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Extra: Kew Media sells “Leaving Neverland” worldwide; TMG exec exits

Kew Media sends Leaving Neverland globally Kew Media Distribution, the sales arm of Kew Media Group, has sold the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland to a raft of channels worldwide. The two-part documentary, co-produced ...
July 31, 2019

Kew Media sends Leaving Neverland globally

Kew Media Distribution, the sales arm of Kew Media Group, has sold the controversial documentary Leaving Neverland to a raft of channels worldwide.

The two-part documentary, co-produced by Channel 4 and HBO, investigates allegations of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson that first surfaced in 1993 through the lens of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were befriended by Jackson as children.

Directed by Dan ReedLeaving Neverland enjoyed its world premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Channels that acquired the documentary include: Discovery Nove Italy, NRK Norway, LTV Latvia, RTL Belgium, LRT Lithuania, ProSieben and Joyn in Germany, Network 10 Australia, HBO Latin America, DR Denmark, VPRO Netherlands, SVT Sweden, M-Net Africa, Channel One Russia, VRT Belgium, Television New Zealand (TVNZ), Yes Israel, Amedia TV Russia, YLE Finland, Fox Networks Group Asia, Front Row Filmed Entertainment for broadcasters in Middle East, RUV Iceland, M6 France, HBO Portugal, Movistar+ Spain and HBO Europe operating in Central Europe.

Managing director exits Tele München Group 

Herbert Kloiber Jr. (pictured), managing director of German producer-distributor Tele München Group, is moving on from the company following the recent merger with Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film.

After a seven year stint in management at the company, Kloiber said in a statement it was time to “break ground in a new future-oriented way.”

CEO Fred Kogel said in a release the move “comes at the right time.”

“We respect his decision to reorient himself after the change of ownership at Tele München Group,” Kogel said. “We wish him all the best and look forward to having the opportunity to work together again in a different constellation.”

Comedy Central UK orders Gods of the Game

Gods of the Game, a non-scripted entertainment series that pits professional athletes against everyday contestants, has received the green light from Comedy Central UK.

The five-episode series is slated to air in the UK early next year. Each 30-minute episode follows contestants as they compete in unique challenges based on the skills of each athlete.

Gods of the Game has been commissioned by Louise Holmes, VP and GM of Comedy Central UK, and developed by Chris Curley, head of development at Comedy Central UK. It is being produced by Mad Monk, creator of Banzai, and Wild Things executive producer Gary Monaghan.

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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