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Extra: Red Arrow Int’l takes Britney Spears doc; Rogovy awards grants to five docs

Red Arrow Int’l takes Britney Spears feature doc Red Arrow Studios International, part of Red Arrow Studios, has acquired distribution rights to Samantha Stark’s major feature-length documentary, Framing Britney Spears.  The 75-minute film will chart the meteoric ...
January 29, 2021

Red Arrow Int’l takes Britney Spears feature doc

Red Arrow Studios International, part of Red Arrow Studios, has acquired distribution rights to Samantha Stark’s major feature-length documentary, Framing Britney Spears. 

The 75-minute film will chart the meteoric rise and disturbing fall of the seminal pop icon (pictured) with access to those closest to Spears. The film will also feature interviews with the lawyers attached to the singer’s conservatorship as they now reassess her career while battling with her father in court over who should control her life.

The one-off feature is set to join of Red Arrow’s The Weekly: Special Edition collection, which now consists of eight premium standalone documentaries that are driven by journalism of The New York Times.

The collection is produced for FX and Hulu, and executive produced by Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Preiss for The New York Times, alongside Left/Right’s Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Mary Robertson.

Framing Britney Spears is slated to premiere on FX and Hulu in the U.S. on Feb. 5.

The project is produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, the team behind the Emmy Award-winning documentary series The Weekly.

“This fascinating new documentary feature promises to be a comprehensive look at all sides of Britney Spears’ experience of stratospheric fame throughout her life,” said Tim Gerhartz, SVP of global sales at Red Arrow Studios International, in a statement.

Photo courtesy Red Arrow Studios International

Five docs awarded Winter 2020 grants from The Rogovy Foundation 

Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Immunity and Maia Kenworth and Elena Sanchez Bellot’s Beyond the Emergency are among the recipients of The Rogovy Foundation’s Winter 2020 Miller/Packan Documentary Film Fund Award.

The fund annually awards grants totaling US$200,000 to a selection of film projects through its summer and winter open calls.

This winter’s selections are: Kenworthy and Sánchez Bellot’s Beyond the Emergency, focusing in on a group of ordinary people as they stop playing by the rules and embrace civil disobedience in the name of climate change; Benjamin Flaherty’s $huffle, an investigation of massive fraud in the substance abuse treatment industry; and Danny Alpert and Ray Nowosielski’s The Last Strike, which details a strike in 1981 that saw 11,345 air traffic controllers stand in solidarity and defy President Reagan’s order to return to work.

Financial recipients also include Lerone D. Wilson for his Untitled Lerone D. Wilson Project, which serves as a study of how social media has reshaped our lives and upended decades of journalistic and political norms; and Kennedy’s Immunity, which investigates the growing anti-vaccine movement.

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2021 Open Call, which ends May 15.

UKTV Gold orders one-off doc on women in comedy

British multi-channel operator UKTV’s comedy channel Gold has commissioned Double Yellow Television to produce the one-off special French and Saunders: Funny Women.

Filmed on the set of their eponymous sketch show, French and Saunders, the 120-minute documentary special will reunite English comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders who will discuss the unforgettable female contributions to comedy from across the globe.

Funny Women is executive produced by Double Yellow’s Glen Middleham. It is directed by BAFTA-winning comedy director Barbara Wiltshire.

French and Saunders: Funny Women, which is scheduled to air on Gold later this year, was commissioned for UKTV by Helen Nightingale, senior commissioning editor, and ordered by Gerald Casey, Gold channel director. Richard Watsham is director of commissioning and Steve North is genre GM for comedy and entertainment.

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