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HBO nabs rights to John Legend-produced roller rink doc “United Skates”

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide TV and film rights to Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s roller rink doc United Skates. The doc will debut on HBO in 2019 after a successful ...
September 21, 2018

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide TV and film rights to Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s roller rink doc United Skates.

The doc will debut on HBO in 2019 after a successful run on the festival circuit, including a Documentary Audience Award win at Tribeca last April, where it held its world premiere.

As roller rinks shut down across the U.S., the African-American communities that have found tradition and safe space for families there have found themselves losing a cultural institution.

United Skates follows the intergenerational efforts to keep the tradition alive and preserve the culture.

Directors Winkler and Brown also produced the feature film, which was produced by Sweet Ninja Films, in association with LA Media Fund, Get Lifted Film Co., Secret Sauce Media and Naked Edge Films.

It was executive produced by Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Julie Parker Benello, Daniel Chalfen, Jim Butterworth, Brenda Robinson, Tina Brown, John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, with co-executive producers Josh Alexander, Maida Lynn, Nion McEvoy and Johnny Nunez, and consulting producers Laurens Grant, Dolly Turner and Tajamika Paxton.

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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