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Magnolia takes Freda, GoDigital gets Motivation

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Ryan White’s documentary about The Beatles’ lifelong secretary Freda Kelly, while separately GoDigital has swooped on Tribeca selection The Motivation.

Kathy McCabe, White and Jessica Lawson produced Good Ol’ Freda and the film premiered at SXSW in March.

Magnolia will release the film theatrically later this year. The documentary will be available on digital and cable video on demand in August.

“Freda Kelly is a truly remarkable woman, and Good Ol’ Freda is a treasure trove and delight for fans of The Beatles, from casual to die-hard,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Ryan White has done us all a great service in telling her story.”

Magnolia’s svp of acquisitions Dori Begley brokered the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

GoDigital has taken North American VoD and digital rights to Adam Bhala’s current Tribeca selection The Motivation, a documentary following eight of the world’s renowned professional skateboarders as they prepare for the sport’s top event.

The film will receive its world premiere on Friday [26]. GoDigital’s chief content officer Jason Beck negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films.

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