Vancouver, British Columbia / ACCESSWIRE / August 1, 2014 / Network Media Group Inc. (TSX-V: NTE) (the "Company"), is pleased to announce that its documentary film I Am Steve McQueen, has been acquired for broadcast by Bell Media's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central. The documentary will have its broadcast premiere in fall 2014. Produced in association with Steve McQueen's son Chad McQueen and McQueen Racing LLC, the 90-minute special is the latest installment in Network's "I Am" series of high profile legacy documentaries on the lives of the world's greatest icons, following their recent award winning films on Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee. I Am Steve McQueen pays homage to one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars through the eyes of the people who knew him best, including his family, friends and collaborators, as well as contemporary stars who were inspired by the "King of Cool", including Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Miller, and Randy Couture, and is narrated by Robert Downey Jr.
"After being approached for many years, I felt the time was finally right to tell my dad's story with the full support and participation of the family", said Steve's son and McQueen Racing President Chad McQueen, "This was only possible after establishing a high level of trust with the filmmakers, and in the end we are all thrilled with the way Network brought Steve McQueen's story to life."
"Working closely with our Canadian distribution partner Thunderbird Films, we are thrilled to be able to announce that I Am Steve McQueen will be broadcast on The Movie Network and Movie Central this coming fall", said Network CEO and Executive Producer Derik Murray, "The audience will not only experience the first-hand accounts of those that worked directly with Steve McQueen, but will also hear how his incredible legacy has influenced the careers of many of their favourite stars of today."
"We are committed to delivering quality programming to Canadian audiences," stated Tim Gamble, President & CEO of Thunderbird Films, "Network Entertainment's award winning work has set the stage for an ongoing series of feature documentaries that we are distributing in Canada, beginning with I Am Steve McQueen and followed quickly with the upcoming I Am Evel Knievel and a slate of future titles."
"Network is motivated to build evergreen franchises that will engage Canadians and global audiences for many years to come", added Network Executive Chairman Robert Pirooz, "We're privileged to showcase top Canadian talent who are contributing significantly to our upcoming slate of productions."
About Network Entertainment
Network Entertainment Inc. is an established television and film production company with an award-winning international reputation. Network's productions include the Academy Award shortlisted feature documentary Facing Ali, the feature documentaries I Am Bruce Lee, which set all time ratings records for Viacom, and I Am Steve McQueen, which had its world premiere on Spike TV in June, 2014, and Stanley's Game Seven, the company's first 3D film. Network's programming has been showcased at marquee film festivals and by broadcasters throughout North America.
About Thunderbird Films
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Thunderbird is known for its collaboration with talented producers, maximizing the financial and creative benefits of Canadian co-production to assist in the financing, production and distribution of all genres of programming for the world market. Today, Thunderbird has a catalogue comprised of more than 500 hours of Canadian and U.S. television content and its programming airs on major networks around the globe.
Network's past projects and current productions can be viewed at www.networkentertainment.ca
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