Three-time Emmy® nominee Matthew Perry (Friends
, The West Wing
) adds one of the country's most inspiring teachers to his resume of notable performances when he stars in TNT's Original drama THE RON CLARK STORY, the network's latest production under the JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® movie banner. The movie, directed by Emmy® and two-time Directors Guild of America Award nominee Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God
, Something About Amelia
) from a script by Max Enscoe & Annie DeYoung (Wuthering Heights
), is set to premiere on TNT this summer.
THE RON CLARK STORY follows the inspiring tale of an energetic, creative and idealistic young teacher who leaves his small North Carolina hometown to teach in a New York City public school. Through his passionate use of special rules for his classroom, highly innovative teaching techniques and an undying devotion to his students and helping them cope with their problems, Clark is able to make a remarkable difference in the lives of his students. For one young girl trying to attend school while helping to raise her brothers and sisters, he offers a chance for her to overcome her situation and become one of the class' top students. For a young man with a penchant for graffiti, he offers an ideal outlet for artistic expression. Even when he is almost overcome by pneumonia, Clark continues to work with his students, hoping that he can raise their test scores to an acceptable level, or possibly even higher.
As a result of his achievements, Clark won Disney's prestigious Teacher of the Year Award and was featured in Oprah's O
magazine as her first Phenomenal Man of the year. He has also written several successful books on education and child rearing.
"I got emotional when I read the script," Perry says of his role in THE RON CLARK STORY. "It's a classic against-all-odds story. The drama comes from these kids who have all but given up on themselves. Watching the kids triumph is moving. That is why I'm here. I'm very proud of it."
Perry is best known for his Emmy®-nominated performance on the long-running comedy series Friends. He also earned an Emmy® nomination for his work in a recurring role on the drama series The West Wing
. Perry's big-screen credits include Fools Rush In
, Three to Tango
and The Whole Nine Yards
. He also co-starred in London's record-breaking West End revival of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago
and recently directed an episode of the comedy series Scrubs
. Perry also hosted last year's ESPY Awards, which received its highest ratings in 13 years.
THE RON CLARK STORY, which was scripted by Max Enscoe & Annie DeYoung (Wuthering Heights
), is produced by Granada America and MAGNA Global Entertainment, and directed by Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God
, Something About Amelia
). Howard Burkons (John Q
), Brenda Friend (Joan of Arc
), Sunta Izzicupo (Joan of Arc
), Frances Croke Page (Blow Out
) and Adam Gilad (Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story
) serve as executive producers, along with Paul Jackson (Hell's Kitchen
, Nanny 911
) and Jody Brockway (Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story
) of Granada. Craig McNeil, Tom Cox, Murray Ord, Jordy Randall also serve as producers.
THE RON CLARK STORY is the eighth TNT Original to be produced under the JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® movie banner. The critically acclaimed, award-winning Door to Door
, starring Emmy®-winner William H. Macy as a successful door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy, kicked off the series of movies in July 2002. It was followed by Miss Lettie and Me
, starring Mary Tyler Moore and Burt Reynolds, in December 2002; Wilder Days
, starring Peter Falk and Tim Daly, in October 2003; The Winning Season
, with Matthew Modine and Kristin Davis, in April 2004; the Emmy® -nominated The Wool Cap
, which re-teamed Door to Door
's Emmy® -winning actor/writer William H. Macy and writer/director Steven Schachter, in November 2004; and 14 Hours
, with JoBeth Williams, Rick Schroder and Kris Kristofferson, in April 2005. In November 2005, TNT premiered The Engagement Ring
, a romantic comedy/drama starring Patricia Heaton.
The JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® series development effort was initiated by Interpublic's MAGNA Global Entertainment. Johnson & Johnson has long supported the creation of quality programming, and through the JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® series, the company's advertising affiliate has collaborated with TNT to bring inspirational stories to the American viewing public.
MAGNA Global Entertainment (MGE) is a division of Interpublic's MAGNA Global USA, which represents over $28 billion in aggregated Interpublic worldwide media billings. MGE has produced 78 hours of original programming and more than 330 hours of total television viewing on seven networks for 19 clients. Notable successes include the four-time Emmy®-nominated JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® movie The Wool Cap
and the six-time Emmy®-winning JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION® movie Door to Door
; the critically acclaimed hit series The Restaurant
on NBC and Blow Out
on Bravo; and the CBS MOW Saving Milly
, sponsored by members of the Family Friendly Programming Forum.
Granada America is the U.S.-based television program development and production division of ITV Plc's Granada Productions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it acquires, develops and produces scripted and non-scripted series as well as movies for television for the U.S. networks and the international market. Granada America is also a leading producer of reality programming and scripted drama, with shows in production or in development at many of the major broadcast and cable networks. Its current slate includes Hell's Kitchen
and Nanny 911
for Fox, Airline
for A&E, American Princess
for NBC, Room Raiders
for MTV, House of Dreams
for A&E. Its scripted drama slate includes Touching Evil
for USA Network, and in development at Showtime is Soldier Soldier
, with John Sacret Young attached to write and direct.
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