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HBO acquires “David Bowie: The Last Five Years”

HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. TV rights to director and producer Francis Whatley’s David Bowie: The Last Five Years. The doc follows Bowie over the last five years of his life, spotlighting ...
February 16, 2017

HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. TV rights to director and producer Francis Whatley’s David Bowie: The Last Five Years.

The doc follows Bowie over the last five years of his life, spotlighting the release of two critically-acclaimed albums and the stage musical, LazarusThe Last Five Years features rarely-seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from sessions for The Next Day and Blackstar and access to his closest friends and artistic collaborators.

“Looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to reexamine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change,” says Whately, in a statement. “HBO, whose global output the world admires, is a great channel to get this incredible documentary out to the U.S. fans.”

The deal with HBO was negotiated by Melissa Green, VP, factual TV sales and co-productions at BBC Worldwide North America.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years is a BBC Film production and is executive produced by Phil Dolling.

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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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