Wednesday, June 27, saw the debut of ASPiRE, a new television network created by Magic Johnson. The new network will offer “a unique mix of original and groundbreaking programming” and aims to highlight and celebrate positive portrayals of African-American lifestyles, accomplishments and talent.
Wednesday nights on the network will feature documentaries that chronicle the real-life events, people and places that helped to shape the course of African-American history and culture. AMS Pictures is delighted to announce that a number of our Black History Uncovered documentaries, including Rising from the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter, have been chosen to air as a part of ASPiRE’s “Groundbreaking Documentaries.”
AMS Pictures’ Original Programming department was founded on the production of documentaries. “I had read a book about the Pullman Porters and thought it would make a great doc,” says AMS Pictures CEO Andy Streitfeld. “Brad Osborne and his team did a fantastic job bringing that story to life. Since then we have produced seven other docs focused on African American history – each one explores a chapter in the past. This series, Black History Uncovered, has sold thousands of DVDs, but that cannot compare to the exposure these stories will receive from being featured on a cable television network. We got into this business to tell stories – now millions of people will be entertained and educated by these documentaries.”
In addition to Groundbreaking Documentaries, ASPiRE will also feature the following programming blocks: Groundbreaking Movies, Groundbreaking Comedies, Groundbreaking Music and Performance Specials and “ABFF Independent,” a two-hour original show presenting the best shorts and feature films from emerging African-American writers, producers and directors, selected from the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
Click here to read ASPiRE’s full press release.
About AMS Pictures
AMS Pictures is the largest creative media company in the Southwest, helping network, corporate, and commercial clients deliver their messages with imagination, inspiration and impact. The company has created hundreds of hours of high definition non-fiction entertainment for television, including original documentaries and character-driven reality series. AMS Pictures’ recent work includes Home, Strange Home (HGTV), Food Attack (Food Network), and How Sweet the Sound: The Road to the Finale (GMC).
Spearheaded by entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, in partnership with GMC TV, ASPiRE delivers enlightening, entertaining and positive programming to African-American families that includes movies, documentaries, short films, music, comedy, visual and performing arts, and faith and inspirational programs. ASPiRE celebrates African-American heritage and groundbreaking cultural achievements and will create new opportunities for the next generation of African-American visionaries. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv