VANCOUVER, April 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Network Media Group Inc. (TSX: NTE.V) (OTCMKTS: NMGGF) and Network Entertainment Inc. ("Network" or "the Company") are pleased to announce that their 2018 feature documentary on the life and legacy of legendary statesman Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I Am MLK Jr., has been nominated for four Leo Awards to be presented at their award ceremony in June.
I Am MLK Jr. premiered on the Paramount Network and was simulcast on BET on April 4, 2018, the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's tragic assassination. Network Entertainment also partnered with GATHR to launch a Theatrical On Demand® release for the feature documentary, allowing audiences to screen the film in movie theaters across the United States. International distribution was managed by FremantleMedia and by Thunderbird in Canada; the film is available for viewing in Canada on HBO Canada and CraveTV.
The documentary tells the story and celebrates the life of this American icon from an engaging contemporary perspective structured around seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement, and features interviews with a uniquely diverse group of key figures, ranging from history-changing civil rights-era activists such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, and Rev. Al Sharpton, to contemporary writers, activists and influencers in sports, entertainment and media such as Van Jones, Carmelo Anthony, Nick Cannon, Shaun King, Malcolm Jenkins and more.
Network's President and Executive Producer of the documentary, Paul Gertz, said "We are thrilled to receive four Leo Award nominations for I Am MLK, Jr., which is a testament to the level of quality work from our world-class production team."
The film has been nominated for Best Program, Direction, Picture Editing and Musical Score.
The 2019 Leo Awards will be held at a Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver.
I Am MLK Jr. is Produced by Derik Murray and Directed by Michael Hamilton and John Barbisan, and Executive Produced by Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, and Paramount Network's Jon Slusser and Jaimee Kosanke, and Co-Executive Produced by Dr. Clayborne Carson, Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute and Professor of History at Stanford University.
Network Media Group is the parent company of Network Entertainment Inc. Network Entertainment, founded and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces premium content for global audiences. Network's documentaries and docu-series showcase the lives of the world's most inspiring cultural icons and their enduring legacy, featuring a compelling lineup of icons from the worlds of Music, Movies, Comedy, Sports, Politics and Business. The Network premium brand of programming features outstanding casts and highly cinematic, richly crafted storytelling. Network's productions are consistently embraced by both audiences and critics alike, garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage.
Network's broadcast and distribution partners include: AHC, AMC, Discovery Channel, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, EPIX, FremantleMedia, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird, TMN, Virgil Entertainment, and YouTube Premium. The Company's work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Realscreen Awards, the Gemini Awards, the LEOs, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York.
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