HBO Producing Documentary on Battle to Overturn Proposition 8

HBO is working on a documentary based on the battle to overturn Proposition 8 that presumably will focus on David Boies, Ted Olson, and the team that took the case to the Supreme Court, the NYT reports:

Olson-boiesHBO said that two directors, Ben Cotner and Ryan White, have for years had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the legal team that argued the recent Supreme Court case over Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative that banned gay marriage in the state. The Supreme Court late last month declined to rule on the case, effectively ending the ban.

The still-untitled documentary will be completed by the end of the year and make its debut on HBO sometime next year. Michael Lombardo, HBO’s programming president, in a statement called the movie “the story of a modern-day American revolution” and said it was intended to be “the film of record on this landmark case.”

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Cotner is currently SVP of acquisitions at Open Road Films. White’s films include Pelada and Good Ol’ Freda, which will be released in September. The deal was negotiated with HBO on behalf of the filmmakers by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Victoria Cook of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.


  1. Mike Ryan says

    Very excited about this and can’t wait for its broadcast. Will be great to see all the behind-the-scenes stuff, the strategies, the devotion of two top-notch attorneys who have gone down in history. I remember when they first announced the suit I thought if they failed it would be bad career moves but if they won it would be a monumental career coup!

  2. En realité says

    I think both Olson’s and Boies’ carrers were safe, regardless of the outcome of the trial. As profoundly as I appreciate their efforts, Roberta Kaplan’s name should be mentioned any time Olson’s or Boies’ names are mentioned.

    But is it sexist (heteroist?) that Olson and Boies continue to get more recognition and plaudits than Roberta Kaplan (who took some undue criticism in March after the Supreme Court arguments) when Kaplan’s winning case (Windsor/DOMA) will actually have more impact than Olson’s and Boies’ case (Perry/Prop 8)?

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