'Moon' docu bounces to ThinkFilm

4:00 AM PST 01/23/2007 by Gregg Goldstein, AP

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PARK CITY -- ThinkFilm acquired all North American rights except for TV to David Sington's Apollo space mission docu "In The Shadow of the Moon" for around $2 million. The film will be released in conjunction with Discovery Films in 2007, with a TV premiere on cable's Discovery Channel to follow.

A number of interested parties (including Samuel Goldwyn Films) placed bids on the $1.4 million film over the weekend. The film is screening in the Sundance festival's World Documentary Competition.

One stumbling block for several distributors was that Discovery Films picked up North American television rights and branding rights to the film at the start of the fest, along with an equity interest in North American theatrical distribution.

"Moon" was produced by DOX Productions in association with Passion Pictures. The film's producer is Duncan Copp with co-producer Chris Riley and executive producers Simon Andreae, John Battsek and Julie Goldman. The deal was negotiated by CAA, Simon Andreae and Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers with ThinkFilm's Mark Urman and Randy Manis.

"It presents a triumphant image of America and its heroes and recaptures a moment in time when the world looked up to us," said Urman. "Boy, do we need that now."
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