HBO inks rights to ‘Melvin’ doc

Award-winning pic focuses on domestic abuse

NEW YORK — HBO has picked up exclusive rights to premiere James Ronald Whitney’s docu “Just, Melvin,” the winner of best documentary nods at the Santa Barbara, Newport Beach and South Beach film fests.

Pic, which also screened at Sundance, chronicles generations of domestic abuse in a family called Just.

“We’re excited about working with Whitney to bring this unique and powerful documentary about the generational effects of evil to the widest possible audience on HBO,” said Nancy Abraham, VP of original programming and documentaries.

Abraham and exec VP of original programming Sheila Nevins negotiated the deal with Whitney.

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