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ESPN
ESPN
Films (formerly known as ESPN
ESPN
Original Entertainment) is a production company which produces and distributes sports films and documentaries. It is owned by ESPN
ESPN
Inc., a joint venture between the Disney–ABC Television Group
Disney–ABC Television Group
division of The Walt Disney Company (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the Hearst Communications (which owns the remaining 20%). Created in March 2008, ESPN
ESPN
Films produces films covering sports-related stories. Projects from the subsidiary include 30 for 30 (and its offshoots 30 for 30: Soccer Stories and the digital series 30 for 30 Shorts), the critically acclaimed Nine for IX
Nine for IX
series and SEC Storied.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 List of ESPN
ESPN
Original Entertainment/ ESPN
ESPN
Films productions

2.1 Talk
Talk
shows 2.2 Series 2.3 Mini-series 2.4 Events 2.5 Reality 2.6 Game shows 2.7 Documentaries 2.8 Films

3 References

History[edit] ESPN
ESPN
Films traces its history to 2001, when ESPN
ESPN
Inc. formed ESPN Original Entertainment, a programming division which produced various talk shows, series, documentaries and made-for-TV films that aired on ESPN
ESPN
and its related networks. The subsidiary ceased operations for several months starting in 2007. The company's logo did not appear as a vanity card on any ESPN
ESPN
programs, with the exception of the daily talk show Jim Rome is Burning.

Dan Klores at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards
Peabody Awards
for Black Magic

On 3rd March 2008, ESPN
ESPN
announced that it would relaunch the unit as ESPN
ESPN
Films[2]. Under the restructuring, ESPN
ESPN
Films began producing projects for theatrical release in addition to television; majority corporate parent The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
holds the right of first refusal on all projects. In addition, ESPN
ESPN
announced a new alliance with the Creative Artists Agency, which among its various clients, represents athletes such as LeBron James, David Beckham
David Beckham
and Peyton Manning. The first production under the ESPN
ESPN
Films banner was Black Magic, a four-hour documentary that premiered on ESPN
ESPN
without commercial interruption over two consecutive nights starting on March 16, 2008. The film, which won a Peabody Award
Peabody Award
in 2009, about the history of basketball played at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.[3] The company's first theatrical film was X Games
X Games
3D: The Movie, which was released on August 21, 2009. On October 6, 2009, ESPN
ESPN
premiered 30 for 30, a 30-hour series produced by ESPN
ESPN
Films that debuted in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the cable network's launch. Among those participating in the project included Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Barry Levinson and Mike Tollin. The series, which earned Peabody and Producer's Guild Awards and was nominated for an Emmy, featured thoughtful and innovative reflections on the previous three decades in sports told through a diverse array of sports fans and social commentators. Positive reaction from both critics and viewers led to a spin-off 30 for 30: Volume II. ESPN
ESPN
took its first ever Academy Award
Academy Award
when O.J.: Made in America film won in the category of Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Oscars.[4] List of ESPN
ESPN
Original Entertainment/ ESPN
ESPN
Films productions[edit] Talk
Talk
shows[edit]

Around the Horn
Around the Horn
(2002–present) Cold Pizza (2003–2007; now known as ESPN
ESPN
First Take) ESPN
ESPN
Hollywood (2005–2006) The Fantasy Show (2006) Jim Rome Is Burning (2003–2012) Pardon the Interruption
Pardon the Interruption
(2001–present) Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (2005–2007) SportsCenter
SportsCenter
(1988–present)

Series[edit]

Playmakers
Playmakers
(2003) Tilt (2005)

Mini-series[edit]

The Bronx is Burning
The Bronx is Burning
(2007)

Events[edit]

ESPY Awards
ESPY Awards
(1993–present) X Games
X Games
(1995–present) Winter X Games
X Games
(1997–present) World Series of Poker
World Series of Poker
(1988–present)

Reality[edit]

Battle of the Gridiron Stars
Battle of the Gridiron Stars
(2005–present) Bonds on Bonds (2006) Bound for Glory (2005) It's The Shoes Madden Nation
Madden Nation
(2005–present) Knight School (2006) Streetball The Contender (2006–present) The Life

Game shows[edit]

Stump the Schwab (2004–2006) 2 Minute Drill (2000–2002)

Documentaries[edit]

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006) Through the Fire (2005) Kobe Doin' Work
Kobe Doin' Work
(2009) 30 for 30
30 for 30
(2009–2010, 2012–present) Wendell Scott: A Race Story (2011) ESPN
ESPN
Films Presents (2011–2012) Nine for IX
Nine for IX
(2013) O.J.: Made in America (2016) Baltimore Boys (2017)

Films[edit]

3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004) A Season on the Brink (2002) Code Breakers (2005) Hustle (2004) Ruffian (2007) The Junction Boys (2002) Four Minutes (2005) X Games
X Games
3D: The Movie (2009) Lombardi (2010 or 2011; produced in conjunction with NFL Films) Keepers of the Streak (2015) Queen of Katwe
Queen of Katwe
(2016; produced with Walt Disney Pictures)[5] World Beaters (2017)[6]

References[edit]

^ " ESPN
ESPN
Films' Upcoming "The Price of Gold" Focuses on Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and the Whack Heard Around the World 20 Years Ago". ESPN
ESPN
MediaZone. December 2013.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
Films Established". ESPN.com. March 3, 2008.  ^ "68th Annual Peabody Awards: Award Profile: Black Magic". Peabody Awards. May 2009.  ^ Ng, David (February 26, 2017). "Lionsgate wins big at Oscars but A24 conquers with 'Moonlight'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 29, 2017.  ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (January 9, 2015). "David Oyelowo & Lupita Nyong'o In Talks To Star In 'Queen Of Katwe' For Disney". Deadline. Retrieved April 27, 2015.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
Films' "World Beaters" on 2016 Little League World Series Champions to Premiere August 13 on ESPN" (Press release). ESPN. August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 

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