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HBO picks up rights to Sundance doc “Siempre, Luis”

WarnerMedia-owned premium cable net HBO has acquired worldwide television and streaming rights to the documentary Siempre, Luis, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. First-time filmmaker John ...
February 3, 2020

WarnerMedia-owned premium cable net HBO has acquired worldwide television and streaming rights to the documentary Siempre, Luis, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

First-time filmmaker John James presents a portrait of Luis A. Miranda Jr., father of American composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a Puerto Rican migrant who helped shape New York politics over three decades.

When Miranda left Puerto Rice for New York City in the 1970s, he had “big dreams.” Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, he helps plan relief efforts and manages logistics behind bringing his son’s award-winning production of Hamilton to the island.

“My first film started as the story of a tireless migrant who built an extraordinary legacy,” James said in a statement. “Yet, as I followed Luis Miranda over a lengthy period of time, I couldn’t have imagined that he would see his native Puerto Rico face catastrophic crisis just as our mainland is thrown into bitter political upheaval. We’re excited to find a passionate partner in HBO to share this inspiring story.”

James serves as producer with Katie Taber and Carlos Garcia de Dios. Siempre, Luis is executive produced by Michael Stolper. Endeavor Content financed the film and negotiated the deal.

(Photo courtesy Sundance Institute/Carlos Garciade Dios)

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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