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Kew Media receives “unprecedented” interest in Jackson doc

Kew Media Distribution says it has received “unprecedented” interest in Channel 4/HBO doc Leaving Neverland and has brokered over 130 deals around the world.

Through a host of individual and pan-territory deals, multiple countries are set to air the two-part doc after a successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Among the line-up of channels which have already acquired the documentary are ProSiebenSAT.1 Group, Network 10 Australia, HBO Latin America, DR Denmark, VPRO Netherlands, SVT Sweden, Channel One Russia, VRT Belgium, TVNZ New Zealand, yes Israel, Amedia TV Russia, YLE Finland, FOX Networks Group Asia, Front Row Filmed Entertainment in the Middle East, RUV Iceland, M6 France, Movistar+ Spain and HBO Europe operating in Central Europe.

Additionally, there are a “considerable” number of deals which are currently in the final stages of negotiation, according to the distributor.

Leaving Neverland focuses on the abuse allegations of two young boys who met Michael Jackson in 1993.

The doc, commissioned by HBO’s Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller and Channel 4’s Tom Porter, and Daniel Pearl, is made by AMOS Pictures and will premiere on HBO and Channel 4 in March.

Jonathan Ford, executive VP of sales at Kew Media Distribution, said: “We are seeing unprecedented interest in Leaving Neverland from a host of leading broadcasters and platforms worldwide.

“Dan is an exceptional filmmaker and has delivered an utterly compelling documentary on a very difficult subject. This, along with the continued global scrutiny of Michael Jackson’s personal life, is a real factor of this huge demand.”