Netflix acquires rights to Hogan v. Gawker documentary
January 25, 2017
Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary “Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The documentary is about the case that brought down media company Gawker due to a short video it published of a sex tape involving the former wrestler.
As you may recall, a jury handed Hogan a $115 million verdict which brought Gawker and its founder Nick Denton to bankruptcy. It also destroyed the career of A.J. Daulerio who has been negotiating a settlement with Hogan although he would like the right to write his own book (presumably) about the case.
The documentary is screening in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Competition.
The purchase of the rights reflects the aggressive nature of Netflix strategy to go after intriguing content. It continues to pick up subscribers and its original productions are gaining notoriety. The case and its characters are primed for more than this documentary as you might expect more retellings of the trial.