Derik Murray, the founder and creative force behind Network Entertainment, began his career creating rich, evocative images as an advertising photographer and television commercial director before focusing his attention on high profile television, film and publishing projects. Derik’s credits include producing the Academy Award shortlisted Facing Ali, a feature documentary with Lionsgate Entertainment, and I Am Bruce Lee, which made its U.S. television premiere on Spike TV where it garnered the highest ratings for a documentary in the network’s history. Derik also produced I Am Steve McQueen, produced and co-directed I Am Evel Knievel, I Am Chris Farley (which surpassed I Am Bruce Lee ratings for Spike TV), Johnny Cash - American Rebel for CMT, The Cowboy for Discovery, and the feature documentary I Am JFK Jr.
Derik executive produced and co-directed the seven-part series Facing for National Geographic, produced and co-directed I Am Heath Ledger, which premiered in April 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and produced and executive produced I Am Sam Kinison for Spike TV. Derik recently produced and executive produced I Am MLK Jr., I Am Paul Walker and I Am Richard Pryor for Paramount Network, and a four-part docu-series PUNK, which made its U.S. premiere on Epix in March 2019 - executive produced by legendary fashion designer John Varvatos and punk pioneer Iggy Pop.
Upcoming projects include a multi-part series with YouTube Premium on Artificial Intelligence which is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., two new titles for Paramount including I Am Patrick Swayze and I Am Jackie O - both set for release in 2019 - and Derik also orchestrated the acquisition of the rights to Sly Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) for a feature documentary, to which filming has commenced.
Derik’s accomplishments over the past 20 years have earned him the trust of an impressive list of top broadcasters, advertising agencies and publishing houses. His roster of notable publishing projects include large format pictorial books Arnold Palmer - A Personal Journey, Joe Montana with Dick Schaap and Muhammad Ali - In Perspective.
Derik’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Realscreen Awards, the Gemini Awards, Leo Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York.