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Showtime, Neon to debut Laura Poitras’ “Risk”

Citizenfour Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras‘ documentary on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been added to Showtime Documentary Films’ growing roster. Risk, which premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, provides an ...
April 10, 2017

Citizenfour Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras‘ documentary on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been added to Showtime Documentary Films’ growing roster.

Risk, which premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, provides an exclusive look into the controversial Australian Internet activist and the divisive non-profit whistleblowing organization he founded in 2006. The doc was filmed over six years and continued through the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, in which WikiLeaks published sensitive materials and emails from the Democratic National Committee.

The film was produced in association with Poitras’ documentary unit Field of Vision and First Look Media.

Showtime Networks has partnered with Neon, the distribution shingle launched by Tom Quinn and Tim League, to release the film theatrically nationwide, with a television premiere slated for this summer on Showtime.

Risk is executive produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.

The film joins Showtime’s budding stable of documentaries that includes forthcoming films Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s Whitney: Can I Be Me?, Lili Fini Zanuck’s Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars and a feature-length profile on comedic legend John Belushi.

“It is an exciting time to be working with Showtime and Neon,” said Poitras in a statement. “Both organizations are thinking outside the box about how to bring complex stories to a wide audience. I am thrilled to team up with them on Risk.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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