International, domestic rights secured
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has acquired all media rights internationally (excluding U.K. TV) and domestic home entertainment rights to the documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.”Produced by Edward Norton’s Class 5 Films and directed by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, the previously untitled pic will see U.S. theatrical distribution via HBO Documentary Films. Film follows the former Illinois senator from the announcement of his candidacy to his historic election and inauguration. Told through exclusive footage of Obama and his staff, “By the People” is touted as an all-access pass to campaign life on the road to the White House. “From the start, it was very important to us to share this film with as broad an international audience as possible, and we’re really thrilled to be partnered with Sony in trying to achieve this,” Norton said. Sony Pictures Television is handling sales for TV outside the U.S. and U.K., mobile and new media. Film was financed by Good, Green Film Co., Citi Prods. and Class 5 Films.