“I never want to see anything conventional on this network”
A single line of dialogue from Sidney Lumet’s 1976 film Network provided both the name and the company philosophy for the Network brand.
Since 1997, Network has been anything but conventional. Experimental, passionate, diverse, more committed than ever to showcasing unique works of television and film; classic series unjustly neglected and gathering dust in the vaults of TV companies; original films from visionary directors on the fringes of mainstream cinema and beyond.
TV and film titles that might otherwise have been lost to posterity have been rescued, preserved and restored where possible. A forgotten cache of Public Information Films – destined for destruction – was saved, digitised and turned into a hit video release. Castaways like Robinson Crusoe provided the launching pad for an ongoing series of archival releases that continues to this day.
With its encyclopaedic knowledge of TV and film archives and library content, Network – working with ITV, BBC, Rank, ITC, Thames, FremantleMedia, Studiocanal and many others – has brought back a wealth of material that would otherwise have been left unseen.
Restoration work on iconic brands such as The Prisoner, The Sweeney, Robin of Sherwood and Ripping Yarns, has introduced these and other series to new audiences in a quality never previously seen, supplemented by a wealth of brand-new material. Our on-going restoration programme continues with impressive work on Man in a Suitcase, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Space Patrol, and The Zoo Gang, as well as hundreds of titles from the Studiocanal library under The British Film label, launched in 2013.
Network’s theatrical releasing arm adds an eclectic range of world cinema, introducing UK audiences to the works of new directors such as Kogonada (Columbus), Carlos Marques-Marcet (Anchor and Hope), Pablo Larraín (Neruda, The Club, Tony Manero, Post Mortem and Oscar-nominated NO), Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Lawrence Anyways, and Tom at the Farm), Sebastián Lelio (Gloria), and Amat Escalante (Heli) among others.
Other passion projects have included the soundtrack releases of some of the best-known ITC shows from the 60s, while Network recently hosted a special event celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Prisoner at the place where it all began – the village, aka Portmeirion.
After more than 20 years and over 3000 releases on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital and in cinemas, there is still nothing conventional on this Network.