ALEX GIBNEY’S JIGSAW TO CO-PRODUCE ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE DOCUMENTARY WITH NEVISION FOR HBO AND SKY ARTS
Kew Media Group on board as global distributor with international launch set for MIPCOM 2017
London 27 September 2017. Independent producer Nevision has signed a significant deal with multi award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions to co-produce Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge, the documentary about the seminal music magazine for HBO U.S. in association with Sky Arts in the UK.
Kew Media Group, a partner with Jigsaw Productions, is on board as global distribution partner and secured the UK broadcast deal with Sky. The series will be launched internationally at MIPCOM 2017.
The big-budget series is currently in production, with completion scheduled for September 2017. The show is set to air on HBO in early November, and on Sky Arts on 10th November 2017, marking the publication’s landmark 50th anniversary.
Jigsaw’s Alex Gibney and Blair Foster will direct and will also act as executive producers along with Wenner Media’s Jann Wenner, Co-Founder and Publisher of Rolling Stone and Nevision’s James Cabourne. Jigsaw’s Richard Perello and Stacey Offman will Co-Executive Produce. Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge will be available internationally as a 6 x 42’ series.
Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge will show the emergence of the magazine, the superb and ground-breaking work of its writers and its impact on society. Rather than being a celebration of a business enterprise, the documentary will chronicle some of the great journalistic stories, storytellers and music makers of the last fifty years. It’s an insider’s look at how some incredibly talented writers reflected the ethic of rock ‘n’ roll culture.
Stylistically, the documentary will feature audio interviews with world-renowned musicians from Dylan to Springsteen to John Lennon, along with previously unheard recordings from journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson.
Phil Edgar-Jones, Channel Director of Sky Arts, said: “The impact on popular culture and journalism of Rolling Stone Magazine is immense. Sky Arts is proud to have this superb Alex Gibney series as a centrepiece of the November schedules.”
Greg Phillips, President of Distribution at Kew Media Group, commented: “What started as a barometer for the arts and cultural community, and a mouthpiece for political viewpoints, has grown into one of the most significant and recognizable international brands of our time. Rolling Stone’s deeply instilled fusion of creativity and exclusive insight into the world of music transcends borders and we are proud to be distributing Alex’s latest addition to the Jigsaw stable.”
James Cabourne, Executive Chairman of Nevision, added: “Rolling Stone magazine is an icon and has played a significant role in the lives of many generations of young people around the world. We are genuinely thrilled to be working alongside talent such as Alex Gibney to bring unheard interviews of music’s finest and most influential figures to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. This is a fitting celebration of the magazine’s 50th anniversary and we are confident it will resonate globally.”
Alex Gibney has been called ‘the most important documentarian of our time’ by Esquire Magazine and ‘one of America’s most successful and prolific documentary filmmakers’ by The New York Times and his films have won the Academy Award®, multiple Emmy® Awards, the Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award, and The Writers Guild Awards.
His credits include the Oscar winning Taxi To The Dark Side and the Oscar nominated Enron: The Smartest Men In The Room, the triple Emmy® and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which premiered on HBO in March 2015 becoming the most watched HBO documentary in a decade; Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, a two-part special on the life, music and career of legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in The House of God, and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, an evocative portrait of the life and work of Steve Jobs that re-examines his legacy and our relationship with the computer, released by Magnolia Pictures in theaters and on VOD in September 2015, and premiered on television on CNN in January 2016 as the number one show in its time slot among the cable news networks. Gibney’s Zero Days about cyberwar was released last year.
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About Sky Arts
Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated channel for the arts. It offers something for everyone, whatever their passion, with entertaining programmes showcasing the best of classical and popular music, theatre, opera, dance and the visual arts, as well as original drama and comedy.
Sky Arts is broadcast 24 hours a day and has over 1,000 hours available on catch-up TV, including flagship programmes such as Portrait Artist of The Year, Landscape Artist of the Year and The South Bank Show.
The channel is committed to supporting the arts by investing in the best talent, both on and off screen, as well as through exclusive partnerships with major UK and European cultural institutions, including National Theatre Live, Tate and The British Library.
Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, serving 22.5 million customers across six countries – UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. The company has annual revenues of £12.9 billion and is Europe’s leading investor in television content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion. Sky has over 31,000 employees and is listed as one of The Times Top 50 employers for women. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).
About Jigsaw Productions
Jigsaw Productions is helmed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, considered one of the most prolific and thought-provoking documentary filmmakers of our generation. Founding Jigsaw Educational Productions in 1978, Gibney set out to make the company an incubator for diverse filmmakers, giving each the opportunity as part of the Jigsaw team to explore and refine their talent in the art of producing documentary films. In 2012, Gibney founded Jigsaw Productions, LLC, and partnered with Kew Media Group, a global entertainment corporation, allowing Jigsaw to further expand into feature films and the scripted and unscripted television series arena.
Jigsaw has produced some of the most acclaimed documentary films in recent years, including the triple Emmy® and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, one of the most watched documentaries in HBO’s history; the Academy® and Emmy® Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side; the Oscar®-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; the multiple Emmy® Award-winning Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God; Showtime’s Emmy®-winning History of the Eagles, the controversial We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, and the provocative film about Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace, The Armstrong Lie.
More recent Jigsaw releases include the Peabody Award-winning and Grammy nominated Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown. The two-part special Sinatra: All or Nothing At All premiered in April 2015 on HBO, and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2015. The Man in the Machine, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, was selected as the opening film of the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2015, premiered in theaters and on VOD in September 2015, and aired on CNN in January 2016 as the number one show in its time slot among the cable news networks.
Jigsaw Production’s latest feature, Zero Days, directed by Alex Gibney, world premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Berlinale. Magnolia Pictures released the film theatrically July 2016. Zero Days was selected for the 2017 Oscar Documentary Short List.
Jigsaw has an active slate of highly visible TV series: The New Yorker Presents, a series which brings to life the award-winning The New Yorker magazine, Cooked, a four part docu-series for Netflix Global based on Michael Pollan’s book, (Gibney directed the first episode of the series called “Fire”), Death Row Stories, a popular CNN series executive produced by Gibney and Robert Redford, that explore difficult questions about the US capital punishment system, in its third season, Edge of Eighteen, a groundbreaking series for Al Jazeera America where Jigsaw mentored high school seniors as they filmed their lives on the brink of adulthood and Parched, a four part investigative docu-series about the water crisis, which will air globally on NatGeo.
From geopolitics to sports, finance to music, all of Jigsaw’s work reflects the myriad interests of its founder, who refers to himself as a “filmmaker with journalistic baggage.” Whether the company is creating a documentary or narrative film, a scripted or unscripted series, Jigsaw adheres to a particular ethos: well-told, insightful, scrupulously researched, and visually poignant stories, which ignite and engage our curiosity. Reaching audiences on screens small or large, on platforms digital or traditional, Jigsaw aims to achieve critical and commercial success without sacrificing style or authenticity.
About Wenner Media
Wenner Media LLC, a privately held company headquartered in New York City, publishes Rolling Stone, the number one brand in music publishing and the leading voice of music and popular culture for 50 years. The multi-media brand features the latest in music reviews, in-depth interviews, hard-hitting political commentary and award-winning journalism across many platforms including magazine, digital, mobile, social and event marketing. Rolling Stone provides “all the news that fits” to a global audience of approximately 60 million fans of the brand every month. For more information, please visit www.rollingstone.com.
Nevision is a creative hub, rooted in the production and financing of quality television and theatrical content for the global market. Launched in 2013, Nevision is an independent production company that originates, produces and facilitates content creation; curating and nurturing a project from inception to exploitation. Nevision exclusively represents an investment group and is able to access deficit funding as required.
The company has a broad slate of series currently in production including: animated series Floogals season 2 for Universal Kids in US; scripted series Keeping Faith with Vox Pictures for S4C and BBC Wales and Alex with SF Studios in Sweden for Viaplay. Nevison’s first feature documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is also launching in theatres globally this autumn.
Nevision’s board includes some of the UK’s most experienced and creative business executives including James Cabourne, Neil Zeiger and Nigel Pickard with a string of globally renowned production credits to their names.
About Kew Media Group
Kew Media Group produces and acquires more than 1,000 new hours of premium content every year and distributes Kew’s catalogue of film, television and digital assets, to more than 150 countries worldwide on almost every available viewing platform. Kew Media Group’s library contains over 275 theatrical feature titles and rights to more than 6,500 hours of TV and digital content including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series.
For more information visit http://www.kewmedia.com.