Press Coverage

New York Times print edition. January 12, 2014

Our ears are burning.  Here's a smattering of things that have been said in the media regarding our projects:

  • "One of the most controversial shows of 2014... This show isn't going to stir the pot... it's going to blow it into low orbit" -Bleacher Report (FNT is a co-production with Texas Crew and 441 Productions. Project info here.)
  • "The impact... of the show went way beyond ratings, with discussions and reviews all over the media world and beyond..." -Forbes
  • "Esquire Network has received more attention for this series than perhaps any in its young history..." -USA Today
  • "Esquire's 'Friday Night Tykes' may be the greatest show on Earth." -
  • "While FNT is depicting something ugly, if not downright abusive, it’s not celebrating it. It’s shot cinema verité, no head-shaking narration, which allows it to present a more rounded, multidimensional picture of what can lead a group of grown-ups to believe they’re putting tiny kids through misery for their own good." - TIME
  • "The power in “Friday Night Tykes” is that, as it focuses on five San Antonio teams in the Texas Youth Football Association — which is ultra ultra competitive — it keeps a distance that allows viewers to answer that question, rather than going on the assumption that every adult feels like it’s a bad thing to hear a football coach yelling at 8- and 9-year-olds to “rip their head off and make them bleed!” And that they are inherently bad people for putting their kids in that position." -Forbes

  • "Best news ever.  Friday Night Tykes is renewed for second season... Dreams really do come a reality." -
  • "Best show on TV this year." -Leeks Universe
  • "True Detective, Friday Night Tykes among TV's Few Winter Winners" -OC Register
  • " a world increasingly ruled by image and acting, that makes [FNT docu subjects] something well-worth paying attention to - even if doing so makes us uncomfortable."
  • "[FNT] has become controversy catnip... is a portrait of family and community life, of parenting, childhood, masculinity and it is beautifully directed and produced." -The Daily Beast
  • "I watched the first three episodes of the Esquire Network’s 'Friday Night Tykes,' and it left me speechless." -The Times of Trenton
  • "Charming... captures the cult-like nature of barbecue." -David Plotz, MSN, Slate
  • "Cue Tape: This movie is smokin'!" -Austin American Statesman
  • "An engaging cast of characters, from the amusing to the out-and-out bizarre" -Eat & Drink Austin
  • "4 Stars... If somebody ever gets around to filming a documentary about the legendary Philadelphia Cheese Steak, I hope it's done with the same amount of good humor and respect for the local culture that's evident throughout 'Barbecue'." -Scott Weinberg, E-Film Critic
  • "...Elley and his crew's mission to leave no dirt road unexplored left them with 100-plus hours of footage... The doc has already caught the attention of connoisseurs from California to New York, and the crew has been invited to Washington, D.C., to screen for a group of U.S. congressmen... " -Nora Ankrum, Austin Chronicle
  • "While Chris Elley was making his documentary "Barbecue: A Texas Love Story," he ate oatmeal to keep from exploding. So spending eight months on the road traveling 3,350 miles to film 40 or so barbecue spots is good for you." -John Kelso, Austin American Statesman
  • "Ann Richards, former governor of Texas, narrates this documentary and with her charismatic charm, she brings another entertaining layer to an already effervescent documentary..." -Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
  • "Judging from the barbecue sauce smeared on his face and the scent of mesquite smoke emanating from his clothes, one can tell Texas State alumus and documentary filmmaker Chris Elley is in love." -David Doerr, University Star Texas State University

Outlets Where Our Work Has Been Covered

  • The New York Times
  • TIME
  • Forbes
  • USA Today
  • The Today Show
  • Good Morning America
  • CNN
  • Entertainment Tonight
  • The Daily Beast
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • The New Yorker
  • Film Threat
  • Slate
  • Voice of America
  • Food Network