TIFF ’14: HBO takes Broomfield’s “Grim Sleeper” for U.S.

Pay-TV net HBO has acquired U.S. rights to Nick Broomfield's Sky Atlantic-funded documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper (pictured), following the film's Canadian premiere at TIFF.
September 10, 2014

Pay-TV network HBO has acquired U.S. rights to Nick Broomfield’s Sky Atlantic-funded documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper (pictured), following the film’s Canadian premiere at TIFF.

The film examines a spate of murders in LA’s South Central neighborhood, and has been hailed by critics as being Broomfield’s best work in years. After playing TIFF and Telluride, the film continues its festival run at the New York Film Festival later this month.

The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of Sky Atlantic, who originally commissioned the film.

In a statement, Sky’s head of non-scripted commissioning Celia Taylor said: “I’m delighted that Nick Broomfield’s compelling new film for Sky Atlantic has become the first film that HBO has purchased from us. I can’t wait for audiences on both sides of the Atlantic to see his latest work.”

Grim Sleeper will broadcast Stateside in 2015 and marks Nick Broomfield’s fifth documentary for HBO, following such previous titles as Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Kurt & Courtney, and Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.

In a statement, Broomfield said of his latest effort: “It was important for it to find a good home, and I can’t think of a better one than HBO Documentary Films. I’m thrilled to continue my relationship with [senior HBO execs] Sheila Nevins and Nancy Abraham and their team, who are going to make sure this important and timely film gets seen by the most possible people.”

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