Docs

Sales round-up: FilmRise, GRB, Bond/360

Bond/360 has acquired the exclusive Canadian and U.S. rights to Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon’s The War Show. The film – which held its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival ...
November 21, 2016

Bond/360 has acquired the exclusive Canadian and U.S. rights to Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon’s The War Show.

The film – which held its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and received the Venice Days Award – documents the Syrian conflict as told from the perspective of former radio host Zytoon as the 2011 Arab Spring gives way to repression, civil war and forced emigration from Damascus.

The New York-based distributor is slated to release the doc theatrically in 2017, preceded by a festival and educational campaign to bring the film to campuses and communities across North America. Television, digital and DVD releases will follow.

The War Show has subsequently held screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, London Film Festival and IDFA.

Bond/360 COO Elizabeth Sheldon negotiated the deal with Sanne Arlø of DR Sales.

Elsewhere, American film and television distributor FilmRise has taken the worldwide distribution rights to Michelle Kath Sinclair’s debut doc Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience, which bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The doc utilizes never-before-seen archive material and present-day interviews to examine the life and untimely death of Sinclair’s father Terry Kath, guitarist and vocalist for the band Chicago.

The film most recently screened at DOC NYC and will be released globally in all media via the New York sales house in 2017.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and FilmRise’s VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn with Submarine and Preferred Content.

Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience is directed and produced by Michelle Kath Sinclair, alongside producers Tony Papa and Jordan Levy.

Finally, California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has sent two of its popular true crime titles to Africa’s ETV, Japan’s Collaboration Inc., and Sky UK.

ETV has acquired four seasons of factual thriller On the Case, which examines murder mysteries through forensic evidence and in-depth interviews with those closest to the case. The series has, to date, been sold in more than 130 countries.

Hostage: Do or Die, meanwhile is heading to Japan and the UK. The series, originally developed for Investigation Discovery in the U.S., follows the stories of survivors of hostage situations and the negotiators who saved them.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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