Beverly Hills-based indie music company Concord Music Group, the successor of the Billie Holiday Estate, has boarded James Erskine‘s forthcoming feature-length documentary Billie.
Produced by New Black Films and REP Documentary, in association with Concord Music, BBC and Multiprises, the film documents the life and career of the late seminal jazz and pop singer.
The documentary will thread the Billie Holiday story through the eyes of journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who, over the course of eight years, uncovered more than 200 hours of interviews with those that knew the artist known as Lady Day personally, including Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, her step-parents, lovers, school friends, and lawyers.
The film is now in post-production.
New Black Films’ Victoria Gregory and Barry Clark-Ewers and REP Documentary’s Laure Vaysse serve as producers. Concord’s Scott Pascucci and Sophia Dilley are executive producers, alongside Altitude’s Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall.
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales and co-representing North American rights for Billie with Endeavor Content. The film has been acquired by The Backlot in Australia and New Zealand, Belga in Benelux, AB Groupe in France, Wanted in Italy, Praesens in Switzerland, Discovery in Yugoslavia and Altitude Film Distribution in the UK.
“Concord takes the responsibility of representing Billie Holiday’s legacy very seriously,” said Sophia Dilley, VP of film and TV development and production for Concord, in a statement. We are thrilled to be working with the creative team of James Erskine and New Black Films who have taken great care to produce a documentary that honors the life and work of Billie Holiday in an exciting, genre-defying way.”
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