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Exclusive: ShortsTV signs licensing deal with documentarian Leslie Iwerks

ShortsTV has struck a licensing deal with multimedia production company Iwerks & Co. — led by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks (The Imagineering Story, The Pixar Story) — to ...
September 23, 2020

ShortsTV has struck a licensing deal with multimedia production company Iwerks & Co. — led by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks (The Imagineering Story, The Pixar Story) — to add a selection of short documentaries to the linear and OTT channel.

Included in the deal is Iwerks & Co.’s most recent project, Selling Lies (pictured), a documentary short that delves into the Macedonian fake news industry, to be available digitally and on demand Oct. 2.

The short tells the story of how, in 2016, hundreds of Macedonian teenagers discovered a digital gold rush by spreading fake political news on Facebook.

Additional films from the prodco that will be available through the deal include Academy Award-nominated Recycled Life and Oscar-shortlisted films Pipe Dreams and Downstream.

“Leslie is, without a doubt, an amazing documentarian,” ShortsTV founder and CEO Carter Pilcher said in a statement. “We’re honored and excited to spotlight her thought-provoking work on ShortsTV.”

Iwerks added: “As short documentary filmmaking has always been a passion of mine, it is a privilege to partner with such an extraordinarily innovative company with the world’s largest library of shorts.”

ShortsTV, the exclusive presenter of the Academy Award-nominated short film theatrical releases, offers a catalog of scripted, animated and documentary shorts from filmmakers worldwide.

 

About The Author
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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