[11/15/10 - 12:51 PM]
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires Three New Documentaries "One Lucky Elephant," "65_RedRoses" and "Most Valuable Players"
The films join the growing lineup of cinematic documentaries comprising the network's upcoming monthly documentary film club, set to begin spring 2011.

[via press release from OWN]


Film Acquisitions Will Air as Part of OWN'S Monthly Documentary Film Club, Debuting Spring 2011

Los Angeles, CA - OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is acquiring three documentary films ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT, 65_REDROSES and MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS. The films join the growing lineup of cinematic documentaries comprising the network's upcoming monthly documentary film club, set to begin spring 2011.

"OWN seeks to entertain, inspire and inform," said Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer, OWN. "What better way to further that mission than to provide a mainstream platform for emerging and established documentary filmmakers to present different stories that move the viewer, and then to encourage a dialogue and exchange of ideas."

Ten years in the making, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT follows circus producer David Balding as he struggles to find a nurturing permanent home for Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as a "daughter" and made the star of his circus. As Flora approaches adulthood, David realizes that she is no longer happy performing and needs to be with other elephants. The road to Floras retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey that tests their bond in unexpected ways. The film is both a touching account of a man's incredible love for a wild animal and a poignant exploration of the critical issues about the future of elephants in captivity and how these issues have affected the life of one very lucky elephant. Written and produced by Cristina Colissimo and Jodana Glick-Franzheim, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT is directed by Lisa Leeman and executive produced by Sandbar Pictures.

The award-winning 65_REDROSES tells the story of 23-year-old Eva Markvoort, a Canadian woman suffering from the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis and awaiting a double lung transplant. The film captures Markvoort's unstoppable spirit and amazing will to live as she battles her disease and blogs about her experience, using the online identity 65_RedRoses. While sharing her story on the Web, Markvoort meets two other cystic fibrosis sufferers, neither of whom she can meet in person because of the threat of the possible spread of infection. The three women become one another's lifelines and sources of support, as their lives and struggles become inextricably linked. At critical junctures in their lives, the film travels the distance the friends cannot go themselves, capturing the compelling and often heartbreaking realities they face. 65_REDROSES is directed by Nimisha Mukerji and Philip Lyall and produced by Force Four Entertainment in association with CBC Newsworld and Dualogue Productions.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS is a 2010 documentary film about the Freddy Awards, a live television event honoring outstanding high school musical theater in New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Demonstrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS follows three theater troupes on their creative journey to the elaborate award ceremony - the Tony Awards for high school musicals. A Canyonback Films production, MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS is directed and produced by Matthew D. Kallis and written and produced by Christopher Lockhart.


A joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications, OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK is a multi-platform media company designed to entertain, inform, and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN will debut on January 1, 2011 in approximately 80 million homes on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also will include the award-winning digital platform, Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own.

  [november 2010]  

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[10/24/16 - 12:38 PM]
Food Network Gets Festive for the Holidays with the Return of "Cake Wars: Christmas"
Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen.

[10/24/16 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" 2016 Original Movie Premieres
"Love Always, Santa" will kick things off Sunday, November 6 on the cable channel.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
"Underfire: The Untold Story of PFC. Tony Vaccaro," Recounting the Life of a WWII Combat Infantryman and War Photographer, Debuts Nov. 14 on HBO
The film chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
The CW Orders New Seasons of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," and "Masters of Illusion" for Summer 2017
The new seasons of these series will return as part of The CW's 2017 Summer schedule, with dates and times to be announced later.

[10/24/16 - 10:23 AM]
Video: Four New Promos for FX's New Drama Series "Taboo" Starring Tom Hardy
The new original series from Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott premieres early 2017.

[10/24/16 - 10:09 AM]
Video: Amazon Releases Retro 80s Commercial for "Red Oaks" Season 2
Look for the new season to premiere on Amazon Prime Video November 11.

[10/24/16 - 09:13 AM]
Amazon Original Series "The Grand Tour" Announces Studio Recording in Nashville, TN
"The Grand Tour" will launch in 4K on Friday, November 18 exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

[10/24/16 - 08:54 AM]
Seahawks-Cardinals "SNF" Leads Preliminary Results for the Night Among the Big 4 in Every Key Measure
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, October 23.

[10/24/16 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock once again leads the evening among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/24/16 - 07:55 AM]
Mike Tirico to Make Horse Racing Debut as Host of NBC's Primetime Coverage of the 2016 Breeders' Cup
"What a great event and venue for my maiden voyage with our incredibly talented horse racing team," Tirico said.

[10/24/16 - 07:03 AM]
Syfy's Award-Winning Reality Competition Series "Face Off" Returns for an All-Star Season on Tuesday, January 24
Hosted by make-up effects royalty McKenzie Westmore, the series returns with elaborate never-before-seen challenges to test their skills as they battle it out for a coveted second chance at victory.

[10/24/16 - 07:00 AM]
Sting to Receive "The American Music Award of Merit" and Perform at the "2016 American Music Awards(R)"
The iconic musician will take to the stage to perform a medley of songs, including the raucous first single, "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" off his new rock/pop album, "57th & 9th," as well as some of his greatest hits.

[10/24/16 - 06:15 AM]
"The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" Heads to Paris for the First Time, for Broadcast Monday, Dec. 5, on CBS
The world's most celebrated fashion show will be seen in more than 190 countries.

[10/23/16 - 10:03 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Viewers, Demos
The Alphabet wins said evening for the fourth consecutive week.

[10/23/16 - 09:43 AM]
"SNL" Hits Season Highs, Best October Overnights in 8 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 22.