Participant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution, and Samuel Goldwyn Films will jointly release CNN Films’ documentary Ivory Tower, the Sundance Film Festival pic chronicling crisis within the American education system. Directed by Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times), Ivory Tower questions the value of higher education among spiraling tuition fees and student debt. Pic will hit theaters in June via Samuel Goldwyn with Paramount handling DVD and home entertainment. Paramount is also handling distribution outside of the U.S. Participant previously released Rossi’s Page One and teamed up on education-focused campaigns for Paramount Vantage’s Waiting For Superman and CBS/Pivot’s Teach. The company will spearhead a social action campaign for Ivory Tower this summer. Film is produced by Rossi and Josh Braun and exec produced by Vinnie Malhotra and Amy Entelis. Kate Novack is co-producer and Andrew Coffman is associate producer. “With the dream team of Participant, Paramount and Goldwyn behind the film’s social action campaign and distribution, we hope that the film will advance a crucial conversation about the value of a transformative college experience, the dangers of student debt and, more broadly, the mission that colleges should fulfill for a 21st Century society,” said Rossi. Participant COO Jeff Ivers, Paramount Home Media Distribution’s acquisitions team, and Samuel Goldwyn Films VP Ian Puente negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine and CNN’s Stacey Wolf on behalf of CNN Films and the filmmakers.
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