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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
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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