HBO is prepping On Freddie Roach, a cinéma vérité series focused on the world-famous boxing trainer.
Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, 30 for 30′s Kings Ransom) will direct and executive produces the Film 44/Atticus Entertainment coproduction, which is also executive produced by Jim Lampley, Sarah Aubrey and Michael Price.
Cameras will follow Roach as he works with up-and-coming boxing stars in his Hollywood Wildcard Boxing Club and manages his new role with USA Boxing, all while fighting Parkinson’s disease.
The six-episode series is set to debut in early 2012.
“We are truly excited about this innovative new reality series that will allow HBO to partner with Peter Berg,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “Freddie Roach is an extraordinary person and many of our subscribers are familiar with his superior work in training some of the world’s premier fighters.”
“HBO’s enthusiasm in supporting a less-conventional, vérité style of storytelling is why they continue to create original and truly innovative programming,” added Berg.
Massachusetts-native Freddie Roach was a professional boxer under the tutelage of legendary trainer Eddie Futch until 1987. After retiring, Roach became Futch’s apprentice and opened his first gym in 1992, financed by Mickey Rourke, the Outlaw Boxing Club. Roach has trained more than 20 world champions, including Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson.