Sundance: Starz Nabs Steve James' 'America to Me'

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The 10-part docuseries from the 'Hoop Dreams' director and Participant Media has its world premiere in Park City tonight.

Liongate's Starz premium cable network had picked up the unscripted 10-part docuseries America to Me, from Hoop Dreams director Steve James, ahead of its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday evening.

“I am so excited to have found a distribution partner in Starz that shares the same dedication we have for this series and will help it finds its way into the world," director James said in a statement. America To Me, Participant Media's first unscripted TV series, follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago’s Oak Park and River Forest High School over the course of a year as they grapple with racial and educational inequities.

"We are thrilled to acquire this compelling docuseries from Participant Media and Steve James who, as a filmmaker, is truly one of the best," Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz, said Monday in a statement. Participant CEO David Linde in his own statement applauded the distribution partnership with Starz for "bringing America to Me, our first documentary television series, to audiences everywhere.”

The unscripted series will debut in fall 2018 on Starz, and will also be available for download or streaming via the Starz app. James directed and executive produced the docuseries via his production shingle, Kartemquin Films.

The series is executive produced by Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg and Justine Nagan, along with Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann. Kevin Shaw, Rebecca Parrish and Bing Liu served as story directors.

Starz retains all domestic multi-platform pay TV and SVOD rights to the docuseries, while Lionsgate, which represents international rights to Participant’s feature film and select documentaries, will retain all international and domestic distribution and home entertainment rights to the series as well.