London 5 May 2021
Abacus Media Rights (AMR), an Amcomri Entertainment Inc, has secured the global sales rights for the BBC Two commissioned documentary feature “The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship” probing the on-going conservatorship of one of the most iconic pop stars of the 21st Century, and has already achieved sales to a raft of international broadcasters.
The 1 x 60’ access-based documentary sees BAFTA award-winning journalist and film-maker Mobeen Azhar (Hometown: A Killing) seek to uncover the truth behind the conservatorship that Britney Spears has been held under for the last thirteen years.
A line-up of leading broadcasters and platforms from around the world have already acquired The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship including RTE (Ireland), BBC SELECT (USA & Canada), Mediengruppe RTL (Germany), Network 10 (Australia), Canal+ (France), Three, Discovery NZ (New Zealand), RTL (The Netherlands & Luxembourg), VRT (Belgium), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark), CANAL+ Polska (Poland), SVT (Sweden), MNET (Africa), Stod 2 (Iceland), TV+ (Turkey), OSN (Middle East), DBS (Israel), Go3 (The Baltics) and DIRECTV (Latin America) – for their exclusive OnDIRECTV channel, DIRECTV GO in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, SKY Play Brazil, with more deals in the pipeline.
The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, which has aired on BBC Two, is produced by Laura Kaye (The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and the Beach) and executive produced by Jeremy Lee (Anton Ferdinand: Football, Racism and Me, Hometown: A Killing).
Journeying from Britney’s hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana to Los Angeles, Azhar untangles the complexities surrounding the conservatorship. He delves into one of the most passionate fan bases in modern celebrity, attending a court hearing along the way and finding himself in the midst of the ongoing battle between Britney’s conservatorship team and the passionate fans behind the #FreeBritney movement.
He attempts to speak to those on both sides of the fence surrounding the still-unfolding story of one of pop’s biggest ever superstars. The film includes never-before-seen interviews with Britney’s makeup artist Billy Brasfield, her former choreographer Brian Friedman, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and lawyer Lisa MacCarley among others.
Jonathan Ford, Managing Director at AMR comments, “This is a truly illuminating factual feature – part investigation, part love letter to Britney the global star. The Battle for Britney also asks wider questions about the power of the music industry and the American star-making machine, and examines the civil rights issues involved with her conservatorship.”