Sundance Channel series "Be Good Johnny Weir" follows Figure Skater and pop sensation on his quest for Olympic Gold beginning January 4, 2010
SUNDANCE CHANNEL SERIES “BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR” FOLLOWS FIGURE
SKATER AND POP CULTURE SENSATION ON HIS QUEST FOR OLYMPIC GOLD BEGINNING
JANUARY 4, 2010
Johnny Weir: Pop Star on Ice Feature Documentary Film on Weir Precedes
Series on December 28, 2009
Documentary To Screen at Outfest on Sunday, July 12 at 4:30pm
Photo: Johnny Weir
June 26, 2009 - Sundance Channel will follow irreverent
figure skater Johnny Weir with the premiere of an original documentary,
Johnny Weir: Pop Star on Ice, followed by an eight-part original series,
“Be Good Johnny Weir”.
Johnny Weir: Pop Star on Ice features Weir
as he struggles to overcome his disappointment at the 2006 Winter
Olympics and live up to his natural talent on the ice. Then the
eight-part original series “Be Good Johnny Weir” picks up the story
as Johnny trains and tries out for the 2010 Winter Olympics in
Vancouver. The looming question throughout is can Weir avoid the
distractions that make him such a pop culture sensation and focus on
Johnny Weir: Pop Star on Ice is directed and produced by James
Pellerito and David Barba. “Be Good Johnny Weir” is directed by
Pellerito and Barba who will also serve as Executive Producers and
produced by Original Media (“LA Ink”, “The Rachel Zoe Project”).
Johnny Weir: Pop Star on Ice will screen at Outfest on Sunday, July
12th, at 4:30 pm PCT at the Directors Guild Auditorium #1 (7920 W Sunset
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046). Directors James Pellerito and David
Barba will attend the screening and are available for interviews.
“Together this documentary and series tell the hugely entertaining
tale of a very independent quest for greatness” said Sarah Barnett,
Sundance Channel EVP and GM. “Weir takes the art of skating to a
higher level, and we’re excited to give our viewers the chance to
follow this artist across the ice.”
Johnny Weir: Pop Star on Ice will premiere on Monday, December 28th at
10:00pm. The series “Be Good Johnny Weir” will air on Mondays
beginning January 4that 10:00pm with the seventh episode, airing on
February 15th, announcing the Olympic team and Weir’s Olympic fate.
The final eighth episode will include either Weir’s participation in
the 2010 Olympics or his disappointment in missing the team and his
decision whether to retire from the sport or not.
Both the documentary and the series capture the behind-the-scenes world
of the outspoken figure skater and three-time US National Champion.
Love him or hate him, Weir is one of the most talented skaters of all
time, but talent alone does not make a champion.
Executive Producers for Sundance Channel are Sarah Barnett, Lynne Kirby
and Ann Rose.
About Johnny Weir
Johnny Weir was born and raised in Coatesville, Pennsylvania and
started skating very late for a figure skater, at the age of twelve. Four years
later, he was the World Junior Champion. Johnny placed fifth at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and is a three time National Champion as well as the 2008 World Bronze Medalist. Unlike most figure skaters, Johnny is a
clockwise spinner and jumper. He is known for his quick wit, his fashion sense, his 'sparkly onesie' costumes which he designs himself, and his tremendous natural talent and grace on the ice. Jon Heder's character in Blades of Glory was based on Johnny Weir.
About Sundance Channel
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the
television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something
different. Bold, imaginative and uncompromising, Sundance Channel
offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films,
documentaries and original programs. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel
is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC. Sundance Channel
operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the
Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of
encouraging artistic freedom of expression. Sundance Channel's website
address is www.sundancechannel.com.