[10/31/18 - 12:24 PM] FOX Sports Films' "Magnify" Series Celebrates One Year Anniversary with "They Fight" Premiere, Sunday, November 11 on FOX Set in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8 neighborhood, "They Fight" follows young boxers Ragahleak "Peanut" Bartee and Quincey Williams' journeys as part of the Lyfe Style Boxing training program.
[via press release from FOX Sports]
FOX SPORTS FILMS' "MAGNIFY" SERIES CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH "THEY FIGHT" PREMIERE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ON FOX
LOS ANGELES - FOX Sports Films is pleased to announce the television premiere of the documentary film, "They Fight," airing nationwide Sunday, Nov. 11 on FOX. It also debuts in select New York City and Los Angeles theaters on Friday, Nov. 9. This is the fourth film in the critically-acclaimed "MAGNIFY" documentary film series, which debuted one year ago, November 2017.
Set in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8 neighborhood, "They Fight" follows young boxers Ragahleak "Peanut" Bartee and Quincey Williams' journeys as part of the Lyfe Style Boxing training program. Coach Walt Manigan mentors them on the path to the 2017 Junior Olympics, while also fighting to find a permanent home for the gym. As Coach Walt looks to help young athletes avoid trouble, he fights his own personal demons. The documentary features original music from multiplatinum artist 6lack, Odie, Octavian, Boogie, and more, reflecting the films' themes and characters' journeys. LVRN, headed by Justice Baiden, collaborated on the soundscape.
Andrew Renzi directed the film (73 minutes), which is produced by Emmy(R) Award, Academy Award(R), Golden Globe(R), and two-time Grammy Award(R) winner, Common and his company Freedom Road Productions, alongside Argent Pictures partners Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Derrick Brooks and Michael Finley.
"They Fight" premieres adjacent to Sunday's regional NFL broadcasts airing in-market at 1:00 PM ET and 4:05 PM ET. Viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 1:00 PM ET can watch the documentary at 4:30 PM ET; viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 4:05 PM ET can watch the documentary at 3:00 PM ET.
"'They Fight' is an incredibly powerful film - one that we knew had to be a part of the 'Magnify' series," says Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President, Content, FOX Sports. "It fits perfectly within our mission to use sports as a lens for telling important cultural stories. We're happy with what we've accomplished in one year and excited to keep growing this brand with fresh, new documentaries and influential collaborators."
In connection with the film, FOX Sports Supports and 21st Century FOX continue their partnership with Good Sports, a non-profit organization focused on providing the benefits of sport and physical activity to children in-need, through new sports equipment, apparel, and footwear. For "They Fight," Good Sports is debuting boxing-specific donations as part of their Equip-A-Kid program and supplying equipment to Washington, D.C. area recreation centers.
"They Fight" producers include Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, and Ben Renzo for Argent Pictures; Derek Dudley, Shelby Stone, and Melisa Resch through Freedom Road Productions; Renzi, Michael Minahan, Daniel
Yaro, Nick Boak, and Chris Burt through North of Now productions and Andrew D. Corkin's Uncorked Productions. Jason Michael Berman executive produced for Mandalay Pictures along with Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow and Arrow Entertainment; Tommy Oliver and Codie Oliver of Confluential Films; and Stanley Twarog.
The "MAGNIFY" documentary series launched in November 2017 with "89 Blocks," executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter for Uninterrupted, along with Sports Illustrated. The film was nominated for a 2018 Sports Emmy(R). "MAGNIFY" bolstered its documentary slate with "Shot in the Dark," executive produced by Dwayne Wade and Chance the Rapper (February 2018), and "Nossa Chape," from Sports Emmy(R)-nominated directors Jeffrey Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist (June 2018). In 2019, it will debut "Q Ball," from Executive Producer and Golden State Warriors All-Star Kevin Durant, following the lives of the San Quentin Warriors -- teammates and inmates at "The Q", California's San Quentin State Prison.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, including FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, with instant scores, the latest stats and real-time alerts available to iOS and Android devices. Also included in the Group are FOX's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.
Argent Pictures is a Los Angeles-based independent movie company dedicated to the development, financing, production and distribution of top-tier films for global audiences. Founded and run by partners Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, Ben Renzo, and joined by notable professional athletes Drew Brees, Tony Parker, Michael Finley and Derrick Brooks, Argent is an emerging company with a slate full of award-winning, critically acclaimed films.
Together, the Argent team has been involved with an impressive assortment of acclaimed studio and independent films including AMERICAN MADE starring Tom Cruise (Paramount); Nate Parker's THE BIRTH OF A NATION (Fox Searchlight); Mel Gibson's HACKSAW RIDGE (Lionsgate), the Sundance Audience Award winning documentary CHASING CORAL (Netflix); and the most recent Netflix global hit AMATEUR.
Recently announced Argent projects include KUNG FURY 2, the feature length sequel to the massively-popular short KUNG FURY by David Sandberg; THE GOOD TIME GIRLS the feature adaptation of Courtney Hoffman's blood-soaked western revenge short film; the boxing documentary THEY FIGHT from director Andrew Renzi, which Argent produced with Common and his team; and a new movie based on the popular children's novel, Look Out For The Fitzgerald-Trouts.
Additional film collaborations have included the critically acclaimed LEE DANIELS THE BUTLER; the hit comedy/horror MEET THE BLACKS; the drama THE BENEFACTOR starring Richard Gere; the crime/drama LUV starring Common; GLEASON - the moving and inspirational documentary on NFL player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS; and Universal Pictures adventure/thriller SANCTUM.
Upcoming movie collaborations include the action/thriller NOMIS starring Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill and Ben Kingsley; Rob Reiner's drama SHOCK & AWE starring Jessica Biel and Woody Harrelson; the next two installments of Sylvester Stallone's ESCAPE PLAN franchise, and FIRST TO DO IT - a documentary about the first African American professional Basketball player, Earl Lloyd.
For more information on Argent please visit: https://www.argentpictures.com/
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