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The Orchard, CNN Films acquire N.A. rights to “Trophy”

Distributor The Orchard and CNN Films have teamed up to acquire the North American rights to the documentary Trophy from filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau. The doc explores the relationship between ...
January 23, 2017

Distributor The Orchard and CNN Films have teamed up to acquire the North American rights to the documentary Trophy from filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau.

The doc explores the relationship between big-game hunting and wildlife conservation. Every year endangered African species like elephants and rhinos march closer towards extinction due to the global desire to consume these animals. Trophy grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals.

The Orchard will handle all North American rights, except for broadcast which will be acquired by CNN. A studio is closing international rights to the feature. Trophy is produced by Lauren Haber and Julia Nottingham of Pulse Films.

Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of acquisitions, negotiated the deal on behalf of The Orchard and for CNN Films by Stacey Wolf, vice president for business affairs, and Courtney Sexton, vice president for content development.

Trophy premiered at the 2017 Sundance Festival in the U.S. Doc Competition. The Orchard will release the film later in 2017.

Image courtesy of Shaul Schwarz / Reel Peak Films

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