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How ‘Icarus’ Turned a Standup Comic Into an Investigative Journalist With a Netflix Deal

4 August 2017 4:17 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Actor-turned-documentarian Bryan Fogel literally delivered the print of “Icarus” to Sundance 2017 at 8:00Am; the film premiered at 10:00Am. By the end of the screening, “Icarus” was in the midst of a bidding war that was eventually won by Netflix for $5 million.

Fogel is an unexpected documentarian, to say nothing of an investigative journalist. He started out in Hollywood as a standup comic and actor, but found early success as the creator of a hit Coast Playhouse and Broadway play, “Jewtopia,” which he grew into a touring company, a book, and a movie. He eventually came up with the “Icarus” documentary as his next career move.

As a racing cyclist, Fogel thought he could create a “Super Size Me” movie about doping in sports — injecting himself in the butt with steroids to prove how easy it is to evade detection, as Lance Armstrong did for years. Instead, he stumbled »

- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Icarus’ Turned a Standup Comic Into an Investigative Journalist With a Netflix Deal

4 August 2017 4:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Actor-turned-documentarian Bryan Fogel literally delivered the print of “Icarus” to Sundance 2017 at 8:00 am; the film premiered at 10 am. By the end of the screening, “Icarus” was in the midst of a bidding war that was eventually won by Netflix for $5 million.

Fogel is an unexpected documentarian, to say nothing of an investigative journalist. He started out in Hollywood as a standup comic and actor, but found early success as the creator of a hit Coast Playhouse and Broadway play, “Jewtopia,” which he grew into a touring company, a book, and a movie. He eventually came up with the “Icarus” documentary as his next career move.

As a racing cyclist, Fogel thought he could create a “Super Size Me” movie about doping in sports — injecting himself in the butt with steroids to prove how easy it is to evade detection, as Lance Armstrong did for years. Instead, he stumbled onto »

- Anne Thompson

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary Feature

5 July 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Getting out early can be an advantage in the documentary race, which is often front loaded at January’s Sundance Film Festival. While a raft of movies made their mark, the question is which ones can sustain support through the end of the year.

Among that festival’s breakouts were three Syria documentaries. Daring and timely “City of Ghosts” (July 14, A & E/Amazon Studios), which is Matthew Heineman’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated border drug war thriller “Cartel Land,” will get a major push. Any footage from Syria came from the fearless Raqqa journalists he tracked through Turkey and Germany, where they discover that they are not necessarily safe — anywhere.

It remains to be seen if there will be room for more than one Syrian documentary. HBO Documentary Films is forgoing Emmy consideration for “Winter on Fire” nominee Evgeny Afineevsky’s harrowing “Cries From Syria” (March 10, HBO), planning an Oscar push this fall. »

- Anne Thompson

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Ron Howard to direct Luciano Pavarotti documentary

1 June 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Polygram, Studiocanal to collaborate on film about celebrated tenor.

Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have teamed up with Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s White Horse Pictures on a documentary about Luciano Pavarotti.

Howard will direct and produces alongside Sinclair, Grazer, Michael Rosenberg and Jeanne Elfant Festa.

Mark Monroe will write the documentary, which chronicles Pavarotti’s life as a world-renowned tenor and his work as a philanthropist. The Italian died in 2007 at the age of 71.

Polygram Entertainment and Studiocanal are also on board and will co-finance the project, while Studiocanal and White Horse Pictures will handle international sales and White Horse will oversee North American rights.

Sources said the filmmakers have the blessing of the Pavarotti Estate, Universal Music Classics and Decca Records.

East and Nicholas Ferrall will serve as executive producers along with Paul Crowder, Monroe, Dickon Stainer, David Blackman, Didier Lupfer and Ron Halpern.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Imagine, White Horse team on Luciano Pavarotti documentary

1 June 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Polygram, Studiocanal to collaborate on film about celebrated tenor.

Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have teamed up with Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s White Horse Pictures on a documentary about Luciano Pavarotti.

Howard will direct and produces alongside Sinclair, Grazer, Michael Rosenberg and Jeanne Elfant Festa.

Mark Monroe will write the documentary, which chronicles Pavarotti’s life as a world-renowned tenor and his work as a philanthropist. The Italian died in 2007 at the age of 71.

Polygram Entertainment and Studiocanal are also on board and will co-finance the project, while Studiocanal and White Horse Pictures will handle international sales and White Horse will oversee North American rights.

Sources said the filmmakers have the blessing of the Pavarotti Estate, Universal Music Classics and Decca Records.

East and Nicholas Ferrall will serve as executive producers along with Paul Crowder, Monroe, Dickon Stainer, David Blackman, Didier Lupfer and Ron Halpern.

Imagine and White »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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How Hot Docs, North America’s Smartest Festival, Could Anoint an Oscar Winner

9 May 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In a world where TV networks fight for the opportunity to showcase the best nonfiction content that will keep viewers on their couches, the Toronto-based Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (April 27 – May 7) is a very, very good place to be.

What began 24 years ago as a modest showcase for Canadian documentaries is now a sprawling international program that screens 230 titles from 58 countries. The festival still favors homegrown product, but also amplifies movies from Sundance (“Chasing Coral,” “Long Strange Trip,” “City of Ghosts”) and Tribeca (“The Departure,” “A River Below”), as well as some international (Joe Berlinger’s “Intent to Destroy”) and world premieres (“A Moon of Nickel and Ice”).

“Hot Docs creates an environment where you can meet with the best in the documentary world,” said director Cullen Hoback, who brought his sharp pollution whodunit “What Lies Upstream” first to Slamdance, then to Hot Docs (Preferred Content is seeking »

- Anne Thompson

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How Hot Docs, North America’s Smartest Festival, Could Anoint an Oscar Winner

9 May 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In a world where TV networks fight for the opportunity to showcase the best nonfiction content that will keep viewers on their couches, the Toronto-based Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (April 27 – May 7) is a very, very good place to be.

What began 24 years ago as a modest showcase for Canadian documentaries is now a sprawling international program that screens 230 titles from 58 countries. The festival still favors homegrown product, but also amplifies movies from Sundance (“Chasing Coral,” “Long Strange Trip,” “City of Ghosts”) and Tribeca (“The Departure,” “A River Below”), as well as some international (Joe Berlinger’s “Intent to Destroy”) and world premieres (“A Moon of Nickel and Ice”).

“Hot Docs creates an environment where you can meet with the best in the documentary world,” said director Cullen Hoback, who brought his sharp pollution whodunit “What Lies Upstream” first to Slamdance, then to Hot Docs (Preferred Content is seeking »

- Anne Thompson

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Sundance: Netflix Lands Russian Doping Documentary ‘Icarus’ (Exclusive)

24 January 2017 9:51 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In an historic deal for a documentary, Netflix has landed “Icarus,” a buzzy examination of the Russian doping scandal, Variety has learned. The $5 million pact is one of the biggest ever for a non-fiction film.

Bidding for the film was intense from almost the moment it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. There were several interested studios circling the project at various points, including Sony Pictures Classics, Neon, Magnolia, and Amazon.

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‘Icarus’ Sundance Documentary Director Was Scared When Exposing Russian Olympic Doping Scandal

The film contained a killer pitch, and was described by its PR team as a movie that kicks off in the mold of Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), but ends up in the tradition of Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”). To investigate doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel, an amateur bike racer, decided to dope himself to see if it would strengthen his endurance. To do so, »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Sundance: Russian Doping Doc 'Icarus' Goes to Netflix

17 January 2017 9:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Russian doping documentary Icarus has been acquired by Netflix for worldwide rights.

The doc focuses on Russian "anti-doping" doctor Grigory Rodchenkov, who became a whistle-blower, detailing Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program that took place ahead of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

Bryan Fogel directed the doc, which he co-wrote with Mark Monroe.

Fogel also produced alongside Dan Cogan, David Fialkow and Jim SwartzTimothy Rode, Maiken Baird, Teddy Leifer and Craig Sims exec produced.

Icarus made its world premiere in Sundance's U.S. Documentary Competition on Friday, one day before a cyber attack shut down the festival's box office, prompting speculation that »

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