Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship is set to be examined in a new documentary from BBC2.
Britney (w/t) will see BAFTA-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar seek to “uncover the truth” behind the conservatorship put in place 13 years ago.
Under the conservatorship — a U.S. legal arrangement in which a guardian is appointed by a judge to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person due to physical or mental limitation or old age — Spears (pictured) has not had total control of her finances or her career since 2008.
Azharn will journey from Spears’ hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana to Los Angeles, delving into the pop icon’s fan base.
Along the way, he attends a court hearing and finds himself in the midst of the ongoing battle between Spears’ conservatorship team and the #FreeBritney movement.
He speaks to those involved in the movement and meets the people close to Spears to learn more about the person behind the headlines.
Azhar said in a statement: “I went to LA in search of the truth of how Britney Spears, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, ended up in a conservatorship. I found myself in a world of lawyers, superfans and paparazzi and spent time with many of the people who’ve had a front row seat in Britney’s life. This film taps into the energy of the #FreeBritney movement and questions the industry, fandom and the laws that facilitate conservatorships.”
Britney (w/t) will air on BBC2 later this spring. It is produced by Forest and is distributed internationally by Abacus Media Rights.
Laura Kaye serves as producer and the executive producer is Jeremy Lee. It was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland. The commissioning editor for BBC Music is Owen Courtney.
The announcement comes on the heels of the success of FX and Hulu’s Framing Britney Spears, which thrust the #FreeBritney movement and Spears’ conservatorship battle into the spotlight. That project, produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, premiered Feb. 5.
In other BBC news, the pubcaster has ordered the feature-length special Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic (w/t), which sees the acclaimed filmmaker return to Oklahoma a decade after he first met Joseph Maldonado-Passage (“Joe Exotic”) while making America’s Most Dangerous Pets.
Looking back at his original documentary while reflecting on hours of unseen footage, Theroux investigates what has happened to former zoo operator made infamous by Netflix’s Tiger King in the intervening years. He meets old friends from his original documentary, the team trying to get him out of prison and those closest to Maldonado-Passage who have never spoken before.
The 90-minute BBC2 special is produced by Mindhouse Productions. Holland commissioned the film alongside Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, documentaries, history and religion.
Commissioning editor for the BBC is Emma Loach. Jack Rampling serves as director and the series producer is Emma Whitehead. Arron Fellows is EP.
BBC Studios will distribute the special internationally.