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Netflix acquires Bryan Fogel’s “Icarus”

Netflix continues to deepen its documentary content, adding the Sundance-premiered Icarus to its roster. The film from Bryan Fogel bowed at the Park City festival Jan. 24 and delves into the Russian doping ...
January 24, 2017

Netflix continues to deepen its documentary content, adding the Sundance-premiered Icarus to its roster.

The film from Bryan Fogel bowed at the Park City festival Jan. 24 and delves into the Russian doping scandal that plagued the 2016 summer Olympics.

Fogel stars in the film, doping himself to document the changes in his performances while trying to avoid detection. He eventually meets up with the head of Russia’s anti-doping program, Grigory Rodchenkov, who instructs Fogel how to meet his goals – all the while allegations emerged that Rodchenkov ran the large-scale Olympics doping scheme.

“Fogel’s incredible risk-taking has delivered an absorbing real-life thriller that continues to have global reverberations,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of original documentaries, in a statement.

The film is an Impact Partners presentation, in association with Chicago Media Project, Diamond Docs and Alex Productions. It was produced by Fogel, Dan Cogan, David Fialkow and Jim Swartz, and was written by Fogel, Mark Monroe and Timothy Rode.

Earlier in January, the SVOD platform announced it a worldwide membership milestone of more than 93 million registered users, pulling in more than $8.3 billion in revenue in 2016. And while the company has doubled down on original content (rolling out 600 hours of original content, with plans to boost that to 1,000 hours in 2017), it’s been particularly prolific in its documentary strategy. Most recently it picked up the Exposure Labs’ Chasing Coral (also screened at Sundance); Kitty Green’s Casting JonBenetStill Point Picture’s Growing Up CoyTerra Mater Film Studios along with Vulcan Productions and Leo DiCaprio-produced The Ivory Gameamong others. It also committed to 20 new non-scripted series for the coming year. 

 

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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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