Magnolia strikes US deal for Marley doc
Magnolia Pictures has taken US rights to Kevin Macdonald’s Marley, which has its world premiere at the Berlinale.
Producers are Steve Bing of Shangri-La and Charles Steel. Executive producers are Bob Marley’s son Ziggy Marley and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.
After Berlin, the film will have its North American premiere at SXSW in March.
Magnolia plans an April 20 release for theatrical as well as VOD and digital platforms. VH1 has licensed the first TV window of the film for their franchise VH1 Rock Doc.
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The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Business Affairs Chris Matson and for VH1 by Ben Zurier and Brad Abramson with Liesl Copland of WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers. (Fortissimo is handling the international sales.)
“Bob Marley is a fascinating, towering figure in musical history, and Marley is the biography that he deserves,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Kevin Macdonald has once again shown himself to be a master documentarian with this eye-opening, entertaining, beautifully crafted film.”
“This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” added Executive Producer Ziggy Marley. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey.”