Zig Zag, “National Enquirer” producing Whitney Houston doc

The one-off TV special marks the first fruits of a partnership between the two firms - first unveiled during the Realscreen Summit - and promises to give viewers a "harrowing" account of the late pop diva's battle with drug addiction.
February 13, 2012

UK indie Zig Zag Productions and supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer are to produce a one-off documentary on the private life of late pop diva Whitney Houston (pictured), who died in Los Angeles on Saturday (February 11).

The TV special is the first project to come out of Zig Zag’s deal with Enquirer publisher American Media Inc (AMI), to create content for a number of different platforms.

The two companies attended the Realscreen Summit in January, where the partnership was first revealed, to pitch an ob-doc series about the magazine’s reporters working in its New York, Los Angeles and Florida bureaus. The partnership was initially brokered during NATPE in Miami.

The documentary promises to focus on details of the singer’s much-publicized battle with addiction and provide audiences with a “harrowing” account of her private life, including her marriage to R&B star Bobby Brown, and stories of domestic abuse and drugs, while also investigating the details of her death.

“Whitney’s death sees the end of one of the greatest talents of our time,” said Leila Monks, Zig Zag’s VP of commercial and current production. “We want to tell her true story and our partnership with The National Enquirer will enable us to do just that.”

As previously reported, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, BET and VH1 are among the cable networks planning to air fast-turnaround tributes to the pop diva.

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