Michael Jackson’s This Is It: Coming To VH1 In 2011

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Get ready to watch and re-watch this year’s concert movie event of a lifetime: Michael Jackson‘s This Is It will come to TV via MTV Networks in 2011. Check the press release below for more info:

MTV Networks has acquired the exclusive United States television rights to air one of the most anticipated films of the year — Michael Jackson’s This Is It.

The critically acclaimed and commercially successful film becomes available to MTV Networks in 2011, and continuing through the entire six-year network window. The deal includes all domestic channels under the MTV Networks umbrella, including MTV, VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia and rounds out the music networks’ commitment to celebrating the life and legacy of Michael Jackson. The arrangement also extends to Viacom’s BET Networks, including its newest channel, Centric. Channels and premiere dates will be announced at a later time.

“The film is a true testament to Michael’s musical genius, passion and commitment to his craft,” said Van Toffler, President of the MTV Networks Music Group. “Michael Jackson has always been inextricably tied to our viewers as they witnessed his evolution from a talented performer to a global icon who redefined music. Now, with this film, we can help give his fans a chance to see his final performance.”

This Is It, premiered nationwide on October 28, earning the No. 1 box office spot for the weekend and offering Jackson fans and music lovers everywhere a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out, historic comeback concerts that would have kicked off this past summer at London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling from March through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind the scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing numerous songs for the show. Audiences are given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he was never before seen. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson’s This Is It is the last documentation of Michael Jackson at work, capturing the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work.

Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson’s creative partner for the concert tour and the director of the stage show serves as the film’s director, and Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware are producers. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain. The film is being distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Releasing. One of the best reviewed film of the year, Michael Jackson’s This Is It has already reached $222.6 million in box office receipts worldwide.

The deal was brokered by Sony Pictures Television and Ben Zurier, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, VH1, VH1 Classic & Palladia for MTV Networks. MTV Networks will also collaborate with Sony Pictures Entertainment in marketing the DVD release of the film in early 2010.

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  1. nikki says:

    WHY THE WAIT!!!!!!!!!!! was suppost to come out before christmas why is it pushed? your killing me i want it NOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!! i went to see the movie an i think mj would of been prowd he did great he looked great he was funny he was healthy he still had what it took. someone with his talent doesnt lose it. now that he is at rest im hoping he gets justice now. murray needs to pay

  2. sevil says:

    thats cool

  3. yolanda says:

    We love you micheal, and miss you

  4. dianne says:

    i preordered my this is it and was p o that i won;t get it until jan.i am glad it will be on tv to.there will never be another michael jackson he was the best and once the fbi files are opened they will also prove this man was hounded to death by tabloids and sick people that just looked for bad things to write not once did any of the news reporters say anything about the good things he done its just a shame all this comes out now i hope he knows how much he is loved

  5. Viki says:

    Kinda excited to see it on MTV/Vh1, but idk why they have to announce it so early. Still luv you Michael. Gone but not forgotten <3 <3.

  6. Nishu Jalotia says:

    really waiting to watch again

  7. jenea drayton says:

    omg, i luv that movie and michael looks so damn fine in the movie.

  8. Brittany says:

    thaank you VH1 its about time someone keep his name alive in the good light because MJ was a good and innocent man. VH1 you should do a show dedicateed to all his humanitarian works because he did so much for so many and the planet. THIS IS IT was a excellent movie and MJ look awesome in it and for a 50 year old man he still had the moves and the voice God Bless you MJ, see you in the afterlife : )
    PEACE AND LOVE

  9. Michael lover says:

    EEEEEp can’t wait

  10. Ebone' says:

    this is the best movie i had ever seen.watching mr.michael jackson is like watching an angel from heaven..now i can say thats hes in heaven moonwalking with Jesus an teaching Jesus how to moonwalk. now i can say that he’s not being judge anymore.if any one would like 2 see me dance like michael hit me up.. RIP Michael Jackson…

    This was the greatest movie,I just had to go get it on DVD…

  11. elena says:

    señores de mtv les agradeceria por vafor que pusiera una fecha para cuando van a pasar la pelicula yo la tengo pero creo que esta imcompleta adoro a michael lo conoci cuando vino a venezuela para año 77 como lamento eata muerte de una persona que aporto tanto ala humanidad teniamos un angel en la tierra pero no los quitaron murray michael jackson el planeta tierra lo amaba lo ama y lo amara por toda una eterniad pero ati murray te odiamos con la misma intensidad que amamos amichael jackso te amamos por toda una eternidad eres mi santo despues de dios tu mj

  12. sisDunk2 says:

    I have the This Is IT dvd. Wish we had the real thing. We have to deal with it and carry on Michaels message of L.O.V.E for this planet in the wake of the oil spilling out. I love the way MJ always thanked God for allowing him to be the source through which the lyrics and dance comes to us, his fans.

  13. Taylor says:

    I can not wait for it to come here