11/08/21: Kevin Garnett documentary latest score For Showtime Basketball

 

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Monday November 8, 2021

This week Showtime Sports, and Showtime Basketball, take another bold step forward with Friday’s premiere of “Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible.” The film, which explores the journey of Basketball Hall of Famer Garnett, is executive produced by independent filmmaker Marc Levin, Brian Bennett and Kevin Garnett and produced and directed by Daniel B. Levin and Eric W. Newman and produced by Mike Marangu. We caught up with Eric Newman, who in also Executive Producer of the Showtime Basketball platform, to look at the success both of the entire platform and why KG’s amazing story is ripe for where we are today.

Newman on how and why has the Showtime Basketball platform is a winner…Led by the vision of Brian Daily (SVP, Showtime Sports) and Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza, the platform is the perfect convergence between a network with a vision and an impressive catalog of basketball documentaries, a committed production partner in Malka Media, and incredible talent starting with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson and “All the Smoke.” Their realness, authenticity and relatability along with the trust they put in us and in turn the trust our guests already had in them, has been key to creating a content ecosystem that spans from social media, digital content and a presence on the network.

On what fans should expect from “Kevin Garnett: Anything is Possible”…The impact KG made and continues to make on the game, basketball culture and the business of basketball is quite remarkable. He is also an elite storyteller as you feel his passion and emotion with every story, as at times he was clearly reliving moments right in front of our eyes. One other thing that really stands out are these life-long bonds that are formed through the game as so many of our “complementary voices” gave us so much insightful and meaningful material, which showed how much they care about KG and the impact KG made on them.

On KG The Brand…He is passionate, authentic, extremely thoughtful and incredibly entertaining. He has a unique and dynamic presence that takes over a room, captivating people who have never been around him before or seen him off of the basketball court. He channels that energy and passion into creative conversations, and wanting to both share and soak up as much knowledge as possible, is very special to witness.

On the evolution of athlete storytelling…It is easier because of both the demand and more emerging platforms than ever but the challenge of telling a dynamic story that can differentiate itself both in and out of sports is only increasing as the volume of the content released continues to skyrocket. But for KG specifically it was about finding the right partner both on the network side and production company side, and thankfully it happened the way it did with Showtime, Blowback Productions and Content Cartel. We wanted to create something both impactful and cinematic around an incredible subject. I think we achieved that.

On what’s next for the platform…We are continuing to build one step at a time as we are now in season 3 of “All the Smoke,” with the return of the NBA What’s Burnin is back for its second season, along with the second season of Best Of All The Smoke now airing weekly on Showtime. We are developing KG’s upcoming show “KG Certified,” along with growing partnerships with the Iverson Classic and adding more talent to the team with Paul Pierce joining us in front of the camera and Jelani McCoy joining us as a senior producer. The most important thing is to keep telling great stories and making sure the talent we work with, hosts and guests, all continue to feel comfortable knowing their stories will be produced and presented properly and truthfully.

PROGRAMMING

“Foxtobercontinued deliver record numbers across linear and digital platforms. The World Series on FOX averaged 11,750,000 viewers for six games, up +20% over last year’s six game average of 9,820,000 viewers. For the month of October, the NFL on FOX averaged 17,457,000 viewers, up +7% over last year’s October average (Weeks 4-8 vs. Weeks 4-7), while College football is off to its best start ever on FOX. On the digital side. “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” had its best October on record. The show averaged 199,000 viewers, +9% better than their previous October high of 182,000 viewers in 2019 and “The Herd” had its best October ever. The show averaged 168,000 viewers, +4% higher than its previous October best of 161,000 viewers in 2019. October was the most-consumed month ever for FOX Sports Digital, including the most streaming views (244,000,000) and most social views (631,000,000).

The PBR will add a 10-event, team-formatted series to its schedule beginning in June, launching owner-operated franchises based in eight home markets that each will host and co-promote a bull-riding event and western lifestyle festival, The PBR Team Series will run through November, with the sanctioning body hosting two neutral-site events, along with playoffs and a championship. The World Finals are scheduled for Dickies Arena in Ft. Worth.

The WTA Finals and Next Gen ATP Finals will be back on the professional tennis calendar, live on Tennis Channel and streaming service Tennis Channel Plus. The women’s year-end championships will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 10-17. The men’s 21-and-under event is set for Milan Nov. 9-13. Live coverage begins on both Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus on the first day of each event and continues through its finals

ESPN will salute veterans and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces with a week of programming and initiatives across platforms Nov. 8-15.The centerpiece of the America’s Heroes tribute will be the SportsCenter special Salute to Service, airing on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and on ABC on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m. Hosted by SportsCenter anchor Michael Eaves, the one-hour program airs with the background of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct., and Coast Guard Station New York. Other highlights of the week will include five days of Veterans Week content on First Take Nov. 8-12 and features on SportsCenter Nov. 11-14. ESPN programs including Get Up!, NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, Monday Night Football and College GameDay also will have Veterans Week content as will ESPN’s digital and audio platforms.

FOX Sports tips off its 2021-22 college basketball season on Tuesday, with exclusive whip-around coverage of seven Big East contests starting at 6:30 PM ET on FS1. Highlights from the 2021-22 schedule include eight Gavitt Tipoff Games, the early-season conference challenge between the Big East and Big Ten, including Seton Hall at preseason No. 6 Michigan and No. 17 Ohio State at Xavier. Over Thanksgiving week, FS1 is home to the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off, featuring Ohio State, Florida, Seton Hall and Cal. In December, FOX Sports televises five matchups in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, including No. 3 Kansas at St. John’s and No. 5 Texas at Seton Hall.

FOX Sports will also take next weekend’s #BigNoonKickoff to Texas, as Oklahoma battles Baylor in a Big 12 showdown on FOX.

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The Utah Jazz signed a multiyear extension with Adidas that will see the brand serve as presenting sponsor of Junior Jazz and Jazz Youth Camp & Clinics. Adidas also gets assets at Vivint Arena, which will feature Jazz G and Adidas athlete Donovan Mitchell.

The NBA G League announced a new multiyear deal with HotelPlanner, making the company the exclusive hotel reservations provider of the G League.

NYCRUNS, the organizer of the 10th annual NYCRUNS Brooklyn Marathon and Half Marathon, added Columbia Care as the first cannabis-related partner for the races.

DIGITAL, DATA & TECH

RealResponse, the leading safe secure reporting platform for over 50,000 athletes, schools, teams and national governing bodies, announced its latest partnership, this one with Boise State University.

Serena Williams has partnered with Cloud9, to launch the “Champion’s Mindset” course for coaches. In the Training Grounds Champion’s Mindset course, Williams details the practices and mindset shifts that drove her to become one of the greatest athletes of all time. The course also includes specific tips for coaching a Champion’s Mindset with young Esports players.

ESPORTS

The final game in the League of Legends Worlds 2021 finals between DWG KIA and Edward Gaming hit 4 million peak viewers, a new record for League of Legends esports. In a full five-game series, Edward Gaming won the first championship in the organization’s history and beat the reigning world champions to do it.

Krafton Inc., the holding company for PUBG Studios, has announced details for the PUBG Global Championship 2021.The global tournament, set to run from November 19-December 19 will feature 32 of the world’s best PUBG esports teams and a prize pool of $2m (~£1.48m). The event will operate a LAN/online hybrid system hosted in Incheon, South Korea.

ROSTER MOVES

The Western Athletic Conference named Brian Thorton commissioner.

WWE appointed Frank Riddick as CFO and Chief Administrative Officer.

LIV Golf Investments has tapped Sean Bratches to serve as Chief Commercial Officer,n and Ron Cross as Chief Events Officer.

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