TIFF ’12: HBO buys U.S. TV rights for “Love, Marilyn”

HBO Documentary Films completed its second deal at the Toronto International Film Festival, acquiring U.S. TV rights to Liz Garbus's hit TIFF doc Love, Marilyn (pictured).
September 14, 2012

HBO Documentary Films completed its second deal at the Toronto International Film Festival, acquiring U.S. TV rights to Liz Garbus’s hit TIFF doc Love, Marilyn (pictured).

The documentary features an array of well-known actors bringing the works of late actor and model Marilyn Monroe to life, and premiered this week at TIFF after previewing earlier in the month at Telluride in Colorado.

“This film was an incredible journey and I’m so happy to be continuing it with my HBO family, who have embraced the film in an extraordinary way,” said Garbus in a statement.

Realscreen reported HBO’s interest in the film earlier this week, and the eventual deal was negotiated with HBO execs by David Koh, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, who along with Stanley Buchthal of Diamond Girl Production and Harold Van Lier of StudioCanal acted for the filmmakers.

Talking to realscreen in an exclusive interview earlier this week, director Garbus said she knew she was taking a risk by employing such a diverse range of modern day actors (pictured below) to give voice to the famous star.

“I felt like I was going out on a limb,” she said, “I was doing something that I hadn’t done before and that, actually, I hadn’t really seen before. There wasn’t a roadmap.”

Check out the full interview here.

The Love, Marilyn deal comes after HBO yesterday acquired the U.S. TV rights to Tom Donahue’s feature documentary Casting By, which looks at the role of the casting director in Hollywood over the last 50 years.

actors starring in "love, marilyn" include (clockwise from top-left) glenn close, marisa tomei, viola davis, rachel evan wood, uma thurman, ellen burstyn, lindsay lohan and elizabeth banks.

Actors portraying Monroe include (clockwise from top-left) Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Viola Davis, Evan Rachel Wood, Uma Thurman, Ellen Burstyn, Lindsay Lohan & Elizabeth Banks.


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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.