Posts made in November 2018



Produced by Davis Guggenheim of
An Inconvenient Truth and He Named Me Malala
‘The Price of Free’ Will Debut on YouTube November 27th

Los Angeles, CA – YouTube announced its acquisition of the award-winning documentary The Price of Free (formerly titled Kailash ), a suspenseful yet intimate look at one man’s groundbreaking struggle to liberate every child possible. From rising director Derek Doneen and producer Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”, “He Named Me Malala”), the film follows Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his team of leaders around the world through gripping secret raids and quests for missing children. Co-produced and co-financed by Participant Media and Concordia Studio, t he 90-minute YouTube Original feature length documentary will debut on YouTube channel SoulPancake – Participant’s award-winning digital division – on November 27th, timed to coincide with #GivingTuesday . The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize.
As a young man, Kailash Satyarthi promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime. He left a lucrative career as an electrical engineer and started Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) to rescue children from the shackles of slavery. In the decades since, he has rescued more than 87,000 children and built a global movement including one of the largest civil society movements, the Global March Against Child Labor that demanded an international law on the worst forms of child labor, and the 100 Million Campaign, a youth-driven call to action ensuring every child in the world is free, safe and educated. A gripping story from start to finish, the film focuses on the spirited children who, released from a nightmare, latch onto a second chance for joy with all they’ve got. The Price of Free seeks to raise awareness on child labor and through the mission of Kailash and his team, build a better future for every child, everywhere.

In combination with its award-winning content, Participant Media invests in social impact campaigns that raise awareness about global challenges and inspire positive change. The Price of Free presents an opportunity to amplify the voice of Kailash Satyarthi, a tireless global activist, and to accelerate the reach and impact of his efforts to end child labor. Working with partners YouTube, Participant, Concordia, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, SoulPancake and the 100 Million Campaign’s Global Day of Action on Nov 14th will empower students, policymakers and business leaders to take action toward a future that is exploitation free. The campaign will provide audiences across the U.S. and worldwide with an opportunity to understand and reflect on why millions of children are trapped in child labor and will provide pathways for those audiences to invest, advocate and lead change in their community and around the world.

“This film shows the real scourge of child trafficking, child labor, slavery and exploitation that is ruining the childhood of millions and ruthlessly crushing their dreams,” says Kailash Satyarthi. “It shares stories of the most marginalized and vulnerable children that I have been fighting for all my life and will continue to. I call on everyone to watch this film and work with us in creating a world where all children are free, healthy, safe and educated – a world where every child is free to be a child. For, if any child is not free then none of us are free.” “We are incredibly inspired by the heroic work Kailash Satyarthi and his team do everyday,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “One of YouTube’s missions is to give everyone a voice – and so we are proud to feature such an important and educational documentary that not only gives these young children a voice, but supports Kailash’s mission in giving them the childhood they rightly deserve.”

“At Participant, we tell stories of courageous leaders who stand up and drive change on behalf of those whose voices are not always heard,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant Media. “We are thrilled to partner with YouTube to amplify these efforts globally by sharing the tremendous story of Kailash Satyarthi who continues to work tirelessly to ensure all children are free, safe and educated.”
“Over the last two years, I’ve followed Kailash on undercover raid and rescue operations to free missing children and reunite them with their families,” said director Derek Doneen. “His tireless work and the hope that these kids displayed as they re-discovered their childhood continues to inspire my daily life. I couldn’t be more excited to partner with YouTube so that we can share
this incredible story with audiences around the world. I hope people will join Kailash in his movement to end child labor everywhere.”
Davis Guggenheim, Founder of Concordia Studio, commented: “Having known and worked with Derek since 2010, I couldn’t be more proud of him. He has managed to create both an action film with high stakes and a tender story of hope that might just change the world. To share this film with the world with YouTube is beyond our wildest dreams.”

The film is directed by Doneen and produced by Guggenheim and Sarah Anthony and co-produced by Purnima Raghunath. Executive Producers included Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Elise Pearlstein, Laurene Powell Jobs, Shannon Dill and Jonathan Silberberg.
The deal was negotiated by Gabriel Brakin, Participant Media’s General Counsel & EVP of Business Affairs, and Krista Wegener, Participant’s SVP of Sales & Distribution, as well as Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun.
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Check Your Local Listings for Showtimes and Channels

RonReaco Lee visits “THE REAL”
on behalf of Footage Films’ “Running Out of Time”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Check Local Listings for Showtimes & Channels
11:00AM EST on WWOR/WAGA (NYC & ATL); 11:00AM PT on KCOP (LA)

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“Running Out of Time” premieres Saturday, December 1st at 9/8C on BET

Running Out Of Time Official Trailer

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Synopsis: Brenda Harper (Tasha Smith) recently suffered the loss of her husband from a sudden death. Newly widowed, taking care of her teenage daughter and ailing mother (Telma Hopkins), Brenda is the sole beneficiary of her husband’s assets, which include millions of dollars, property, and most importantly, a secret file that she has yet to discover. Brenda finds out from her husband’s closest friend, Cain (RonReaco Lee) that the file is hidden inside their home, so they think, when they are all taken hostage at Brenda’s Summer home by two masked men, who are now threatening to kill them all one by one if they don’t turn over the file. Having no answers, Brenda, her daughter, mother and Cain are tied up and held hostage until these masked men get what they want. With time running out, Brenda has to do whatever she can to ensure her family’s survival and fight for their lives.



Episode #12 (season 2, episode 4): “Bootsy Collins”
Debut date: FRIDAY, NOV. 23 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
One of music’s most notable bassists, Bootsy Collins went from rocking out in Ohio to working with the notorious James Brown, who taught him “The One” funk basics. But it was when Bootsy met George Clinton that he created his larger-than-life persona and became the backbone of the P-Funk empire. As the frontman of Bootsy’s Rubber Band, he quickly achieved solo stardom before realizing that what he loved most about music was the joy of just being part of a group.
Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; directed by Mike Judge.

Episode #13 (season 2, episode 5): “James Brown (Part 1)”
Debut date: FRIDAY, NOV. 30 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
A lover of shotguns, gumbo and traveling to gigs on his private jet, James Brown – nicknamed “Mr. Dynamite” – was renowned for his infectious voice and unbelievable dance moves, earning a reputation as the hardest-working man in show business. Between his womanizing ways, perfectionist attitude and daredevil style, he built an empire that went far beyond entertaining, often alienating musicians and business partners along the way. With hit singles like “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” Brown reached new heights within the black community in the tumultuous 1960s, catching the attention of the FBI along the way.
Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; directed by Mike Judge.

MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS was created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett; executive produced by Mike Judge, Glen Zipper and Sean Stuart; composer, John Frizzell.


The Most Significant Heavyweight Fight In The U.S. Since 2002
Airs Live On SHOWTIME PPV On Saturday, December 1 From Los Angeles

NEW YORK – November 20, 2018 – For the first time, Showtime Networks Inc. is offering viewers the opportunity to purchase the blockbuster WBC Heavyweight World Championship Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury on SHOWTIME PPV directly through the SHOWTIME app. Subscribers and non-subscribers will be able to purchase and live stream as WBC World Champion Wilder defends his title against lineal champion Fury via the SHOWTIME app on Apple mobile and AppleTV (4thGeneration) devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, Android phones and tablets and directly on for $74.99 or through cable, DBS, telco and streaming providers nationwide. The showdown of undefeated heavyweights will air on Saturday, December 1 live at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. For more information on where the fight is available and pricing per distributor, visit:

The bout is currently available for purchase on and will roll out on select platforms via the SHOWTIME app during fight week. Customers who purchase the PPV event through the SHOWTIME app and have never subscribed to the SHOWTIME streaming service will receive a 30-day free trial offer. Viewers can purchase the fight through a number of distributors including ATT U-Verse, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Frontier, Optimum, PlayStation Store, Spectrum, Verizon Fios and more. The Wilder vs. Fury fight will also be available through Fathom Events in movie theaters and at select bars and restaurants nationwide. Showtime Networks will continue to roll out PPV capabilities on additional streaming devices in time for the highly-anticipated SHOWTIME PPV event of Senator Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner on January 19.

Wilder vs. Fury tests the raw power of Wilder against the unmatched size and mobility of Fury. America’s only heavyweight champion since 2007, Wilder has 39 knockouts in 40 professional fights, including knockouts in all seven of his title defenses. Fury is a former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion who is undefeated in 27 professional fights and holds boxing’s coveted lineal heavyweight title.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to



On July 10, 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically engaged and vibrant 28-year-old African American from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. After three days in custody, she was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Bland’s death was quickly ruled a suicide, sparking allegations of a racially motivated police murder and cover-up, and turning her case and name into a rallying cry nationwide.
From the Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®- and Peabody Award-winning team of directors/producers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (HBO’s “Traffic Stop,” “Southern Comfort,” “The Cheshire Murders” and “Jockey”), SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND examines this story in depth, revealing previously unknown details when itdebuts MONDAY, DEC. 3 (10:00-11:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.
Both a legal thriller and a parable about race in America, SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND follows the Bland family and legal team from the first weeks after her death as they try to find out of what really happened in that jail cell in Hempstead, Texas. Embedded with the family and their lawyers, the filmmakers tracked the story for two years, drawing on key documents, jail footage and interviews with those closest to the events.
While the Texas authorities ruled Bland’s death a suicide, providing photos of a noose made out of a garbage-can liner as evidence of the cause of death, questions were raised about why she was held alone in a cell without surveillance cameras, whether cell checks by law enforcement had been fabricated and why Bland’s body had been severely bruised. Attorneys in the film examine the disturbing police dashcam video of Trooper Brian Encina’s aggressive treatment of Bland after pulling her over for failing to use a turn signal. Fearing that she had been murdered, her mother and sisters filed a suit against local law enforcement and the Waller County jail as protests amplified across the country.
SAY HER NAME is punctuated with footage from Bland’s passionate “Sandy Speaks” video blogs that bring her voice to life. Through the videos,as well as voicemail messages and insights from close friends, she emerges a central figure in the narrative, an engaging and enlightened woman whose sharp, humorous remarks address subjects from black history to police brutality to natural hair. To those who knew Sandra Bland best, suicide seemed unimaginable.
Following a contentious legal battle, the family settled with authorities, giving rise to the Sandra Bland Act, which is now law in Texas. The Act mandates a host of prison reforms aimed at preventing inmate suicide, and a street in Hempstead, Texas has been named in Sandra Bland’s honor.
Interviewees in the film include: Geneva Reed-Veal, her mother; sisters Shante Needham, Shavon Bland and Sharon Cooper; Sheriff Glenn Smith, head of the Waller County PD; Elton Mathis, DA, Hempstead, Texas; Trey Duhon, county judge, Hempstead, Texas; Hannah Bonner, activist and Waller County minister; and family attorney Cannon Lambert.
SAY HER NAME will have a limited theatrical run prior to its HBO debut.
The documentary made its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. It won Best of Fest at the Ridgefield Film Festival, and was nominated for awards at the Traverse City Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, the St. Louis Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival, among many others.
SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND was directed by Kate Davis; produced by David Heilbroner and Nancy Knox Talcott; edited by Kate Davis; directors of photography, Kate Davis and Tom Bergmann; music by Joel Harrison. For HBO: executive producer, Lisa Heller.

First-Ever Bounce Original Movie A Stone Cold Christmas Starring Demetria McKinney (Saints & Sinners)

To Premiere Sun. Nov. 25 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)

Bounce Announces New Comedy Series Last Call;
Charles Malik Whitfield (Empire) Stars

(ATLANTA) – November 14, 2018 – Bounce, the nation’s fastest-growing television network designed for African-American audiences, will premiere its first Bounce Original Movie, A Stone Cold Christmas, on Sunday, November 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT.

Bounce also announced a new original series Last Call, a half-hour situation comedy from Bobbcat Films and Roger Bobb, producer of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Mann & Wife. Last Call will premiere on Bounce on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

A twist on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, A Stone Cold Christmas stars Demetria McKinney (Saints&Sinners, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) as Mia Stone, a shrewd businesswoman and a dreadful boss, who is more concerned about money than family and friends. When Mia finds herself face-to-face with the love of her life, she is forced to deal with past decisions if she has any chance of a future. Rounding out the cast are Andra Fuller (True to the Game, Black Jesus), Fred Williamson (Being Mary Jane, Hell Up in Harlem), Brittany Perry Russell (Sparkle, The Preacher’s Son) and Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale, Scream, White Chicks). A Stone Cold Christmas will also air throughout the holiday season.

Bounce will premiere two more original movies in 2019.

Last Call stars Charles Malik Whitfield (Empire, If Loving You is Wrong) as Darius Knight, an ex-NFL player who – after discovering his business manager ran off with all his money – opens a comedy club in the backroom of his only remaining investment – a Baltimore bar named Last Call. The bar regulars are then forced to share their favorite watering hole with a parade of comics while Darius climbs out of debt. Principal cast members include T.C. Carson (Living Single), Carl Payne (Martin), Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane), Mishon Ratliff (Lincoln Heights) and Erica Page (Office Christmas Party). Season one will feature guest appearances from Towanda Braxton (Braxton Family Values), Pierre (How to Be a Player), Vanessa Fraction (Barbershop 2), Karlous Miller (Wild’N Out), David Otunga (WWE Raw) and Teresa “Top Notch” Nelson (Wild’N Out). Cynthia Bailey (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Lisa Wu (Hollywood Divas) also make appearances on Last Call this season.

Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.Visit for more information. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).


(LOS ANGELES) – November 9, 2018 – Film and television producer Datari Turner continues a year of successful ventures with the Showtime documentary Shut Up & Dribble, which he serves as executive producer on along with Lebron James’ SpringHill Entertainment. The three-part series premiered November 3 and will air its second installment this Saturday, November 10 at 9pm ET/PT.

Shut Up & Dribble, which borrowed its title from conservative commentator Laura Ingraham’s remarks to James earlier this year, provides a powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA. The series chronicles the modern history of the league, and how it became an incubator for many of its top athletes to grow their brands beyond the court and become cultural icons. By taking control of their own destinies, basketball players have helped to bring about social change and make their own statements in the current political climate. Former ESPN personality Jemele Hill narrates.

“I’m honored to be a part of such an inspiring and groundbreaking series,” says Turner. “Sports and basketball, in particular, have helped to bring about incredible social and economic change in our culture. Sports icons like Lebron James and others, continue to lead by example, making powerful statements for change in our current political climate. My hope is that everyone will be inspired and impacted from watching ‘Shut Up & Dribble’ in some way or another.”

Shut Up & Dribble airs Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime. Visit for more information.

Check out the teaser below

One of the most prolific independent producers in film and television, Datari Turner is crafting a career like no other. As founder of Datari Turner Productions in 2010, he has produced 30 feature films, including six (6) films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: A Boy. A Girl. A Dream (2018); Gook (winner of the NEXT Audience Award in 2017), Ten Thousand Saints (2015), Luv (2012), Another Happy Day (2011) and Salvation Boulevard (2011). All told, his films have earned 98 festival award nominations.

Datari has worked with 4 Academy Award winners (Jennifer Connolly, Common, Marisa Tomei and Ellen Burstyn) and 13 Academy Award nominees, including Ethan Hawke, James Franco, and Ruby Dee. Possessing a keen eye for talent, Turner gave actors Ryan Destiny (“Star”) and Michael Rainey Jr (“Power”) their big screen debuts and cast rapper Common in his first lead film role (Luv).

On the television side, Datari has produced 100 hours of original programming for networks such as WE tv, BET, TV One, Starz and Oxygen. Datari is creator of the hit WE tv franchise “Growing Up Hip Hop,” currently in its 4th season and the network’s highest-rated program.

In 2015, Datari signed a first-look deal with CodeBlack/Lionsgate Films. In 2016, he signed a first-look deal with Entertainment One to produce original, unscripted programming for the studio. He is currently executive producing a new Showtime series about the NBA Draft with Lebron James.

A native of Oakland, CA, Datari attended the University of Oklahoma on a full football scholarship and later became a model for top brands such as Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Sean John. An alum of the ABC/Disney program, Datari resides in Beverly Hills and sits on the board of The Blackhouse Foundation. He is repped by CAA and attorney Linda Lichter.

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We’ve found our Queen.

Rising star Jodie Turner-Smith will star opposite Academy Award® nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Panther) in Universal Pictures and Makeready’s Queen & Slim, written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas (HBO’s Insecure and Beyoncé’s “Formation”) who is set to make her feature film directorial debut. Turner-Smith will next be seen in Nightflyers for SyFy. Her other credits include The Last Ship for TNT, Mad Dogs for Amazon Prime Video and True Blood for HBO.

A complex film with many layers, Queen & Slim, explores America’s social and political climate through the lens of a genre-defying love story. When a Black man and Black woman on a first date are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop, their life goes awry. Forced to kill him in self-defense, rather than turn themselves in, they must go on the run.

Queen & Slim is set for release in North America on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 2019.




Bounce Lands Rights to Scandal in Licensing Agreement with Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International

Iconic Series to Air Mon. – Fri. at 8:00 p.m. (ET) Starting Nov. 12

(ATLANTA) – November 7, 2018 – Olivia Pope is coming back to primetime.

Bounce has licensed the broadcast television rights to the Peabody and EMMY® award-winning series Scandal in a multi-year agreement with Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. Bounce lands all seven seasons and 125 episodes of Scandal and will air the popular series Monday – Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET beginning Nov. 12. Link to promo here.

Scandal stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a former White House Communications Director who helms a prominent D.C. crisis management firm. She and her team of powerful lawyers make scandals disappear while handling government crises and coping with problems of their own. Pope is also romantically involved with the president of the United States, Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III, played by Tony Goldwyn. Scandal also stars Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Jeff Perry, Joshua Malina, Bellamy Young, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Cornelius Smith Jr. and George Newbern. The series was produced by ABC Studios.

Scandal became a cultural phenomenon after it debuted on ABC in 2012. It was one of the most talked about shows on television across its seven-season run, scoring high ratings and critical praise. The series also helped propel the “live-tweeting” trend with a highly-engaged cast and crew who tweeted along with each episode.

“Scandal is Bounce’s most-significant off-network series acquisition to date,” said Bounce General Manager Cheryle Harrison. “It is a smash hit that featured a powerful and complex black female lead in a broad-based drama designed for the masses. We are thrilled to add this iconic series to our programming slate.”

Bounce (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.Visit for more information. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).