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Link TV, NHK, RAI elect for Zed’s Obama doc

French producer-distributor Zed has penned deals with networks in Japan, Canada, Italy and the U.S. for Flach Films' Barack Obama: Great Expectations, a two-part doc on the American president, who last night won re-election for a second term.
November 7, 2012

French producer-distributor Zed has penned deals with networks in Japan, Canada, Italy and the U.S. for Barack Obama: Great Expectations, a two-part doc on the American president (pictured), who last night won re-election for a second term.

The 2 x 52-minute special, directed by William Karel (Looking for Nicolas Sarkozy), brings together members of Obama’s team and top political analysts to review the highs and lows of the U.S. Commander in Chief’s first term.

Zed has sold the doc to Link TV in the States, NHK in Japan, High Fidelity HDTV in Canada, IBA in Israel, RAI in Italy, VRT in Belgium, Servus TV in Austria, RTP in Portugal and ZDF/Phoenix in Germany.

Great Expectations was picked by realscreen as the ‘Best In Show‘ of our 2012 MIPCOM Picks, and staff at the Paris-based distributor have worked to finalize international sales since presenting the doc in Cannes last month and at Le Rendez-vous de Biarritz in September.

The two-parter was originally made by Flach Film for France 2, with coproduction and pre-sale partners RTL TVI, TV5 Monde, RTS, Al Arabiya News Channel, SBS, VPRO, NRK, RSI, RTP and LTV.

“This two-part special reveals not only the inner workings of the presidency, but also of the American political machine,” ZED marketing manager Julie Rouyer tells realscreen.

“We knew that other documentaries on Obama would be released for the U.S. presidential elections, but our two-part special was especially popular thanks to the renown of director William Karel. We saw real interest from buyers, despite the hard competition.”

The news comes after Obama was last night elected for a second four-year term as President of the United States, beating challenger Mitt Romney to clinch a tight, hard-fought election.

Check out the trailer for Barack Obama: Great Expectations below:

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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