Fantasyland: A Documentary about Fantasy Baseball to the Extreme
- Updated: April 1, 2010
Here is the official Press Release for Fantasyland…
Endgame/wonderland team up for FANTASYLAND
Los Angeles (March 19th, 2010) – Tipping its cap to the estimated 30 million Americans who play fantasy sports– most as a fun hobby, some as an all-consuming obsession – Endgame Entertainment and Wonderland Sound and Vision are launching a feature length documentary Fantasyland, as well as introducing fantasy centered content to be produced across all platforms exploring fantasy, both in sports and pop culture.
SnagFilms is releasing Fantasyland, which will premiere on March 19th, on their flagship site SnagFilms.com and throughout their distribution network, including Hulu.com fanhouse.com and Fancast.com. The film is financed and produced by James D. Stern’s Endgame Entertainment and produced with McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision and John Limotte and Doug Bernheim’s Sound Pictures. SnagFilms is a platform dedicated to making compelling documentaries available to audiences worldwide.
Inspired by the best-selling book by Wall Street Journal Sports Editor Sam Walker, Fantasyland is a feature-length documentary about the culture and lifestyle of fantasy players. Directed by Stephen Palgon (two-time Sports Emmy winner as producer of the HBO documentary series Legendary Nights), Fantasyland follows Jed Latkin, an amateur fantasy baseball fan who earns the chance to compete with the industry’s best in an expert league called Tout Wars during the 2008 baseball season. Before that season began, Jed was a rising young financial analyst planning to start a family with his new wife. But by the time the season ended, he had traveled thousands of miles to personally connect with his players, pulled countless all-nighters, and nearly missed the birth of his twin son and daughter, all in the relentless pursuit of one, increasingly elusive goal: winning Tout Wars.
“Fantasyland has a built-in audience of 30 million fantasy sports players, other fantasy and sports enthusiasts as well as people intrigued by the exciting, humorous, sometimes scary and surprising lengths to which otherwise normal people will go just to win a mere contest of pride,” says Endgame CEO James D. Stern. “We’ve long been a nation of sports fanatics, and Fantasyland reveals that fanaticism in its most intense, and entertaining, form. We’re thrilled to partner with SnagFilms to bring this film to fans and audiences worldwide and see this as the perfect launching point to inspire other fantasy centered content in the sports world.”
“It took the web for fantasy sports to explode”, noted Rick Allen, SnagFilms’ CEO. “So it’s fitting that the web allows us to bring Fantasyland to a global audience, just before baseball’s Opening Day and shortly after the film’s completion. Seen through the eyes of a hero straddling that line between ‘fan’ and ‘fanatic’, Fantasyland provides a compelling and entertaining window into a growing community that makes its own unlikely stars.”
About Endgame Entertainment
Endgame Entertainment, under the leadership of CEO James D. Stern, is a production/financing company with over $100 million in operating capital. Recently released titles include the Academy Award nominated An Education (Sony Pictures Classics), starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike and Olivia Williams; and Every Little Step (Sony Pictures Classics), a documentary on the making of Broadway’s longest-running musical and current revival that was shortlisted for an Academy Award. The Sony Pictures Classics release, co-produced and co-directed by Stern, crossed the $1 million mark at the box office and became one of the year’s biggest specialty division documentaries. Other recent titles include Summit’s The Brothers Bloom, a caper comedy starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo; and Sony Pictures Classic’s Easy Virtue, directed by Stephan Elliott and starring Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth. The company is currently in post-production on The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Carpenter and Harold Perrineau. Previous Endgame releases include the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, directed by Todd Haynes, featuring Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere and the late Heath Ledger. Since its inception in 2003, Endgame has co-financed more than 30 features including Hotel Rwanda and Lord of War for Lionsgate; Proof for Miramax; White Noise for Universal; Stay Alive for Hollywood Pictures; and the New Line comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
About Wonderland Sound and Vision
Wonderland Sound and Vision, with visionary director McG at the helm, is a film and television production company based in West Hollywood, California. McG and Wonderland currently produce three shows for network television and can claim over $965 million in worldwide box office receipts for five theatrical releases, beginning with Charlie’s Angels in 2000. After the successful and groundbreaking Charlie’s Angels, Wonderland followed with the release of the McG-directed Charlie’s Angel: Full Throttle, We Are Marshall, and Terminator Salvation. Wonderland also produced the low budget horror release Stay Alive. Current film projects in various stages of development include This Means War, Spring Awakening, an untitled NASCAR Project, and Dead Spy Running. Current on-air television projects include the fan-favorites Chuck (NBC), Supernatural (CW), and Human Target (FOX). Shooting begins in March 2010 on two new pilots, Our House (NBC), produced in partnership with Larry Charles, and Nikita (CW). Wonderland also produced Fastlane (FOX), Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (CW), and the pop culture television phenomenon The O.C, a FOX mainstay for four seasons. Wonderland, under the supervision of President Peter Johnson, has expanded into digital/new media, producing Sorority Forever and Exposed for the WB.com. Additional forays into the digital arena include the creation of a Terminator Salvation series produced with machinima.com and Warner bros. Wonderland’s publishing endeavors include companion materials for its numerous projects in the form of comic books, novels, music, and numerous DVD releases.
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