Los Angeles / Berlin– February 15, 2016 – Magnolia Pictures and SHOWTIME have acquired domestic rights to Alex Gibney’s Zero Days, a new documentary feature film from Participant Media, which makes its world premiere this week at the Berlin International Film Festival in Competition. Magnolia Pictures nabbed all U.S. distribution rights, with SHOWTIME acquiring the paid television rights. FilmNation is handling international sales.
Written and directed by Alex Gibney (Academy Award®-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief), Zero Days is a documentary thriller about warfare in a world without rules – the world of cyber war. The film tells the story of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. It’s the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora’s Box of cyber warfare.
Magnolia will release Zero Days theatrically in the late summer, followed by the film’s television debut on SHOWTIME.
Zero Days is produced by Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and Global Produce’s Marc Shmuger, and executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media and Sarah Dowland.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, and Josh Braun of Submarine with Gabriel Brakin, EVP Business and Legal Affairs for Participant Media.
“Zero Days plays like a harrowing thriller," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "This is another brave, illuminating and powerful film from one of our favorite filmmakers and collaborators."
"We are so proud to have Alex's film under the Showtime Documentary Films banner. It is the kind of provocative, intelligent, dynamic filmmaking our viewers can expect to see on SHOWTIME. We thank our partners at Participant Media and Magnolia Pictures," said Kent Sevener, senior vice president, Content Acquisitions, Showtime Networks Inc. and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president, Documentaries, Unscripted and Sports Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
“Participant is thrilled to be teaming up with our friends at Magnolia and SHOWTIME again, and we are confident they will successfully deliver Alex Gibney’s powerful and timely film to U.S. audiences,” said Diane Weyermann, Participant’s EVP, Documentary Films.
About Participant Media
Participant Media (http://www.participantmedia.com/) is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant’s more than 70 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 50 Academy Award® nominations and eight wins. Participant has also launched more than a dozen original series, including “Please Like Me,” Emmy® Award-winning “Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” and “Fortitude,” for its television network, Pivot (http://www.pivot.tv/). Participant's digital hub, TakePart (http://www.TakePart.com), serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Follow Participant Media on Twitter at @Participant and on Facebook.
About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include Swedish Oscar selection and Golden Globe nominee FORCE MAJEURE, acclaimed documentary IRIS from Albert Maysles, THE WOLFPACK, Buckley vs. Vidal doc BEST OF ENEMIES from Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, Sean Baker's TANGERINE, Alex Gibney's STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE and Andrew Bujalski's RESULTS. Upcoming releases include Tobias Lindholm’s A WAR, adventure thriller THE WAVE, Arnaud Desplechin's MY GOLDEN DAYS, Terence Davies’ SUNSET SONG, the inspirational doc PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW, Sundance favorite LITTLE MEN from Ira Sachs, Sundance docs TICKLED and THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT, and many more.
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