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Extra: Red Arrow Studios Int’l sells Britney Spears doc; Fremantle Italy preps “The Hijacker”

Red Arrow Studios International sets up global deals for Framing Britney Spears Red Arrow Studios International has inked a slate of global deals for its Framing Britney Spears feature doc. Directed by Samantha ...
February 23, 2021

Red Arrow Studios International sets up global deals for Framing Britney Spears

Red Arrow Studios International has inked a slate of global deals for its Framing Britney Spears feature doc.

Directed by Samantha Stark, the film takes a deep dive into the pop icon’s (pictured) career and serves up an assessment of the movement rallying against her court-mandated conservatorship, while also examining the unsavory dimensions of the American pop-star machine.

Produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, for FX and Hulu in the U.S., the documentary has initially been picked up by: Sky (UK & Ireland), Nine (Australia), Crave (Canada), Three (New Zealand), Talpa TV (the Netherlands), NRK (Norway), TV2 (Denmark), TV4 (Sweden & Finland), Discovery (Italy), Originals Factory (French & German-speaking Europe), OSN (Middle East), Odisea / Odisseia (Spain & Portugal), HOT8 (Israel), yes (Israel), DPG (Belgium) and CANAL+ Poland.

In addition, TV2, Nine, Crave, Odisea / Odisseia, HOT8 and yes have also secured the entire The Weekly: Special Edition documentary collection, of which Framing Britney Spears is a part.

Framing Britney Spears is executive produced by Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Preiss from The New York Times, and Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Mary Robertson from Left/Right.

Fremantle Italy announces latest doc feature The Hijacker

Fremantle Italy has a new documentary feature from Italian filmmaker Alex Infascelli (Almost Blue, S is for Stanley and My Name is Francesco Totti).

The Hijacker tells the story of Raffaele Minichiello, a 19-year-old marine of Italian descent and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, who boards a TWA flight in Los Angeles headed to San Francisco. He is armed. Over the next 48 hours he will put into action the first transoceanic hijacking in history, with the final destination being Rome.

The event happened in 1969 and inspired the ’80s feature film Rambo starring Sylvester Stallone.

The documentary is written by Alex Infascelli and Vincenzo Scuccimarra, based on the book Il Marine by Pierluigi Vercesi and Minichiello, which was published in Italy by Mondadori.

It is produced by Fremantle Italy with Rai Cinema, with the collaboration of The Apartment, a Fremantle company. Fremantle will also handle international distribution.

Shooting will start in mid 2021.

Dogwoof lands The Gig is Up

UK documentary prodco and distributor Dogwoof has acquired Shannon Walsh’s (H2Oil, Illusions of Control) latest doc feature The Gig is Up for world sales representation.

The deal was negotiated by Oli Harbottle for Dogwoof with Ina Fichman of Intuitive Pictures and will cover international sales excluding first window TV in Canada, France, Germany and Belgium.

The gig economy has become ubiquitous with the likes of Uber, Deliveroo, Lyf, or TaskRabbit — brands that operate online with no contracts. The film profiles gig workers to shine a light on the hidden costs of this new digital economy.

Directed by Walsh, The Gig is Up was produced by Fichman and Luc Martin-Gousset; edited by Sophie Farkas Bolla; director of photography Etienne Roussy; written by Shannon Walsh, Julien Goetz and Harold Crooks; with original music by David Chalmin.

The film is an Intuitive Pictures and Point du jour Production in association with ARTE France and documentary Channel with the participation of Rogers Group of Funds, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, CNC, RTS, Evoke Media, Archer Gray, and Quebec and Canada tax credits.

Focus Feature acquires worldwide rights to The Sparks Brothers

Focus Features has nabbed worldwide rights to filmmaker Edgar Wright’s (Baby Driver) first doc feature, The Sparks Brothers.

The film debuted at Sundance this past January to rave reviews and chronicles the career and influence of rock pop duo Sparks. This is the second film between Focus Features and Wright, who also has the upcoming dramatic feature Last Night in Soho coming in the fall with the company.

Wright produced the documentary with his producing partner Nira Park, through their company Complete Fiction Pictures, along with producers George Hencken and Complete Fiction’s Laura Richardson.  

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