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17 Jan 2019

KEW MEDIA DISTRIBUTION SECURES INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS FOR CHANNEL 4/HBO’S COMPELLING TWO-PART DOCUMENTARY LEAVING NEVERLAND.

Leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, has secured the international distribution rights (excluding UK and US) for Leaving Neverland.

Channel 4 and HBO have co-produced award-winning director Dan Reed’s Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary featuring two men who recount their experiences of being sexually abused by Michael Jackson.

When allegations of abuse by Jackson involving young boys surfaced in 1993, many found it hard to believe that he could be guilty of such unspeakable acts. Leaving Neverland explores the experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age ten, and Wade Robson, at age seven, who were both befriended by Jackson. They and their families were entranced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence as his career reached its peak.

Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck and Robson, now in their 30s, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, Leaving Neverland crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, and explores the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of their own. Playing out against the backdrop of our collective experience, the film documents the value of breaking silence, even when it implicates a powerful and revered figure.

Director Dan Reed (Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks; The Paedophile Hunter; The Valley) states, “I believe anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families and will appreciate the strength it takes to confront long-held secrets.”

Jonathan Ford, EVP of Sales at Kew Media Distribution, comments, “Acquiring the distribution rights for Leaving Neverland reinforces our commitment to providing strong and emotive programming to Kew Media Distribution’s roster of clients around the world.  It is a privilege to have secured this unique and extraordinary documentary, by acclaimed, award-winning director Dan Reed, to complement our ever-growing catalogue of high-quality content.”

Leaving Neverland was commissioned by Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Tom Porter. The two-part series is made by AMOS Pictures and directed by Dan Reed and will premiere on HBO and Channel 4 this spring.

 

For further information contact:

Debbie Lawrence

The Lippin Company

Email: dlawrence@lippingroup.com

Tel: +44 (0) 7771 850580

 

About Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 10,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com