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05 May 2016

Content Media Takes International Sales Rights to Documentary on Olympic Hero Turned Convicted Murderer

Adding even more firepower to its international sales slate ahead of Cannes, Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to “Pistorius” – a documentary feature about the inspiring, Olympic hero turned convicted murderer, Oscar Pistorius.

Content’s President of Film Jamie Carmichael and  Head of Sales, Harry White will begin introducing the film to distributors in Cannes next week.

Vaughan Sivell (“Mr. Calzaghe”) is directing the film, which is currently in production, and is producing with Sean Richard with Western Edge Pictures and the Gennaker Group.

“Pistorius” is “Making a Murderer” meets “Senna” - a riveting true-crime story about a beloved sports icon.

At the 2012 Olympics, South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (aka ‘The Blade Runner’) made history by becoming the first double-amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics. He was one of the world's most successful sportsmen, and an inspiration to millions.

Not even a year later, on Valentine's Day in February 2013, Pistorius was arrested and charged for the murder of his girlfriend, South African model Reeva Steenkamp.

The trial of Oscar Pistorius placed South Africa and its problems under the media spotlight. The talismanic Olympian and Mandela's Rainbow Nation are almost the same age, having both been born with so many challenges, and achieved so much against the odds. But now Oscar is a convicted murderer, in a country that is riven with segregation, violent crime, and corruption. The film will seek to discover whether the image we have of them both is the truth.

Content’s Carmichael said: “Oscar Pistorius captured and then broke our hearts.  And there’s a danger South Africa will do the same.  Vaughan has struck a controversial nerve with his timely investigation of the man, the trial and country behind one of the most complex and compelling stories of our times.”

Director Vaughan Sivell “Pistorius' story has fascinated a global audience, and I'm very pleased to be working with Content on such an ambitious project. They've been hugely supportive of our desire to tell a story of a man and a nation facing the glare of public trial.” 

In addition to “Oscar Pistorius,” Content’s impressive international sales slate includes the action-thriller “The Worker,” starring Michael Peña, directed by action director Dan Bradley and produced alongside Jeremy Renner’s company The Combine; the Manolo Blahnik documentary “Manolo”; the Maria Callas biopic “Callas,” starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing; the supernatural horror “Don’t Knock Twice,” from ‘The Machine’ team starring Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton and Nick Moran; the Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s produced sci-fi feature “Higher Power”; Dan Bush’s supernatural thriller heist “The Vault”; Joel David Moore’s dramedy “Youth in Oregon” starring Frank Langella Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Josh Lucas, and Nicola Peltz; the star-studded romantic drama “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Orlando Jones, with Paul Reiser and Mary Steenburgen; the uplifting emotional  drama “Life at these Speeds” starring Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers and Tim Roth; and Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller “Too Late,” starring Academy Award®-nominee John Hawkes.

About Content Media Corporation

Content Media Corporation Ltd is a London and LA-based private company that owns and distributes a significant library of film, television, and digital assets. The Company’s library of rights includes over 5,000 hours of television programming, 200 hours of digital programming and 275 feature films.

Content Media recently closed a multi-faceted deal with Bruno Wu’s Beijing-based Seven Stars Entertainment and Media, Ltd., in which Content acquired the Alive Group of companies allowing Content to distribute its extensive library of film and television rights through the Alive Group to the Chinese market, as well as a direct equity investment by Seven Stars into Content

The film sales division launched in 2002 and represents high profile, commercial feature films with great artistic and theatrical ambition. In addition to handling worldwide sales, marketing, and publicity, the company assists film producers in securing financing.  

About the Western Edge Pictures

WEP are an independent production company based in London and West Wales. Their first feature film, ‘Third Star’ (2011), starring Benedict Cumberbatch marked them out in the industry as a production company with an eye for emerging talent and audience growth. WEP’s exclusive deal with The Gennaker Group. assures not only significant production finance but also a development slate with rolling funds. www.westernedgepictures.com

About the Gennaker Group

Gennaker finance and co-produce high quality, high profile, entertainment and media projects. The investment is tailored for each project – ‘Mr Calzaghe’ (Dir. Vaughan Sivell) and ‘Prevenge’ (Dir. Alice Lowe) are the most recent films to be financed by The Gennaker Group. www.gennaker.co.uk