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Starz acquires “America to Me” docuseries

Lionsgate-owned Starz has acquired Steve James‘ unscripted docuseries America to Me. Produced by Participant Media and Kartemquin Films, America to Me follows a group of students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s ...
January 23, 2018

Lionsgate-owned Starz has acquired Steve James‘ unscripted docuseries America to Me.

Produced by Participant Media and Kartemquin Films, America to Me follows a group of students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School over the course of one year as they grapple with racial and educational inequalities as well as the daily challenges of being a teenage.

The 10-part docuseries offers candid conversations about how the school has succeeded and failed in the goal to achieve racial equality.

America to Me will bow in Fall 2018 on Starz and will also be available for download or streaming via the Starz app. It world premiered its first five episodes at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the new Indie Episodic category.

The docuseries is Participant Media’s first unscripted series. It will be accompanied by a social impact campaign aimed to foster a national conversation around race, education, opportunity and agency.

America to Me is executive produced by Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg and Justine Nagan, with Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane WeyermannVP of original programming Patrick McDonald is the Starz executive overseeing this docuseries.

Starz retains all domestic multiplatform pay TV and SVOD rights to the series. Lionsgate will retain all international and domestic distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.

Negotiations were brokered by Brett Marottoli, head of program acquisitions for Starz, along with Gabriel Brakin and Krista Wegener for Participant and Endeavor Content on behalf of Participant/Kartemquin.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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