Briarcliff takes domestic rights to The Dissident
Briarcliff Entertainment has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Academy Award-winning director Brian Fogel’s Jamal Khashoggi documentary, The Dissident (pictured).
The 119-minute feature film, which held its world premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, centers around the October 2018 disappearance and murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, allegedly by agents of the Saudi government, and the ensuing global cover up.
The Dissident will feature never-before-seen surveillance footage and access to other information previously made unavailable to the public, as well as interviews with Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, and the UN Special Rapporteur who led the inquiry into the assassination, as well as Turkish police and prosecutors, cyber security experts, and Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist with whom Khashoggi was secretly collaborating.
Briarcliff Entertainment will release The Dissident in theaters and on VOD later this year to coincide with the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s assassination.
HanWay Films will handle international sales of the film.
UTA Independent Film Group negotiated both the domestic distribution and international sales deals on behalf of the filmmaking team.
Fogel is represented by UTA and attorney Daniel Passman.
TVF Int’l closes deal with Netflix
London-based indie distributor TVF International has secured the Asian rights for Netflix to Barry Avrich’s documentary feature David Foster: Off the Record.
Produced by Melbar Entertainment Group, the doc offers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Grammy Award-winning composer and producer David Foster. Featured interviews throughout the film include pop icons Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Michael Bublé.
David Foster: Off the Record held its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
The deal was brokered by Catriona McNeish, head of Asia-Pacific.
Insight TV sells original content to Korea’s UMAX
Global content creator and platform Insight TV has sent more than 200 hours of original programming to South Korea’s UMAX channel.
Launching this month, the Insight TV branded block will broadcast for two hours daily across the Korean all-UHD channel, and will include such Insight originals as Chasing Monsters: El Niño, MTB Heroes: Trailblazers, Ghost Chasers, Living Stone, Road’s End, Science of Thrills and King of the Hammers: The Ultra 4 Saga, among others.
The deal was brokered by Thema Asia-Pacific.