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Extra: History/A+E partners with Roybal Fund; Lorton producing James Blunt doc

History Channel/A+E Networks partners with Roybal Magnet Fund The History Channel and A+E Networks are partnering with the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund. The fund was launched by George Clooney, Grant ...
July 21, 2022

History Channel/A+E Networks partners with Roybal Magnet Fund

The History Channel and A+E Networks are partnering with the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund.

The fund was launched by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and CAA’s Bryan Lourd to support the specialized academy of the same name that they founded in 2021, along with a coalition of leaders, to drive change across the entertainment industry for students from underserved communities. The school will welcome its inaugural class of ninth and tenth grade students this fall.

Additionally, Paul Buccieri, president and chairman of A+E Networks Group, has joined the Roybal Advisory Board. He will work alongside board members Clooney, Heslov, Lourd, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Mindy Kaling, Don Cheadle, Nicole Avant, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jim Gianopulos.

As part of the multi-year partnership, History/A+E Networks will provide classroom resources and curriculum developed to meet the standards prescribed by the State of California and the University of California educational system, as well as offer students access to special screenings and guest speakers. Working in collaboration with the Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet Fund and the school, the network group will also develop learning sessions led by A+E creatives and company leaders specializing in a range of behind-the-camera roles.

“One of the most powerful ways to diversify the entertainment industry is to provide a new generation with practical hands-on skills and connections, which is why I am honored to serve as a founding member of the Roybal Film and Television Magnet School Advisory Board,” said Buccieri in a release. “The Roybal school will help infuse the media and entertainment industry with an incredible new pool of creatives, and I am thrilled to play a role in this important endeavor.”

Lorton Entertainment producing James Blunt documentary

British singer-songwriter James Blunt, who reached worldwide fame in the mid-’00s, will be the subject of a feature documentary from Lorton Entertainment.

Describing the film as “Spinal Tap meets Alan Partridge,” the prodco asserts that the currently unnamed documentary is about the story of an aging pop star “still fighting for relevance some 17 years after his star momentarily twinkled.” Blunt is best known for his hit song “You’re Beautiful” from the album Back to Bedlam, which was the UK’s best-selling album in the 2000s.

Filming Blunt on the road during the 2022 Greatest Hit Tour, director Chris Atkins also covers the singer’s backstory, including his early stint as a soldier, the recording of his hit album, and how he dealt with the backlash that greeted his work and success.

The film is produced by Steven Lappin and Ian Neil at Next of Kin Films, and by Julian Bird, Ed Barratt and Arthur Landon at Lorton, which is also financing and distributing the doc.

Lorton previously produced the BBC doc Bros: After the Screaming Stops, as well as the Oasis documentary Supersonic and the soon-to-air film on George Ezra, End to End.

 

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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