Magnolia Pictures Acquires Rights for Morton Downey Jr. Doc13 Jun, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff
Magnolia Pictures has gained the U.S. rights to documentary Évoacteur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie, directed by Ironbound Films’ Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger.
The studio will release the film, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, in theaters during the first quarter of 2013.
Downey gained popularity during the 1980s with his controversial talk show, which earned him the title “Father of Trash Television.” Évoacteur features clips from the show, interviews and retro moments with current politicos Ron Paul and Al Sharpton.
“Évocateur is an incredibly entertaining documentary,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “While we tend to think that everything has gotten so extreme in this age of reality television, it’s shocking to see how ‘The Morton Downey Jr. Show’ makes everything today pale in comparison. The filmmakers have done a great job capturing that.”
Magnolia SVP of acquisitions Dori Begley and Josh Braun of Submarine were instrumental in brokering the deal.