Sundance takes ‘Off’ for TV

Channel picks up domestic rights to DeRuiter's doc

The Sundance Channel has picked up domestic TV rights to “Taking Off,” helmer Heidi DeRuiter’s feature-length doc bow about three adolescent girls who attend a camp for overweight children. Pic was already slated to screen on the final day of the upcoming IFP Market, which opens Sunday and runs through Oct. 5 at the Gotham’s Angelika Film Center and surrounding SoHo locations.

Deal was negotiated for Sundance by Larry Greenberg, director of acquisitions, and Valerie Watts Meraz, acquisitions coordinator for Showtime Networks and Sundance Channel, and DeRuiter on behalf of “Taking Off.” All theatrical and international TV rights for the pic remain available.

“I’m thrilled that this movie ended up with Sundance Channel,” said DeRuiter. “The film that will be shown on television is exactly the same film I gave them. They didn’t change a frame. It feels great as an artist to have my movie acquired intact. I’m certainly looking for a foreign sale at the market, and this can only help me.”

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