– CTV partners with TSN and CraveTV to deliver the ESPN Films event series to Canadians on multiple platforms following its premiere this weekend at Hot Docs –
"This isn't a story that started in June 1994 and ended in the fall of 1995. It started in the 1960s and even before that. And it continues today."
– O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA Director Ezra Edelman to The Los Angeles Times.
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TORONTO, April 27, 2016 /CNW/ - The next piece of CTV's winning summer schedule came into focus today as CTV announced it will debut the much anticipated and timely docu-series O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA over one week in June. Following its International Premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto this weekend, the 5x2 hour episode mini-series from ESPN Films will make its Canadian television premiere Saturday, June 11 from 9-11p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO with episodes airing over the next seven days (check local listings).
The event series will encore through the week beginning Sunday, June 12 on TSN, and on July 29 the series will make its exclusive #iCraveFridays streaming debut on CraveTV where it will anchor the highly acclaimed Documentaries Collection (see schedule below for the series' full rollout).
"Having debuted at Sundance and arriving in force this weekend at Hot Docs, we are looking forward to premiering O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA for the first time ever to a Canadian television audience on CTV," said Mike Cosentino, Senior Vice-President Programming CTV Networks and CraveTV. "The momentum behind this story makes this simply must-see TV."
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O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA Scheduling
Saturday, June 11 - Part 1 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Sunday, June 12 – Part 1 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN)
Tuesday, June 14 - Part 1 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN), Part 2 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Wednesday, June 15 - Part 2 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN)
Thursday, June 16 - Part 3 Premiere, 9-11p.m. ET (CTV)
Friday, June 17 - Part 3 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN), Part 4 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Saturday, June 18 - Part 4 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN), Part 5 Premiere, 9-11 p.m. ET (CTV)
Sunday, June 19 - Part 5 encore, 7-9 p.m. ET (TSN)
Friday, July 29 – Full Series launch on CraveTV
It is perhaps the defining cultural tale of the 20th century, one that centres around two of America's greatest fixations: race and celebrity. Directed by Peabody and Emmy Award® winner Ezra Edelman, O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA explores these themes while tracing the personal journey of Orenthal James Simpson: from how he became a prolific NFL legend and why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife and his subsequent acquittal, and why he is now sitting in jail 20 years later for another criminal charge.
Edelman gains unprecedented access to O.J.'s closest confidants and legal adversaries, home videos shot by his friends and family, and extraordinary archival footage that puts his race-haunted rise and fall in new historical context. Part riveting biopic, part legal thriller, this addictive series is must-see viewing for fans of the latest true crime-viewing trend.
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA had its highly acclaimed world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is the first episodic documentary by ESPN Films, starting a new chapter for the 30 FOR 30 brand. The film is an official selection of the Hot Docs Festival, which will screen the first episode in Toronto on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. CraveTV is pleased to sponsor the complete series throughout the day on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 12:30 p.m., featuring free CraveTV candy. Visit hotdocs.ca for tickets and more information. For complete details of Bell Media's partnership with Hot Docs, click here.
Directed and produced by Ezra Edelman, O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA is a Laylow Films Production for ESPN Films. Co-produced by Caroline Waterlow, Executive Producers are Connor Schell, Libby Geist, and John Dahl. Producers are Tamara Rosenberg, Nina Krstic, Deirdre Fenton, and Erin Leyden. The docu-series is edited by Bret Granato, Maya Mumma, and Ben Sozanski. Director of photography is Nick Higgins.
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