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Fremantle takes global rights to Samuel L. Jackson-hosted slavery docuseries

London-based superindie prodco and distributor Fremantle has acquired global rights to American slavery docuseries Enslaved from documentary prodco Associated Producers. The 6 x 52-minute series, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, ...
October 15, 2018

London-based superindie prodco and distributor Fremantle has acquired global rights to American slavery docuseries Enslaved from documentary prodco Associated Producers.

The 6 x 52-minute series, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, explores the history of slavery through underwater archaeology and retraces historical slave routes in search of sunken slave ships. The series also marks 400 years since the first African person was brought to the New World as a slave.

Enslaved is directed by Simcha Jacobovici. It is produced by Felix Golubev and Ric Bienstock and executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Jackson, Eli Selden, Rob Lee, Jacobovici and Yaron Niski.

“For me, this is much more than a TV series,” said Jackson, in a statement. “For me, Enslaved is an attempt to give a voice to the millions whose voices were silenced.”

“Our goal is to tell a global story of suffering and resistance, of oppression and overcoming, through the adventure of finding and marking sunken slave ships,” added Jacobovici. “The goal is not only to produce an incredible series… the goal is to make history.”

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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