Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson episode pulled from ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons producers have pulled an episode featuring the voice of Michael Jackson days after HBO and Channel 4 aired two-part doc Leaving Neverland, which details sex abuse allegations against the singer. The episode in question is “Stark Raving Dad”, which features Jackson’s voice. It is one of the long-running show’s more popular episodes, and will now […]

Michael Jackson doc draws 2.4m to Channel 4 amid London protests

Dan Reed’s feature doc Leaving Neverland garnered a peak audience of 2.4m for the UK’s Channel 4 amid protests at the channel’s London headquarters. The controversial HBO/Channel 4 co-production, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January to great acclaim, centres on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuk, who claim they were sexually […]

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 […]

Michael Jackson estate threatens HBO with $100m lawsuit over Leaving Neverland

Michael Jackson’s estate is threatening to sue HBO for $100m over its controversial sex abuse documentary about the late singer, Leaving Neverland. The two-part, four-hour doc, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month, centres on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that they were molested by the pop singer for years as […]

Netflix celebrates Quincy Jones in new doc

The life of legendary US music producer, arranger, composer and songwriter Quincy Jones will be the subject of a new Netflix documentary set to air next month. The documentary, Quincy, has been directed by Jones’ daughter, the actress Rashida Jones, along with Alan Hicks and will air on Netflix on September 21 following a limited […]

Michael Jackson’s Halloween coming to TV

LA-based IM Global Television (IMGTV) has picked up rights to animated special Michael Jackson’s Halloween. The show is a 1x60mins, CGI toon that uses music of legendary singer Jackson’s career. Christina Baranski (The Good Fight), Kiersey Clemons (Justice League), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) are among the voice […]

Alex Graham takes Guardian parent chair

Not long after establishing Two Cities Television, Alex Graham has been named chairman of the Scott Trust, the parent of the Guardian newspaper. Graham’s name has returned to headlines this year after launching Two Cities with former Channel 4 CEO Michael Jackson and reports surfaced about a separate venture with the founders of All3Media. Alongside […]

Banijay UK chief to exit

Rod Henwood is stepping down from his post as CEO of Banijay UK, Belgium and Netherlands. He will leave in November, with “an announcement will follow shortly regarding the organisational changes that will be made following Rod’s departure”, according to a Banijay statement. Henwood’s post put him in charge of prodcos such as RDF, IWC, […]

BBCWW backs Alex Graham, Michael Jackson firm

BBC Worldwide has bought a minority stake in Two Cities Television, a new drama indie that Alex Graham and Michael Jackson have established. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster will gain global distribution rights across platforms for all Two Cities-produced shows over a five-year period in return. UK trade Broadcast broke the news this […]

Alex Graham ‘in talks with Jackson, All3 founders’

Alex Graham is reportedly talking to former Channel 4 boss Michael Jackson and the founders of All3Media about creating two separate content companies. Graham, founder of The Voice UK producer Wall to Wall, is in discussions with Jackson about creating a production company, according to the Guardian. The talks with David Liddiment, Steve Morrison and […]