BBCWW acquires music docs “Artifact,” “Sound City”

BBC Worldwide has acquired the global TV distribution rights - excluding the U.S. - to Jared Leto's Artifact (pictured) and Dave Grohl's Sound City.
February 25, 2014

Distributor BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has acquired the global television rights – excluding the U.S. – for Jared Leto’s documentary Artifact (pictured) and Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City.

Directed by Leto under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, Artifact follows and the actor and musician’s band 30 Seconds to Mars as they attempt to record an album while fending off a US$30 million breach-of-contract lawsuit from their former label EMI.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and won the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.

BBCWW also picked up Sound City, a doc from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl about the famed Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. The film aired in the UK on BBC4 and has already sold to 87 territories globally.

Other music titles represented internationally by BBCWW include the Brit Awards, Robbie Williams’ One Night at the Palladium and Beyonce’s Life is But a Dream, the latter of which was sold to 203 territories globally following its U.S. premiere on cable network HBO last year.

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