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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.

 

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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