ESPN Films recently announced the Fall slate for its acclaimed 30 for 30 series, which will kick off on October 7, 2014 and mark the fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking series’ launch in 2009. In commemoration of the anniversary, ESPN Films will release the “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” on November 25, 2014, with Groupon offering a special edition of the collection – encased in metal sports locker packaging – beginning November 1.
For the first time, every 30 for 30 title to date will be available in one collection. The critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 series has been widely credited with revitalizing the sports documentary genre, with each new film attracting strong ratings. The 100-film collection will also include additional titles from ESPN Films’ Nine for IX, SEC Storied, Soccer Stories and 30 for 30 Shorts series. Please see the press release below for more information
ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection”
Award-Winning 30 for 30 Series Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary with 100-Film Collection Featuring Complete Set of 30 for 30 Films, in Addition to 30 for 30 Soccer Stories, 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX and More
ESPN Films announced today that they will celebrate the five year anniversary of the award-winning 30 for 30 series with the release of the limited edition “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” on November 25, 2014. Widely credited with revitalizing the sports documentary genre, ESPN Films’ “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” marks the first time the entire 30 for 30 series will be available together in one gift set.
In addition to the complete set of 30 for 30, the 100-title “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” will feature all films in the 30 for 30 Soccer Stories and Nine for IX series, as well as selections from 30 for 30 Shorts and additional acclaimed films from the creators of the 30 for 30 series, including “The Fab Five,” “Catching Hell” and “The Announcement.” In a retailer exclusive, Groupon will offer the “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” packaged in a unique metal sports locker container reminiscent of the classic locker room setting. This 32-disc DVD gift set will also include a 30 for 30 t-shirt, hat, limited edition book and poster, with a total running time of 114 hours. The suggested retail price is $249.95. The locker will be available on Groupon’s site beginning November 1, 2014. The collection will also be available in a 20-disc Blu-Ray gift set, packaged in a custom 30 for 30 ticket box. The Blu-Ray suggested retail price is $199.95.
“Since 30 for 30 launched five years ago, our hope has been to add important new voices and style to sports documentaries,” says Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Films. “Today millions of fans have viewed the series and each new title continues to attract strong ratings and discussions. On this important anniversary we aim to provide fans of sports and fans of great cultural stories with the ultimate compilation of the best sports films available anywhere with the ‘30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection.’”
Executive produced by Connor Schell, Bill Simmons and John Dahl, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series launched in October 2009 with the premiere of Peter Berg’s “King’s Ransom.” Since then, the series has continued to combine exceptional sports stories with exceptional filmmaking. 30 for 30 has continuously attracted strong ratings and widespread critical acclaim, winning multiple Peabody, TCA and Emmy awards. The series’ new slate will commence in October 2014.
The films included in the “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection” are:
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More information and trailers are available at: http://espn.go.com/30for30/
About ESPN Films
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched its signature 30 for 30 film series, which has since won a Peabody Award, Producer’s Guild Award and an Emmy Award. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the critically-acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the Webby Award- and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts.