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Next At Bat: A Miniseries On Baseball Slugger And War Hero Ted Williams

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Next At Bat: A Miniseries On Baseball Slugger And War Hero Ted WilliamsJust in time for the All-Star break, when America’s Pastime tries to snatch back some of the spotlight from the World Cup, Atmosphere Entertainment’s Mark Canton has teamed up with Mandalay Sports Media’s Mike Tollin and Peter Guber to option the Ben Bradlee Jr book The Kid: The Immortal Life Of Ted Williams. They will turn the complex life of baseball’s most prolific hitter into a miniseries they will shop once they hire a writer. Canton, Tollin and Guber will be exec producers, and David Hopwood will be a producer. Guber became an owner of the L.A. Dodgers only to watch that team’s iconic player, Jackie Robinson, get movie treatment from Legendary Pictures (and Pittsburgh Steelers part owner) Thomas Tull. Here, Guber gets another shot with a player with almost as rich a story as Robinson.

ted williams pilotWilliams is one of those larger-than-life when-men-were-men characters — Frank Sinatra in a baseball uniform. His baseball exploits were legend, and he was a hero on the battlefield as well as the ball field, twice interrupting the prime years of his baseball career to serve as a flight instructor in WWII and a fighter pilot in the Korean War. He also was an ornery, enigmatic man who had a love-hate relationship with Boston Red Sox fans and media, along with several wives, who quickly learned they were third in importance to him after baseball and fishing. He had a long rivalry with the Yankees and its star outfielder Joe DiMaggio, whose team won a bundle of World Series titles while the Red Sox were always the bridesmaids.

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HBO Preps Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Docu

By | Wednesday May 14, 2014 @ 8:30am PDT

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar skyhook Quick — name the NBA‘s all-time scoring leader. Hint: It’s not Michael Jordan. Production has begun on an HBO documentary about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the LA hoops legend who won multiple championships with the Lakers and UCLA Bruins en route to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Aside from being one of the most dominant basketball players of all time at the high school, college and pro levels, the gentle giant born Lew Alcindor has been an outspoken defender and critic of political and cultural matters. He also is an author, columnist, part-time actor — think Airplane! and fighting Bruce Lee in Game Of Death — and 2012 appointee as Cultural Ambassador for the United States. Ron Yassen is directing the untitled film HBO Sportsfrom HBO Sports and Mandalay Sports Media, in association with Iconomy Multi-Media and Entertainment. It is being produced by Deborah Morales, whose credits include On The Shoulders Of Giants, the 2011 docu Abdul-Jabbar co-wrote that spotlights the Harlem Rens, a dominant all-black hoops team of the 1930s. Mike Tollin is exec producing. HBO Sports President said of Abdul-Jabbar, “While he has lived so much of his life in the media spotlight, his extraordinary story has never been explored in depth, and we are grateful to Kareem and his team for allowing us to bring his story to life.” The news comes days … Read More »

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