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ESPN Films and ABC Announce June Air Dates for the Highly Anticipated 30 for 30 Documentary Event “O.J.: Made in America”

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First installment to premiere on ABC on Saturday, June 11

This June, ESPN Films will debut the group’s most ambitious project to date, “O.J.: Made in America.” The film had its highly acclaimed world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is the first episodic documentary by ESPN Films, starting a new chapter for the 30 for 30 brand. Today, ESPN and ABC announce the premiere schedule with “O.J.: Made in America – Part 1” premiering in primetime on ABC at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 11. The full episodic documentary will then air over the course of four days on ESPN as follows:

ESPN schedule:

Tuesday, June 14

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 1”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 2”

Wednesday, June 15

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 2”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 3”

Friday, June 17

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 3”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 4”

Saturday, June 18

7 p.m. ET – Re-air of “O.J.: Made in America – Part 4”

9 p.m. ET – Premiere of finale “O.J.: Made in America – Part 5”

It is perhaps the defining cultural tale of 20th-century America, one that centers around two of our country’s greatest fixations: race and celebrity. Directed by Peabody and Emmy winner Ezra Edelman, “O.J.: Made in America” will explore these themes in tracing a personal journey, from how Orenthal James Simpson first became a football star, to why the country fell in love with him off the field, to his being accused of murdering his ex-wife, his subsequent acquittal and why he is sitting in jail 20 years later for another crime.

“We are incredibly proud of this epic work of documentary filmmaking. It’s one of the most unique projects ESPN Films has ever done,” said Marie Donoghue, EVP, Global Strategy and Original Content. “We are especially excited to team with our ABC colleagues to premiere the first installment on ABC.”

About ESPN Films

Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality documentary films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 film series. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the decorated series 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX and SEC Storied among others.

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Media Contacts:

Jay Jay Nesheim, ESPN Communications, 646-547-5839, jayjay.nesheim@espn.com

Janet Daily, ABC Communications, 818-460-6456, janet.k.daily@abc.com