The Orchard has carved out global rights to Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, a documentary about the brash and controversial chef behind California cuisine. The pic from CNN Films will have its world premiere Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival and get a theatrical release via the Orchard in early 2017.
CNN retains North American broadcast rights to director Lydia Tenaglia’s The Last Magnificent, which chronicles Tower’s rise as a leading chef in the Bay Area through his phenomenally successful restaurant Stars and subsequent endorsement deals and his exit from the culinary scene. Interviewees include Mario Batali, Martha Stewart, Ruth Reichl and CNN’s Anthony Bourdain, who also exec produces along with Chris Collins, Joe Caterini, Tenaglia, Amy Entelis and Vinnie Malhotra.
“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, The Orchard’s SVP Film and Television. Added Tenaglia. “I’m so proud of the entire crew who helped bring this film to life and of Jeremiah, who allowed us in to his magnificent world.”
The acquisition deal was negotiated by Stacey Wolf, VP Business Affairs at CNN, and Courtney Sexton, CNN’s Senior Director for Program Pevelopment, and by Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.