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Kew lands int’l rights for C4 & HBO’s Leaving Neverland

Kew Media Distribution has secured the international rights – excluding the UK and US – for the Channel 4 and HBO co-production Leaving Neverland.

Leaving Neverland is a two-part documentary featuring two men who recount their experiences of being abused by Michael Jackson.

James Safechuck and Wade Robson recount how they were both befriended by Jackson at the peak of his career in the 1990s. They and their families were entranced by the singer’s fairy-tale existence, like many in the world, making it all the more difficult when they made allegations of abuse in 1993.

The title was originally commissioned by C4 commissioning editor Tom Porter. The two-part series is made by AMOS Pictures and directed by Dan Reed (Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks).

Leaving Neverland will premiere on HBO and C4 this spring.

Reed said: “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, executive VP of sales at Kew Media Distribution, added: “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.”