DERIK MURRAY

Founder, CEO & Director

ABOUT NETWORK

Network Entertainment is a globally recognized film and television production company that produces award-winning documentaries and documentary series for leading streaming platforms, television networks, theatrical exhibition, and every imaginable digital platform around the world. 

 

Making its entrance on the world stage when it partnered with Lionsgate, Network produced the seminal film on Muhammad Ali, Facing Ali, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. This set the stage for Network's continuum of premium productions that celebrate the lives of the world’s most iconic personalities and their enduring legacies, and dive deep into fascinating and inspiring cultural topics from the worlds of music, film, comedy, sports, politics, and business.

Currently, the Company's production slate includes feature documentaries on two global icons, and a pop culture phenomenon: Sidney Poitier – in partnership with Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, for Apple+; Sly Stone, of Sly and the Family Stone – directed by Academy Award-winner and four-time Grammy and Sundance Film Festival Award-winner Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and executive produced by Oscar and Emmy Award-winner Common, which is being independently financed by leading film and television financier MRC Non-Fiction; and Brat Pack – a provocative exploration of what it meant to be part of the Brat Pack — then and now, directed and executive produced by original Brat Pack member Andrew McCarthy, based on his New York Times bestselling book BRAT: An '80s Story, in partnership with the highly esteemed independent distributor NEON. 

Network's documentary series in production include an SNL original series for NBC Peacock with executive producer Lorne Michaels, Downey Wrote That, profiling iconic SNL writer Jim Downey and a dynamic cast of other SNL writers and stars. Also in production is a four-part documentary series: Women Who Rock, executive produced by John Varvatos and Jessica Hopper for EPIX, which pays homage to epic female musical artists from across generations, and which is a follow-up to Network’s lauded PUNK series for the Amazon / MGM-owned service; and Legends of Hockey - Greatness Calling 2000-20 – a seminal 10-part series in partnership with the Hockey Hall of Fame for TSN.
 
Network projects deliver world-class casts, combined with visually cinematic and richly crafted storytelling that is consistently embraced by both audiences and critics alike, garnering awards, record ratings, and unparalleled media coverage for Network and its partners. Recent successes include the 54 million viewers who embraced The Age of A.I., an eight-part series in partnership with host and executive producer Robert Downey Jr., which launched on YouTube Originals, and our electric four-part documentary series PUNK, executive produced by legendary fashion designer John Varvatos and punk pioneer Iggy Pop, which was a subscriber favourite for Amazon MGM / EPIX. 

Selected past projects include Network’s signature I AM series of intimate feature documentaries that now comprises 14 films on globally recognized stars, including Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Evel Knievel, Chris Farley, JFK Jr., Heath Ledger, MLK Jr., Paul Walker, and Richard Pryor; Johnny Cash - American Rebel, a feature documentary which debuted on CMT; and the acclaimed seven-part series, Facing, for the National Geographic Channel, profiling history’s most iconic figures from Saddam Hussein to Pablo Escobar to Vladimir Putin.

Network’s work has been recognized by leading industry associations around the world, including the Oscars, the Emmys, Leo Awards, Realscreen Awards, and the Gemini Awards, as well as renowned festivals including Tribeca and SXSW, among many others. The Company’s broadcast and distribution partners include A&E, Amazon MGM / EPIX, AppleTV+, CMT, Crave, Discovery Channel, Fremantle, Lionsgate, National Geographic, NBC Peacock, Paramount Network, Sky, and YouTube Originals.

Network’s offices, production, and post production facilities are located in Vancouver and Los Angeles.