HBO producing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar doc

Due to air in 2015, the documentary about the NBA legend is being produced by HBO Sports, Mandalay Sports Media and Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment.
May 15, 2014

U.S. cable network HBO has begun production on a documentary about NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Due to air in 2015, the film is being produced by HBO Sports in partnership with Mandalay Sports Media and Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment.

“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legendary figure and an American sports icon,” HBO Sports president Ken Hershman said in a statement. “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 this story to life.”

Ron Yassen is directing, Deborah Morales is producing and Mike Tollin will serve as executive producer.

The film will recount the life and career of the NBA’s all-time leading points scorer and Hall of Fame inductee, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks and is a six-time MVP.

He is also an author, actor and political activist. In 2012, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton named Abdul-Jabbar a cultural ambassador for the United States.

Tollin, who is co-chariman of Mandalay Sports Media, added the doc will “reveal the complexity and genius of Kareem both on and off the court. By his own admission, Abdul-Jabbar has had a complicated and occasionally hostile relationship with the media. This is a unique opportunity to tell all sides of his story.”

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