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Netflix grabs Rachel Mason’s “Circus of Books” ahead of Tribeca ’19 debut

Global streaming platform Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Rachel Mason’s feature-length documentary Circus of Books ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The 92-minute film ...
April 26, 2019

Global streaming platform Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Rachel Mason’s feature-length documentary Circus of Books ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

The 92-minute film provides intimate and unique insight into the inner workings of the gay pornography shop that Mason’s own mother and father run on West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard.

Turning the camera on her parents, Karen and Barry Mason, the filmmaker chronicles the Masons and their uncommon journey while also exploring the contradictions of growing up in an unconventional household where issues of Hand Job Magazine and films like Rim with a View helped put Rachel Mason and her siblings through college.

Executive producers on the project include Ryan Murphy, Josh Braun, John Battsek, Rhianon Jones and Gerald Herman.

The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine and Katy Alimohammadi and Chris Perez of Donaldson + Callif.

Circus of Books enjoys its world premiere tonight (April 26) at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Village East Cinema 7 in New York.

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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