Phase 4 Films acquired North American distribution rights to Made In America, Ron Howard’s first documentary, which he made in partnership with Imagine partner Brian Grazer and Jay-Z. CAA brokered the U.S. rights deal on behalf of the filmmakers; the Canadian rights were handled by The Exchange. Film premiered in Toronto and follows hip-hop icon Jay-Z as he plans the Budweiser Made in America Festival, a 2012 concert event with musicians including Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, The Hives, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monáe and Skrillex that grossed $5 million in ticket sales and drew 80,000 fans in Philadelphia. The film will be released in the summer. Imagine produced with Marcy Media, RadicalMedia, in association with Participant Media. Showtime had TV rights and aired it last month.
“This is not a concert film but rather a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America — what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it, and how he relates to each artist,” Howard said. “Made In America is intended to showcase Jay-Z’s struggle for success and illustrate how he has become a voice and an icon for a generation of driven and creative youth.”
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Ron Howard directed the concert documentary that will have its world premiere in Toronto on Saturday. The Exchange has now nabbed international rights to the pic, which centers on last fall’s Made In America music festival put on by Jay-Z and the success stories of the artists, fans, vendors, stage hands and neighbors whose lives were impacted by the event. Jay-Z, Imagine Entertainment, RadicalMedia and Participant Media are producers. Showtime recently picked up TV rights and will air it October 11. The rights deal was brokered by CAA, Laura Ivey and Max Leeds of The Exchange.
Showtime will premiere the documentary Made In America on October 11. The pic chronicles the two-day music festival put together last September by Jay-Z that included performances by Kanye West, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC and other chart-toppers. Jay-Z then partnered with Imagine Entertainment to produce the pic, which will have its world premiere at Toronto on September 7 and follows the people and artists surrounding the one-off event. Imagine’s Ron Howard directed, and RadicalMedia and Participant Media also produced. The deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the production. “As soon as we saw this film we knew it was a perfect fit for Showtime,” Showtime president of entertainment David Nevins said. “Ron Howard and Jay-Z have crafted an inspirational portrayal of American resilience, drive and creativity, interwoven with an incredible showcase of musical talent.” Check out the trailer: