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iW NEWS | HBO Announces “Black List” Acquisition

iW NEWS | HBO Announces "Black List" Acquisition

In the third documentary deal timed to the opening day of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, HBO Documentary Films has announced its acquisition of domestic TV rights to Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell‘s “The Black List: Volume One,” which is having its world premiere in the Spectrum section on Tuesday at Sundance. The film is described as being “composed of dramatic portraits of some of today’s most fascinating and influential African-American icons,” including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sean Combs, Mahlon Duckett, Thelma Golden, Lou Gossett, Jr., Bill T. Jones, Vernon Jordan, Marc Morial, Toni Morrison, Suzanne-Lori Parks, Richard Parsons, Colin Powell, Susan Rice, Chris Rock, Al Sharpton, Lorna Simpson, Slash, Dawn Staley, Faye Wattleton, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Zane. The documentary will be part of what is described as a “multifaceted project that includes a traveling exhibit, portrait book and a user-generated campaign designed for multiple platforms.” Produced by Mitchell, Greenfield-Sanders and Michael Slap Sloane, the deal was brokered by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and David Koh of Arthouse Films. The TV deal reunites the project with HBO, which supported its development. A source close to the film told indieWIRE today that HBO is planning a limited Oscar qualifying theatrical release and that a separate DVD deal is currently in the works. [Eugene Hernandez]

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