LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 /CNW/ -- Liberation Entertainment has concluded a
deal with Sir David Frost and his production company, David Paradine
Television Inc, to secure the North American distribution rights to the entire
broadcast footage of the historical Frost Nixon TV interviews from 1977.
These interviews drew the largest audience ever for a news interview in the
history of television.
The filming of the Frost/Nixon interview occurred over four weeks in
1977. Never before, nor since, has a U.S. President been so candid on camera.
Even more intriguing is the fact that Nixon agreed to appear on camera with no
pre-interview preparation or screening of questions.
"Working directly with Sir David Frost on this historical archive is
incredibly rewarding and exciting," said Liberation's SVP/GM Sig Sigworth
"particularly given the current political climate in America."
The first installment of this project, scheduled for December 2, 2008,
will be the Watergate interview DVD. The original broadcast of this Watergate
segment was watched by more than 45 million Americans when it was broadcast in
May 1977. An additional DVD release will likely be a deluxe version of the
Frost Nixon interviews with highlights from the complete 28 hours, tentatively
scheduled for release in early 2009.
"Every time I see the Nixon interview on Watergate again, I find I feel
the same sense of drama I felt at the time. It is exciting that viewers today
seem to have the same reaction, said Sir David Frost.
The Frost/Nixon phenomenon is set to hit North America this December with
the release of the Ron Howard/Universal Pictures movie based on the dramatic
events surrounding this landmark interview. This film project is based on the
Tony Award winning play, "Frost/Nixon," which made its debut on Broadway last
March. The two lead actors in the play - Michael Sheen as Frost (Tony Blair
in the movie "the Queen") and veteran actor Frank Langella as Nixon (a role
which won him a Tony) - will be reprising their roles in the film. Other
actors in the motion picture, written by screenwriter Peter Morgan (nominated
for an Oscar for "The Queen"), include Kevin Bacon and Sam Rockwell.
Additional information and materials can be found at
ABOUT LIBERATION ENTERTAINMENT
Launched in 2006 by influential media entrepreneur Jay Boberg, with the
financial backing of media and communications private-equity firm Clarity
Partners LP, Liberation Entertainment is an independently held visual content
company that specializes in the production of, and worldwide sales &
distribution of, feature films and television. The company, which operates out
of offices in Los Angeles and London, offers over 300 film titles & 2500 hours
of television in its international sales catalogue.
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