Sports Illustrated to develop and produce film and TV content with 101 Studios

Sports Illustrated to develop and produce film and TV content with 101 Studios

Source:  TheWrap

Sports Illustrated is launching its own studio to develop, produce, and distribute sports content based on the magazine’s stories and photography.

Sports Illustrated Studios launcheded earlier this month as part of a joint venture between 101 Studios and Authentic Brands Group (Sport Illustrated’s parent company).  The newly formed studio will develop for film, TV, and scripted podcasts.

The studio’s inaugural project though will be “Covers,” a docuseries based on the magazine’s top cover stories throughout its nearly seven-decade run.

Each episode will chronicle a specific sports moment in history and do so through a new lens, as well as provide insight into how the iconic magazine cover images were selected and created by the magazine’s current and former staff.

Read the story at TheWrap.


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Craig Gilbert, creator of groundbreaking 1973 series “An American Family,” dies at 94

Craig Gilbert, creator of groundbreaking 1973 series “An American Family,” dies at 94

Source:  Deadline

Craig Gilbert, a documentary filmmaker whose candid and controversial 1973 PBS series, “An American Family,” would later be credited as a forerunner of reality TV (to his chagrin), died April 10 in New York City following a brief illness.  He was 94.

Gilbert was a producer at New York public television station WNET when he pitched the idea of a cinéma vérité-style documentary on a typical American family.  WNET liked the idea, and Gilbert received more than $1 million in financing.

And in the Louds of Santa Barbara, Gilbert found a family that might have been typical but certainly not in the ways to which TV audiences had become accustomed.

During months of fly-on-the-wall filming in 1971, Gilbert and his camera crew Alan and Susan Raymond caught Bill and Pat Loud, along with their five children Lance, Kevin, Grant, Delilah, and Michele in moments both mundane and, for TV, groundbreaking.

Read the story at Deadline.


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FX acquires first feature documentary “AKA Jane Roe”

FX acquires first feature documentary “AKA Jane Roe”

Source:  Deadline

FX, the flagship channel of FX Networks, has acquired its first feature documentary “AKA Roe” which puts the spotlight on the real-life Norma McCorvey who was known as “Jane Roe” in the historic Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court case.

The film follows the story of McCorvey in the landmark ruling on abortion rights.  The documentary will feature her final series of interviews prior to her death and reveals the truth behind her journey from pro-choice to pro-life and beyond – in what she calls her “deathbed confession.”

“AKA Jane Roe” premieres May 22 on FX and will be available the following day on Hulu.

Read the story at Deadline.


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“American Factory” & “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” win Oscars at 92nd Academy Awards

“American Factory” & “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” win Oscars at 92nd Academy Awards

The winners of the 92nd Academy Awards were announced last night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.  Below are the winners in the Academy’s documentary categories.

Best Documentary Feature

American Factory, Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar — Netflix — WINNER

The Cave, Feras Fayyad — National Geographic

The Edge of Democracy, Petra Costa — Netflix

For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts — PBS Distribution/Channel 4/FRONTLINE

Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov — Neon

Best Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence, Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam — A Field of Vision Production

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), Carol Dysinger — A+E Networks — WINNER

Life Overtakes Me, Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas — Netflix

St. Louis Superman, Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan — MTV Documentary Films/AJE Witness

Walk Run Cha-Cha, Laura Nix — The New York Times Op-Docs


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Oscars 2020: Nominations announced in documentary categories

Oscars 2020: Nominations announced in documentary categories

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Below are the nominees in the documentary categories.

Documentary Feature

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (f You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

Winners to be revealed at the Academy Awards ceremony on February 9 on ABC.


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“For Sama” named best feature documentary at IDA Awards

“For Sama” named best feature documentary at IDA Awards

Source:  TheWrap

“For Sama,” Waad al-Kateab’s wrenching story of raising a young daughter in war-torn Syria, was named best feature documentary of 2019 at the International Documentary Association’s 35th annual IDA Documentary Awards, which were handed out on Saturday night on the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles.

Al-Kateab, who directed “For Sama” with Edward Watts, also received the IDA Courage Under Fire award at the ceremony.

Last week, the film also won the top award at the British Independent Film Awards, a rarity for a documentary.

See the complete list of winners and nominees of the IDA Awards at the International Documentary Association website.

Read the story at TheWrap.


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