NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that Grammy® Award-winning rapper/producer/actor/entrepreneur Sean Combs has signed on as an executive producer of the studio's new documentary UNDEFEATED, which has been nominated for the 2012 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Combs will also be an executive producer on TWC's planned feature remake of UNDEFEATED.
Directed by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, UNDEFEATED is a coming-of-age verite-style documentary centering on several young student-athletes and the volunteer coach who guides them through a rough, yet rewarding, football season in northern Memphis. It opens in limited release on February 17.
Combs has produced numerous projects over the years, including the award-winning A RAISIN IN THE SUN and NOTORIOUS, as well as the hit television shows "Making the Band" on MTV and "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy" for HBO. He has been featured in a wide range of film projects, including the recent Judd Apatow-produced comedy GET HIM TO THE GREEK and will continue to make the transition from music to film projects this year.
"I am excited to partner with Harvey Weinstein on this incredible project. UNDEFEATED is a great American story with a lot of heart and soul. It had a profound effect on me and I couldn't get it out of my mind when I saw it. There is so much truth and so much hope in this film, and I feel passionately that everyone who sees it will be inspired," commented Combs.
Said Weinstein, "There's a moment in UNDEFEATED when the coach tells the players, 'Football doesn't build character – football reveals character.' I think that's one of the reasons football is so important to me. But that line could just as easily apply to UNDEFEATED itself. In telling the story of a football team, this film says so much about individuals, about community and about our country. I'm so proud of UNDEFEATED, and we feel very fortunate to have Sean on board to bring this story to audiences now and in the future."
SYNOPSIS – UNDEFEATED
Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin's documentary UNDEFEATED is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field. Founded in 1899, Manassas High School in North Memphis has never seen its football team, the Tigers, win a playoff game. In recent decades, the last-place Tigers had gone so far as to sell its regular season games to rival schools looking to chalk up an easy win. That began to change in 2004, when Bill Courtney, former high school football coach turned businessman, volunteered to lend a hand. Focusing on nurturing emotional as well as physical strength, Courtney has helped the Tigers find their footing and their confidence. The 2009 Summer/Fall football season promises to be the Tigers' best ever – perhaps the season that finally breaks the 110 year-old playoff jinx. For players and coaches alike, the season will be not only about winning games – it will be about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes, including Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH, winner of four 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such film as GRINDHOUSE; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; and SARAH'S KEY. Currently in release are recent Golden Globe winners THE ARTIST, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and THE IRON LADY. Upcoming releases include THE INTOUCHABLES and THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD. Recently wrapped is COGAN'S TRADE.
TWC is also active in television production, with credits including the Emmy® Award-winning hit reality series "Project Runway," the new VH1 reality series "Mob Wives," and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency." The company has produced three "Project Runway" spinoffs, "Project Runway All Stars," currently airing; "Project Accessory," which debuted in 2011; and "Project Runway: Masters," to debut in 2012. The company currently has 17 series in different stages of development, including: "Marco Polo," a scripted historical series about the great explorer; "The Nanny Diaries," based on the hit book; and "The Mad Ones," adapted from the Mafia novel of the same name.
ABOUT SEAN COMBS
SEAN COMBS, the CEO and founder of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group is a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse. Sean "Diddy" Combs was declared "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by Time Magazine and CNN. Combs, 42, oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, apparel, and fragrance.
SOURCE The Weinstein Company