ESPN nets 'Kicking' at Sundance


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PARK CITY -- ESPN has scored the Sundance soccer docu "Kicking It," with plans for worldwide TV and digital distribution and an aim to secure outside theatrical and DVD distribution.

Susan Koch's feature, produced by AOL Vice Chairman Emeritus Ted Leonsis (last year's Sundance winner "Nanking"), follows seven players in the fourth annual Homeless World Cup. The men arrive for the soccer championship tournament after living on the streets of impoverished and war-torn countries around the world.

ESPN plans an online, on-air and charitable awareness campaign to the film tied in with Leonsis' other charitable efforts.

The ESPN deal was negotiated by Leonsis and executive producer Rick Allen, with future theatrical and anciliary distribution repped by CAA and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.