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SYNOPSIS: Based on the true story that will inspire the world, “King Richard” follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever. Driven by a clear vision of their future and using unconventional methods, Richard has a plan that will take Venus and Serena Williams from the streets of Compton, California to the global stage as legendary icons. “King Richard” is a profoundly moving film that shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world.

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY: King Richard highlights one father’s relentless drive and unapologetic vision to change the game. Determined to do things his way, Richard Williams made a plan and defied the odds by raising not one, but two of the greatest athletes of all time: Venus and Serena Williams (who executive produced the film alongside their sister Isha Price).

INCREDIBLE ENSEMBLE CAST: Alongside Will Smith is an impressive ensemble cast, including rising stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as Venus and Serena Williams, and Aunjanue Ellis as Oracene “Brandi” Williams, Jon Bernthal as coach Rick Macci, Tony Goldwyn as coach Paul Cohen, and Dylan McDermott as a sports agent.

POWERFUL CREATIVE TEAM:Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and written by Zach Baylin, the producers are Tim White and Trevor White under their Star Thrower Entertainment banner, and Will Smith under his Westbrook banner. Isha Price, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Allan Mandelbaum, Jon Mone and Peter Dodd serve as the executive producers.

RELEASE PLAN: The film will be released in theaters in the US on November 19th and on HBO Max via their Ad-Free plan for 31 days following theatrical release.

QUEENPINS

Inspired by a true story, QUEENPINS is an outrageous comedy about a bored and frustrated suburban homemaker, Connie (Kristen Bell) and her best pal JoJo (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), a vlogger with dreams, who turn a hobby into a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon caper. After firing off a letter to the conglomerate behind a box of cereal gone stale, and receiving an apology along with dozens of freebies, the duo hatch an illegal coupon club scheme that scams millions from mega-corporations and delivers deals to legions of fellow coupon clippers. On the trail to total coupon dominance, a hapless Loss Prevention Officer (Paul Walter Hauser) from the local supermarket chain joins forces with a determined U.S. Postal Inspector (Vince Vaughn) in hot pursuit of these newly-minted “Queenpins” of pink collar crime.

Writer-Directors: Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly

Producers: Linda McDonough,
Nicholas Weinstock

Cast: Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell – Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, Joel McHale, with
Bebe Rexha and Vince Vaughn

In Theaters from STXfilms September 10, 2021 and Coming Soon to Paramount+

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JOY BRYANT AND HENRY SIMMONS TO STAR IN SEASON TWO OF OWN ANTHOLOGY DRAMA ‘CHERISH THE DAY’ FROM AWARD-WINNING CREATOR AVA DuVERNAY, ARRAY FILMWORKS AND WARNER BROS. TELEVISION

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(L to R): Joy Bryant and Henry Simmons

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that Joy Bryant (“Parenthood,” “For Life”) and Henry Simmons (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “NYPD Blue”) have been set to star in season two of award-winning creator Ava DuVernay’s anthology drama series “Cherish the Day,”
from ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television. Production will begin this month in New Orleans, with the new season expected to debut in 2022.

“Cherish the Day” is an anthology series that chronicles the relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. In season two, the rekindling of a romance is told — the love story of Ellis (Henry Simmons) and Sunday (Joy Bryant), who fell in love in high school but find themselves reunited in beautiful New Orleans. Ellis is a former basketball player who is now a single father of two, and Sunday is a vegan celebrity chef on the cusp of fame. Each episode of the season-long narrative unfolds in a single day to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday.

Joy is best known for her NAACP Image Award-nominated role as Jasmine in the long-running series “Parenthood,” and recently starred in the ABC series “For Life” opposite Nicholas Pinnock and Indira Varma. Joy has appeared opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on HBO’s Emmy Award-nominated drama “Ballers,” was a regular on the critically acclaimed Amazon original series “Good Girls Revolt,” and guest starred in the final season of HBO’s award-winning series “Girls.” Her film credits include “About Last Night,” “Hit and Run,” “Bobby,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “The Skeleton Key,” “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” with Beyoncé, and Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, “Antwone Fisher.”

Simmons most recently starred in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for ABC, and previously starred in the final six seasons of the landmark ABC drama “NYPD Blue,” created by Steven Bochco and David Milch. He was also a series regular on the CBS legal drama “Shark” and ABC comedy “Man Up.” Simmons starred in the feature film “No Good Deed,” opposite Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, for Screen Gems. He also starred opposite Henson and Michael Clarke Duncan in “From the Rough,” and opposite Robin Williams in the independent film “World’s Greatest Dad.” He was named Best Actor at the 2007 American Black Film Festival for his performance in “South of Pico.” Additional film acting credits include “Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Something New,” “Taxi,” “Are We There Yet?,” “The Insurgents,” “A Gentleman’s Game,” and “Above the Rim.”

The first season of “Cherish the Day” starred Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller, and the legendary Cicely Tyson, and debuted in February 2020. On average during its seven-week first season, the series ranked #1 in its time period across all of cable with African American women, households, and total viewers.

The DuVernay-led series achieved full gender parity with a production crew of more than 50% women, including 18 female department heads, an initiative DuVernay will continue in season two.

“Cherish the Day” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Raynelle Swilling, Teri Schaffer, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. Swilling, who won the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television) for “Cherish the Day,” and Schaffer are co-showrunners of season two.

About OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on Watch OWN and discovery+ across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Warner Bros. Television
One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original primetime programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. As of July 2021, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 60 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.

About ARRAY
Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a Peabody Award-winning multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance.

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OUTDOORS IS OPEN AND ATLANTA IS THE PLACE TO GATHER!

This Camping, Glamping, Jamming All-Night Concert will be the Summer Celebration Event you’ve been waiting for all year!

Celebration Event you’ve been waiting for all year!

A CULTURAL VERZUZ: ATL VS THE WEST INDIES

This Camping, Glamping, Jamming All-Night Concert
set for July 17th will be the Summer Celebration Event
you’ve been waiting for all year! 

Produced by D.A.T. Distribution and Tours, headed by entertainment maverick Mark Skeete, THE ATLANTA CAMPING & GLAMPING DIVE-IN CONCERT is going to change the game and allow music lovers and concert goers to safely return to the enjoyment of music, with the covering being blown off of the venues that we haven’t re-entered post COVID-19. With an assemblage of hot and hilarious comedians and a musical smorgasbord of artists from R&B, jazz and all of the music of the Caribbean, this power-packed event will prove to be iconic because it has never happened before! “This is going to be the music of Black America in Atlanta meeting the whole scope of music from the islands. It’s gonna be FREAKNIK VERZUZ CARNIVAL! HIP-HOP VERZUZ DANCEHALL! It is ATLANTA VERZUZ THE WEST INDIES and all those who are fans of great music and entertainment will be declared the winners! THE ATLANTA CAMPING & GLAMPING DRIVE-IN CONCERT will be a multicultural get-together for people who love music, love entertainment and who need to know that they are safe to enjoy it all outside, where transmission is all but eliminated and where they are gathered with the people they have already been with in their pods and personal spaces. So they can get to the PARTY!”

The brainchild of Skeete, who has been in the music, television, film and concert landscape for decades (having worked with everyone in entertainment from superproducer Dr. Dre to TV and film director Ted Demme, and who helped to establish some of the current-day titans of the industry), this innovative Drive-In
Concert, hosted The Georgia International Horse Park, will feature such musical talents as R&B supergroup Surface (with their #1 hits “Shower Me with Your Love,” “The First Time” and their monster jam “Happy”) and The Rude Boys will take the stage with their #1 smash hit “Written All Over Your Face,” along with the jazz stylings of the beautiful Julie Dexter and the smooth saxophone of Trey Daniels, along with comedians and a Caribbean line- up sure to turn the ATL into the spot to be, all night long! THE ATLANTA CAMPING AND GLAMPING DRIVE-IN CONCERT
will go from 6PM to 6AM and after 11PM, concertgoers will have the option of turning it up but tuning in for the silent party (where you can tune your headsets into the music directly), so that they can keep on jamming without the music blasting!

The visionary that is Mark Skeete has touched every corner of the entertainment industry, born in the UK before moving to and being raised in the Caribbean before making his way to America. He grew up with the likes of Tony Thompson, the ferocious drummer from the iconic group Chic and Freedom Williams from
C&C Music Factory. He got Ed Lover to MTV and helped turn entertainment mogul Steve Stoute into the industry giant he is today. So when the idea came to him to bring people together, safely but in a big way, and others said no, Skeete bought land and took the idea of this new Woodstock meets protection protocols and social distancing and launched an idea whose time has come and whose audience has been waiting!   

He is an amalgamation of all that is THE CULTURE and he is bringing it all together for this ALL NIGHT THING! “I have always followed my gut when it comes to the chances I take and the choices I make. I think that this is the wave of the future, especially as we work on how we come out of all we’ve been through in the last year plus. People can enjoy the music and the comedy and the culture and each other, without the stuff we still don’t talk about being in our heads. We want the people to have a great time and we are putting together a monster of a show! 
THE ATLANTA CAMPING AND GLAMPING DRIVE-IN CONCERT is going to be FIYAH! People are calling to see if we have room vehicles the size of buses. We are going to make this a SUMMER CELEBRATION!” The Atlanta Camping and Glamping Drive-In Concert sounds the musical trumpet to the world that says on July 17th,

WELCOME AMERICA!
WELCOME TO ATLANTA!
WE ARE BACK IN BUSINESS

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Summer of Soul – RE Classics (Instant Classic) feature

Follow the link below for the exclusive RE Classics feature:

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Published on Jul 2, 2021

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

(Searchlight Pictures)

Release: 07/02/2021

It’s always great to see the Mighty “Roots” crew reach new heights. We here at RETV feel especially proud because we are close to sure that we were the first East Coast outlet to play the “Distortion to Static” music video in 1994 – shout to Charles Stone III. But we better check with the Legendary Ralph McDaniels of “Music Video Box” just to be sure.

So when Searchlight Pictures invited us behind the scenes and to privately screen Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s pet project “Summer of Soul,” we had no idea we would be apart of experiencing a miracle in life and in documentary film making. To go further, the film is a clear example of ancestral communication in its purest form. A lot of that has been going on lately. People of color continue to press on in all chose fields. To channel the legendary Emcee “KRS-ONE” from his 1990 Classic – .”..the Blackman is in effect!! ”

SUMMER OF SOUL is an Instant Classic – period! Not only because Quest is a legendary musician and music historian, but because the first time feature length doc director was exposed to an essential historic relic and marched full steam ahead until the legendary artist and the filmmakers from that time, got the shine that they all deserved. The film found zero interest from the 1960’s television and film industry and soon found itself buried for 50 years – in the basement!

So Questlove and his team crafted a master piece. Delivering a story that not only marvels the mind blowing collection minority entertainers, (some that didn’t even make the cut!) he also intertwined the important social commentary about the plight of the people during one of the the most tumultuous periods in American history. Detrimental societal ills such as, poverty, deliberate economic injustices, inadequate education – too name a few.

This miracle is an Instant Classic because it gives us valuable moments to reflect on our predecessors path and hopefully continue to use their spirit as a beacon for our future endeavors!

Do not miss this experience. You’ll live to regret it.

– RETV/RE Classics

In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now.

SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.“Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised),” is the first official project under the recently announced Onyx Collective brand.

The winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival will be released theatrically by Searchlight Pictures and will begin streaming on Hulu in the U.S. on July 2, 2021. The film will also stream internationally through the Star offering on Disney+ on a date to be confirmed.

Directed By

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

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FOREIGNER ANNOUNCES RETURN TO THE ROAD WITH 121 DATE, YEAR-LONG TREK ACROSS SIXTEEN COUNTRIES US TOUR KICKS OFF JUNE 24th IN IOWA

June 17, 2021 – “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Cold As Ice,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero.” FOREIGNER‘s timeless anthems include ten multi-platinum albums and 16 US Billboard Top 30. Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, FOREIGNER now brings these hits back to concert stages across the world with the announcement of a 121-date concert tour across sixteen countries. The US leg of FOREIGNER’s world tour takes the band to 71 cities in 42 states. The 2022 leg will be announced in November. For tickets and more information, visit www.foreigneronline.com.

Says founding member, lead guitarist and FOREIGNER songwriter Mick Jones, “Live music is at the heart of what we do and I’m thrilled to be back on the road and visiting so many places over the next year. Looking forward to seeing you all out there.”

Adds FOREIGNER lead singer Kelly Hansen, “I am so looking forward to getting our feet back on stage and the crowd in front of us! I have read and heard so much about how people want to get back to live music. It’s such a part of the fabric of who we are and we can’t wait to get out there and reclaim this piece of our lives. Can’t wait to rock it out!”

Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER still rocks the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. Audio and video streams of FOREIGNER’s hits are over 15 million per week.

FOREIGNER‘s founder is Songwriters Hall of Fame member Mick Jones. A visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate FOREIGNER‘s influence and guide the band to new horizons.

FOREIGNER is: Mick Jones (guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar, vocals), Chris Frazier (drums) and Luis Carlos Maldonado (guitar, vocals).

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

Thursday, June 24 Ottumwa, IA – Bridge View Center
Friday, June 25 Sioux Falls, SD – Washington Pavilion
Saturday, June 26 Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Civic Center
Tuesday, June 29 Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
Wednesday, June 30 Billings, MT – MetraPark Arena
Friday, July 2 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Great Lawn
Sunday, July 4 Fort Bragg, NC – Pope Army Airfield
Tuesday, July 27 Fresno, CA – Saroyan Theatre
Wednesday, July 28 Prescott Valley, AZ – Findlay Toyota Center
Friday, July 30 West Valley, UT – Maverick Center
Saturday, July 31 Grand Junction, CO – Los Colonias Park Amphitheater
Sunday, August 1 Rio Rancho, NM – Rio Rancho Events Center
Wednesday, August 4 Lubbock, TX – Buddy Holly Hall
Thursday, August 5 Enid, OK – Stride Bank Center
Saturday, August 7 Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
Sunday, August 8 North Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
Tuesday, August 10 West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
Wednesday, August 11 Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre
Friday, August 13 Arcadia, WI – Ashley For The Arts
Saturday, August 14 Interlochen, MI – Kresge Auditorium
Sunday, August 15 Peoria, IL – Civic Center Arena
Tuesday, August 17 Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion
Wednesday, August 18 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Friday, August 20 Doswell, VA – AfterHours at Meadow Event Park
Saturday, August 21 Selbyville, DE – The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Monday, August 23 Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair
Wednesday, August 25 Bridgeport, CT – Hartford Healthcare Amphitheatre
Thursday, August 26 Webster, MA – Indian Ranch
Friday, August 27 Cohasset, MA – South Shore Music Circus
Saturday, August 28 Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
Thursday, September 9 Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
Friday, September 10 Rapid City, SD – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Saturday, September 11 Butte, MT – Civic Center
Tuesday, September 14 Everett, WA – Angel of the Winds Arena
Wednesday, September 15 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Event Center
Thursday, September 16 Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Saturday, September 18 Fort Hall, ID – Fort Hall Casino
Tuesday, September 21 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
Wednesday, September 22 Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center
Sunday, September 26 Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort
Wednesday, September 29 Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery (orchestral)
Friday, October 1 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre (orchestral)
Saturday, October 2 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl (orchestral)
Monday, October 11 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre (orchestral)
Tuesday, October 12 Youngstown, OH – Foundation Amphitheater (orchestral)
Wednesday, October 13 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena (orchestral)
Friday, October 15 Johnson City, TN – Freedom Hall Civic Center
Sunday, October 17 Knoxville, TN – Civic Auditorium
Monday, October 18 Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
Tuesday, October 19 Charleston, WV – Municipal Auditorium
Thursday, October 21 Reading, PA – Santander Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 22 Wilkes Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center
Saturday, October 23 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
Monday, October 25 Providence, RI – Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, October 27 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Thursday, October 28 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Friday, October 29 New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
Saturday, October 30 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Thursday, November 4 Corbin, KY – Corbin Arena
Friday, November 5 Springfield, IL – UIS Sangamon Auditorium
Saturday, November 6 Southaven, MS – Landers Center
Monday, November 8 Savannah, GA – John Mercer Theatre
Tuesday, November 9 Augusta, GA – Bell Auditorium
Wednesday, November 10 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Friday, November 12 Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium
Saturday, November 13 Tupelo, MS – Bancorp South Arena
Sunday, November 14 Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
Tuesday, November 16 Huntsville, AL – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
Wednesday, November 17 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
Friday, November 19 Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort & Spa
Saturday, November 20 Pensacola, FL – Saenger Theater

Please check www.foreigneronline.com for updates and more information.

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SHOWTIME® DOCUMENTARY FILMS ANNOUNCES NEW DOCU-SERIES UFO FROM EMMY® WINNER J.J. ABRAMS’ BAD ROBOT

All Four Episodes Will Be Available to SHOWTIME Subscribers on Premiere Date Sunday, August 8

LOS ANGELES – June 16, 2021 – SHOWTIME announced it will air UFO, a four-part docu-series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Glen Zipper exploring our fascination with unidentified flying objects, and what clandestine influence the American government, lucrative private companies and the military may have in shielding the truth behind extraterrestrial phenomena to further their own agendas. Directed by Mark Monroe (Icarus) and Paul Crowder (Riding Giants), the series explores unsettling theories of a subject that recently reached national headlines, and has historically been the focus of powerful politicians and CEOs, while average citizens pursuing the very same truth have been ridiculed and ostracized. The series is a co-production by Bad Robot and Zipper Bros Films. SHOWTIME will release all four episodes of the new series UFO to its subscribers at midnight on Sunday, August 8, prior to its on-air debut that night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Ignited by the bombshell New York Times story in 2017 revealing that the Pentagon had been secretly tracking UFOs for years, the series examines the history of the phenomenon through cultural and political touchpoints, including shocking testimony from eyewitnesses across the country. As the conversation grows more bizarre and reaches the mainstream by virtue of credible investigations into alien encounters, UFO confronts the most enigmatic questions of all: Why do we believe what we believe? And what is the elusive truth beyond this decades long mystery?

UFO is executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Glen Zipper, Mark Monroe and Sean Stuart along with Ben Stephenson and Rachel Rusch Rich from Bad Robot. The series is co-executive produced by Kevin Lincoln and produced by Maren Domzalski and Paul McGuire.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME®, which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers. SNI also operates the premium services THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as on demand versions of all three brands. 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 www.SHO.com.

RISE AGAIN TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER

National Geographic Documentary Films, in partnership with acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (“The Way I See It,” “Good Trouble: John Lewis”) and Trailblazer Studios, is set to premiere the feature documentary that sheds new light on a century-old period of intense racial conflict. RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMERcomes one hundred years from the two-day Tulsa Massacre in 1921 that led to the murder of hundreds of Black people and left thousands homeless and displaced. The film will premiere on National Geographic on Friday, June 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will air globally in 172 countries and 43 languages. It will also be available to stream on Hulu the same day, commemorating Juneteenth, when the last enslaved Black people in Texas received news of their emancipation.

Award-winning Washington Post journalist and Oklahoma native DeNeen Brown is at the heart of the film, reporting on the search for a mass grave in her native state. Digging into the events that led to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in America’s history, Brown reveals insights into racial conflict incidents that erupted in the early 20thcentury. Between 1917 and 1923, when Jim Crow laws were at their height and the Klu Klux Klan was resurging across the nation, scores of Black homes and businesses were razed, and hundreds of Black people were lynched and massacred with impunity.

Brown’s reporting highlights the revived call for justice for victims and survivors. Following a 2018 investigative report, Brown explores the current new anti-racism movement in the context of the Tulsa Massacre and the Red Summer. With access to family members of those killed, city officials, archeologists, and historians, the film reveals the decades-long effort by descendants and community members to find victims’ bodies and unearth truths that have been suppressed for nearly a century. RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER also untangles the role the media played in covering events at the time in order to reveal the full extent of the nation’s buried past.

SHOWTIME® DOCUMENTARY FILMS ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY FROM DIRECTOR ANDRE GAINES

Documentary Feature About Comedy Legend and Activist, Executive Produced by Kevin Hart and Lena Waithe,

Will Premiere on Sunday, July 4 at 9 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES – June 9, 2021 – SHOWTIME Documentary Films today announced that it has acquired worldwide rights to THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY, the directorial debut from producer Andre Gaines (The Lady and The Dale, Bill Nye: Science Guy). The documentary feature unpacks the career of Dick Gregory, the activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader who changed the lives of millions across the world through constant disruption and awareness. The film will have a World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, June 19 as part of the festival’s inaugural Juneteenth programming slate, ahead of the SHOWTIME premiere on Sunday, July 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

To watch and share the first look clip, visit: https://youtu.be/QZjZ1VbhgvM.

“There is no more important time than now to revisit the life of Dick Gregory,” said Malhotra. “His fearless voice rose to the challenges of his time, calling upon Americans to question their beliefs, in an era where you risked your livelihood – maybe even your life – to speak out. Though a comedic genius of his generation, comedy turned out just to be the beginning of one of the most unique and impactful journeys of any person we’ve seen. Andre and team have done a remarkable job in showing just how Gregory walked the walk and talked the talk in a way we have rarely seen anyone else do.”

Gregory inspired a generation through on-the-ground activism, an untiring desire to help and his influential comedy. Featuring archival footage of his early career as a comedian, the film is bookended with Gregory’s own voice just before his death in 2017, reflecting on the impact of his life on the world as a self-described “agitator.” Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Wanda Sykes, W. Kamau Bell and others discuss Gregory’s paradigm-shifting significance on the art of comedy and culture. The film features original music by Black Thought of the Grammy® award winning hip-hop band The Roots.

“Dick Gregory is as present to me now as he was when I first started filming him six years ago – a trivial length of time when compared to the nearly six decades that this one man so greatly influenced American history, comedy, activism, and nutrition,” said Gaines. “He emptied himself completely for the movement, and while the enormity of his sacrifices are rarely acknowledged, he gave every artist a master class for what it truly means to both entertain and educate. Knowing Dick Gregory was a transformative experience that not only influenced the making of this film, but me as a man. Vinnie and the team at SHOWTIME have been incredible partners to help bring this timely story to the world, and I cannot wait for Dick Gregory to finally get his due.”

Gaines founded and runs Cinemation Studios which is based in Los Angeles. His producing credits include the four-part documentary series, The Lady and the Dale, the remake of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn, Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, and the award-winning film Bill Nye: Science Guy.

THE ONE AND ONLY DICK GREGORY is a Cinemation Studios production, written and directed by Gaines, and produced by Gaines and Valerie Edwards. The film is executive produced by Kevin Hart and Bryan Smiley for Hartbeat Productions, Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani for Hillman Grad Productions, and Christian Gregory, Chad Troutwine and Matt Rachamkin.

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