HBO has the project in the U.S., and will run it over two nights, starting Nov. 6. In the U.K. it will play on the Sky Arts channel. Channel director Phil Edgar-Jones said: “The impact on popular culture and journalism of Rolling Stone magazine is immense. Sky Arts is proud to have this superb Alex Gibney series as a centerpiece of the November schedules.”
The documentary comes hard on the heels of news that Rolling Stone is up for sale. The magazine’s co-founder and publisher, Jann Wenner, said earlier this month that he hoped to find a buyer “with lots of money.”
Gibney (“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”) is producing through his Jigsaw Productions banner, and independent production and finance group Nevision has come on board the project as a co-production partner.
The series traces the iconic magazine’s emergence and the moments that have shaped it over its 50-year history. It has audio interviews with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and John Lennon, among others, and previously unheard recordings from journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson.
Gibney and Blair Foster direct and are executive producers. Wenner and Nevision’s James Cabourne are also exec producers.
Jigsaw is backed by Kew Media Group, which recently absorbed and re-branded Content Media, and Kew is distributing the six-part documentary and sealed the Sky deal. It will give “Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge” its full international launch at Mipcom next month.
“What started as a barometer for the arts and cultural community, and a mouthpiece for political viewpoints, has grown into one of the most significant and recognizable international brands of our time,” said Greg Phillips, president of distribution at Kew Media Group.