HBO acquires U.S. TV rights to “Body Team 12″

HBO Documentary Films has picked up the U.S. TV rights to David Darg's documentary short (pictured), which is slated to air in February 2016.
November 10, 2015

HBO Documentary Films has picked up the U.S. TV rights to David Darg’s Body Team 12 (pictured).

Produced by Darg’s RYOT Films and Seattle-based Vulcan Productions, the film documents a team of Liberian Red Cross workers tasked with collecting the dead during the height of the West African Ebola outbreak in order to halt the transmission of the disease, which has thus far claimed upwards of 11,000 lives since the outbreak began last year.

The film looks to expose the devastation of the Ebola crisis on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of Garmai Sumo, the lone female member of the body collection team.

Vulcan founder Paul G. Allen is the largest private donor in the effort to curb the disease, having supplied an estimated US$100 million to raise awareness and fund field work.

Allen and Olivia Wilde serve as executive producers, with Bryn Mooser acting as producer.

The deal, which was negotiated by Vulcan Productions and HBO Documentary Films, will see Body Team 12 premiering across HBO in February 2016.

“We hope this extraordinary work of journalism and filmmaking will help bring critical awareness to the importance of better diagnostics, proper infrastructure and adequate information in stopping the next outbreak from turning into the next epidemic,” said Carole Tomko, GM and creative director of Vulcan Productions, in a statement.

“The bravery of these young Liberians was an astounding phenomenon to witness, as they risked their lives every day to save the lives of others, and to save their country from Ebola,” added Darg. “Body Team 12 is a tribute to those heroes, and it is our hope that a presentation on HBO will honor these body teams and lead to greater exposure of their determination and tireless efforts.”

The short film was recently named as being in the shortlist for the Oscar doc short category’s nominations, set to be announced in January.

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