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Focus Features acquires rights to Fred Rogers doc

California-based distribution company Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to a documentary about the life and work of TV personality Fred Rogers.  Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offers an intimate portrait of ...
November 27, 2017

California-based distribution company Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to a documentary about the life and work of TV personality Fred Rogers. 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offers an intimate portrait of Rogers, taking audiences beyond the cardigans and land of make-believe into the heart of a man who inspired generations of children with his compassion and boundless imagination. The doc will be directed and produced by Morgan Neville, whose credits include Keith Richards: Under the Influence, Best of Enemies and the Academy-Award winning doc Twenty Feet from Stardom.

Produced by Tremolo Productions in association with Impact Partners and PBS’ ‘Independent Lens’, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is slated for release on June 8, 2018.

“Morgan once again avoids making a traditional biodoc and instead takes us behind the curtain to see how Fred Rogers navigated the cultural and social issues of the second half of the twentieth century with his own brand of forward-thinking, compassionate wisdom far beyond his time,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski, in a statement. “Mister Rogers makes us all want to be better people, and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of telling his story today.”

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is produced by Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma. The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and Judith Karfiol on behalf of the filmmakers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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