EPIX Partners with Sports Programming Legend Ross Greenburg to Produce New Documentary; Football’s Forgotten Heroes Tells Story of the Integration of Professional Football
EPIX announced today that it is working with legendary sports producer
Ross Greenburg on a new EPIX original sports documentary, Football’s
Forgotten Heroes, a compelling story about the first African
American pro football players. The documentary will premiere early 2014
on the EPIX network, on EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps on hundreds of
tablets, mobile devices and gaming consoles.
Football’s Forgotten Heroes brings to life a slice of American
history that has never been told before with the story of four brave
African American men – Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and
Bill Willis – and the courageous heads of the Cleveland Browns and LA
Rams – Paul Brown and Dan Reeves – who broke the color barrier in pro
football in the year 1946. Their efforts led to the integration of
professional football one year before the color barrier was broken in
Major League Baseball. Through the eyes of their family descendants and
those who have researched these remarkable stories, the EPIX original
documentary relives this important saga in American history. Wes Smith
of Pro Arts Management is executive producer.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ross Greenburg to tell this
ground-breaking story and to celebrate the courage and leadership that
re-defined the way American sports are played,” said Mark Greenberg,
EPIX President and CEO.
Recognized as one of the most innovative producers and best storytellers
in television, Ross Greenburg is President of Ross Greenburg Productions
and founded the company after a 33 year career at HBO. Mr. Greenburg has
won more than 85 major television sports awards including 51 Sports
Emmy® Awards, 8 Peabody awards, 21 Cable ACE awards, 12 Cine Golden
Eagles Awards and five Monitor Awards from the Video Tape Production
“We are pleased to work with EPIX to capture the remarkable journey of
these trailblazers as they transformed American life and to tell their
story so that these courageous men finally get the recognition they
deserve,” said Greenburg. “This is a piece of American sports history
that has never seen the light of day.”
Greenburg’s award winning sports documentaries include: "When It Was
a Game," “Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals,” “Lombardi,”
“Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports,” “Do You Believe in
Miracles: The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team,” and “Dare to
Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.”
EPIX® is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest
movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy,
music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.
Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with
online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered
the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American
consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox
360®consoles, first on Android™ tablets and phones, first on Roku®
players and soon to be the first to launch on PlayStation®3 (PS3™)
system. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of
devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Kindle Fire tablets, Samsung®
Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only
premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood
hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than
any other premium network.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its
Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide
through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox
Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink
Communications and Verizon FiOS.
For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com.
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