Drive picks up ITV & HBO’s Diana doc


Princess DianaAs the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approaches, a new HBO and ITV doc about her life as secured distribution.

UK-based Drive has acquired rights to the untitled doc, which is a 1x90mins effort from British producer Oxford Film and Television.

US cable channel HBO and UK commercial broadcaster ITV came on board the doc recently, as reported at the time. Both will air it over the summer, ahead of the anniversary of Diana’s death on August 31.

Drive joint managing director Lilla Hurst said a “number of pre-sales with international broadcasters keen to mark the anniversary” had been secured. “This will undoubtedly be a programme that also holds value for many years,” she added.

There has been a flurry of activity around the anniversary, with Drive rival TCB Media Rights today selling another doc, Diana and the Paparazzi, to a number of broadcasters.

Banijay Rights has also taken rights to Diana: The Truth Behind Her Death (WT), which Tony Comiti is producing for French commercial broadcaster M6.

Time Inc. has also created a four-hour doc on Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.