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iW NEWS | MSNBC Launches New Film Division with "Dear Zachary"

By Indiewire | Indiewire June 24, 2008 at 12:30PM

Cable news network MSNBC has opened a new doc division dubbed MSNBC Films. The initiative will give MSNBC a platform to present and produce films on television, while also "supporting films during their festival run and theatrical release," according to a company statement. Kurt Kuenne's "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father" will be the first film tied to the new venture. Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment represents the film and negotiated and structured the partnership with MSNBC. The Slamdance film began as a memorial to Kuenne's life-long friend Dr. Andrew Bagby, but it took on a whole new meaning when it was revealed that Bagby's ex-girlfriend and suspected murderer was pregnant with his child. Kuenne travels to dozens of cities in three countries where he meets with virtually every person who ever touched and was touched by Bagby, while Bagby's parents fight for custody of the baby. "MSNBC Films is another way for NBC News to partner with great independent filmmakers, who bring different takes on the world, commented Michael Rubin, Vice President, Long-form Programming at MSNBC. "We're doing cartwheels over 'Dear Zachary.'" The film will premiere on MSNBC following a theatrical release that is currently in negotiations and expected to be announced in the coming weeks. [Brian Brooks]
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Cable news network MSNBC has opened a new doc division dubbed MSNBC Films. The initiative will give MSNBC a platform to present and produce films on television, while also "supporting films during their festival run and theatrical release," according to a company statement. Kurt Kuenne's "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father" will be the first film tied to the new venture. Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment represents the film and negotiated and structured the partnership with MSNBC. The Slamdance film began as a memorial to Kuenne's life-long friend Dr. Andrew Bagby, but it took on a whole new meaning when it was revealed that Bagby's ex-girlfriend and suspected murderer was pregnant with his child. Kuenne travels to dozens of cities in three countries where he meets with virtually every person who ever touched and was touched by Bagby, while Bagby's parents fight for custody of the baby. "MSNBC Films is another way for NBC News to partner with great independent filmmakers, who bring different takes on the world, commented Michael Rubin, Vice President, Long-form Programming at MSNBC. "We're doing cartwheels over 'Dear Zachary.'" The film will premiere on MSNBC following a theatrical release that is currently in negotiations and expected to be announced in the coming weeks. [Brian Brooks]

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