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Extra: Starz acquires Nygård docuseries; Vision Maker funding for PBS doc “Boucha”

Starz acquires U.S. rights for Exposing Peter Nygård docuseries Starz has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the three-part docuseries Evil by Design: Exposing Peter Nygård, and has also picked up ...
July 15, 2022

Starz acquires U.S. rights for Exposing Peter Nygård docuseries

Starz has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the three-part docuseries Evil by Design: Exposing Peter Nygård, and has also picked up the international streaming rights for its Starzplay platform for the UK, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Latin America and Brazil. The series will be available on network’s linear and streaming services beginning August 12.

Produced by Blue Ant Studios in collaboration with Canadian pubcaster CBC, which premiered the series in March of this year, Evil by Design (pictured) details the sex trafficking charges that have been laid in both Canada and the U.S. against the Finnish-Canadian fashion mogul, which allege that he engaged in the systematic sexual exploitation of numerous women for decades.

Employing exclusive testimony from many of those involved in the case — including former employees of Nygård, family members, law enforcement, investigative journalists and some of the alleged victims — the series chronicles how witnesses eventually came together to build the case against Nygård, and examines the culture of silence that kept the allegations about his predatory behavior hidden for so long.

Evil By Design: Exposing Peter Nygård is produced by Blue Ant Studios, and based on reporting that was included in the 2021 CBC podcast Evil by Design: Surviving Nygård. Sarah Sharkey Pearce serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Alison Duke, Timothy Sawa, Jennifer Harkness, Laura Michalchyshyn and Sam Sniderman also on board as EPs. Kim Creelman serves as producer, with Deborah Wainwright as director. For Starz, the series is overseen by head of unscripted programming Alice Dickens-Koblin and head of program acquisitions C. Brett Marottoli. Blue Ant International handles distribution of the series in markets outside of North America.

Twin Cities PBS doc project receives Vision Maker Media funding

Documentarian Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, Diné) has been awarded production funding from Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Fund for Boucha (w/t), her Twin Cities PBS (TPT) documentary on Ojibwe hockey icon Henry Boucha.

Having previously received $25,000 from the Manitou Fund, the project has now been presented with $150,000 from Vision Maker Media, the premier source of public media by and about Native Americans since 1976. The award to support the production of Boucha is part of the $1 million that Vision Maker Media has awarded 11 Native filmmakers for public media documentaries this year.

The documentary tells the life story of Boucha, a stand-out hockey star from Warroad, Minnesota who played in the 1972 Olympics in Japan as well as in the NHL, until his career was cut short by an on-ice assault and injury. This was followed by legal battles with the NHL, as well as a personal journey of cultural reclamation.

The film’s director and producer Hale previously directed Bring Her Home for TPT, a one-hour documentary about the human rights crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women that aired nationally on PBS in March 2022.

With files from Justin Anderson

About The Author
Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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