ESPN Films’ “30 for 30 Fifth Anniversary Collection”

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ESPN Films’ “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:

30 for 30
1.     Kings Ransom 26.  Tim Richmond: To The Limit
2.     The Band That Wouldn’t Die 27.  Fernando Nation
3.     Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL? 28.  Marion Jones: Press Pause
4.     Muhammad & Larry 29.  The Best That Never Was
5.     Without Bias 30.  Pony Excess
6.     The Legend of Jimmy The Greek 31.  Broke
7.     The U 32.  9.79*
8.     Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs The New York Knicks 33.  There’s No Place Like Home
9.     Guru of Go 34.  Benji
10.  No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson 35.  Ghosts of Ole Miss
11.  Silly Little Game 36.  You Don’t Know Bo
12.  Run Ricky Run 37.  Survive and Advance
13.  The 16th Man 38.  Elway to Marino
14.  Straight Outta LA 39.  Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
15.  June 17th 1994 40.  Free Spirits
16.  The Two Escobars 41.  No Más
17.  The Birth of Big Air 42. Big Shot
18.  Jordan Rides The Bus 43. This Is What They Want
19.  Little Big Men 44. Bernie and Ernie
20.  One Night in Vegas 45. The Book of Manning
21.  Unmatched 46. Youngstown Boys
22.  The House of Steinbrenner 47. The Price of Gold
23.  Into The Wind 48. Requiem for the Big East
24.  Four Days in October 49. Bad Boys
25.  Once Brothers 50. Slaying the Badger


ESPN Films
1.     Fab Five 7.     Unguarded
2.     Catching Hell 8.     Roll Tide/War Eagle
3.     Renée 9.     The Marinovich Project
4.     The Dotted Line 10.  The Announcement
5.     The Real Rocky 11.  The Streak
6.     Charismatic


30 for 30 Soccer Stories
1.     Hillsborough 5.     Ceasefire Massacre
2.     White Blue and White 6.     The Myth of Garrincha
3.     The Opposition 7.     Mysteries of The Rimet Trophy
4.     Maradona ‘86 8.   Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry


Nine for IX
1.     Venus VS 6.     The Diplomat
2.     Pat XO 7.     Runner
3.     Let Them Wear Towels 8.     The 99ers
4.     No Limits 9.     Branded
5.     Swoopes 10.  Coach (Nine for IX Short)


SEC Storied
1. Abby Head On   2. Herschel


30 for 30 Shorts
1.     Here Now 11.  Schedule Makers
2.     Jake 12.  Great Imposter
3.     Arnold’s Blueprint 13.  Judging Jewell
4.     Holy Grail 14.  The Deal
5.     The Irrelevant Giant 15.  Posterized
6.     Cutthroat 16.  Think Normal
7.     Tommy and Frank 17.  Ronda Rousey
8.     Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop 18.  Mecca
9.     Arthur & Johnnie 19.  High Five
10.  Collision Course


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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.



Jennifer Cingari Christie

Based in New York City, Jennifer Cingari Christie is a Communications Manager for ESPN Films and Original Content. Her projects include the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series, ESPN The Magazine and The ESPYS, among others.
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