AGC Studios, CNN Films, and the BBC Arts will co-finance the Laura Fairrie-directed, John Battsek and Lizzie Gillett of Passion Pictures-produced (Oscar-winners One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man, Oscar-nominated Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, Restrepo) Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, the companies jointly announced today.
AGC International, the international sales and distribution arm of fast-growing AGC Studios, will handle global distribution rights on behalf of Passion Pictures and will introduce the film to U.S. domestic and international buyers in the fall upon its completion. CNN Films (Apollo 11, RBG, Three Identical Strangers) will retain broadcast television rights in North America. BBC Arts will retain broadcast television for BBC Two on terrestrial television, and catch up VOD rights in the U.K. on BBC iPlayer.
AGC Chairman and CEO Stuart Ford is executive producing Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story alongside CNN Worldwide Executive Vice president for Talent and Content Development Amy Entelis, Vice President for CNN Films Courtney Sexton, BBC Arts Commissioning Editor Mark Bell, and Rachel Traub.
This “truth-is-stranger-than-fiction” documentary about best-selling author (see her books), rebel, actress, millionaire Hollywood chronicler, mother, sister, survivor, and unlikely feminist, Jackie Collins, is as revealing as it is perceptive. Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story tells the untold true story of one of the world’s best-selling novelists whose turbulent, complex, and inspiring life rivaled the spicy plots she dreamed up for her novels.
AGC and CNN Films recently announced their collaboration for the production of another distinctive documentary, the Dawn Porter-directed John Lewis (Untitled), about the legendary civil rights activist, Congressman John Lewis, and his social and legislative activism working alongside everyone from Dr. Martin Luther King to President Barack Obama. AGC Studios and CNN Films are co-financing and co-producing that film with Trilogy Films and Color Farm Media, with AGC International controlling the international rights.