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Netflix acquires documentary about Hulk Hogan’s fight with Gawker

Netflix is continuing its splurge on new movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, acquiring the worldwide rights[1] for legal documentary Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press.

The movie, helmed by award-winning documentary director Brian Knappenberger, looks at last year’s court case between Hulk Hogan and Gawker — a battle secretly bankrolled by Silicon Valley billionaire and friend-of-Trump Peter Thiel.

The pick-up continues a long line of similar acquisitions[2] by Netflix, which has targeted documentaries[3] — alongside stand-up comedy specials[4] and other more niche formats — in a bid to stand out among streaming services. Nobody Speak will show on the service alongside two other documentaries Netflix picked up at Sundance: climate change-focused Chasing Coral, and Casting JonBenet, which focuses on the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.

It’s not just documentaries for Netflix at Sundance, however.

The streaming service has also used the festival to grab the rights to a selection of feature films, including an early swoop[5] for Tallulah, starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, ensemble comedy Fun Mom Night[6], and The Incredible Jessica James[7], featuring The Daily Show alum Jessica Williams.

References

  1. ^ acquiring the worldwide rights (www.hollywoodreporter.com)
  2. ^ similar acquisitions (www.theverge.com)
  3. ^ documentaries (www.theverge.com)
  4. ^ comedy specials (www.theverge.com)
  5. ^ early swoop (www.theverge.com)
  6. ^ Fun Mom Night (variety.com)
  7. ^ The Incredible Jessica James (variety.com)

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