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Exchange to sell Made In America

5 September 2013 9:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

CEO Brian O’Shea and his team will handle international sales on Ron Howard’s film about Jay-z’s two-day music festival that is set to premiere in Toronto on Saturday [7].

Imagine Entertainment, Marcy Media and RadicalMedia produced the film in association with Participant Media.

Made In America chronicles last year’s two-day Philadelphia event headlined and curated by Jay-z that featured sets from Kanye West, Pearl Jam, The Hives, Janelle Monáe and Run-d.M.C, among others.

Brian Grazer, Steve Stoute, Justin Wilkes and Jonathan Silberberg produced with Howard. Jay Z, Paul Chibe, Diane Weyermann, Jeff Skoll, Erica Huggins, Jon Kamen and Sidney Beaumont served as executive producers.

Ron Howard has created an entertaining and inspirational documentary,” said O’Shea. “The music of Made In America and the inspiration for this event concert are simply fantastic. The Exchange team is proud to bring this highly commercial film to our international buyers.”

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Made in America Trailer Starring Jay-z

30 August 2013 10:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Showtime has acquired director Ron Howard's concert documentary Made in America that gives fans an all-access glimpse into the life of rapper Jay-z. The network has released the first trailer, and announced that the documentary will debut Friday, October 11 at 9 Pm Et, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Take a look at the first footage, then read the official press release for more details on this documentary.

Last year, Grammy Award-winning music icon Shawn "Jay-z" Carter united the biggest names in music (with a few notable locals) to perform at a star-studded, multi-genre, two-day Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia. He then approached Oscar-winning filmmakers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment to join forces and produce a film chronicling the inspirational event. The result is the highly anticipated documentary Made in America, world premiering on television exclusively on Showtime on Friday, »

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Showtime Nabs Concert Doc from Jay Z, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

30 August 2013 9:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jay Z, Kanye West, Pearl Jam, Run-d.M.C. and Passion Pit are just a few of the top musicians featured in “Made in America,” a doc acquired by Showtime from Imagine Entertainment.

Produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard along with Jay Z, “Made in America” is a followup to Jay Z’s two-day music fest held in Philadelphia last year, which drew tens of thousands of fan during Labor Day weekend last year.

Documentary chronicles the Budweiser-sponsored event by offering viewers a backstage pass to the confab, and spotlights performances and interviews from some of the music industry’s chart-topping artists. In addition to producing, Howard helmed the doc.

The documentary officially debuts at the Toronto Film Fest on Sept. 7. Showtime will premiere the doc on television on Oct. 11.

“As soon as we saw this film we knew it was a perfect fit for Showtime,” says David Nevins, »

- AJ Marechal

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Radical Media Preps Nina Simone Documentary

5 June 2013 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Radical Media, the production company with credits including doc “Paradise 3: Purgatory” and Sundance Channel skein “Iconoclasts,” has begun development on a documentary about the life of Nina Simone, partnering on the untitled pic with the Simone estate and the singer’s daughter, the single-monikered Simone.

Project is in its very early stages, with Radical in talks with potential directors and as well as with possible distribution partners, targeting a theatrical release. Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes and Sidney Beaumont produce the brewing feature with Jayson Jackson and the performer’s daughter, both repping the singer’s estate.

The documentary is unaffiliated with the bio-pic that’s also in the works with Zoe Saldana on board to play the singer. Simone’s estate is not involved in that project.

Doc will incorporate previously unseen archival and performance footage following Simone’s life and career, from her youth in the south to her 2003 death in France. »

- Gordon Cox

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