SONY PICTURES CLASSICS ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO TOPIC STUDIOS’ AND LIZZIE GOTTLIEB’S ‘TURN EVERY PAGE - THE ADVENTURES OF ROBERT CARO AND ROBERT GOTTLIEB’
Sony Pictures Entertainment - 06/15/2022
NEW YORK (June 15, 2022) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today they have acquired all rights worldwide to the documentary TURN EVERY PAGE - THE ADVENTURES OF ROBERT CARO AND ROBERT GOTTLIEB, directed by Lizzie Gottlieb (TODAY’S MAN, ROMEO ROMEO) and produced by Gottlieb, Joanne Nerenberg and Jen Small, and by Topic Studios. The film had its world premiere this past Sunday, June 12th at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of their Spotlight Documentary programming.
The documentary was produced in association with Left/Right. It was executive produced by Christine Connor, Ryan Heller, Maria Zuckerman and Michael Bloom of Topic Studios; Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Kevin Vargas of Left/Right; and Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Caro and legendary editor Robert Gottlieb have worked and fought together for 50 years, forging one of publishing’s most iconic and productive partnerships. Now 86, Caro is working to complete the final volume of his masterwork, The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Gottlieb, 91, waits to edit it. The task of finishing their life’s work looms before them.
Directed by Gottlieb’s daughter, Lizzie Gottlieb, TURN EVERY PAGE - THE ADVENTURES OF ROBERT CARO AND ROBERT GOTTLIEB explores their remarkable creative collaboration, including the behind-the-scenes drama of the making of Caro’s The Power Broker and the LBJ series. With humor and insight, this unique double portrait reveals the work habits, peculiarities and professional joys of these two ferocious intellects. It arrives at the culmination of a journey that has consumed both their lives and impacted generations of politicians, activists, writers and readers, and furthered our understanding of power and democracy.
“I was incredibly fortunate to discover the true meaning of collaboration while making this film, through witnessing the extraordinary partnership of Robert Caro and my father Robert Gottlieb, who have, individually and together, brought the world literary works of remarkable influence and endurance. My understanding of the power of collaboration deepened as I worked closely with the film's exceptional producers, including Joanne, Jen, and the team at Topic Studios, who so vigorously championed my vision for the film and were a constant source of support. And with Sony Pictures Classics on board, we have a brilliant new team of collaborators whose unmatched expertise and boundless dedication will help bring the film to the widest possible audience. I couldn't be more thrilled,” said director Lizzie Gottlieb.
“Lizzie Gottlieb has made a wise and in-depth love letter to one of the most incredible collaborations in literary history. Not only do we eavesdrop on their working process but revelations about Robert Moses and LBJ abound. We look forward to working again with Topic Studios and bringing this major American documentary to audiences everywhere,” added Sony Pictures Classics.
The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 41 Academy Awards® (37 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 183 Academy Award® nominations (157 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for THE FATHER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.
ABOUT TOPIC STUDIOS
Topic Studios is the award-winning entertainment studio from First Look Media that develops, finances and produces provocative and entertaining content for all platforms including theatrical, streaming, television and podcasts. The Studio is behind such notable films as Nikyatu Jusu’s NANNY, winner of the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival (Blumhouse/Amazon); Pablo Larraìn’s SPENCER, starring Kristen Stewart (Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee for her performance) as Princess Diana (with NEON); the Academy Award®-winning SPOTLIGHT; THE MAURITANIAN, starring Jodie Foster (Golden Globe® winner for her performance), Tahar Rahim (Golden Globe® nominee for his performance), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shailene Woodley (STX); 2022 Tribeca premiere GOD’S TIME from first-time director Daniel Antebi, and Adam Leon’s ITALIAN STUDIES starring Academy Award® nominee Vanessa Kirby (Magnolia Pictures). Acclaimed documentaries from the Studio have included Stanley Nelson and Traci A. Curry’s ATTICA on Showtime (2022 Academy Award®-nominee for Best Documentary); Lizzie Gottlieb’s 2022 Tribeca premiere TURN EVERY PAGE, about literary legends Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb; the big wave surfing series, 100 FOOT WAVE, renewed for a second season, and the Peabody® and Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated, three-part series, NUCLEAR FAMILY, both on HBO/HBO Max; Douglas Tirola’s Leonard Bernstein portrait BERNSTEIN’S WALL; Lucy Walker’s wildfires documentary BRING YOUR OWN BRIGADE, on Paramount+; and the GLAAD Media Award winner MUCHO MUCHO AMOR on Netflix. Pioneering podcasts have included Pulitzer finalist and IDA Award-winning investigative podcast SOMEBODY, with iHeartMedia; former DINNER PARTY DOWNLOAD host Brendan Francis Newnam’s new food and travel show NOT LOST (Pushkin Industries); John Cameron Mitchell’s ANTHEM featuring Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo and Patti LuPone; OPERATOR (Wondery), a #1 Apple’s Top Podcasts debut; and THE MESSENGER and AMERICAN ISIS on Audible Plus. The Studio is also ramping up its scripted television division with the UNTITLED MARTIN LAWRENCE PROJECT, based on the acclaimed Israeli “HOT” series NEHAMA; also, the UNTITLED VINCENT CHIN PROJECT, a scripted drama limited series created by Marilyn Fu with Destin Daniel Cretton (SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS) attached to direct (in partnership with Amazon).
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