FilmRise takes “Mike Nichols: American Masters”

The New York-based distributor has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Elaine May's Mike Nichols: American Masters (pictured), a documentary about her late comedy partner and collaborator Mike Nichols.
June 6, 2016

New York-based distributor FilmRise has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Elaine May’s documentary on her late comedy partner and collaborator Mike Nichols.

Mike Nichols: American Masters (pictured) explores the late Oscar-winning filmmaker’s 50-year career, including such iconic films as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate.

The documentary offers exclusive interviews with Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Simon, Alec Baldwin and Matthew Broderick.

All interviews were conducted by film, TV and theater producer Julian Schlossberg, who also did an exclusive interview with Nichols for the film.

FilmRise will release the documentary, which most recently premiered on American pubcaster PBS, worldwide in all media formats this summer.

The DVD and Blu-ray release of the film will contain additional exclusive footage not seen in the broadcast version, such as interviews with Bob Balaban, James L. Brooks, Tommy Tune and Robert Osborne.

The deal was negotiated between FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher and VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn, and the film’s producer Schlossberg.

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