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Toronto: Yo-Yo Ma Documentary Bought by The Orchard, HBO

Rights to documentary film “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” have been acquired by the Orchard and HBO.

The deal was announced ahead of the film’s world premiere the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

The Orchard has acquired all worldwide rights of the Tremolo Prods. pic with the exception of U.S. domestic television rights, which HBO has acquired from Participant Media and the Silk Road Project.

The Orchard is planning a theatrical release in the spring.

Morgan Neville, the director of the Oscar-winning music documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” helmed “The Music of Strangers.” The film centers on the international musical collective created by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Producers are Neville and Caitrin Rogers of Tremolo Prods., in association with Participant Media and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pershing Square Foundation and the Ford Foundation JustFilms. The film’s executive producers include Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann, HBO’s Sheila Nevins, Motto Pictures’ Julie Goldman and the Silk Road Project’s Laura Freid.

The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo for the Orchard, Gabriel Brakin for Participant Media and Josh Braun of Submarine, who also negotiated the deal with HBO.

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