following its appearances at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival.

Bad 25 offers new insights into Jackson’s vision that resulted in his landmark Bad album, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.

To tell the story of the album and its supporting tour, filmmaker Lee teamed up with the Estate of Michael Jackson and Legacy/Epic Records to gain access to never-before-seen and rare footage, and also interviewed Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators.

“This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” said Lee (pictured above). “Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s Bad album. Shamon.”

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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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