02 Apr 2015


London, 2nd April 2015 – Content Television, a division of Content Media Corporation, will debut new 60’ documentary feature Mandela, My Dad and Me at MIPTV, welcoming renowned actor Idris Elba (Long Walk to Freedom, The Wire) to Cannes.

From Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures, Woodcut Media and Shine North, and co-financed by Green Door Pictures and Bob & Co, Mandela, My Dad and Me follows Idris on a journey of self-exploration. After his portrayal of political hero Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, Idris sets out to record an album of South African music in honour of his idol, with BAFTA award-winning director Daniel Vernon documenting his movements. 

In preparation to play Mandela, Idris took inspiration and strength from another of his role models, his father, Winston. But, just as he is due to commence work on the album, he receives the devastating news that his father has died. What started out as a professional project becomes an increasingly personal mission and the film they originally intended to create evolves into something deeper. Mandela, My Dad and Me not only documents one man’s struggle in producing his first album, but also his emotional quest to pay a fitting tribute to two inspirational men.

Idris Elba commented, “I am delighted to be joining the production and sales teams at MIP-TV. This was an incredibly fulfilling project for me – it was difficult at times but ultimately it was a hugely rewarding experience – and I hope broadcasters and international audiences will enjoy my journey in Mandela, My Dad and Me.”

Greg Phillips, President at Content Television, added, “Mandela, My Dad and Me captures the personal and professional journey taken by Idris in the production of the album mi Mandela during one of the toughest years of his life. We’re confident this emotionally moving story will resonate exceptionally well with international audiences, and are honoured to welcome Idris to Cannes to introduce Mandela, My Dad and Me to our global clients as it makes its international debut.”

For further information contact:
Debbie Lawrence                        
The Lippin Company                    
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3008 5406    

About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation Limited (“Content”, “the Company”), is a global entertainment media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, which owns and distributes a significant library of film, television and digital assets. Content Film, the film sales division, holds the rights to over 240 feature film titles and helps producers secure financing, marketing and distribution. The division also acquires top-tier documentaries. Content Television is the television sales division, which holds the library rights to 4,200 hours of TV programming incorporating major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. Content Digital licenses over 300 hours of bespoke digital properties, in addition to the existing library, to digital media platforms worldwide, including on-demand, broadband and mobile. The Company also includes the Alive Group, a wholly owned subsidiary based in Beijing, and owns significant stakes in Collins Avenue, a LA based entertainment TV production company; Spirit digital media, a digital production company; leading factual entertainment production house Aito Media and film and television production companies Jigsaw Productions and Preferred Film & TV. Additionally, Content has an ongoing strategic deal with formats distribution and production outfit Small World IFT plus first look deals with transatlantic drama and comedy specialist, Caryn Mandabach Productions, and UK based independent producer, Keo Films.