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HBO Documentary Films acquires Mark Jonathan Harris’ “Foster”

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide television and streaming rights to Participant Media and Emerson Collective‘s feature-length documentary Foster. Produced by Sabine Films, Oscar-winning filmmakers Mark Jonathan Harris and producer Deborah Oppenheimer go beyond the ...
August 24, 2018

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide television and streaming rights to Participant Media and Emerson Collective‘s feature-length documentary Foster.

Produced by Sabine Films, Oscar-winning filmmakers Mark Jonathan Harris and producer Deborah Oppenheimer go beyond the sensational headlines and stereotypes of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services to upend some of the most enduring myths about foster care and those involved in the system.

The 113-minute doc, which held its world premiere at AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington, D.C., weaves first-hand stories of those navigating the DCFS system, courtrooms, foster homes and juvenile halls, and provides in-depth insight from social workers, advocates and those working in the justice system.

The deal for Foster was negotiated with HBO by Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun, as well as Gabriel Brakin, Participant Media’s general counsel and EVP of business affairs, and Krista Wegener, Participant’s SVP of sales and distribution.

Additional producers on the film include Lisa Remington and Samantha Polan. Executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann.

Foster will debut on HBO in 2019.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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