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Sony Pictures Gets Rights to Obama Doc

8 Apr, 2009 By: Billy Gil

Barack Obama

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has acquired domestic home entertainment rights as well as international media rights (excluding U.K. television) to the documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.

The film was produced by Edward Norton’s Class 5 Films and directed by Amy Rice (From Ashes) and Alicia Sams (Toots). The film will be released theatrically in the United States by HBO Documentary Films. 

The film follows former Senator Barack Obama from the beginnings of his candidacy to his historic win as the first black president of the United States. The film employs exclusive footage of Obama and his staff.

“This remarkable film gives us a unique behind-the-scenes look at a truly transformative event,” said Steve Bersch, president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. “The filmmakers have done a beautiful job of creating a compelling narrative, and we are proud to be able to make the film available to the global market.”

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