BBC commissions Britney Spears documentary
- Bang Showbiz
- 17 March 2021
Journalist Mobeen Azhar will investigate Britney Spears' conservatorship in a new BBC Two documentary
Britney Spears' conservatorship will be explored in a new BBC Two documentary.
The 'Toxic' hitmaker had control of her personal and business affairs removed following her meltdown in 2008 and now journalist Mobeen Azhar has set out to find the "truth" surrounding why she is still under the legal order in upcoming film 'Britney'.
The documentary follows the reporters in autumn 2020 as he travels from Britney's hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana to Los Angeles, where he attends a court hearing and speaks to the fans involved in the #FreeBritney movement, which campaigns to have the conservatorship lifted.
Mobeen will also talk to the people closest to Britney herself to learn more about the 39-year-old pop star and who she is in private.
He said: "I went to LA in search of the truth of how Britney Spears, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, ended up in a conservatorship. I found myself in a world of lawyers, superfans and paparazzi and spent time with many of the people who've had a front row seat in Britney's life.
"This film taps into the energy of the #FreeBritney movement and questions the industry, fandom and the laws that facilitate conservatorships."
'Britney' – which is currently just the working title – is scheduled to air on BBC Two later this spring.
It will also be distributed internationally by Abacus Media Rights, though it hasn't yet been confirmed which other countries will broadcast the film.
The 'Gimme More' singer has previously raised objections to having her father Jamie Spears remain in charge of her affairs, as she would rather her co-conservators, the Bessamer Trust Company, have sole control.
When Britney was first placed under a conservatorship in 2008 after suffering a breakdown, Jamie was named conservator of her person and lawyer Andrew Wallet the conservator of her estate, but the latter retired from the role in June 2019.
Three months later, Jamie stepped down due to "personal health reasons" and was replaced by licensed conservator Jodi Montgomery.
Last summer, the 'Lucky' singer told the court she was "strongly opposed" to having her father return as sole conservator and "strongly prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role", later recommending Bessemer Trust take on the role, a nomination backed in separate documents by her mother Lynne.
However, in November last year, the judge appointed Jamie and Bessemer Trust as co-conservators of her estate.