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Phase 4 acquires Ron Howard’s “Made in America”

Phase 4 Films has picked up the North American distribution rights to Ron Howard's Jay Z-starring documentary Made in America (pictured), which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
November 11, 2013

Phase 4 Films has picked up the North American distribution rights to Ron Howard’s Jay Z-starring documentary Made in America (pictured), which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The film looks at Jay Z’s efforts to launch the titular music concert, which took place in 2012 in Philadelphia and starred musicians such as Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC and Calvin Harris.

CAA brokered the U.S. rights deal on behalf of the filmmakers. The acquisition comes after The Exchange acquired international rights for the film at TIFF, as previously reported. The film aired on Showtime in the U.S. last month, however a summer 2014 release is being planned.

“This is not a concert film but rather a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be made in America — what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it, and how he relates to each artist,” said Howard in a statement.

Made in America is intended to showcase Jay Z’s struggle for success and illustrate how he has become a voice and an icon for a generation of driven and creative youth.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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