TV Guide gets ‘Gone’

Michael Jackson docu airs worldwide

TV Guide Network has acquired the Michael Jackson doc “Gone Too Soon,” which tackles the King of Pop’s final days.

“Gone Too Soon” will be seen in the U.S. and in more than 50 other countries on June 25, the one-year anniversary of Jackson’s death.

Author-filmmaker Ian Halperin, who wrote “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson,” pieced the 88-minute doc together from more than 300 hours of footage shot inside the singer’s camp (Daily Variety, March 18).

Shine Intl. is distributing the feature, which will be seen on Discovery in Latin America; ProSieben Sat 1 in Germany; Fox Intl. Channels in Italy, Greece and Turkey; Foxtel in Australia; and Globosat in Brazil, among other locals. Pic is also set for a theatrical run in Canada and France.

TV Guide Network will run “Gone Too Soon” on June 25 at 9 p.m. Other networks, meanwhile, are also prepping first-anniversary Michael Jackson programming, including music cabler Fuse, which is airing two new specials, “Michael Jackson: The Inside Story” and “Michael Jackson: A Tribute,” on June 25.

Footage in “Gone Too Soon” includes video and audio of Jackson shot before his death. It also includes interviews with Jackson’s personal manager, chef, spiritual adviser, hairstylist, trainer, protective agent and attorney.

“There are so many misconceptions about Michael Jackson. But no one was in the house except for a few people,” Halperin said. “Those key people who were around him are in the film.”

Halperin wrote “Unmasked,” which topped the New York Times’ bestseller list last year, after five years investigating Jackson.

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