Nine for IX

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Nine for IX
Nine for IX logo.jpg
Genre Sports documentary
Directed by various
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 9
Shorts: 7[1]
Producer(s) Robin Roberts
Jane Rosenthal[2]
Original network ESPN
Original release July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02) – August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)

Nine for IX is the title for a series of documentary films which aired on ESPN, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The documentaries were produced by ESPN Films in conjunction with espnW, and were intended to have the same creative, story-driven aspect that ESPN Films' other series, 30 for 30, has, with the series focusing on captivating stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmakers.[2] The first film, Venus Vs., premiered on July 2, 2013.

List of Nine for IX films[edit]

The following films are all 60 minutes in length (including commercials).

No. in series Title Directed by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 Venus Vs. Ava DuVernay July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02) 0.460[3]
Venus Williams is one of tennis' greatest athletes. DuVernay takes a look at a great Williams victory off the court: fighting for financial equality in the earnings given out to male champions versus female champions.
2 Pat XO Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winter July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09) 0.311[4]
An in-depth look at the legendary University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach, Pat Summitt, from her exceptional career to her new life fighting early-onset Alzheimer's.
3 Let Them Wear Towels Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16) 0.197[5]
An all-male locker room can be an intimidating environment for a female reporter. See how Lisa Olson, Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser and Jane Gross fought to be accepted, regardless of gender, and create a harassment-free work environment.
4 No Limits Alison Ellwood July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23) 0.400[6]
An exploration of the life of Audrey Mestre, a world-class freediver, and the events leading up to the dive that ultimately took her life.
5 Swoopes Hannah Storm July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30) 0.397[7]
Sheryl Swoopes has been labeled as the female Michael Jordan, rivaling his accomplishments with her own. As one of the first high-profile athletes to come out as being gay, she is not the everyday superstar.
6 The Diplomat Jennifer Arnold and Senain Kheshgi August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06) 0.437[8]
Katarina Witt was one of East Germany's most successful athletes. She endured constant surveillance by the Stasi and faced her greatest challenges after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
7 Runner Shola Lynch August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13) 0.548[9]
Mary Decker was one of the greatest runners of the 1970s and 80s. Decker set many running records but had a crushing experience in the 1984 Olympics.
8 The '99ers Erin Leyden August 20, 2013 (2013-08-20) 0.491[10]
A look at the United States women's national soccer team that won the World Cup in 1999 through exclusive footage from members of the team. The team helped inspire women athletes and change the way women's sports were viewed.
9 Branded Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27) 0.633[11]
Branded examines the role sex and sex symbols play in the lives of female athletes, including tennis player Anna Kournikova, who is a pioneer for women athletes who understand that sometimes, sex sells.

Short films[edit]

After the first short aired with the full length films, six additional short films were created, to begin airing in June 2014. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth shorts debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 17, before airing with the additional shorts on Additionally, all Nine for IX Shorts will air back-to-back on August 2, 2014 on ESPN.[1]

No. in series Title Directed by Original release date Length
1 Coach Bess Kargman June 18, 2013 (2013-06-18) 17:00
A look at C. Vivian Stringer and how she handled pressure on the court as well as in the face of adversity regarding racial slurs towards her players.
2 Love & Payne Hannah Storm June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04) 12:30
3 Rowdy Ronda Rousey Nadine Mundo and Rena Mundo Croshere July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28) 14:00
4 Think Normal Nikki Reed July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29) 16:30
5 Brittney Griner: Lifesize Melissa Johnson July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30) 16:00
6 Uncharted Waters Tina Carbone July 31, 2014 (2014-07-31) 16:15
7 Play A Round With Me Jessica Wolfson August 1, 2014 (2014-08-01) 11:15

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Cingari, Jennifer (June 4, 2014). "ESPN Films and espnW Announce Nine for IX Shorts Documentary Series". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cingari, Jennifer (February 19, 2013). "ESPN Films and espnW Announce Nine for IX". Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: "Being Mary Jane" Tops Demos, "Rizzoli & Isles" Leads Viewers". The Futon Critic. July 3, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
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  6. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: TNT Dramas Top Viewers, "Deadliest Catch" Leads Demos". The Futon Critic. July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: "Rizzoli & Isles," "Perception" Top Viewers". The Futon Critic. July 31, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: Discovery's "Shark Week" Tops Demos, "Rizzoli & Isles" Leads Viewers". The Futon Critic. August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: "Rizzoli & Isles," "Amish Mafia" Top Charts". The Futon Critic. August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: "Rizzoli & Isles" Claims Top Spot in Viewers, Demos". The Futon Critic. August 21, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tuesday's Cable Ratings: "Rizzoli & Isles," "Pretty Little Liars" Top Viewers, Demos". The Futon Critic. August 28, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 

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