Sony nabs international rights to Obama documentary

Wed Apr 8, 2009 1:33pm EDT
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama," which will air on HBO, has been picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.

The company has acquired all international media rights (excluding U.K. television) as well as domestic home entertainment rights to the film. HBO picked up other U.S. rights to the film in November.

The documentary follows the former senator from the announcement of his candidacy to his historic election and inauguration as the first black president of the United States.

Edward Norton's Class 5 Films produced the docu, which was directed by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams.

<p>President Barack Obama looks out from his car as he leaves a dinner in a rainy night in Istanbul April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer/Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout</p>