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Alex Gibney to direct Sinatra doc for HBO

Taxi to the Dark Side director Alex Gibney will helm a four-part documentary miniseries about the life and career of late entertainer Frank Sinatra (pictured) for HBO.
May 1, 2013

Director Alex Gibney will helm a documentary about the life of Frank Sinatra for HBO.

The yet-to-be-titled four-hour miniseries will examine the late entertainer’s life and career through previously unseen footage, home videos and footage of private and professional performances.

The doc is a joint production between Alcon Television Group, Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, Frank Sinatra Enterprises and Kennedy-Marshall Company.

Gibney and Jigsaw’s Jeff Pollack will serve as producers. Executive producers on the project are Frank Marshall, Nancy Sinatra and Charles Pignone, Alcon’s president Sharon Hall and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

“Alex’s vision for this unique documentary is an exciting one, taking viewers into the singular and extraordinary world created by one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known,” Hall said in a statement.

“Although our primary business at Alcon Television is to develop, finance and produce scripted series for broadcast and cable television, we were overwhelmed by the scope and depth of this incredible story, not to mention the opportunity to work Alex and to partner with Kennedy-Marshall and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, on what is surely to be the definitive portrait of our era’s greatest performer.”

Gibney won an Oscar for his 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side. His latest doc is We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks, which will be released in the United States this month by Focus Features.

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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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