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HBO acquires “David Bowie: The Last Five Years”

HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. TV rights to director and producer Francis Whatley’s David Bowie: The Last Five Years. The doc follows Bowie over the last five years of his life, spotlighting ...
February 16, 2017

HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. TV rights to director and producer Francis Whatley’s David Bowie: The Last Five Years.

The doc follows Bowie over the last five years of his life, spotlighting the release of two critically-acclaimed albums and the stage musical, LazarusThe Last Five Years features rarely-seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from sessions for The Next Day and Blackstar and access to his closest friends and artistic collaborators.

“Looking at Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the last five years of his life has allowed me to reexamine his life’s work and move beyond the simplistic view that his career was simply predicated on change,” says Whately, in a statement. “HBO, whose global output the world admires, is a great channel to get this incredible documentary out to the U.S. fans.”

The deal with HBO was negotiated by Melissa Green, VP, factual TV sales and co-productions at BBC Worldwide North America.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years is a BBC Film production and is executive produced by Phil Dolling.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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