Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding US television to Barbara Schroeder’s documentary talhotblond.

The deal is the first of its kind for the division, which will make the film available through download-to-own digital distributors including iTunes and Amazon following the broadcast premiere on MSNBC on December 13.

talhotblond is the true story (and screen name) of a beautiful teenager who used internet game rooms to lure men into a cyberspace web and unleashes a vengeful fantasy that escalates into real-life murder.

The film won best documentary at the Seattle Film Festival and Cinema City International Film Festival and was one of the top three finalists at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. PDE negotiated the deal with Submarine.

talhotblond is both incredibly compelling and timely,” Keith Quinn, PDE’s senior vice-president of creative development and production, said.  “Given that it tackles the hot 21st century issue of online identity and cyber crime, it’s a good fit to make it available to audiences worldwide, especially those who are plugged in to digital distribution.”

PDE develops and distributes filmed entertainment across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices, video games, virtual worlds and emerging technologies.