Hulu Nabs U.S. Rights to Harvey Weinstein Doc 'Untouchable' in Streaming Deal

UNTOUCHABLE The inside story of the-Publicity Stll-H 2019
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Ursula Macfarlane’s film, which highlights new accusers, was sold by Embankment Films for seven figures after a world premiere at Sundance.

Hulu has acquired the U.S. rights to Ursula Macfarlane’s Untouchable, a documentary about sexual assault allegations made against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein that went unchecked for decades. 

The feature film from Lightbox, which bowed at Sundance, highlights new accusers as it recounts Weinstein's rise and fall in Hollywood. Embankment Films negotiated the seven-figure deal on behalf of Lightbox.

The once-powerful movie mogul has been accused by women in several lawsuits of seeking to trade his influence in Hollywood for sexual favors. Weinstein also faces a criminal trial on sexual assault charges.

"We are thrilled that Untouchable has been acquired by Hulu, which is the perfect home in the U.S. for a film which should serve both as a cautionary tale for the younger generation and an enduring example of how seemingly unchecked power can be held to account when courageous people choose to speak out," Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, co-founders of Lightbox and producers of Untouchable, said Sunday in a statement.

Weinstein was ousted from the movie company he founded after a barrage of sexual harassment and assault allegations started becoming public in October 2017 and gave fuel to the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.

Untouchable is a co-production with the BBC, which will air the doc after its theatrical release. Media Finance Capital financed the film alongside the BBC.

David Gilbery, Charles Dorfman, Simon Young and Tom McDonald are executive producers. Untouchable has sold out in major territories, and Embankment will handle the theatrical rollout in international markets before Hulu’s streaming release.

Embankment head of sales Calum Gray negotiated the U.S. distribution deal with Hulu’s Belisa Balaban.