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.”