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Extra: Global broadcasters board Britney doc; Abramorama-Imperative deal

Red Arrow Studios International signs broadcasters for Controlling Britney Spears Red Arrow Studios International has signed several international deals for the feature-length documentary Controlling Britney Spears, the follow-up to the successful ...
October 18, 2021

Red Arrow Studios International signs broadcasters for Controlling Britney Spears

Red Arrow Studios International has signed several international deals for the feature-length documentary Controlling Britney Spears, the follow-up to the successful doc Framing Britney Spears.

The new doc has been picked up by Sky (UK), Nine (Australia), Crave (Canada), Three (New Zealand), Talpa TV (the Netherlands), VGTV (Norway), TV2 (Denmark), TV4, MTV and Cmore (Sweden & Finland), Discovery (Italy and Philippines), Originals Factory (French & German-speaking Europe), HOT8 (Israel), yes-DBS (Israel), TV Nova’s Voyo streaming platform (Czech Republic & Slovakia), Pro Plus (Slovenia), Globo for the GloboPlay streaming service (Brazil), and TVN Grupa Discovery (Poland) including for its Player streaming platform.

Controlling Britney Spears (pictured) debuted last month on FX and Hulu in the U.S. The film is directed by Samantha Stark, with Liz Day as supervising producer and reporter and Mary Robertson as showrunner. It was produced in partnership by The New York Times and Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company.

“Just as we experienced with Framing Britney Spears earlier this year, the broadcaster response to this compelling and equally captivating follow-up feature has been phenomenal. Controlling Britney Spears brings more stunning and first-hand revelations about exactly how the conservatorship controlled the pop star’s daily life. The vast lineup of broadcasters we have on board is testament to the importance and powerful insights of this documentary,” said Tim Gerhartz, president and managing director at Red Arrow Studios International, in a release.

Abramorama, Imperative partner on fallen soldier doc To What Remains

Indie distributor Abramorama is partnering with California-based prodco Imperative Entertainment for the theatrical release of the new documentary To What Remains.

The film focuses on Project Recover, a team of scientists, historians and military veterans who search the depths of the ocean and the farthest corners of the earth to find and recover the remains of the more than 80,000 Americans missing in action since World War II. The doc follows them as they deliver closure and solace to MIA families who’ve sometimes gone generations without answers. Abramorama will release To What Remains theatrically in early December to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

To What Remains was directed by Chris Woods. It’s a Pursuit Productions production in association with Diamond Docs. The film was executive produced by Adam Zimmer and Gino Falsetto and produced by Dan Friedkin and Ed Shipley.

To What Remains presents a unique look at the families left without closure as their loved ones went missing, and the heroic lengths that the passionate group of professionals and volunteers of Project Recover will go to in order to truly honor the missing and bring them home. We are honored to bring this film to the big screen across the nation and around the world,” said Abramorama COO and partner Karol Martesko-Fenster in a release.

Future of Science Fellowship recipients

A trio of emerging filmmakers have been chosen for the Future of Science Film Fellowship, which aims to “push new boundaries” in the exploration of the intersection of race, discrimination and colonialism in science.

The three fellows — Luce Capco Lincoln, Grace Chuang, and Attabey Rodríguez Benítez — will develop original films about the changing landscape of science. Each fellow will participate in an intensive eight-week fellowship with support, resources, and mentorship from leaders in science, storytelling and filmmaking, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.

The selected filmmakers’ projects will challenge scientists’ modern views by showing both the diverse roots of scientific discovery, as well as a new path forward for change.

In her project, Rodríguez Benítez, a freelance science writer with a doctorate in chemical biology, will explore the contributions of Indigenous Peoples and others with scientific expertise outside of academia. For his project, Capco Lincoln will examine what it means to be a scientist, focusing on a personal story: his mother’s life and career in science as an immigrant from the Philippines in the early 1960s. And finally, Chuang’s film looks at how different methodologies can enrich modern research practices, as well as how Indigenous perspectives can integrate traditional knowledge into biology.

“We could not be more thrilled to work with Luce, Grace, and Attabey,” said Mónica Feliú-Mójer, an executive producer for the Fellowship, in a statement. “Their unique backgrounds and stories will bring new perspectives that I hope will reframe how we think about the culture and practice of science.”

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