SHORTLISTED FOR A 2010 ACADEMY AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Network Entertainment is a creatively driven, boutique film and television production company headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, that creates, finances, produces, and delivers award winning programming to television, digital platforms and movie audiences around the world. The Network premium brand of content delivers world class casts, with visually cinematic and richly crafted storytelling, which is consistently embraced by both audiences and critics alike, garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage for Network and its partners.
Network’s primary focus is feature documentaries and docu-series. The company’s feature documentaries intimately reveal the lives of the world’s most inspiring personalities and their enduring legacy, featuring an all-star lineup of cultural icons from the worlds of music, movies, comedy, sports, politics and business. Upon the release of its first globally distributed feature documentary in 2009, Network was honored to be shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary for Facing Ali, a theatrical documentary and television special on the life of Muhammad Ali, for Lionsgate Entertainment and Spike TV. The company followed the success of Facing Ali with the critically acclaimed I Am Bruce Lee, which garnered the highest ratings for a documentary in the history of Viacom’s Spike TV, and was the catalyst for the creation of Network’s signature I Am brand, a series of feature documentaries which often premiere in selected theaters and film festivals, air exclusively in the U.S. on Paramount Network followed by digital releases, and are distributed around the globe by industry leading international distributor Fremantle.
Network’s ever growing I Am feature documentary slate now spans multiple titles, including I Am Steve McQueen with Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan and Robert Downey Jr., I Am Evel Knievel with Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Rodriguez and Kid Rock, I Am Chris Farley with Lorne Michaels, Adam Sandler and Mike Myers, I Am JFK Jr. with Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford and Mike Tyson, I Am Heath Ledger with Ang Lee, Naomi Watts and Ben Mendelsohn,
I Am Sam Kinison, with Jay Leno, Bill Burr and Tommy Chong, I Am Paul Walker, with Tyrese Gibson, Rob Cohen and Wayne Kramer, I Am MLK Jr. with Jesse Jackson, Carmelo Anthony and Nick Cannon, I Am Richard Pryor, with Lily Tomlin, Tiffany Haddish and Howie Mandel, and most recently, I Am Patrick Swayze, with Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, which premiered at the 2019 San Antonio Film Festival, winning the Grand Prize Award leading into its U.S. premiere on Paramount Network. Network also produced Johnny Cash - American Rebel, with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Sheryl Crow, which debuted on CMT.
On the company’s active series front, Network docu-series include the award winning global seven-part series, Facing for the National Geographic Channel, which revealed epic tales of opposition against some of the world’s most powerful icons, from Pablo Escobar to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Network recently produced a four-part docu-series on the quintessential story of punk music, PUNK, executive-produced by legendary fashion designer John Varvatos, and punk pioneer Iggy Pop, and featuring American and U.K. punk luminaries including Johnny Rotten, Marky Ramone, Debbie Harry, Flea, and Dave Grohl, which made its U.S. premiere on EPIX in March 2019.
Among the company’s many accolades, in April 2019, Network was named to the Realscreen Global 100 List, an annual compilation of the best global production companies working in the non-fiction and unscripted visual content industry. In January 2019, Network’s I Am Heath Ledger received the Realscreen Award for Best Programming in the Non-Fiction: History and Biography category, as well as the coveted Realscreen Overall Excellence Award for Non-Fiction. In 2017, the company was honored to receive the Realscreen Award for Non-Fiction – History/Biographical for its Facing series. The Company’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Realscreen Awards, the Gemini Awards, Leo Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York. Network’s broadcast and distribution partners include: A&E, AHC, AMC, Discovery Channel, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, EPIX, Fremantle, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird, TMN, Virgil Entertainment, and YouTube Premium.
Network has a full slate of films and series in current production, including a multi-part series for YouTube Premium on Artificial Intelligence, executive produced by RobertDowney Jr., a multi-part series for Quibi on Beauty, executive produced by Tyra Banks, and three new I Am titles - Jackie O, Burt Reynolds and Alfred Hitchcock. The company remains focused on its core mission to develop, finance, and produce an expanding slate of premium content in both the feature documentary and documentary series space, while continuing to work proudly alongside the world’s preeminent talent across a broad spectrum of human interest, inspiration and curiosity.
Network Entertainment Inc. is a subsidiary of Network Media Group Inc., a reporting issuer listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol NTE.V. (NMGGF is the US symbol) For investor-related information and news releases disseminated on behalf of both companies, please visit www.networkmediagroup.ca.