Paramount Network’s ‘I Am’ Documentary Series to Feature Richard Pryor, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Patrick Swayze

Paramount Network’s ‘I Am’ Documentary Series to Feature Richard Pryor, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Patrick Swayze

Paramount Network Announces 2019 ‘I Am’ Documentary Lineup

Paramount Network has unveiled the 2019 film slate for its award-winning I Am documentary franchise. Produced by Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment, the three new chapters of the critically-acclaimed series will feature Richard Pryor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Patrick Swayze. These three iconic figures join an impressive list of individuals who have been featured in past I Am documentaries, including John F. Kennedy Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Evel Knievel, Heath Ledger, Paul Walker, Sam Kinison, and Chris Farley.

I Am Richard Pryor, the first of the three 2019 installments, will make its world premiere at South by Southwest Film Festival on Tuesday, March 12, and will debut on Paramount Network on Friday, March 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Premiere dates for the Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Patrick Swayze documentaries will be announced at a later date.

Exploring the Life and Career of Richard Pryor

I Am Richard Pryor delves into and celebrates the life and career of the iconic comedian who rose from poverty to achieve worldwide success. From his first comedy album to his death of a heart attack in 2005, the revolutionary stand-up comedian offered what critics considered the most poignant and penetrating comedic view of African-American life ever presented to the U.S. at large. Pryor was volatile yet vulnerable, crass but sensitive, streetwise and cocky. He didn’t just tell stories; he brought them to life and was considered a trailblazer for generations of comics to come. The film explores his unusually personal art, which served as a window into a vulnerable soul, as well as his endless struggle to extend dignity and equality to all.

I Am Richard Pryor features exclusive interviews with comedians, filmmakers, family, and friends, including Sandra Bernhard, Ron De Blasio, Dr. Todd Boyd, Michael Epps, Tiffany Haddish, Henry Jaglom, Howie Mandel, Thom Mount, Ishmael Reed, Scott Saul, Michael Schultz, Greg Tate, Lily Tomlin, Rocco Urbisci, Jimmie Walker, and Jennifer Pryor. Jennifer Pryor, who is also featured in the documentary, uniquely honors the life of her husband during a moving and poignant moment in the film.

Paramount Network and Network Entertainment’s Commitment to Iconic Figures

“We are thrilled to bring the stories of these three incredible icons to Paramount Network through the I Am franchise,” said Keith Cox, President of Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land. “It’s truly an honor to pay homage to this group of extraordinary people through these inspiring films. We couldn’t be more excited with their inclusion on our 2019 documentary slate.”

“We are committed to delivering an authentic and entertaining portrayal of each of the icons we are honored to portray in our ongoing I Am series of documentary features. Every one of our iconic subjects has made their personal mark on history, and along the way has captured the hearts and minds of audiences and fans around the world,” said Derik Murray, Network Entertainment’s Founder/Producer. “I Am Richard Pryor was made possible by Jennifer Pryor’s resolute conviction to tell Richard’s story with a foundation of truth and respect for his massive legacy. Alongside Jennifer’s revealing interview, we have assembled a brilliant cast that blows open the door on a complex and gifted artist whose profound impact lives on.”

The documentary, directed by Jesse James Miller, is the latest from Network Entertainment’s award-winning filmmaker Derik Murray, who has previously produced films on epochal figures such as John F. Kennedy Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., Heath Ledger, Bruce Lee, Paul Walker, and Chris Farley.

I Am Richard Pryor is executive produced by Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, and Richard Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Pryor. Paramount Network’s Jaimee Kosanke also serves as executive producer.

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