Bringing aspirational stories from the world to you.
Bringing aspirational stories from the world to you.
Characters who overcome adversity, stories that inspire minds.
  • Our Team

    Our founding team has decades of experience in technology, entertainment, media & sports and a shared passion for creating, discovering & bringing great stories from the world to a new era of consumers.

    Mark Ciardi

    President & CEO
    Mark Ciardi is a Co-Founder, President & CEO of Apex Entertainment...  More

    Tom Duterme

    Tom Duterme is a Co-Founder of Apex Entertainment....  More

    Helen Rosenberg

    Chief Financial Officer
    Helen Rosenberg is a Chief Financial Officer of Apex Entertainment  More

    Campbell McInnes

    SVP Feature Production & Development
    Campbell McInnes is a SVP Feature Production & Development of Apex Entertainment...  More
  • Our Stories

    A sample compilation of the many inspiring stories that we were fortunate to create.

    McFarland, USA (2015)

    A cross country coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

    Million Dollar Arm (2014)

    A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

    Gigante (2013)

    GIGANTE is a documentary about Andrés “Yungo” Torres, a Puerto Rican professional baseball player, and his struggles with acute ADHD. Part cautionary tale, part biopic, it aims to inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire.

    Big Shot (2013)

    In 1996, the once-dominant New York Islanders were in serious trouble. Lousy performance and poor management were driving away the hockey franchise's loyal fan base.

    Secretariat (2010)

    Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

    Invincible (2006)

    Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

    Miracle (2004)

    Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

    The Rookie (2002)

    A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.
  • Accomplishments



    Apex Entertainment - Financing and Producing

    Genre: Thriller-Bio Pic

    Director: John Curran

    Writer: Taylor Allen & Andrew Logan

    Cast: Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Kate Mara and Bruce Dern

    Status: Official Entry Toronto International Film Festival

       Live Like Line


    Apex Entertainment - Producing

    Genre: Sports-Drama-Bio Pic

    Director: Sean McNamara

    Writer: David Aaron Cohen

    Cast: William Hurt, Helen Hunt

    Status: Production Completed

    Release Date: Fall 2017

Latest News

Bruce Dern Will Portray Joe Kennedy In ‘Chappaquiddick’

December 6, 2016
Bruce Dern, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Nebraska and also was part of Quentin Tarantino’s ensemble cast in The Hateful Eight, has just sealed a deal to portray Kennedy family patriarch Joe Kennedy in the indie film Chappaquiddick.

William Hurt To Star Opposite Helen Hunt In ‘Live Like Line’

December 5, 2016
William Hurt has been set to star opposite Helen Hunt in Live Like Line, the inspirational sports movie about a girls volleyball team trying to win against all odds. The film rejoins the actor with director Sean McNamara as they just completed The King’s Daughter (aka The Moon & The Sun) together. McNamara is directing […]

News Companies See Movies as Opportunity for Growth

April 5, 2015
When the digital wizards at a forward-leaning media company last year introduced their newest idea, an entertainment unit, they couldn’t resist an antique touch: “BuzzFeed Motion Pictures” arrived with a video logo modeled on images from a primitive movie projector called a zoopraxiscope, invented by one Eadweard Muybridge, circa 1879.

Newsweek Partners with Production Company to Put Content on the Big Screen

February 10, 2015
Newsweek is partnering with production company Aspire Entertainment to turn articles into films and television series. According to an initial report by Variety, Newsweek editor-in-chief Jim Impoco is heading up the partnership for IBT and working with Apex CEO Mark Ciardi and chief content officer Teri Katherine Flynn.

‘Fallen’ Sequel in Development at Aspire (EXCLUSIVE)

December 22, 2014
Mark Ciardi’s newly minted Aspire Entertainment is developing a sequel to recently completed young-adult gothic romancer “Fallen,” starring Addison Timlin, Jeremy Irvine, Harrison Gilbertson and Joely Richardson.

Team Behind ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Launch Multi-Platform Content Studio

October 31, 2014
Several people involved in the “The Million Dollar Arm” contest and reality show (and most recently, a Jon Hamm-starring Disney movie) are launching a new multi-platform production company called Aspire Entertainment.

‘Million Dollar Arm’ Producer Mark Ciardi Forming New Multi-Platform Production Company

October 20, 2014
Producer Mark Ciardi, whose specialty has been inspirational sports dramas like The Rookie and Million Dollar Arm, is joining forces with Tom Duterme, who has worked in development at both Google and YouTube, and venture capitalists William Chang and Ash Vasudevan to form a new production company called Aspire Entertainment.
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