On the heels of his appointment to Medium’s Board of Directors, Colin Kaepernick announced a first-look deal with Disney on Monday (July 6).
“I am excited for this partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers & producers,” he tweeted. “I look forward to sharing culturally impactful and inspiring projects”
According to Variety, the partnership between Kaepernick’s Ra Vision production company and Walt Disney will “emphasize scripted and unscripted stories that deal with race, social injustice and the quest for equity.”
In addition, the deal will include a docuseries by ESPN films chronicling Kaepernick’s transition from San Francisco 49ers quarterback to activist.
I am excited for this partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers & producers. I look forward to sharing culturally impactful and inspiring projects. https://t.co/MXidGoWXNZ
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) July 6, 2020
Podcast host and writer Jemele Hill will serve as a producer on Kap’s docuseries as a part of the collaboration with The Undefeated, a subsidiary of ESPN and Disney.
“I consider it an honor to play any role in telling Colin’s story,” Hill tweeted in a Twitter thread. “I have always known Colin is on the right side of history and this is an opportunity to make sure history continues to always reflects that. Colin’s vision for this collaboration isn’t just about content, but empowerment. He was adamant that his work be surrounded by black and brown voices. It also was important for me to use my influence to elevate these voices, particularly inside of ESPN. I am truly grateful.”
Very excited to announce that I’ll be serving as a producer on @Kaepernick7’s docuseries, as part of his production deal with ESPN/Disney and content collaboration w/ @TheUndefeated. I consider it an honor to play any role in telling Colin’s story https://t.co/awYuC3VIRe
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 6, 2020
In addition to The Undefeated, Kap’s content will extend across other Disney-owned properties including Walt Disney Television, Hulu, and Pixar.
“Colin has had a singular path as both an athlete and an activist, and, as the nation continues to confront racism and social injustice, it feels particularly relevant to hear Colin’s voice on his evolution and motivations,” said Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN’s president.