HBO acquires James Foley doc

HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights for Brian Oakes' forthcoming Jim: The James Foley Story (pictured) from New York-based prodco Kunhardt Films.
January 5, 2016

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. TV rights for Brian Oakes‘ Jim: The James Foley Story (pictured) from New York-based prodco Kunhardt Films.

The doc is to recount the life story of American photojournalist James Foley, who was kidnapped by ISIS militants in 2012, held captive for two years and publicly executed in August 2014. The film features intimate interviews with family, friends, colleagues and fellow hostages. Oakes, too, was a childhood friend to Foley.

Jim: The James Foley Story will enjoy its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. documentary competition on January 23. HBO will broadcast the film on February 6.

Eva Lipman, George Kunhardt and Teddy Kunhardt serve as producers on the film, with Peter Kunhardt acting as executive producer.

Cinetic Media, on behalf of Kunhardt Films, negotiated the deal with HBO. The agreement marks the 10th collaboration between the U.S. premium cable network and Kunhardt Films, following such docs as Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, Teddy: In His Own Words and Gloria: In Her Own Words.

“I made this film to carry on the stories that Jim needed us to know,” said Oakes in a statement. “It’s important that we understand the significant role of today’s conflict journalists and why they risk their lives to tell the world how bad it can be.”

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