via press release:
REVEALING NEW DOCUMENTARY ON THE DEATH OF MICHAEL JACKSON TO PREMIERE ON TV GUIDE NETWORK
GONE TOO SOON To Air In More Than 50 Countries On The Anniversary of The King of Pop’s Death, June 25
TV Guide Network to Premiere GONE TOO SOON from 9:00-11:00 pm, ET/PT
LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2010) – As a performer, he was legendary. As a man, he was a mystery.
Now, with the help of acclaimed author and filmmaker Ian Halperin, many of the questions surrounding Michael Jackson’s death will receive new light in the two-hour special, GONE TOO SOON, premiering in the U.S. on Friday, June 25 from 9-11 PM, ET/PT on TV Guide Network. In an unprecedented global TV event, this documentary, which is distributed by Shine International, will also air on the same day in more than 50 countries.
Conceived as a follow-up to Halperin’s 2009 New York Times #1 best-selling book Unmasked: The Final Years Of Michael Jackson, GONE TOO SOON examines the end of Jackson’s life, as told by the people who attended to him each day. In addition, Halperin goes undercover in the film with some of Jackson’s closest advisors to uncover what their secret thoughts and feelings may reveal about his untimely death. Exhaustive in its research and material, GONE TOO SOON is drawn from more than 300 hours of footage shot before and immediately following Jackson’s death.
As one of the top unauthorized biographers in publishing today, Halperin leaves no stone unturned, interviewing everyone who was close to Jackson in his final years, including his personal manager, chef, spiritual advisor, hairstylist and bodyguard. The film also includes exclusive audio and video of the King of Pop himself.
Halperin, who predicted Michael Jackson’s death six months before he died, spent over five years researching Jackson, during which he discovered a remarkable, yet unknown story. After Jackson’s death, Halperin set out to discover the truth, and interviewed people close to Jackson during the last weeks of Michael’s life, including Dr. Deepak Chopra, Lou Ferrigno and Brian Oxman, providing for the first time ever a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of what really happened.
“I couldn’t see GONE TOO SOON airing on any other channel besides TV Guide Network,” said Halperin. “With the success they had with the Susan Boyle special, this proved to be the right home not only for the movie but also for my brand. I hope this is a long lasting relationship.”
“Michael Jackson was the biggest entertainer in the world,” stated Diane Robina, TV Guide Network’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Marketing. “A year after his death, people are still fascinated with his life story. We’re thrilled to participate in this global media event by presenting this gripping documentary to his fans across the U.S.”
“Michael Jackson remains the biggest celebrity in the world, and on the anniversary of his death, fans around the world will be given a new glimpse into his life via GONE TOO SOON,” said Chris Grant, President of Shine International. “At Shine International, we’re always seeking breakthrough, original content that will resonate with global audiences. With this documentary airing in more than 50 countries, we’ve once again proven that, with our strong broadcaster relationships, we have the ability to create international TV events.”
Global TV distribution company Shine International is distributing the documentary on behalf of Ian Halperin Productions and Objective Films, to air on the same day as part of a worldwide media event to commemorate Michael Jackson’s death. In addition to TV Guide Network in the U.S., it will air on the following outlets: Discovery across Latin America; Brazil’s Globosat; Germany’s ProSieben SAT 1 Media; Fox International Channels Italy; Fox International Channels Greece; Fox International Channels Turkey; New Zealand’s Mediaworks; Romania’s Antenna1; Australia’s FOXTEL; Ireland’s RTE; Norway’s TVNorge; South Africa’s MNET; TV3 in Denmark; CPI in the Philippines; and MBC across the Middle East, as part of an ongoing output deal.
A production of Ian Halperin Productions and Objective Films, GOON TOO SOON is produced by Ian Halperin, Chris Grant, Jarred Weisfeld, and Sarah Girgis.
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About Shine International
Shine International is the sales and distribution arm of the Shine Group, a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats. Shine International distributes programming from the growing library of programming of the Shine Group, including Reveille, Kudos, Dragonfly, Princess Productions and Metronome, along with a broad array of programming acquired from independent producers and U.S. networks, to more than 150 countries worldwide.