Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes home Spirit Award
Morgan Neville‘s critically acclaimed feature-length documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was feted with the best documentary feature prize at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best independent films of 2018, on Saturday (Feb. 23)
The 94-minute project, which earlier this month enjoyed its television debut across HBO, chronicles the life and career of minister, puppeteer, writer and producer Fred Rogers, who hosted the beloved children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for more than 30 years. The film stresses Rogers’ commitment to radical kindness and the protection of childhood through the years.
The film is a Focus Features presentation in association with Impact Partners, PBS/Independent Lens and Tremolo Productions. It was produced by Neville, Caryn Capotosto and Nicholas Ma.
Executive producers are David J. and Linda A. Cornfield, David Stone, David Boies III, Rick Rosenthal, Nancy Stephens, John Boccardo, Derek Esplin, Andrea van Beuren, Jenifer Westphal, Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous and Regina K. Scully.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? beat out the likes of RaMell Ross Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap, Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons, Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders, and Sandi Tan’s Shirkers.
The 2019 Spirit Awards were hosted by Parks and Recreation actor Aubrey Plaza during a tented ceremony on Feb. 23 in Santa Monica, California.
UKTV’s Really and Foxtel acquire FirstLook TV’s Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer
Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sold the second season of FirstLook TV’s true crime series Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer to British multi-channel network UKTV’s Really and Foxtel in Australia.
The 10 x 60-minute investigation series delves into the psyches of the world’s most infamous serial killers by combining dramatic re-enactments with real-life video.
Season one of Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer was also acquired by Netflix.
Insight TV brings Travel with a Goat to Denmark
Factual entertainment UHD channel Insight TV has sent the format rights to its controversial series Travel with a Goat to Nordisk Film TV in Denmark, a part of Banijay Group.
Co-created and produced by Tuvalu Media, the series follows food influencers as they journey across South America, Asia and Europe with a goat, or another livestock animal, destined for the slaughter house. The program will follow their experience as they travel as a domestic farmer would, through cities, forests, rivers and deserts, all the while wrangling the animal. At their destination, both participants have to agree to surrender the goat to its fate: becoming food.