Disney signs Colin Kaepernick to production deal, will create documentary about his life

by Peter Heck · Jul 7th, 2020 8:35 am

Last Updated Jul 8th, 2020 at 10:58 am

The Walt Disney Company announced Monday that they have signed Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick to a significant production deal that will include a documentary series by ESPN Films about the life of the former NFL quarterback.

"I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives," Kaepernick said in a statement. "I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing."

As part of the deal, Kaepernick's production company, Ra Vision Media, will provide stories focusing on social justice to Disney. But the first project in the pipeline is the documentary on the former player's life, specifically the last five years of activism.

Former ESPN host of the social-justice-heavy program The Undefeated, Jemele Hill, is a producer on the series.

Disney President Bob Iger said in a statement that Kaepernick was chosen specifically for his, "unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture, and race."


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