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Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad and Endeavor partner on Mary Tyler Moore doc

Hillman Grad Productions and Endeavor Content are partnering to produce a documentary about the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore. Being Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Documentary, scheduled to be ...
July 21, 2021

Hillman Grad Productions and Endeavor Content are partnering to produce a documentary about the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore.

Being Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Documentary, scheduled to be released next year, will be produced by Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani of Hillman Grad, alongside Debra Martin Chase from Martin Chase Productions, Andrew Coles from The Mission, and Ben Selkow and James Adolphus from Good Trouble Studios.

Endeavor acquired the rights to produce the documentary, on behalf of Hillman Grad, from the Mary Tyler Moore estate, and will finance and handle worldwide sales of the film. Moore’s estate will also  support the film, with her husband S. Robert Levine involved as an executive producer.

Adolphus will direct the film, which is the first authorized bio-documentary of Moore, who’s best known for her pioneering performance as a single, successful and professional woman on network TV during the 1970s on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The doc will have access to her life and estate, loved ones, colleagues and friends for interviews to explore Moore’s career as an actress, businesswoman and advocate.

The documentary aims to show how Moore revolutionized the way women are portrayed in media, and how her work empowered and inspired future generations.

“Mary Tyler Moore is an icon, mystery and an inspiration,” Waithe said in a news release.

“With the help of her loving husband, Robert, and her friends and colleagues we hope to reveal that America’s sweetheart was more human than they ever imagined and was often put on a pedestal she never felt comfortable standing on.”

Adolphus added: “We love Mary for embodying the modern woman on television and defining a vision of womanhood that continues to inspire generations of Americans. In BEING MARY, we honor that legacy by sharing her brilliant and nuanced life story. To have Lena and Robert’s support in this endeavor is both humbling and an honor.”

Being Mary is the first documentary that Hillman Grad will oversee from inception to release.

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