Tuesday, December 19 at 10:00pm
VANCOUVER, Dec. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Network Media Group Inc. (TSX: NTE.V) and Network Entertainment Inc. ("Network" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that "I Am Sam Kinison", its documentary celebrating the life of the audacious, charismatic, bawdy, fearless, raw and immense talent who changed the face of comedy, will make its debut on Spike TV on Tuesday, December 19 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. Spike will air the uncensored version one time only directly following at 12:00 am midnight, the earliest it could air due to the mature content.
The film is the latest from critically-acclaimed filmmaker and Network C.E.O. Derik Murray, who has previously brought to the screen the lives of such iconic figures as Heath Ledger, JFK Jr., Chris Farley, Steve McQueen, Johnny Cash, Bruce Lee and Evel Knievel.
"Our mission was to delve deep into the complicated life of a man who commanded the stage like no other," stated Producer Derik Murray, "Sam's life ranged from the restrained to the excessive, the comedic to the tragic, and from the sublime to the ridiculous. It is quite the ride."
Told by the people who knew him best, including close friends and family, and with unforgettable and rarely-seen clips from Sam's most iconic performances, viewers will experience Kinison's meteoric rise featuring his signature barrage of shrieking and misanthropic riffing on some of his favorite topics including marriage, women, religion, and world hunger.
From his humble beginning as Pentecostal preacher to drawing 80,000 rabid fans in Giants Stadium, Kinison enjoyed a steep trajectory to fame, excess, drugs, despair, and an untimely death when his car was hit by a drunk driver in 1992.
Director Adrian Buitenhuis interviewed a stellar cast including Jay Leno, Corey Feldman, Bob Saget, Joe Rogan, Bill Burr, Tommy Chong, Rudy Sarzo, Ron Jeremy, Charlie Sheen, Argus Hamilton, Jimmy Shubert, Dan Barton, Felicia Michaels, Joey Gaynor, Judy Tenuta, Steve Epstein, Lue Deck, Bill Kinison, and Sherry Kinison.
Thunderbird Entertainment is distributing "I Am Sam Kinison" in Canada, and FremantleMedia will be distributing internationally in all media.
Along with Murray, "I Am Sam Kinison" is Executive Produced by Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak and Robert Pirooz and Spike's Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser, Jaimee Kosanke also serve as Executive Producers.
About Network Media Group/Network Entertainment Inc.
Network is focused on becoming one of the world's leading developers and producers of entertainment properties for the global marketplace and its worldwide audience. It is the parent company of Network Entertainment Inc., an established television and film production company with an award-winning international reputation. Its productions include the Academy Award shortlisted feature documentary Facing Ali, as well as documentaries on the lives of Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Evel Knievel, Johnny Cash, Chris Farley (which set all time ratings records for Spike), JFK Jr. and, most recently, Heath Ledger. The Company recently received the prestigious Realscreen Award in 2017 for Non-Fiction – History/Biographical Series for its documentary series Facing. Network's past projects and current productions can be viewed at www.networkentertainment.ca.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
NETWORK MEDIA GROUP INC.
"Derik A. Murray"
Derik A. Murray
Chief Executive Officer and Director
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