The Orchard acquires CNN Films’ “Jeremiah Tower”

The Los Angeles-based distributor has inked a deal with CNN Films to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to Lydia Tenaglia's Tribeca-bound culinary documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (pictured).
April 15, 2016

Los Angeles-based distributor The Orchard has inked a deal with CNN Films to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to Lydia Tenaglia‘s Tribeca-bound culinary documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (pictured).

CNN will retain the North American broadcast rights to the film, which will air on the network following an early 2017 theatrical release by The Orchard.

The doc, which will enjoy its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, pulls the curtain back on Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential – yet largely forgotten – figures in American gastronomy. The doc features interviews with such celebrity chefs and culinary experts as Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Martha Stewart and Ruth Reichl.

Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is produced by Susan Porretta alongside executive producers Bourdain, Tenaglia, Chris Collins, Joe Caterini, Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra.

The deal was negotiated between CNN’s VP of business affairs Stacey Wolf and senior director for program development Courtney Sexton, along with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

The Orchard most recently acquired the North American rights to Roger Ross William’s Life, Animated and Michal Marczak’s All These Sleepless Nights.

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