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Ovation TV acquires “Mandela, My Dad and Me”

The arts-focused U.S. cable net has picked up the U.S. TV rights to the documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring actor Idris Elba, and will air it next February.
September 29, 2015

American arts net Ovation TV has bought the U.S. TV rights to the documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring actor Idris Elba.

Produced by Elba’s Green Door Pictures, Shine North and Woodcut Media, the one-hour special will air on February 11.

The Daniel Vernon-directed film follows the British star – who portrayed Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom – as he records an album of music honoring the late South African president and anti-Apartheid leader. Just as he started working on the record, he found out his father had died and the project morphed into an inspirational tribute.

Elba spoke with realscreen about his experience starring in the doc during April’s MIPTV market.

Ovation TV picked up Mandela, My Dad and Me from distributor Content Television, which is the doc’s international distributor.

 

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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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