Colin Kaepernick's production company signs 'first look' deal with Disney
A documentary on the last five years of Colin Kaepernick’s life could be coming to Disney soon. Disney and Kaepernick’s production company — RA Vision Media — signed a “first look” deal, ESPN announced Monday.
That means Disney will have the first right of refusal on certain Kaepernick projects. If the Disney likes what RA Vision Media produces, it will air the company’s content on Disney platforms. Disney owns both ESPN and ABC, among many other networks.
The first project Kaepernick’s company will work on is a documentary series on the last five years of Kaepernick’s life. It will cover Kaepernick’s final season with the San Francisco 49ers and his attempts to hook on with another team. Three ESPN employees will produce the series, as will former ESPN host Jemele Hill.
Very excited to announce that I’ll be serving as a producer on @Kaepernick7’s docuseries, as part of his production deal with ESPN/Disney and content collaboration w/ @TheUndefeated. I consider it an honor to play any role in telling Colin’s story https://t.co/awYuC3VIRe
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 6, 2020
Kaepernick, 32, is also expected to work closely with The Undefeated, where he will “develop stories from the perspective of Black and Brown communities.”
In ESPN’s release, Kaepernick said he looked forward to the partnership.
“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. I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since he took a knee to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States during the 2016 season. Kaepernick has worked toward an NFL return since then.
In addition to the Disney documentary series, a six-episode series on Kaepernick’s high school years is coming to Netflix. Kaepernick is working with filmmaker Ava DuVernay on the Netflix project.
No release date has been announced for either series.
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