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Netflix nabs “Battered Bastards of Baseball,” “Mission Blue”

Digital service Netflix has picked up Sundance doc The Battered Bastards of Baseball (pictured) and environmental film Mission Blue, to add to its growing slate of non-fiction originals.
May 12, 2014

Digital service Netflix has picked up Sundance doc The Battered Bastards of Baseball (pictured) and environmental film Mission Blue, to add to its growing slate of non-fiction originals.

Baseball, from directors Chapman Way and Maclain Way, looks at the move by Hollywood veteran Bing Russell in 1973 to create the Portland Mavericks, the first independent baseball team in America at the time.

The doc is exec produced by Nancy Schafer and features Kurt Russell and Todd Fields. It will premiere on Netflix on July 11 and the producer is Juliana Lembi.

Fisher Stevens and Robert Nixon’s Mission Blue, meanwhile, is a feature doc about oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle, and her campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as climate change, overfishing and toxic waste.

The film will air on Netflix on August 15.

The deals come after realscreen last week broke the news that Netflix was spending big to buy Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s Human Rights Watch doc E-Team. The film will premiere on Netflix this fall.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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