A+E Networks has acquired the exclusive TV rights to Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me, a one hour docu by Idris Elba. The film, directed by Daniel Vernon, chronicles the story behind the creation of Mi Mandela, an album of South African music recorded by Elba in tribute to Mandela and to his own late father. The actor-singer was inspired after having spent months working on Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The documentary will air on History in Africa in 2015.
The documentary is a Green Door Pictures, Shine North, Woodcut Media, Bob & Co production and it is distributed by Content Media. Elba has worked steadily to increase his company’s TV activities through a co-production deal with Shine North. The two have worked together on extreme racing docu series The Idris Elba Project for the Discovery Channel as well as King of Speed.