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Peacock slates Rosa Parks doc from Soledad O’Brien’s prodco

NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock has slated a documentary on civil rights icon Rosa Parks from Soledad O’Brien’s S’OB Productions shingle. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is billed by the ...
November 11, 2021

NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock has slated a documentary on civil rights icon Rosa Parks from Soledad O’Brien’s S’OB Productions shingle.

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is billed by the streamer as the first full-length doc about Parks, who in 1955 defied what was then a city ordinance in Montgomery, Alabama by not giving up her seat on a bus to a white man. That act led to her arrest, which ignited a bus boycott that went on for more than a year. Through that event and a life of activism, Parks came to be known as “the mother of the freedom movement.”

The film, currently in production for a 2022 air date, boasts a wealth of video footage, exclusive audio of Parks herself, and interviews with family, fellow activists and myriad celebrities influenced by her work.

The project, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jeanne Theoharis, is directed by Yoruba Richen (The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show; The Green Book: Guide to Freedom) and Johanna Hamilton (1971). Executive producers are O’Brien (pictured), Richen, Hamilton, Jo Honig¬†and Patrick Conway, with Christalyn Hampton also producing.

In reference to the streamer’s “growing documentary slate,” Rachel Smith, EVP, unscripted development, documentary & lifestyle for NBC Universal Streaming & Cable said in a statement: “This powerful film examines Rosa Parks’ life through a new lens and debunks many common myths. Get ready to see Rosa Parks like you’ve never seen her before.”

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