Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have acquired feature doc RBG from CNN Films for worldwide distribution including theatrical, home video, SVOD and international television.
Directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen of Storyville Films, RBG tells the story of the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival earlier this week, and features Ginsburg’s close friends and family members, associates and colleagues. Interviews with Ginsburg add to her story along with never-before-seen personal home movies.
With vérité scenes and archival footage, RBG highlights Ginsburg’s career and personal life, weaving together her speeches, writings and Supreme Court arguments to show her impact on American life.
Now at the age of 84, approaching the 25th anniversary of her elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court, Ginsburg in recent years has become an unexpected, intergenerational icon.
RBG is coproduced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. It is executive produced by Amy Entelis, EVP talent and content development, and Courtney Sexton, VP of CNN Films.
The deal was brokered by Stacey Wolf, VP of business affairs for CNN Worldwide, and John and Eric Sloss of Cinetic Media, on behalf of CNN Films.
For Magnolia Pictures, the deal was negotiated by co-executive VP Dori Begley, SVP of acquisitions John von Thaden and head of business affairs Sarah Hack. For Participant Media, Gabriel Brakin, general counsel and executive vice president of business affairs, negotiated the deal.