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TIFF ’18: Magnolia takes North America for “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes”

New York-headquartered distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights, excluding TV, to A&E Indie Films’ Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes. The doc, which held its world premiere ...
September 10, 2018

New York-headquartered distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights, excluding TV, to A&E Indie Films’ Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes.

The doc, which held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday (September 9), is directed by Alexis Bloom (Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds) and exec produced by Jigsaw Productions’ Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) and Stacey Offman; Molly Thompson, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Robert Sharenow for A&E Indie Films; Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin, Regina K. Scully and Geralyn White Dreyfous for Impact Partners; and Maiken Baird.

Bloom also produced the project with Will Cohen of Jigsaw Productions.

The film, which takes a penetrating look at the life, career and controversies surrounding the political media powerhouse and former chairman and CEO of Fox News, will be released via Magnolia on December 7 following a fall festival run. It will air on television via A&E, which retains TV rights.

Magnolia has worked with Gibney several times, dating back to 2005′s Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. The distributor has recently enjoyed success during a particularly robust summer for docs at the box office with CNN Films’ RBG and Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s SVP of acquisitions John Von Thaden and EVP Dori Begley with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

“Jigsaw and A&E have been incredibly supportive of this film, and brave about tackling the controversies in it,” said Bloom in a statement. “Magnolia instantly appreciated the story we’re trying to tell, and we’re lucky to have them. The breadth of their films, and the high quality of them, is inspiring.”

About The Author
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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