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Scorpion secures rights to Beatles in India doc narrated by Morgan Freeman

L-R: The Beatles’ Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney in India in 1968

London-based independent distributor Scorpion TV has taken global rights feature documentary Meeting the Beatles in India outside the US and Canada.

Directed and produced by Paul Saltzman, who spent a week with The Beatles at their Indian ashram in 1968, the 1×79’ doc features personally shot photos and unseen footage of the band. Filmmaker David Lynch (Mulholland Drive) executive produces the film, which is narrated by Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption).

Saltzman’s film is not the only doc about the British group’s time in India that is currently doing the rounds, with Amcomri-owned Abacus Media Rights acquiring The Beatles & India, based on Ajoy Bose’s account of the Fab Four’s trip.

Channel 4 in the UK, BritBox North America for the US and Canada, HBO Max in Latin America, Foxtel in Australia, Rialto Channel in New Zealand, Channel One in Russia and A Contracorriente Films in Spain have all bought the Abacus documentary.

Scorpion, meanwhile, has recently struck deals for other factual shows. Last month, UKTV-owned channel W, ZDF and Bild in Germany, NRK in Norway, SRF in Switzerland and Waterbear picked up titles including The World’s Biggest Family (1×43′), Children’s Ward (7×30′), Football Fans Under Their Skin (1×46′), Fortune Fights (10×45′) and Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (1×89′).

In June, meanwhile, Germany’s Quintus Media picked up Big Cats of the Serengeti (1×52’) and Billion Dollar Base: Dismantling Camp Bastion (1×52’).


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