CEO, Founder & Director
Founder, CEO & Director
Derik Murray is the founder, CEO, and creative force behind Network Entertainment. Since producing Network's first feature documentary ̶ the Academy Award-shortlisted Facing Ali with Lionsgate Entertainment ̶ Derik has architected a robust slate of premium documentary content, including the award-winning I AM series of feature documentaries that profile global pop culture icons including Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Heath Ledger, Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze. Derik's ever-growing body of work boasts collaborations with exceptional partners including fashion designer John Varvatos and punk pioneer Iggy Pop on the four part PUNK series, and Executive Producer and host Robert Downey Jr. on the eight-part series, The Age of A.I.
Derik recently produced SIDNEY in partnership with Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, for Apple TV+. The film premiered at TIFF 2022 and has won numerous prestigious accolades including Best Documentary from the African American Film Critics Association, Outstanding Directing in a Documentary from the NAACP Image Awards, and Best Biographical Documentary from the Critics Choice Documentary Awards. Recent releases also include Women Who Rock, a follow-up to the successful PUNK series, executive produced with John Varvatos and Jessica Hopper for EPIX. Upcoming releases include a feature documentary on 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, in partnership with MRC Non-Fiction; Bernie Taupin: Your Song, a documentary feature, directed by Matthew Miele, celebrating the life and career of the legendary lyricist and his half-century partnership with Elton John; and, Brats, 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 independent distributor NEON.
Derik’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the Critics Choice Documentary Awards, the African American Film Critics Association, the NAACP Image Awards, the Realscreen Awards, the Gemini Awards, The People's Choice Awards, and the Leo Awards, and his films have premiered at leading film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival.