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Sundance ’13: Deals penned for “History of the Eagles,” “The Summit”

Alison Ellwood's History of the Eagles (pictured) and Nick Ryan's The Summit have both found buyers in Park City, with U.S. net Showtime acquiring the former and distributor Sundance Selects snagging the latter.
January 19, 2013

Alison Ellwood’s History of the Eagles (pictured) and Nick Ryan’s The Summit have both found buyers in Park City, with U.S. net Showtime acquiring the former and distributor Sundance Selects snagging the latter.

Showtime acquired exclusive broadcast rights for Ellwood’s two-part documentary, which features intimate access to the iconic rock band and is produced by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Mea Maxima Culpa).

The two-hour-long first part of the doc world premieres today (January 19) at Sundance, and will make its TV debut on February 15 at 8 p.m. EST. The hour-long second part of the doc will premiere the following night at the same time.

The doc’s exec producer is Blair Foster, while the editors are Ellwood and Ben Sozanski, and the co-producer is Karim Karmi. The line producer is Erin Edeiken.

Meanwhile, IFC Films’ sister label Sundance Selects acquired North American rights to anticipated mountain climbing doc The Summit, which had its world premiere at Sundance last night (January 18).

The doc looks at a disastrous expedition up K2, the second-highest peak in the world, which left 11 climbers dead. Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

The deals cap a busy few opening days for Sundance 2013, which has already seen sales for opening U.S. doc Twenty Feet from Stardom, Steve James’s as-yet-untitled Roger Ebert doc, and Tinatin Gurchiani’s The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear.

Check out the trailer for The Summit below:

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