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Sundance Deals: Eagles Doc Sells

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Jay Fernandez | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2013 at 9:02PM

Showtime has acquired broadcast rights to Alison Ellwood’s comprehensive documentary “History of the Eagles,” which has yet to world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) produced the two-part effort, which will screen in the Documentary Premieres program. Ellwood has worked on Gibney's films as co-director and/or editor. Gibney has another film, a doc about Wikileaks, in the Sundance lineup.
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'History of Eagles'
'History of Eagles'

Showtime has acquired broadcast rights to Alison Ellwood’s comprehensive documentary “History of the Eagles,” which has yet to world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) produced the two-part effort, which will screen in the Documentary Premieres program. Ellwood has worked on Gibney's films as co-director and/or editor. Gibney has another film, a doc about Wikileaks, in the Sundance lineup.

Using never-before-seen home movies, archival footage and new interviews with members of the best-selling, long-running band, Ellwood pieces together both the history and the legacy of their music. Showtime plans to air both parts in February (only Part 1 is on show in Park City), on the 15th and 16th.

Showtime also has R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton’s “The World According to Dick Cheney” showing at Sundance. The company plans to air the doc sometime in the Spring.

The filmmakers handled the negotiation with Showtime.
 

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Festivals, Festivals, Eagles


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.