ESPN To Release New 30 For 30 Anniversary Collection This Fall

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ESPN will release a very special box set for fans of its hit 30 for 30 series this fall.

ESPN announced this week that it will release a very special collection of films from its hit 30 for 30 series on Tuesday, November 25th. The box set celebrates the fifth anniversary of the series’ first broadcast and is loaded with plenty of positives for fans of both ESPN and 30 for 30.  It features a total of one hundred films spread across thirty-two discs.  Online retailer Groupon will make the collection available in a specially packaged metal locker box.  It also includes a 30 for 30 shirt, hat, and limited edition book and poster.  The specially packaged metal locker edition of the 30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection will be available online via Groupon beginning Saturday, November 1st for SRP of $249.99.  The collection will also be available on Blu-ray beginning Tuesday, November 25th for SRP of $199.95.  the Blu-ray set will be featured in a special 30 for 30 ticket box.

The films included in the upcoming 30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection include films not only from its primary 30 for 30 series, but also from its 30 for 30 Soccer Stories and Nine for IX series.

The films included in the “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” are:

 

30 for 30 

  1. Kings Ransom
  2. The Band That Wouldn’t Die
  3. Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?
  4. Muhammad & Larry
  5. Without Bias
  6. The Legend of Jimmy The Greek
  7. The U
  8. Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs The New York Knicks
  9. Guru of Go
  10. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
  11. Silly Little Game
  12. Run Ricky Run
  13. The 16th Man
  14. Straight Outta LA
  15. June 17th 1994
  16. The Two Escobars
  17. The Birth of Big Air
  18. Jordan Rides The Bus
  19. Little Big Men
  20. One Night in Vegas
  21. Unmatched
  22. The House of Steinbrenner
  23. Into The Wind
  24. Four Days in October
  25. Once Brothers
 

  1. Tim Richmond: To The Limit
  2. Fernando Nation
  3. Marion Jones: Press Pause
  4. The Best That Never Was
  5. Pony Excess
  6. Broke
  7. 9.79*
  8. There’s No Place Like Home
  9. Benji
  10. Ghosts of Ole Miss
  11. You Don’t Know Bo
  12. Survive and Advance
  13. Elway to Marino
  14. Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
  15. Free Spirits
  16. No Más
  17. Big Shot
  18. This Is What They Want
  19. Bernie and Ernie
  20. The Book of Manning
  21. Youngstown Boys
  22. The Price of Gold
  23. Requiem for the Big East
  24. Bad Boys
  25. Slaying the Badger

 

 ESPN Films
 

  1. Fab Five
  2. Catching Hell
  3. Renée
  4. The Dotted Line
  5. The Real Rocky
  6. Charismatic
  7. Unguarded
  8. Roll Tide/War Eagle
  9. The Marinovich Project
  10. The Announcement
  11. The Streak
 30 for 30 Soccer Stories
  1. Hillsborough
  2. White Blue and White
  3. The Opposition
  4. Maradona ‘86
  5. Ceasefire Massacre
  6. The Myth of Garrincha
  7. Mysteries of The Rimet Trophy
  8. Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry
 Nine for IX
  1. Venus VS
  2. Pat XO
  3. Let Them Wear Towels
  4. No Limits
  5. Swoopes
  6. The Diplomat
  7. Runner
  8. The 99ers
  9. Branded
  10. Coach (Nine for IX Short)
 SEC Storied
  1. Abby Head On
  2. Herschel
 30 for 30 Shorts
  1. Here Now
  2. Jake
  3. Arnold’s Blueprint
  4. Holy Grail
  5. The Irrelevant Giant
  6. Cutthroat
  7. Tommy and Frank
  8. Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop
  9. Arthur & Johnnie
  10. Collision Course
  11. Schedule Makers
  12. Great Imposter
  13. Judging Jewell
  14. The Deal
  15. Posterized
  16. Think Normal
  17. Ronda Rousey
  18. Mecca
  19. High Five

More information on this upcoming release and all of the news on the latest additions to ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is available online at http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30 and http://www.espn.com30for30.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN, espnW Branching Out Nine For IX Series

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Fans of ESPN’s hugely popular and successful Nine for IX series have even more reason to be excited today.  ESPN President John Skipper announced today that espnW and ESPN Films will continue the collaboration that they started with this Summer’s Nine for IX series into the future.  The two organizations will continue their partnership with an annual digital short film series.  Skipper shared his thoughts on what led to the decision in a prepared statement.  “The Nine for IX brand has become a beacon for stories that matter to the modern sports fan,” said Skipper. “We are proud to continue this critically acclaimed series, providing fans a fresh, unique, and relevant point of view on the evolving landscape of women in sports.”

The first five films in the annual digital short film series will air during Summer 2014.  They and all shorts to follow will be made available on a variety of digital ESPN platforms.  They will also eventually be aired on the ESPN family of networks and on mobile devices and applications.  They will also be available online at espnW and ESPN.com.  It will continue to be executive produced by Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America and Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of Tribeca Productions. 

Along with the announcement of this new digital shorts series, the announcement was also made that espnW will now have a new annual power ranking list—the espnW Impact 10—that will recognize the ten female athletes who have made a significant impact on and off the field during the past year.  The annual power ranking list will highlight the stories and biggest moments from 2013 through videos, columns and articles, photo galleries and athlete profiles.  Each year’s list will be judged by an industry panel of judges.  Fans will also have the chance to debate and vote on the list online at http://www.espnW.com and via twitter.  The Impact 10 will debut on espnW and on ESPN’s SportsCenter.  More information on this and more is available online at http://www.espnW.com and http://www.facebook.com/espnW.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com

espnW, ESPN Films’ Nine For IX Gift Set Available This Fall

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Nine for IX, the latest film series from espnW and ESPN Films, wraps up tonight.  But that doesn’t mean that it’s completely done.  The complete Nine for IX series will be available on a special DVD gift set this Fall courtesy of ESPN Home Entertainment.  It will be available on October 15th.  All nine films will be featured on four discs.  There will also be two additional films as an added bonus for audiences as well as director’s commentary, deleted scenes and extended interviews.  Those two films are the award-winning shot, “Coach” and SEC Storied film, “Abby Head On.” 

ESPN Films Vice President Connor Schell discussed the film series in a recent interview.  “Title IX Indelibly changed the world of sports, creating new opportunities for women to get involved with sports at the collegiate and professional levels,” he said.  “The Nine for IX series celebrates Title IX with an extraordinary collection of inspiring stories directed by a powerhouse group of Academy and Emmy-award-winning female film makers.”

The Nine for IX series gift set can be pre-ordered beginning September 3rd online via ESPNShop.com and Amazon.com.  It can also be pre-ordered at Wal-Mart and other retail outlets nationwide.  It is expected to retail for $29.95.  For more information on the set’s upcoming release, go online to http://www.facebook.com/espnW, http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, http://www.espn.com/30for30, and http://espnW.com

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“Branded” Closes Out Nine for IX Film Series Next Tuesday

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espnW and ESPN Films’ Nine for IX series winds down next Tuesday with the last film in the series. 

Branded will air next Tuesday night on ESPN at 8pm ET.  The last film in the series, it examines the double standard placed on female athletes in competition and in the marketing world.  Women in sports are expected to compete to the best of their abilities in their respective profession.  But when not competing, media outlets and major corporations expect them to be sex symbols.  Co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady take a look at this double standard placed on female athletes to this day in their film. 

Branded examines the double standard placed on female athletes through stories shared by a number of female athletes who have personally faced this issue first hand.  It questions whether or not female athletes will ever have equal footing with their male counterparts in the sports world or will the drive to sell sex always keep progress from happening. Former gymnast Mary Lou Retton, sprinter Lolo Jones, professional volleyball player Gabbey Reece, and former professional tennis star Chris Evert share their own stories as part of the presentation.

Each film in the Nine for IX series is available for download the day after its broadcast via iTunes.  A special collector’s gift set with all nine films will be available for purchase on October 15th, 2013.  Audiences can find out more about this and other special series from ESPN Films and espnW online at http://www.facebook.com/espnW, http://espnW.com, http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, and http://www.espn.com/30for30.  Audiences can also get more information via Twitter at @30for30 and @espnW. 

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Nine for IX Continues Tonight At 8pm

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The Nine for IX film series from espnW and ESPN Films continues tonight.  The series, which focuses on some of the most important woman in sports, turns its view tonight to the world of figure skating in The Diplomat

The Diplomat centers on East German figure skater Katarina Witt.  Witt is one of the most decorated women in the world of figure skating.  Over the course of her career, she earned six European skating titles, four world championships and back-to-back Olympic gold medals in figure skating.  For all of her accolades, Witt couldn’t escape her critics.  Some called her “the most beautiful face of socialism.”  Even in her own home of East Germany, Witt was under surveillance by the Stasi, East Germany’s own infamous secret police force.  As this film shows, Witt faced great challenges in her home nation both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  For all of her challenges, the changes in East Germany also benefitted her.  Audiences will see both sides of that coin tonight when The Diplomat airs at 8pm on ESPN.

Each film will be available online the day after its broadcast via iTunes and Amazon.  A special DVD gift set containing each film in the Nine for IX series will be available October 15th, 2013.

The remaining films in ESPN Films and espnW’s Nine for IX series are listed below.

August 13thRunner

August 20thThe 99ers

August 27thBranded

 

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Let Them Wear Towels Premieres Next Tuesday In Nine For IX Series

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Next Tuesday, July 16th, ESPN will premiere the next film in its new Nine For IX series. Let Them Wear Towels is the latest in the film series.  It will air at 8pm.  The new film focuses on the challenges faced by female sports reporters as they struggled to make their own place in the largely male dominated world that is the professional sports locker room.  The film was co-directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern.  The core of the story centers on examples such as that of then twenty-five year old Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olsen’s sexual harassment case involving players with the New England Patriots and that of Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke being barred from the New York Yankees’ clubhouse.

Olsen’s case rose as a result of Olsen being sexually harassed by members of the team, who exposed their genitals to her and made crass comments to her.  The 1990 case resulted in an investigation by the NFL.  It resulted in the finding that Olsen had in fact been “degraded and humiliated” by the players in question.  Despite her win in the case, fans of the Pats continued to chide her so harshly in public that she ended up moving all the way around the world to Australia for a period of time to restart her broadcasting career.

Melissa  Ludtke, who at the time worked for Sports Illustrated, faced her own turmoil as a female sports reporter.  She had been barred from entering the New York Yankees’ locker room over a decade ago..  Ludtke challenged the action by the Yankees organization and won.

Sundberg and Stern incorporate interviews with Ludtke, Olsen and many others within the sports universe in their examination of why the subject of female reports in the professional sports locker room remains such a hot button issue today.  The pair examines the history of women in the largely male dominated sports world as well in order to find out why this remains such an important topic even now in the twenty-first century.    This film, and all of the films in the Nine for IX series can be downloaded the day after their broadcast via iTunes and Amazon.  This October, there will be a special collectible gift set that includes all of the films in the Nine for IX series.  It will be available October 15th, 2013.

The complete Nine For IX schedule is listed below.

July 16: Let Them Wear Towels

 

July 23: No Limits

 

July 30: Swoopes

 

August 6: The Diplomat

 

August 13: Runner

 

August 20: The ‘99ers

 

August 27: Branded

 

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espnW Website Debuts Brand New Look In Re-Launch

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ESPN and espnW have released a full beta version of its redesigned espnW.com website.  The redesigned website debuted Tuesday.  The new site incorporates responsive design and time-based feed that makes the full website much more user friendly across its screens.  The main focuses of the redesigned website are on social media and visual integration.  It will be divided into three main content sections:  News & Commentary, Athlete’s Life, and W in Action

The first of the sections, News & Commentary, will focus on the top stories of the day.  They will be featured from an espnW perspective.  That perspective includes features, columns, videos and photos.  Athletes Life will offer insight into the lives of athletes through essays, training information, videos, and photos.  Together, they will give audiences insight into “the woman behind the competitor.”  W in Action is meant to highlight how espnW and female athletes are impacting the world and their communities through sports.  This is done via essays, columns, features, and photos.

Laura Gentile, espnW Vice President, discussed the updates to the website, explaining the purpose for the changes.  “espnW.com has become the digital home for a growing community of women who love sports, and nothing is more important than continuing to enhance the way we serve those fans,” she said.  “The editorial focus and design sensibility of the new espnW.com are a direct result of our interaction and connection with fans over the last two years.” 

Along with the site re-launch, espnW has launched a new initiative called The Summer of W.  It will be made up of two main platforms.  The first of the platforms is known as 98 Days to Shine.  This platform is a social photo challenge.  The challenge is meant to inspire women and get them active.  Rewards will be given out daily and weekly for photos submitted to espnW for responses to the challenges that are presented each week.  It all culminates with one grand prize handed out at the end of the summer.  Photos submitted throughout Summer will be posted to espnW.  They will be part of the finale event that celebrates fans’ photos and creativity.  Fans can submit photos on Twitter and Instagram using Hashtag #98DaystoShine.

The second of the platforms included in The Summer of W is comprised mainly of editorial content.  That content includes the features: 10 Faces of Summer, Heart of Summer, and Hot Shots10 Faces of Summer focuses on the brightest female athletes across ten different sports.  The athletes in question will take fans into their Summer training regimes and will give fans an inside look at their lives both at home and in competition.  Among the already confirmed athletes for this addition to the revamped site are: Skylar Diggins, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Lakey Peterson, Julie Foudy, Jessica Hardy, Sarah Groff, and Aga Radwanska.  The Heart of Summer features correspondent Summer Sanders.  The column will see her travelling the nation to sporting events of all sizes from a Color Run and a Spartan Race to the MLB All-Star Game and X-games.  Hot Shots features profiles and photo essays of athletes from some of the sports world’s lesser discussed sports.  Those sports include the likes of: paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, and mountain biking.

As a final bonus to the revamped website, espnW will be the online destination for the film series, Nine for IX.  The film series focuses primarily on some of the most interesting stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmakers.      

To keep up with all of the latest updates to the espnW website, audiences can go online to http://espn.go.com/espnw and http://www.facebook.com/espnW

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