Showtime, Music Box acquire Sundance winner “Meru”

Showtime and Music Box Films will distribute Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi's Sundance Audience Award winner Meru (pictured) in the U.S., and Mongrel Media will release the film in Canada.
March 25, 2015

This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner for documentaries has secured TV and theatrical distribution in North America.

U.S. cable network Showtime has acquired the TV rights to Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s Meru (pictured), and Chicago-based Music Box Films, which distributed recent Oscar winner Ida, has taken all other U.S. rights. Mongrel Media will release the film in Canada.

The doc follows American friends Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk who became the first climbers to scale Mount Meru’s vertical 21,000-foot wall known as the “shark’s fin.”

Meru premiered in Sundance’s U.S. documentary competition in January and then screened at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri earlier this month.

Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun and David Koh negotiated the deals on behalf of the filmmakers.

Watch the trailer for Meru below:

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