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Berlin ’16: Magnolia, Showtime take Gibney’s “Zero Days”

Magnolia Pictures and Showtime have acquired U.S. rights to Alex Gibney's latest documentary, Zero Days (pictured), ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.
February 16, 2016

Magnolia Pictures and Showtime have acquired U.S. rights to Alex Gibney’s latest documentary, Zero Days (pictured), ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Magnolia took theatrical rights to the Participant Media-backed doc, which is to bow in Germany on Wednesday (February 17), while Showtime picked up the paid television rights. FilmNation is handling international sales for the film.

The doc is expected to hit theaters in late summer, and will premiere on Showtime shortly thereafter.

Written and directed by Going Clear director Gibney, Zero Days is billed as a documentary thriller on the world of cyber warfare. The film details the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware believed to have been released by the U.S. and Israel in order to target Iran’s nuclear program, but which soon expanded beyond the desired target.

Zero Days is produced by Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Global Produce’s Marc Shmuger. The doc is exec produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media, as well as Sarah Dowland.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s senior VP of acquisitions Dori Begley, as well as VP of acquisitions John Von Thaden, and Josh Braun of Submarine with Gabe Brakin on behalf of Participant Media.

About The Author
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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