FX and Hulu made a surprise announcement this morning that a follow-up to the award-winning documentary The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears will debut tonight (September 24th) simultaneously on FX and Hulu at 10:00 pm ET, titled “Controlling Britney Spears.

(The New York Times/FX)

(The New York Times/FX)

What’s Happening:

  • The team behind the TCA Award-winning documentary The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears has created a follow-up that premieres simultaneously on FX and Hulu on Friday, September 24th at 10:00 pm ET.
  • The New York Times Presents: Controlling Britney Spears features new resorts from whistleblowers who have been inside the inner circle of Britney Spears’ conservatorship, who reveal new allegations about how the pop star has been controlled and forced to keep quiet during the majority of her time under a guardianship.
  • As with the previous special, Controlling Britney Spears is directed by Samantha Stark and produced by Liz Day as part of The New York Times Presents series.
  • The previous special, Framing Britney Spears, helped catapult the “Free Britney” movement into mainstream media, putting more eyes on the case of one of the most famous women in the world whose agency was taken away as the media tore her apart.
  • The new special debuts in the wake of much progress in Britney’s quest for freedom, which has included her ability to hire her own lawyer (Mathew Rosengart) and her father Jamie Spears submitting paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, which is expected to be reviewed by Judge Brenda Penny at the next court hearing on Wednesday, September 29th.
  • The New York Times Presents: Controlling Britney Spears is produced in partnership by The New York Times and Left/Right.
  • Netflix will release their own documentary, Britney vs. Spears, on Tuesday, September 28th.

Click here to read our review.

What They’re Saying:

  • Samantha Stark, Director: “When Britney spoke publicly about her conservatorship in detail for the first time during a court hearing in June, she said a reason she hadn’t spoken up earlier is she didn’t think people would believe her. She said she felt abused under the conservatorship and questioned whether the judge thought she was lying. Britney’s speech motivated the people in this film to seek us out to share their stories — at great risk to themselves — because they felt compelled to back up what Britney was saying with evidence they had or moments they witnessed.”
  • Liz Day, Producer: “Britney’s situation raises a lot of important questions about the conservatorship system at large and whether it is working properly. We felt that it was in the public interest to examine that.”
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