Showtime Picks Up Morgan Spurlock Documentary Series On Seven Deadly Sins

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 9:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Morgan SpurlockShowtime will air Seven Deadly Sins, a new documentary from Super Size Me writer-director Morgan Spurlock. Hosted by Spurlock, the series will explore each of the seven deadly sins — one per episode — taking an in-depth … Read More »

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Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets Promotes Matthew Galkin To Partner

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 7:16am PST
Nellie Andreeva

galkinWarrior Poets, the New York-based production company founded in 2004 by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and his producing partner Jeremy Chilnick, has promoted Matthew Galkin to partner. Galkin will continue to executive produce, direct and develop original content. Since … Read More »

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NATPE Chief Promises More Digital, Buyers, Exhibitors, Station Groups, And Advertisers — Plus Phil Rosenthal Quizzing James L. Brooks — At January Confab

Registration for both domestic and international buyers attending January’s 2014 NATPE conference in Miami Beach is pacing well ahead of andy-cohenlast year, with double digit growth, NATPE president and CEO Rod Perth said this morning,  citing more exhibitors, more buyers, advertisers, more stations groups, and a more prominent digital presence. Forty-four percent of the registered buyers are international, representing 46 different countries, and 28 station groups are participating this time, Perth said on a conference call with the press. At last count, there were 225 exhibitors — 34 of them attending NATPE for the first time, and five returning in January after years of absence, said Perth, who is in his second year at NATPE. For the second year in a row, each of the major studios will be at NATPE.  Exhibitors, meanwhile, come from 23 different countries, including increased participation from the UK, France, Spain and Germany, he said.

Oscar and Emmy-winning director/producer James L. Brooks will chat with Everybody Loves Phil-RosenthalRaymond creator Phil Rosenthal in a session at NATPE, joining Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, documentarian Morgan Spurlock, and Boardwalk Empire exec producer Terence Winter in sessions staged during the confab’s The Storytellers Who Have Shaped Pop Culture track. Brooks is among those receiving the 11th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the NATPE conference, held again at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. New to NATPE, there will be a presentation of findings from a two-part independent research study commissioned by NATPE and the Consumer Electronics Association, in re how how and why consumers use second-screen devices to engage with video content. The first part of the findings will be presented at the 2014 International CES, where the focus will be primarily on technology, devices and the user experience. The second part, which will be presented at NATPE, will consist of qualitative research based on interviews with TV program producers and showrunners, examining how second screen affects the way they develop content and incorporate it into their programs.

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‘The Square’ Nabs Best Feature At IDA Documentary Awards; ‘Inside Man’ Best Limited Series

By | Friday December 6, 2013 @ 10:30pm PST

The Square 3Not a bad week for Jehane Noujaim’s film about Egyptian activists battling the establishment. The Square scored the Best Feature trophy tonight at the 29th annual IDA Documentary Awards, three days after it made the Oscar shortlist. The film, which also is up for a Spirit Award, is the first documentary picked up by Netflix. Other winners announced at the ceremony hosted by Paul Provenza at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles included Slomo for Best Short, PBS’ Independent Lens for Best Continuing Series and CNN’s Morgan Spurlock-hosted Inside Man for Best Limited Series. Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for Taxi To The Dark Side and was nominated for Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, received a Career Achievement Award. Here is the full list of winners at the 2013 IDA Documentary Awards, presented by the International Documentary Association:
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CNN’s ‘Unguarded’ Debuts Weak, Network Renews Morgan Spurlock ‘Inside Man’

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 11:23am PDT

The roller coater ride of CNN’s Jeff Zucker regime continued this weekend with the rickety premiere of Unguarded on the cable news network. Hosted by longtime ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, the 10:30 PM sport … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘One Direction: This Is Us’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 9:22am PDT

A full-length trailer has dropped for 3D boy band documentary One Direction: This Is Us. Tri Star Pictures bows it on August 30 in the U.S. after Sony Pictures Releasing rolls out the film worldwide with the UK debut the day before. Morgan Spurlock directed the pic … Read More »

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Morgan Spurlock’s CNN Documentary Series Will Premiere On June 23

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 7:35am PDT

The CNN Original series Inside Man, hosted and produced by Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, premieres Sunday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The one-hour weekly series will provide an intimate look into diverse sectors of American life and offer a deep-dive into pressing issues facing the U.S. that include migrant farm workers, the elder care industry, union workers, gun owners, education, bankruptcy and the drought. The premiere episode of Inside Man features Spurlock as a worker in a medial marijuana dispensary in California.

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Sony Sets 3D Concert Movie With Boy Band One Direction Directed By Morgan Spurlock

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 12:05pm PST

Los Angeles November 13, 2012 – Sony Pictures announced today that it’s making a 3D film showcasing London-based global music sensation One Direction. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) will direct the film, which TriStar Pictures will release on August 30, 2013 (Labor Day weekend).

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Ethan Goldman Joins Morgan Spurlock’s Production Company As EVP Development

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 12:15pm PDT

Ethan Goldman has joined Warrior Poets as EVP Development. “As our production company continues to grow, it is important to bring on an executive like Goldman who not only has a great resume of previous work, but also possesses a vision of what the future may hold,” company founder Morgan Spurlock said. Goldman, who has worked at MTV Networks and Original Media, was recently SVP Series and Development at Ish Entertainment. Read More »

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CNN Adds Morgan Spurlock In Hopes To Supersize Weekends

By | Thursday August 23, 2012 @ 7:01am PDT

Take one acerbic chef, now add an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and CNN hopes it has gotten itself a weekend. Fighting against 20-year low ratings, the news network today announced that Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man series will debut in April 2013 on CNN. No stranger to either side of the camera since his 2004 feature debut, the documentary filmmaker will both host and produce the new show. “Like Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN series, Inside Man will carry the distinctive stamp of its host while taking viewers on colorful and informative journeys into fascinating corners of American society,” said Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide EVP and managing editor today. In late May, the network said that Bourdain, the long time host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations, would be joining CNN to host a weekend travel and food series. There is no indication if the new Spurlock/Bourdain block will run on Saturdays or Sundays. However, a source tells Deadline that these new shows are not expected to affect the network’s current Sunday programming of State Of The Union With Candy Crowley, Howard Kurtz’s Reliable Sources and the recently reinstated Fareed Zakaria GPS. They are intended to bring some change and some younger viewers to the broadcaster. Read More »

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Morgan Spurlock And Keith Calder Launch Commercials Company Warpaint

By | Monday May 7, 2012 @ 7:42am PDT
Mike Fleming

After teaming on the sponsored docu The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has teamed with Keith Calder’s Snoot Entertainment to go with a full-blown commercials production operation.

NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2012) – Morgan Spurlock’s New York based production company Warrior Poets has teamed with Keith Calder’s Los Angeles based Snoot Entertainment and 16 year commercial production veteran Shannon Lords to create Warpaint, a commercial production company that will serve as a home for innovative directors who are looking to expand their craft into more diverse and lucrative opportunities. The company will represent a diverse array of both established and emerging directors from a variety of production backgrounds. Warpaint will maintain offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.

Warpaint completed its first project in January 2012 with acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky, who directed the upcoming campaign for Revlon featuring Emma Stone and Halle Berry. The company’s initial roster consists of nine ground-breaking directors including Spurlock (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, JetBlue, Hunt’s, Ally); Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes); Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified, Apple): Adam Wingard (You’re Next); Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World); Adam Lisegar (LonelySandwich.com); Michael Tucker (Fightville, Gunner Palace,Mastercard); Maggie Choo (Nike) and Damien Toogood (Olympus, Target, Pepsi).

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Hulu Upfronts Present Shows By Morgan Spurlock, Richard Linklater, Seth Meyers

By | Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 2:51pm PDT

Hulu kicked off the so-called digital upfronts today with presentations for its expanding stable of originals. Documentarian Morgan Spurlock, Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers and Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier were on hand to schmooze with advertisers. Producers hope to lure away some of the billions of dollars that go to cable and TV networks; Vevo, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and Disney Interactive are expected to pitch their shows to advertisers next week. In addition to Spurlock, Meyers and Grenier, talent on hand to boost Hulu included Megan Hilty from Smash, Speed Levitch of Up To Speed, JD Walsh and Jay Hayden from Battleground, Michael “Dooma” Wendschuh from Flow and Mayer Hawthorne with Live From The Artist’s Den. Hulu says paid subscribers for Hulu Plus surpassed 2 million during first-quarter 2012 and claims that Hulu represents 20% of the overall online video market and 40% of the premium online market. Here are the site’s upcoming projects: Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Bully’, ‘Damsels In Distress’ Solid; ‘Comic-Con’ Not So Much

Damsels In Distress and We Have A Pope lead a new crop of specialty releases for the holiday weekend: Sony Pictures Classics’ Damsels averaging a robust $16,050 in four theaters and a total of $64,200 while Sundance Selects’ … Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Comic-Con Episode IV,’ ‘Damsels In Distress,’ ‘The Hunter,’ ‘We Have A Pope’

By | Friday April 6, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT

Among the upcoming Easter weekend’s new specialty releases is a feature about a fictional election of a reluctant pope, a fan’s view of a uber popular summer festival, a Willem Dafoe starrer set in one of earth’s … Read More »

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Hulu Signs International Distribution Pact With FremantleMedia Enterprises

By | Sunday March 11, 2012 @ 5:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hulu Morgan SpurlockHulu’s original series are hitting the international marketplace. FremantleMedia Enterprises has signed a first-look deal with Hulu for international distribution rights to the online video service’s original programming, the first such pact for an online video company. … Read More »

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Tribeca Film Festival Reveals Non-Competition Selections

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 10:06am PST

Tribeca Film FestivalMore titles slated for the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival were revealed Thursday. The 11th-annual event unveiled films screening in its Spotlight and genre-centered Cinemania section as well as Special Screenings and its Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. Spotlight includes 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries, with 19 films having their world premieres. Seven narratives make up the international group of Tribeca’s Cinemania titles. Earlier this week, the festival released its competition slate. The 2012 festival is April 18-29 in New York. Here are the latest titles:

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2 Days in New York, directed and written by Julie Delpy. (France) – New York Premiere, Narrative. This deliriously witty follow-up to 2 Days in Paris finds Marion (writer/director Julie Delpy) living a comfortable life in New York with her latest hipster boyfriend, Mingus (Chris Rock, brilliantly playing it straight), and their two young kids from prior relationships. A riotous comedy of cultural errors ensues when Marion’s totally unhinged, gleefully unfiltered family arrives from Paris to meet Mingus for the first time. In English, French with subtitles. A Magnolia Pictures release.

Any Day Now, directed by Travis Fine, written by Travis Fine and George Arthur Bloom. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he’s never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own. Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt star in TFF alum Travis Fine’s (The Space Between) touching and occasionally incendiary drama.

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Cinetic Rights Management Teams With Cinelan For Digital Distribution Partnership

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 10:11am PST

CRM and video publisher Cinelan are working to bring original content from award-winning filmmakers to audiences via digital distribution. Launched last year with a group of veteran documentary filmmakers including Joe Berlinger, Liz Garbus, Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock … Read More »

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Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Documentary Acquired By Wrekin Hill

By | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 11:58am PST
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2011) — Chris Ball, President and CEO of LA-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, and Joel Weinshanker, President and CEO of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), a movie merchandising powerhouse that has become an essential tastemaker for the all-important Fanboy culture, announced today that they have jointly acquired Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s fanboy documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV – A FAN’S HOPE. The film will be released theatrically in Spring 2012 in conjunction with a multi-city tour of the film with major events for film and merchandising fans across the nation. Additionally, as a supplement to Wrekin Hill and NECA’s plans, the film will screen at various fan gatherings and have an online presence via one of the film’s producers, Thomas Tull, and his Legendary Entertainment.

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Yahoo Unveils Slate Of “TV-Quality Web Shows” In Remake Of Yahoo! Screen

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Television networks are not alone in announcing Fall TV line-ups this year. Yahoo! (Nasdaq:YHOO), the premier digital media company, today introduces its first full slate of original, premium, TV-quality web shows in tandem with the beta of its re-vamped video destination, Yahoo! Screen (http://screen.yahoo.com).

Yahoo!’s new original shows star top Hollywood talent including Judy Greer (The Descendants, Arrested Development), Niecy Nash (Reno 911, Dancing with the Stars), Cameron Mathison (All My Children, Dancing with the Stars), Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me, 30 Days) and others. Seven of the eight shows are live now with new episodes airing Mondays. Morgan Spurlock’s show, “Failure Club” will premiere on Yahoo! in November. This slate of shows adds to Yahoo!’s existing industry-leading video programming. In August, Yahoo! had all ten of the top ten most-watched Web shows.

In addition, Yahoo! Screen is being developed to house the most comprehensive collection of premium video content on the Web and upgrades Yahoo! Video, the company’s existing video site. Yahoo! Screen adds many of the ingredients that have made Yahoo! No. 1 in nine other online categories*: original programming, the best aggregated content from across the Internet, personalization technologies, and expert editors to curate the experience. Visitors to Yahoo! Screen will also find:

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