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Beyond ‘O.J.:’ How Espn Became The Most Powerful Platform for Docs To Make a Difference

Beyond ‘O.J.:’ How Espn Became The Most Powerful Platform for Docs To Make a Difference
Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature last night at the 2017 Academy Awards. It was a major coup for Espn, a media behemoth known for live sports events and shows, not movies. Yet what is more remarkable about “O.J.” is how many people have seen the clear-eyed, seven-hour-and-forty-five-minute historical examination of race in America.

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From its June 11 premiere through the month of July, 41 million viewers tuned into watch one of the 40 telecasts of “O.J.” on ABC, Espn, and ESPN2. An additional 3.4 million unique viewers streamed the doc through the network’s streaming app WatchESPN. And while total viewership numbers are unavailable for Cable VOD, Espn told IndieWire the film has seen at least 7.1 million transactions. Not included in these numbers are how many viewers watched the film in theaters, on Hulu this August,
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Espn Enlists Marvel, Spike Lee, Eva Longoria for 3 New Film Series

  • The Wrap
Espn has revealed three new film series collaborations on which they will combine forces with a comic book giant, a New York filmmaker and a Hollywood actress.

In conjunction with Wednesday’s Winter Television Critics Association panel, the sports network announced a partnership between Espn Films and Marvel Entertainment to air two all-new projects, the feature-length documentary “1 of 1 – Genesis” and short film series “1 of 1 – Origins.”

“Both the documentary and the short film series will provide viewers a unique look at some of the world’s most successful athletes by mixing the award-winning non-fiction style of Espn Films with classic Marvel comic book art,
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NBC Tops Sports Emmys, Extends ‘Sunday Night Football’ Streak

NBC led the field Tuesday with six wins at the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Gotham.

The Peacock’s “Sunday Night Football” (pictured) extended its streak in the live sports series category to a sixth consecutive year. NBC’s other wins included Bob Costas for sports personality in studio, Michele Tafoya for sports reporter and Cris Collinsworth for sports event analyst.

NBC sibling Telemundo also nabbed two trophies, including Andres Cantor’s win for on-air personality in Spanish.

Fox Sports ran a close second to NBC with five nods, including the prize for live sports special for last year’s World Series coverage.

Turner Broadcasting pioneer and former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was feted with the org’s life achievement award.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Outstanding Live Sports Special

The 109th World Series – Red Sox vs. Cardinals Fox

Executive Producers

John Entz,
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'Marvel Tales to Astonish: Civil War' Documentary Trailer

'Marvel Tales to Astonish: Civil War' Documentary Trailer
With Marvel Studios already establishing a firm grip on the big screen and small screen, they're branching out to a new form of entertainment with the short-form documentary series Marvel Tales to Astonish. The studio released the trailer for their first installment, Marvel Tales to Astonish: Civil War, which features luminaries Joss Whedon and Stan Lee discuss how real-world issues such as the Patriot Act lead to the 2006 Civil War comic book series, where the country was divided over the Superhero Registration Act. Iron Man lead the charge for registration, while Captain America stood with the anti-registration camp. Check out the trailer, then read on for more details about this 13-minute documentary.

Marvel Tales to Astonish: Civil War, which was directed by Eric Drath (Assault in the Ring), debuted at SXSW 2014 earlier today, although John Cerilli, vice president of content and programming at Marvel Digital Media, revealed he still isn't
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‘Tales to Astonish’: Marvel Documentary Trailer and Details

Comic books might be treated as mere escapist fantasy by those unfamiliar with the medium, but there’s no denying that there have been plenty of comic book stories out there with very on-the-nose sociopolitical commentary. This is something that has carried over into the world of Marvel movies – for example, the Lgbtq/civil rights subtext of the X-Men franchise or the political overtones of upcoming release Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The ties between comic books and larger events in society are highlighted in the trailer for Marvel’s short-form documentary series, Tales to Astonish. The first episode (which was directed by Eric Drath) focuses on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War story arc, in which the superhumans of the USA find themselves fiercely divided over the Superhuman Registration Act, a bill that would force any American with super-powers to register ...

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Marvel developing Tales to Astonish documentary series starting with Civil War

Marvel has taken the opportunity to announce a new documentary series entitled Marvel's Tales to Astonish during the Marvel: The House of Ideas panel at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, ComicBookResources has reported.

The documentaries will be directed by Eric Drath, the Emmy Award-winner behind Assualt in the Ring, and will run for around 13 minuteseach , with the goal of "putting the publisher's famous stories into a larger context", starting with the 2006-2007 crossover event Civil War from writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven.

"We've [published] some amazing stories over the years, and there are a lot of metaphors in the stories that we've told over the years," said John Cerilli, Marvel's vice president of digital content and programming. "Marvel has been at the forefront of some pretty groundbreaking endeavors. We just want the world to know that -- yes, we do tell great stories, and they happen to be superheroes,
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Marvel Releasing Documentary About Mark Millar's Civil War From Award Winning Filmmaker

At the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas today, Marvel announced plans for a new video series called Marvel's Tales to Astonish, a series of 13 minute documentaries about some of their most famous stories. The first will focus on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War, and it will be helmed by Eric Drath, a filmmaker who won an Emmy for the 2008 HBO boxing documentary Assault in the Ring. "To him, ["Civil War"] was interesting, because you had two of Marvel's most major characters squaring off against each other," John Cerilli, Marvel's vice president of digital content and programming said. "All of us who grew up reading comic books, especially Marvel, we all know that our heroes beat the crap out of each other. But this was interesting to him, and one of the things that led him into this. We started telling him more about the
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TV Review: Espn’s 30 for 30 Doc ‘No Mas’

TV Review: Espn’s 30 for 30 Doc ‘No Mas’
The Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fights in 1980 launched the phrase “No mas” into the global lexicon, while triggering what amounted to a mystery about what could inspire one of the scariest boxers on the planet to quit in the middle of a fight. “No Mas,” Espn’s latest “30 for 30″ documentary, explores that question, doing a bang-up job of revisiting those events, before committing a serious misstep by reuniting the two fighters, in what feels like a reality-tv stunt. Producer-director Eric Drath’s film is still worth seeing, but unlike Leonard, this one bit of showboating nearly results in a technical knockout.

As the film makes clear, boxing was riding high in the late 1970s, thanks to the combination of the stable of fighters introduced by the 1976 Olympics and the movie “Rocky.” Of those Olympians who quickly became stars in the professional ranks, nobody shone brighter than Leonard, who
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50 Cent Boards Johnny Tapia Documentary (Exclusive)

50 Cent Boards Johnny Tapia Documentary (Exclusive)
Rapper-actor-producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is assuming a new role — documentary producer, partnering with Lou Dibella to acquire rights to “Tapia.”

Dibella’s newly minted Bk Blu Productions and Jackson’s Cheetah Vision Films have joined to present the film, a look at late boxer Johnny Tapia. It’s a Synthetic Creatures Production directed by Eddie Alcazar in association with Eric Drath’s Live Star Entertainment.

Tapia” will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 15, then screen again on June 18.

Tapia” explores the boxer’s mastery with five world titles in three weight classes and his personal demons, including his mother’s kidnapping and murder when he was 8 years old and his drug addiction and near death experiences. Alcazar was filming Tapia in the weeks before the fighter’s death last year at age 45.

The film also features interviews with Mike Tyson, trainer Freddie Roach and Tapia’s widow Teresa.
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Film to chronicle rivalry between boxers Leonard, Duran

Film to chronicle rivalry between boxers Leonard, Duran
Panama City, Feb 26 (Ians/Efe) The great rivalry between champion boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran will be depicted in a documentary, filmmaker Eric Drath said here.

"The rivalry between Leonard and Duran was so great, it was like a Super Bowl, so there's a good opportunity to talk about both athletes," said Drath Monday at a press conference, where both former boxers were also present.

The two men faced each other in three title bouts during in the 1980s.

Panama's Duran won the first fight on a decision in 15 rounds in Montreal, but the American defeated him in the next two bouts in New Orleans and Las Vegas.

Drath said the filming will be done both in the Us and Panama.

The.
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Espn Launches '30 for 30 Shorts' With Schwarzenegger-Centric 'Arnold's Blueprint,' From the Directors of 'The Two Escobars'

  • Indiewire
Espn announced in May that it was bringing back "30 for 30," the network's award-winning program of sports-centric documentaries, for another round of 30 new features. The series kicks off next week with "Broke" by Billy Corben, a doc about the financial difficulties many pro athletes experience when their careers come to an end, thanks to bad investments, freeloaders, medical problems and tendencies to show off. Read More: Espn Announces Fall '30 for 30' Schedule, Adds '9.79*,' 'Ghosts of Ole Miss,' 'There’s No Place Like Home' For "30 for 30 II," Espn and Grantland have also collaborated on a sidebar program of 30 doc shorts that will premiere online, a new one each month. An introductory short about Pete Rose, Eric Drath's "Here Now," has been online since may, but the official "30 for 30 Shorts" kick-off happened today with "Arnold's Blueprint,"...
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Renee Movie Review

Title: Renee Director: Eric Drath Featuring: Renee Richards, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Bud Collins, Neil Amdur, and more The son of two doctors, Richard Raskind was a charismatic scholar-athlete and skirt-chaser at Yale who went on to graduate from medical school and continue his training as an ophthalmologist in the Navy. Raskind was also, however, an inveterate cross-dresser who for more than two decades grappled with confusion over issues of sexual identity. Later in life — after a five-year marriage and even the birth of a son — 41-year-old Raskind completed a sex change operation that he’d contemplated for years. Taking up the name Renee Richards and...
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Laff 2011 Review: Renee

Writer: Eric Drath

Director: Eric Drath

Tennis player Renée Richards made headlines in 1977 as the first transgendered athlete to try and play at the professional level. The then-Richard Raskind had made a name for himself playing tennis in college and then for the U.S. Navy, but after years away from the courts, a player by the name of Renée Richards emerged on the amateur circuit with the same serve as Raskind, but a very different look. Renee chronicles Richards’ struggle to play professional tennis and fulfill her life-long dream of competing in the U.S. Open while dealing with her personal trials along the way.

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‘Renée’ (documentary)

Reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek

(June 2011, screening at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival)

Directed by: Eric Drath

Featuring: Renée Richards, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Barbara Krohn, Nicholas Raskind, Bud Collins, Mary Carillo, Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade

For those familiar with the tennis legacy of Renée Richards (even if only as an answer to a Trivial Pursuit question), Eric Drath’s Espn Films documentary serves up (no pun intended) an engrossing documentary. Richards’ efforts as a male, then as a professional female tennis player deserve to be more widely known, and the transsexual’s exploits on and off the court in the late 1970s must be considered in any assessment of public pioneers for the Lgbt cause.

Born Richard Raskind in 1934, the Yale athlete and medical-school graduate seemed to have everything going for him as a surgeon and first-class amateur tennis player. That he felt compelled to embrace his
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‘Renée’ (documentary)

Reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek

(June 2011, screening at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival)

Directed by: Eric Drath

Featuring: Renée Richards, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Barbara Krohn, Nicholas Raskind, Bud Collins, Mary Carillo, Billie Jean King and Virginia Wade

For those familiar with the tennis legacy of Renée Richards (even if only as an answer to a Trivial Pursuit question), Eric Drath’s Espn Films documentary serves up (no pun intended) an engrossing documentary. Richards’ efforts as a male, then as a professional female tennis player deserve to be more widely known, and the transsexual’s exploits on and off the court in the late 1970s must be considered in any assessment of public pioneers for the Lgbt cause.

Born Richard Raskind in 1934, the Yale athlete and medical-school graduate seemed to have everything going for him as a surgeon and first-class amateur tennis player. That he felt compelled to embrace his
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Inside Out 2011: Eric Drath’s documentary ‘Renée’

In 2009, the issue of gender in sports was brought to the limelight in a most unfortunate way when a South African middle-distance runner was suspected of having a condition that would give her an advantage over other her female competitors. Public support for Semenya was overwhelming and she became a cause célèbre.

In the light of Caster Semenya’s case, Eric Drath’s documentary Renée becomes that much more relevant. The documentary follows ophtalmologist and former professional tennis player Renée Richards, who underwent sex reassignment surgery. She was propelled into the public sphere when she attempted to enter the 1976 Us Open and was denied entry by the United States Tennis Association (Usta) after refusing to submit to a chromosome test to determine her female status. The film follows Richards’ life from when she was still a young Richard Raskin, an athletic boy who becomes an accomplished eye surgeon, husband, father and gifted tennis player.
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Los Angeles Film Fest Reveals its Line-Up

Holding court downtown from June 16-26, 2011, the Los Angeles Film Festival comprehensively curates the cinematic landscape across a variety of media. Produced by Film Independent, the festival has continued to grow in recent years, and now boasts many of the best independent films of the year.

With the departure of the organization’s CEO, Dawn Hudson, to run the Academy, it will be interesting to see whether the festival’s director Rebecca Yeldham will stay on board past 2011. In the meantime, they’ve announced their line-up for the 2011 festival, and it includes some much buzzed about Sundance and SxSW titles (“Project Nim,” “The Future,” “Crime After Crime,” “The Salesman,” “Terri,” “Another Earth,” “The Guard,” “Natural Selection,” “Tyrannosaur,” “Where Soldiers Come From” and “Higher Ground,” to name a few), as well as 27 world, North American and U.S. premieres.

For the official list of competition and other films, as well as
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Los Angeles Film Fest Reveals its Line-Up

Holding court downtown from June 16-26, 2011, the Los Angeles Film Festival comprehensively curates the cinematic landscape across a variety of media. Produced by Film Independent, the festival has continued to grow in recent years, and now boasts many of the best independent films of the year.

With the departure of the organization’s CEO, Dawn Hudson, to run the Academy, it will be interesting to see whether the festival’s director Rebecca Yeldham will stay on board past 2011. In the meantime, they’ve announced their line-up for the 2011 festival, and it includes some much buzzed about Sundance and SxSW titles (“Project Nim,” “The Future,” “Crime After Crime,” “The Salesman,” “Terri,” “Another Earth,” “The Guard,” “Natural Selection,” “Tyrannosaur,” “Where Soldiers Come From” and “Higher Ground,” to name a few), as well as 27 world, North American and U.S. premieres.

For the official list of competition and other films, as well as
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Film Selections For 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival Announced

Film Independent Announces First Round Of Us & International

Film Selections For 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival,

Presented By The Los Angeles Times - 19 Films Chosen for Narrative & Documentary Competition - - International Spotlight to Focus on Cuba -

Los Angeles (May 3, 2011) . Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times, announced the first round of official Us and international selections. The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent . the non-profit arts organization that also produces the Spirit Awards . and will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries. Opening and Closing Night films, Galas, Conversations, Artists in Residence, Lafca.s Films That Got Away, along with additional special guests and programming for the Festival Talks will be announced at later dates.

Returning to downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. Live, the Festival will run from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday,
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"Renée" and "Carol Channing" Help Kick Off Tribeca This Weekend

In the first few days of the 10th Tribeca Film Festival, two documentaries detailing the lives of a pair of American icons made their world debuts: Eric Drath's "Renée" and Dori Berinstein's "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life." The former takes on Renée Richards, the first transsexual tennis player in the women's U.S. Open, while the latter is a portrait of Broadway legend Carol Channing. Both docs take a generally conventional ...
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