FX and Hulu has announced that the sixth episode in the The New York Times Presents series of documentaries will be titled Framing Britney Spears.
Produced by The New York Times and Left/Right, the documentary will stream on FX and FX on Hulu in the US on February 5, 2021.
Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life.
The meteoric rise and disturbing fall of Britney Spears has devolved into a Kafkaesque court battle that has reawakened her fandom and raised pressing questions about mental health and an individuals’ rights.
The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears re- examines her career and offers a new assessment of the movement rallying against her court-mandated conservatorship, capturing the unsavory dimensions of the American pop-star machine.
The series is executive produced by Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick, Stephanie Preiss from The New York Times, and Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver and Mary Robertson from Left/Right.
FX and Hulu commissioned the 10-part The New York Times Presents series of stand-alone documentaries last year, produced by Left/Right and The New York Times, with a remit to present investigations and character-driven stories and features reporting from journalists at The New York Times.
The series is from the same team that produced acclaimed documentary series The Weekly, which won four News & Documentary Emmy Awards last September.
Both The Weekly and The New York Times Presents, which is marketed internationally as The Weekly: Special Edition and launched at MIPCOM in October, are distributed worldwide by Red Arrow Studios International.
Previous The New York Times Presents episodes have included “They Get Brave” about New York’s doctors and nurses during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic; “This Is Dominic Fike: The Next Big Thing?” about the making of a pop star in 2020; “The Killing of Breonna Taylor”, investigating the 2020 death of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville, Kentucky; “Hurricane of Fire” about the devastating fires in Australia in 2020; and “The Teenager Who Hacked Twitter”, covering the 17-year old kid in Tampa who hacked the accounts of dozens of high-profile Twitter users.