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Documentary About Chef Jeremiah Tower Bought by The Orchard for 2017 Release

The Orchard has acquired worldwide distribution rights from CNN Films for Lydia Tenaglia’s “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” ahead of its Saturday premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

CNN retains North American broadcast rights and will air the documentary on the network following its theatrical release by The Orchard, to be set for early 2017.

The film is produced by Susan Porretta and executive producers are Tenaglia, Anthony Bourdain, Chris Collins, Joe Caterini, Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra. It covers the life of Tower, who became one of America’s first celebrity chefs, and includes interviews with Bourdain, Mario Batali, Martha Stewart and Ruth Reichl.

Tower gained fame as a pioneer in the California cuisine movement at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., during  the 1970s and founded San Francisco’s  Stars restaurant in the mid 1980s. He emerged from retirement in 2014 to become executive chef at Tavern on the Green in New York City’s Central Park and left a few months later.

Tenaglia is co-founder and executive producer for Zero Point Zero, the production company behind Bourdain’s CNN series “Parts Unknown.”

“The story of Jeremiah Tower is the stuff of legends — his brash personality and culinary genius make for a captivating look at the man and the story behind the legend,” said Paul Davidson of The Orchard.

The acquisition deal between CNN Films and The Orchard was negotiated by Stacey Wolf and Courtney Sexton on behalf of CNN, and by Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.

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