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.
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.
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.
“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.