HBO Buys Rights to Whoopi Goldberg's Moms Mabley Documentary
HBO announced today they have acquired the rights to Whoopi Goldberg’s documentary Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' To Tell You. Through performance footage, photos and commentary from historians, celebs and comics, including: Joan Rivers, Eddie Murphy, Sidney Poitier, Kathy Griffin, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and Quincy Jones, the documentary will explore the life of the legendary comic.
In a released statement, Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary films said:
What could be better than Whoopi bringing Moms to HBO? We’ve always known how special Moms was, and I can’t think of a better marriage.
Moms Mabley has been a huge inspiration to me and so many others, but not a lot of folks outside of the comedy world know about her legacy. There are a lot of us who wouldn’t be working today without pioneers like her. HBO gave me my first break on TV, so it’s only fitting that Moms has a home there now.
The documentary is slated to l debut April 20 at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. This marks Goldberg’s first time as a director.