12 OCT 2021

Banijay Rights acquires Lifetime and A&E’s “Janet”

Executively produced by Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson and Kevin MacDonald alongside a group of Lifetime and A+E creatives, the title is set to air in early 2022 on the two large national networks.

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Banijay Rights has acquired global distribution rights to "Janet." Lifetime and A&E’s two-night, four-hour documentary event celebrating the 40 th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s first album. “It’s easy to run out of superlatives to describe Janet Jackson – a truly global superstar with a startling career and fascinating life,” Cathy Payne, CEO, Banijay Rights, said. “This ground-breaking documentary series gives a deep insight into her world, and we are excited to take this project out to the international market.”

"Janet" is produced for Lifetime and A&E by Workerbee and the Associated Entertainment Corporation. Executive Producer for Workerbee is Rick Murray, with Ben Hirsch as Director. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as Executive Producer for A+E networks. Executively produced by Janet Jackson, Randy Jackson and Academy Award- winner Kevin MacDonald, the title is set to air in early 2022 on Lifetime and A&E. Banijay Rights securing international distribution rights to the series.

Banijay-owned, UK-based Workerbee has been filming thedetailed documentary for five years and has been granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet’s never-before-seen home videos, along with star-studded interviews. The project is intended to showcase the most intimate moments of the star ever caught on camera, charting her immense successes but also incredibly tragedies.

The event series joins Janet as her family is going through another extremely difficult time, mourning the loss of her father Joseph, the pivotal figure in the Jackson dynasty. The documentary details Janet’s return to the world stage following a sudden break from music. Speaking like never before, Janet also discusses everything including her Superbowl appearance with Justin Timberlake in 2004, the death of her brother Michael and becoming a mother later in life. And with her own romantic relationship having broken down, she starts to look back at her own life and reflect on her fight to the top.

It’s easy to run out of superlatives to describe Janet Jackson – a truly global superstar with a startling career and fascinating life. This ground-breaking documentary series gives a deep insight into her world, and we are excited to take this project out to the international market.” Cathy Payne CEO, Banijay Rights