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Oprah Winfrey to present “Leaving Neverland” talk with Jackson accusers for HBO, OWN

Premium cable net HBO and Discovery-owned OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland after the controversial two-part Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland premieres next month. After Neverland will see Oprah ...
February 27, 2019

Premium cable net HBO and Discovery-owned OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will air Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland after the controversial two-part Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland premieres next month.

After Neverland will see Oprah Winfrey in conversation with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the subjects of the HBO doc. Robson and Safechuck, now in their 30s, accused Jackson of sexual abuse when they were 10 and seven-years-old, respectively. Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges related to the allegations in 2005. He died in 2009. Leaving Neverland tells Robson and Safechuck’s stories.

The special will be taped in front of an audience of survivors of sexual abuse and others whose lives have been impacted by sexual abuse. It will debut simultaneously on HBO and OWN on March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT after the conclusion of Leaving Neverland.

It will also be available on Watch OWN, HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO On Demand and on partners’ streaming platforms the same day, as well as on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast.

Leaving Neverland was produced by Amos Pictures for HBO and Channel 4 and had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The first part premieres on HBO March 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and the second on March 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Global sales house Kew Media Distribution, a division of Kew Media Group, has secured the international distribution rights to the film outside the U.S. and UK.

Leaving Neverland is currently facing a lawsuit from Michael Jackson’s estate for alleged breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

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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