Magazine article Screen International

Starz Picks Up Sundance Entry 'America to Me'

Magazine article Screen International

Starz Picks Up Sundance Entry 'America to Me'

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Lionsgate retains international and US distribution and home entertainment rights to Participant Media’s first docuseries.

America To Me

Starz has acquired the unscripted 10-part docuseries America to Me from Participant Media and Steve James that premiered in part in Sundance.

Participant Media and Kartemquin Films produced the series - the first five episodes premiered in Park City in the Indie Episodic showcase - that focuses on the challenge of racial and educational inequalities facing American teenagers today.

The series follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School over the course of one year. The school is regarded as one of America’s most exemplary and diverse public schools.

Starz acquired all US multiplatform pay-TV and SVOD rights to the series. Lionsgate, which represents international rights to Participant’s feature film and select documentaries, will retain all international and US distribution and home entertainment rights to the series.

The docuseries marks the first from Participant Media and will premiere in the autumn on STARZ and will be available for download or streaming through the STARZ app.

James directed and served as executive producer on the 10 hour-long episode docuseries via his Kartemquin Films. …

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