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Netflix sets August date for Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert’s “American Factory”

Digital streaming giant Netflix has set a late-August premiere date for Academy Award nominees Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s latest feature-length documentary, American Factory. The 115-minute film (pictured) was acquired out ...
June 26, 2019

Digital streaming giant Netflix has set a late-August premiere date for Academy Award nominees Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s latest feature-length documentary, American Factory.

The 115-minute film (pictured) was acquired out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. documentary directing award, by Netflix and Higher Ground Productions, the prodco founded by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

Produced by Participant Media, the Netflix Original Documentary looks at the opening of a General Motors factory in Ohio by a Chinese billionaire, and the culture clash that ensues as working-class America comes into contact with Chinese industry.

American Factory was executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann and was produced by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello. Mijie Li and Yiqian Zhang are co-producers.

“We are honored and thrilled that Netflix and Higher Ground are teaming up to bring American Factory to the world. Their energy and enthusiasm is infectious,” said Reichert and Bognar in a statement. “We’re excited about the national and global conversations we believe this film can spark.”

“We are drawn to stories that celebrate the human spirit through struggles and triumphs. Julia and Steve have made a remarkable film honoring the importance of dignity and security on the job as the global economy shifts and workers increasingly are caught in the middle,” added Higher Ground Productions’ Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan.

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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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