(November 16, 2009 – Burbank, CA) - The award-winning documentary, “The Brothers Warner,” an intimate family portrait of four legendary Hollywood film pioneers who founded and ran Warner Bros. for more than 50 years, makes its DVD debut March 9th from Warner Home Video. Written and directed by Cass Warner Sperling, Harry Warner’s granddaughter, and produced by Warner Sisters, Ms. Sperling’s independent film production company, the documentary has been honored as an Official Selection at 33 film festivals around the world and has won 6 awards. In addition to the United States (multi-cities), the film has been shown in countries such as Canada, England, France, Ireland, Israel and Italy. Ms. Sperling has assembled a top production team for “The Brothers Warner”: Oscar® -winning editor Kate Amend (“Into the Arms of Strangers”/ “Stories of the Kindertransport”); Director of Photography Arlene Donnelly Nelson (“A Mighty Wind”/”For Your Consideration”) and multi-Grammy award-winning composer David Campbell (“Brokeback Mountain”). “The Brothers Warner” is based on Ms. Sperling’s best-selling book of the same name. Rights to the book were recently optioned by “La Vie En Rose” producer Alain Goldman and his Paris-based Legende label, which has hired Nicholas Pileggi (“Casino”; “GoodFellas”) to write the screenplay, entitled "The Brothers.” Script is expected to be completed sometime after the first of the year when it will go out to directors and A-List actors. More About the Film In the infant days of Hollywood, four brothers built an empire on a dream, revolutionized Hollywood and created the first major studio with a social conscience. They were the honorable Harry; honest Abe (Albert); visionary Sam and capricious Jack. Ms. Sperling narrates the film which is both an intimate family portrait and an epic saga. She spent 30 years researching personal archives and conducting interviews with relatives, actors, executives and others with close ties to the studio. In her recollections about how she came to chronicle the family history, Ms. Sperling notes, “I will forever remember the last time I saw Grandpa Harry, just before he died. He was very weak but he took my hand in his, and as I felt his grip strengthen, he looked into my eyes as if he were entrusting me with something of great importance. I squeezed back -- a promise was made. I feel it’s been a great honor and a privilege to have fulfilled that promise.” Stated Barry M. Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., "‘The Brothers Warner’ is a well-made, fascinating documentary. Cass has not only honored her grandfather's legacy with this work, she's also paid homage to the guiding principles of the four Warner brothers: ‘to produce films that educate, entertain and enlighten audiences.’” The DVD includes never-before-seen photos and footage of the Golden Years of Hollywood. Some of those interviewed are Dennis Hopper, Debbie Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, Norman Lear, Tab Hunter, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Samuel Goldwyn Jr. The Warner brothers were among the first to use stories that were ripped from news headlines in their films, and it was Harry’s personal belief that “those who make a nation’s entertainment have obligations above and beyond their primary commercial objective, which is the box office.” The Warner brothers’ legendary scrappy rise from nothing, their overcoming personal tragedies and battles are all woven together here into the era in which they lived -- from their first storefront theater (with a sheet for a screen and borrowed funeral parlor chairs for seats) to one of the leading studios in America. TCM will also be airing the film on March 8 and it will be supported through advertising in TCM’s Classic Movie News. With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment. Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network celebrating 15 years of presenting great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 80 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests. As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include “The Essentials,” “31 Days of Oscar” and “Summer Under the Stars.” TCM also produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, along with hosting a wealth of materials at its Web site, www.tcm.com. TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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