Three days before Super Bowl LI, ESPN Films will premiere the 30 for 30 documentary “This Was the XFL,” directed by Charlie Ebersol, chronicling the short-lived, ill-fated pro football league. The documentary, airing on February 2 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN, tells the story in fascinating, candid, and often rollicking fashion featuring fellow television legends and close friends – Dick Ebersol and Vince McMahon.
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Justin Timberlake to Present the Icon Award to Sports Legends Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach at The 2016 ESPYS
For the first time ever, The ESPYS will honor three retiring athletes with its prestigious Icon Award. Justin Timberlake will do a special presentation to honor Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach. These remarkable athletes will all be recognized for the indelible mark they have made on the world of sports. Bryant, Manning and Wambach will … Read More
In December 2015, Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old high school football star from Knoxville, Tennessee, was forced to make a split-second decision—run to safety or sacrifice himself to protect those around him. Instead of running, Dobson used his body to protect two girls from a barrage of bullets, ultimately giving his life to save theirs. To honor his incredible act of bravery, ESPN today announced that Dobson will be posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One.
The 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will be hosted by WWE Superstar, actor and television host John Cena, who is best known as a 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and record-setting Make-A-Wish granter. The ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. ET from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
ESPN Films and ABC Announce June Air Dates for the Highly Anticipated 30 for 30 Documentary Event “O.J.: Made in America”
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 “OJ: Made in America – Part 1” premiering in primetime on ABC at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 11.
ESPN Films today announced a new digital documentary project, “David Ortiz: The Last Walk Off,” that will chronicle highlights from Ortiz’s final season with the Boston Red Sox.
ESPN today announced that Laura Gentile has been promoted to Senior Vice President, espnW and Women’s Initiatives. Gentile’s leadership has been central in building the espnW business over the past five years and, as a result, she will take on a broader role focused on expanding ESPN’s presence in the lives of the many women who love sports. Gentile is the founder of espnW, which launched in Dec. 2010 as a blog. espnW is now a multimedia business encompassing digital, social, television, films and events such as The espnW: Women + Sports Summit.
The next documentary from ESPN Films’ Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series will be “Chasing Tyson,” premiering on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Directed by the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Steven Cantor, the film examines why so many years went by before Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson finally met in the ring.
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Volume III continues with “The Gospel According to Mac” premiering November 3 which tells the story of Coach Bill McCartney’s University of Colorado football program.
ESPN Films to Premiere 30 for 30 Short on George W. Bush’s World Series Game 3 Pitch at Yankee Stadium after September 11 Attacks
On the night of October 30, 2001, President George W. Bush stepped onto the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series, just six weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks. With New York City and the entire country still trying to heal, the ceremonial first pitch that night meant more than just “play ball.” ESPN Films’ new 30 for 30 Short “First Pitch,” which premieres Friday, Sept. 11, will look at how important that famous pitch was to the nation, and how baseball helped be a part of the recovery after 9/11.
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