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‘Fired!’ Hired for Release

'Fired!' Hired for Release

SXSW 2006 world premiere doc, Fired!, has announced a distribution deal that will have the film released in theaters in the Fall, followed by DVD/cable soon after. From Variety:

Richard Foos and the Shout Factory have picked up U.S. distrib rights to “Fired!,” Annabelle Gurwitch’s comedic first-person docu. Foos and the Shout Factory –which also took DVD rights — are eying a fall theatrical release. The Sundance Channel has purchased TV rights.

Film is based on Gurwitch’s tome “Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Cancelled, Downsized and Dismissed,” from Simon & Schuster imprint Touchstone. Gurwitch wrote and produced the docu, which Chris Bradley and Kyle LaBrache directed by.

Gurwitch became obsessed with the topic after being fired from an Off Broadway play by Woody Allen. She recounted the experience in a popular essay before launching an Off Broadway monologue series drawing upon her tale and those of others.

Docu features appearances by former U.S. secretary of labor Robert Reich, Illeana Douglas, Tim Allen, David Cross, Sarah Silverman and Ben Stein. Theatrical, DVD and TV deals were brokered by Endeavor Independent’s Graham Taylor and Greenberg Traurig’s Randy Paul.

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