ESPN Films

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ESPN Films
Type Subsidiary
Industry Film
Genre Sports television and films
Predecessors ESPN Original Entertainment
Founded 2001 (2001)
Owners The Walt Disney Company
Hearst Corporation
Parent ESPN
Website espn.go.com/espn/espnfilms/

ESPN Films (formerly known as ESPN Original Entertainment) is a production company owned by ESPN that produces and distributes sports films and documentaries. Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning, Producer’s Guild Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include 30 for 30: Soccer Stories, the critically acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the webby award winning 30 for 30 Shorts.[1]

History[edit]

EOE began in 2001. It produced various talk shows, series, documentaries and movies that aired on ESPN and its related networks. (See list below)

For several months starting in 2007, it ceased operations. With the exception of the daily talk show Jim Rome is Burning, the EOE logo did not appear on any ESPN programs.

Revamp[edit]

In the first week of March 2008, ESPN announced that this service would change its name to "ESPN Films". In addition, ESPN announced a new alliance with Creative Artists Agency, which represents such athletes as LeBron James, David Beckham and Peyton Manning in addition to many movie and television stars.

The first production to be branded "ESPN Films" is Black Magic, a four-hour documentary about the history of basketball as played at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It aired on March 16 and 17 on ESPN without commercial interruptions and won a Peabody Award.[2]

Their first theatrical film is X Games 3D: The Movie, which was released on August 21, 2009.

On October 6, 2009, ESPN began airing ESPN Films' 30 for 30, a 30-hour series to mark 30 years of the original network. Among those participating in the project are Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Barry Levinson, and Mike Tollin.

Another significant change is that ESPN Films will make movies for theatrical release as well as for television, as MTV and Nickelodeon already do. Disney will have the right of first refusal on all projects.

List of programs that aired under EOE umbrella[edit]

Talk shows[edit]

Series[edit]

Mini-series[edit]

Events[edit]

Reality[edit]

Game shows[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

Films[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2013/12/espn-films-upcoming-the-price-of-gold-focuses-on-tonya-harding-nancy-kerrigan-and-the-whack-heard-around-the-world-20-years-ago/
  2. ^ 68th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2009.