Abacus Media Rights (AMR), an Amcomri Entertainment company, has pre-sold a documentary feature which explores the rollercoaster life and career of Kanye West AKA ‘Ye’, produced by leading indie Forest, ahead of MIP-TV.
A number of high-profile broadcasters and platforms have already acquired the film We Need to Talk about Kanye (w/t), which is fronted by the multiple award-winning investigative journalist Mobeen Azhar, including Foxtel Australia, NPO The Netherlands, TV4 Sweden & Finland, NRK Norway, TV2 Denmark and VRT Flemish Belgium.
Unfolding against the backdrop of Ye's 2024 election campaign, and at a time when his behaviour has sparked outrage and a re-evaluation of his place in popular culture, this one-off documentary follows Mobeen as he attempts to understand the complex journey that led Ye to become one of the most famous and creatively successful artists of his generation. But more recently, also to condemnation and notoriety.
Winner of Emerging Indie of the Year, Forest is producing We Need to Talk about Kanye (w/t) for BBC Music. Executive producers are Catey Sexton and Jez Lee, producer is Laura Kaye, with Stefan Mattison as producer/director.
Founding partner at Forest, British journalist and filmmaker Mobeen Azhar, has been responsible for many award-winning documentary films and series, most recently for the critically acclaimed film The Battle for Britney which took a deep dive into Britney Spears’ conservatorship.
We Need to Talk about Kanye will air on BBC Two later this year.
Jonathan Ford, Managing Director at Abacus Media Rights, comments, “We aren’t officially launching this absorbing film until MIP-TV so we’re delighted to have made these significant pre-sales, with more about to be signed, before we arrive in Cannes. We all know Kanye as a complex global celebrity and musician, here Mobeen digs further inside his complicated psyche and reveals why he is a fascinating figure - both loved and loathed in equal measure.”