“Artifact” to premiere on VH1, Palladia

The Viacom-owned networks will air Jared Leto's music documentary Artifact (pictured) simultaneously on April 26.
April 22, 2014

Jared Leto’s documentary Artifact (pictured) is to premiere on television in the United States on VH1 and music channel Palladia simultaneously.

Directed by the Oscar-winning actor under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, the film follows Leto and his rock band 30 Seconds to Mars as they attempt to record an album while fending off a US$30 million breach-of-contract lawsuit from their former label EMI.

The doc, which was produced by Leto and Emma Ludbrook, will air on the Viacom-owned networks on Saturday (April 26) at 11 p.m. EST/PST. It will also air on MTV channels later in the summer and be available on-demand via the VH1 app.

“I hope that artists and audiences watch this film and get a greater understanding of how things work in the music industry, because understanding is the beginning of change,” Leto said in a statement. “Inevitably, we’re all moving towards what I hope is a more transparent system.”

Artifact premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and won the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.

Earlier this year, BBC Worldwide acquired the global television rights to the doc (exclusing the U.S.).

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