NAPSTER, DOWNLOADED the Film
DOWNLOADED is directed and produced by Alex Winter and co-produced by Maggie Malina. Overseeing
for VH1 are Warren Cohen, Brad Abramson, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde. Consulting producer for
“Downloaded” is Thomas Zimny, editor Jacob Craycroft and the director of photography is Anghel
Several years in the making, DOWNLOADED focuses on the advent of digital file sharing, including the
rise of game-changing company Napster and its controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker.
The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift, upended the music business and
musical artists and changed the world.
Winter filmed many participants in this saga besides Fanning and Parker, including artists such as Noel
Gallagher, DJ Spooky (who also did the music for the film), Mike D from the Beastie Boys and Henry
Rollins to name a few; label heads including Don Ienner, Chris Blackwell, Seymour Stein and other
industry executives, government officials and leaders in the world of civil and digital rights, such as
Grateful Dead lyricist, poet and essayist and “cyberlibertarian” activist JP Barlow and Harvard law
professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig.
VH1 produced DOWNLOADED for its Emmy Award-Winning film series VH1 Rock Docs, whose films have
included the Emmy Award winning ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL; THE US VS. JOHN LENNON; SOUL
POWER; MARLEY, and more. Winter plansto distribute the film theatrically prior to its airing on VH1.
About VH1, Rock Docs
VH1’s Emmy Award winning Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of
artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives. VH1 connects viewers to
the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events,
exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the
U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile,
and extensive video on VH1.com. VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s
leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to
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