What was I just saying earlier about feeling like I finally have some sense of closure today? That was before I saw this!
Looks as though Zodiak Media, along with a little help from Uk’s Channel 4, MSNBC/NBC in the US, and Nine Network in Australia are planning to help convicted felon Conrad Murray to further exploit and profit from killing Michael Jackson. Rumors of this “crockumentary” have been swirling for awhile, but today was the first that I’ve seen what looks like actual confirmation that it’s a “go.” Too sick for words.
Channel 4 To Screen Michael Jackson And The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship
Channel 4 is set to screen a documentary featuring an exclusive interview with Dr Conrad Murray, who was today found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of pop legend Michael Jackson in 2009.
Produced by October Films, what’s it all about? productions and Zodiak Rights, Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship (working title) will be shown exclusively in the UK on Channel 4 in the next week (date and time tbc).
October Films, what’s it all about? productions and Zodiak Rights secured access to Dr Murray in November 2009, prior to him being charged. They have filmed with Dr Murray throughout the intervening two years and have continued to record with him during the trial.
The film, by multi-award-winning director Tom Roberts, explores the surreal world inhabited by Jackson in the last three months of his life and examines his fatal friendship with the doctor he handpicked to care for himself and his children.
It was a private world where the controversial use of powerful medication was a way of life, where a man adored by millions lived as a virtual recluse, and where an unknown cardiologist from Texas found himself the unexpected companion, confidante and intimate to one of the most famous men in the world.
When Michael Jackson died on June 25th, 2009 only two people were in the room: Jackson and Dr Conrad Murray. Now the documentary reveals Dr Murray’s accounts and testimony of those events for the first time.
Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship (working title) uncovers the fatal friendship behind the headlines and reveals the chain of events that led to one man dead and the other fighting for his reputation and freedom.
Adam Bullmore, Executive Producer for October Films, said: “Made with remarkable levels of access and complete editorial independence, we believe this film is the most complete and accurate story of what really happened to Michael Jackson and Conrad Murray on 25 June 2009; and why.”
Leon Lecash, Executive Producer for what’s it all about? productions, said: “When what’s it all about? productions secured access to Dr Murray in 2009, we knew that this would be an incredibly compelling film about 21st Century celebrity justice.”
Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship (working title) will be shown on Channel 4 in the next week (date and time tbc). The documentary is an October Films and what’s it all about? co-production. Jane Millichip is Executive Producer for Zodiak Rights.
UK international distributor Zodiak Rights have already secured pre-sales with major broadcasters around the world including MSNBC/NBC in the US, Nine Network in Australia and over ten other international broadcasters. (my emphasis).
All I can say is, we’d best limber up our typing fingers and dialing digits cause this is going to take a campaign every bit as intensive as the one launched against Discovery earlier this year! Where to begin?
Here are most of the major contacts for MSNBC/NBC, courtesy of Positively Michael:
NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
President, West Coast Business Operations,
Television Entertainment, NBC Universal
Executive Vice President, Publicity
Executive Vice President, Programming
Senior Vice President,
Publicity, Marketing, and Corporate Communications
MSNBC Cable, L.L.C.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
MSNBC Public Relations
NO Murray documentary
NO paying Michael Jackson’s killer
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Vice President, Primetime Programming
These websites list contact info for Zodiak Media and Channel 4, respectively:
ETA: Contact info for Network Nine in Australia, provided by Tania (thanks!)
Channel 9 (Australia)
Channel Nine Australia :
Channel 9 Sydney+61 2 9906 9999
Channel 9 Melbourne+61 3 9420 3111
Channel 9 Brisbane+61 7 3214 9999
Channel 9 Adelaide+61 8 8267 0111
Channel 9 Perth+61 8 9449 9999
General email : firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the only email address listed on their website)
or by writing to:
NSW Viewers: PO Box 27 Willoughby, NSW 2068
Vic Viewers: PO Box 100 Richmond, Vic 3121
QLD Viewers: PO Box 72 Brisbane, QLD 4001
(no time for postal letters, it airs here too soon! In just two days)
I’m also going to add another bit of postscript here, while I’m at it. The more I learn now about this crockumentary and how it came together, the more outraged and repulsed I am by just how sneaky and calculatedly planned out this whole thing was on the part of Murray, MSNBC, and everyone involved. Both Murray and MSNBC KNEW ALL ALONG THAT THEY WERE SITTING ON THIS STINKING PILE UNTIL AFTER THE VERDICT!!! I can’t help now but get this sinking, sick feeling that Conrad Murray, sitting in his jail cell, is getting the last word-and last laugh-on all of us, after all. He knew, when he was sitting in court and made the decision not to testify, that he already had his own “testament” ready to unleash-not coincidentally, perhaps, just in time to influence his sentencing and his appeal. I personally think he was planning something like this all along-that explains the audio recordings he made of Michael. This man is beyond despicable. He killed Michael Jackson, he was convicted for it, and now he plans to profit from his actions! But you know what’s worse? That apparently there are those only too willing to aid and abet him in so doing.
ETA 11/09/11: This post keeps growing as more info is shared. I was thinking this morning that hitting MSNBC sponsors would be more effective than hitting the network heads. After all, MSNBC probably paid a bunch of money for this doc, so they’re not likely to pull it unless they realize they stand to lose more than they put into it. Unfortunately, a few days isn’t really enough time to wage an effective product boycott (this is why I say the whole, planned timing of this thing was soooooooo deviously sneaky; they knew exactly what they were doing, and how fans would react!). But I think we can still send a strong message to these sponsors that we won’t be buying their products if they sponsor this crock. Anyway, this is one of the most complete MSNBC sponsor contact lists I’ve found; any thanks again to Positively Michael:
Ann Taylor http://www.anntaylorstorescorp.com/contact/index.asp (call or fax)
Banco Nacional de Mexico https://portal.banamex.com.mx/esp/at…scucharte.html
Cambridge Technology Partners mailto:%email@example.com
Champion International http://support.crosspath.com/support…18.104.22.168
Chase Manhattan https://www.chase.com/index.jsp?pg_n…page/contactus
Choice-Point http://www.lexisnexis.com/risk/contact /
Chubb Corporation http://www.chubb.com/marketing/chubb2340.html
Coca-Cola http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/contactus /
Community Health Systems http://www.chs.net/company_overview/contact_us.html
Dell Computer http://support.dell.com/support/topi…gen&redirect=1
Delphi Automotive http://delphi.com/contact/other /
Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/…atalogId=10053
Illinois Tool Works Illinois Tool Works
International Speedy http://www.speedyintl.com/contact_us.php
Internet Security Systems http://www.securitystoreusa.com/help.asp
Morgan Chase & Co. http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corpora…a-contacts.htm
Morgan Gauranty Trust http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corpora…a-contacts.htm
National Service Industries http://www.fundinguniverse.com/compa…y-History.html
New York Stock Exchange http://www.nyse.com/about/newsevents/1095581297695.html
Oglivy & Mather https://www.ogilvy.com/Contact.aspx
Planet Hollywood http://www.answers.com/topic/planet-…ernational-inc
State Street http://www.statestreet.com/wps/porta…D9gmxHRQDWNWSc /
Scientific Atlanta http://www.cisco.com/web/siteassets/contacts/index.html
Sun Microsystems http://www.sun.com/contact/office_locations.jsp
Total Systems Services http://www.tsys.com/About/Contact/index.cfm
TRICON Global Restaurants http://www.yum.com/contact/default.asp
Brita’s twitter: @BRITA_PPD
DeadSea2U’s twitter: @DeadSea2U
Walgreen’s twitter: @Walgreens
Clorox’s twitter: @Clorox
Welchs’s twitter: @Welchs
HTC’s twtitter: @htc
Lowe’s twitter: @Lowes
Smart car twitter: @smartCar
Columbia sportswear twitter: @Columbia1938
Mercedes-Benz USA twitter: @MBUSA
Yahoo Mail twitter: @yahoomail
A few helpful tips if you feel overwhelmed by these sort of campaigns, as I sometimes do: You need not contact every single person or sponsor on the list. Target those you feel will be most effective. If everyone is doing their part, it will be the collective effort that sends the message. If sending an email, it need not be an epic. Yes, I have seen some very beautiful and eloquent messages. But really, a few lines that get straight to the point and tell them exactly how you feel is all that’s necessary-and in the long run, is probably most effective. You can cut and paste the same message to send to multiple contacts. Use the CC function; it helps, trust me!
But here is something to also keep in mind. While we are focusing so heavily on MSNBC, it is Zodiak Media who owns the distribution rights, and ultimately, October Films who owns the footage.Which means even if MSNBC pulls the plug, they can still simply shop it elsewhere. So let’s not overlook their importance as targets of this campaign.