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Framing Britney Spears 

Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life.


Samantha Stark


Liz Day (senior story editor)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Britney Spears ... Self (archive footage)
Liz Day ... Self - Senior Editor, The New York Times
Felicia Culotta ... Self - Britney's Friend, Former Assistant
Hayley Hill ... Self - Former Teen People Fashion Director, Britney's Former Stylist, 1997-2001
Nancy Carson ... Self - Children's Talent Agent
Kim Kaiman ... Self - Senior Director of Marketing, Jive Records, 1998-2004
Wesley Morris ... Self - Critic at Large, The New York Times
Dave Holmes ... Self - MTV V.J., 1998-2002
Kevin Tancharoen ... Self - Backup Dancer, Tour Director, 1999-2004
Brittain Stone ... Self - Photography Director, Us Weekly, 2001-2011
Daniel Ramos ... Self - Celebrity Videographer, 2004-2013
Joe Coscarelli ... Self - Pop Music Reporter, The New York Times
Vivian Lee Thoreen ... Self - Lawyer
Adam Streisand ... Self - Lawyer
Barbara Gray ... Self - 'Britney's Gram' Podcast Host (as Babs Gray)


Britney Spears hasn't been able to fully live her own life for 13 years, stuck in a court-sanctioned conservatorship. A new documentary by The New York Times examines what the public might not know about the pop star's court battle with her father for control of her estate. It also explores the fervent fan base that is convinced Spears should be liberated from the conservatorship, and re-examines the media's handling of one of the biggest pop stars of all time.

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Several judges involved in Britney's case were reached out for the documentary, including Judges Reva Goetz and Brenda Penny, though the New York Times were not able to interview them. See more »


...Baby One More Time
Written by Max Martin
Performed by Britney Spears
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Dizz(ne)ying connections
5 February 2021 | by everythingdizSee all my reviews

It's vertigo-inducing knowing that the seeds of Spears' ascent were planted on the Mickey Mouse Club revival and, decades later, another arm of the proverbial mouse house (FX) is litigating what the ensuing years hath wrought. Bone-chilling story of overt misogyny notwithstanding, the mere existence of this documentary is an eerie cipher for the ever-grinding gears of the entertainment industry itself.

The '90s Club was actually filmed on a soundstage in Disney World that was razed to build Galaxy's Edge. So, if you ever find yourself in the middle of Star Warslandiverse, you're also standing on the ground where Britney Spears' career was born.

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5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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Kentwood, Louisiana, USA

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