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Netflix buys online bullying doc

Netflix has acquired Audrie & Daisy, a feature doc about two girls who were bullied after being sexually assaulted.

The doc parallels the two unrelated stories of the titular girls, one of whom committed suicide after being attacked.

Netflix acquired the film at Sundance and it will run on the SVOD platform under the Netflix Original Documentary banner.

AfterImage Public Media, Impact Partners and Actual Films produced the film, which is directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President).

“From the early days of production on Audrie & Daisy, we dreamed of distribution for the film that could reach millions of teenagers and their families,” they said in a joint statement. “With Netflix, our dream has come true. We are excited to work with a company that has helped the best documentaries reach the widest possible audience.”

Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of Original Documentary added: “This is an important film for boys, girls and their families as a tool to address the complex terrain that teenagers around the world must navigate as they come of age.”

Meanwhile, Sundance Channel has acquired five exclusive films from the Sundance festival. These are Mammal, The Fits, Spa Night, Jacqueline (Argentine) and Mi Amiga Del Parque, and each one will launch on the AMC Networks-owned channel soon after the festival closes.

Mammal has been acquired for central and eastern Europe, Iberia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. The Fits and Jacqueline (Argentine) are for Asia, CEE, the Dutch Benelux region, Iberia, Latin America, and MENA. Spa Night has been acquired for Dutch Benelux, CEE, Iberia and Latin America, while Mi Amiga Del Parque broadcasts in Asia, CEE, Dutch Benelux, Iberia, and MENA.