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Following the massive success of “The Last Dance,” Disney has announced a production deal with former NFL quarterback turned activist Colin Kaepernick.
Their first project will be a docuseries from ESPN Films about Kaepernick’s life and journey from San Francisco 49ers quarterback to civil rights leader. “Using extensive new interviews and a vast never-before-seen archive that documents his last five years, Kaepernick will tell his story from his perspective,” Disney said in a statement.
Disney also said the focus of the deal will be “telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice, and the quest for equity.” The company’s goal is to “provide a new platform to showcase the work of Black and Brown directors and producers.”
Disney said the agreement would extend across all its platforms, including Walt Disney Television, ESPN, and Hulu.
Disney’s Executive Chairman Bob Iger said “Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture, and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”