Showing posts with label CELEBRITY TRIALS. Show all posts
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Saturday, November 03, 2012

BRIAN MALONE'S CELEBRITY TRIALS IN THE MEDIA

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NEW ON DVD
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Kim Kardashian




In the midst of the storm recovery, The Kardashian’s Halloween costumes somehow made it to the top of the news stream. Our latest release, CELEBRITY TRIALS IN THE MEDIA, coming out on DVD nationwide next week in all the big stores, examines America’s fascination with celebrities as focused through the prism of celebrity trials.



The film has never been released outside of festivals and will be available for the first time on DVD and VOD on 11/6/2012.



The Kobe Bryant sexual assault trial brought a media circus of unprecedented proportions to the small town of Eagle, Colorado from July 2003 until September 2004. Over four hundred media organizations requested credentials; many setting up shop for the trial that took fourteen months but ended with a dismissal. During the same time, Michael Jackson was indicted on multiple child molestation counts, while fans and the media camped out in front of his ranch Neverland for a glimpse of the Wacko Jacko. Filmmaker Brian Malone steps into this nexus, camera in hand, to capture a fascinating behind-the-curtain view of how the news machine kicks into gear when celebrities go wrong. Available November 6, 2012 for the first time on DVD and VOD platforms from Cinema Libre Studio.



CELEBRITY TRIALS IN THE MEDIA shows how journalistic ethics and the ratings demands of corporate media owners collide over celebrity scandal coverage. With impressive access, Malone shows in great detail how TV reporters scramble to report on every tawdry detail of the Michael Jackson and Kobe Bryant trials, trying to pass them off as news, which, on slow days, become an analysis of what the celebrity is wearing, how the celebrity looks or, if he opens the door for his (female) lawyer. Says one news reporter, “A case like this, you know, they couldn’t invent something better for ratings…unfortunately.”



Malone, a five-time Emmy ® Award-winning filmmaker, lives in Colorado and had access to the assembled media over the fourteen months the Bryant trial took place. In addition to capturing the circus-like atmosphere, he was able to tape some fascinating glimpses into the process of celebrity trail news coverage including a sequence as news producers from major networks, local affiliates and “non-news” outlets such as ESPN, Celebrity Justice and Court TV jockey for the limited number of seats allocated to media in the courtroom. Off camera, news people share their ethical dilemmas. Says one producer, “Do we use the word ‘panties,’ which is very sensual and sexy, or do you use the term, ‘undergarments’?” Another tough decision: To not use the word “sperm” during the 5:00pm story hour in order not to offend any of the earlier—and older--viewers.