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Showtime acquires rights to NFL-themed “Play It Forward”

U.S. pay-TV network Showtime has picked up the rights to Play It Forward, an exhaustive look into the family, life and career of future NFL hall of famer Tony Gonzalez (pictured) and older brother Chris.
June 10, 2015

U.S. pay-TV network Showtime has picked up the rights to Play It Forward, an exhaustive look into the family, life and career of future NFL hall of famer Tony Gonzalez (pictured).

The film takes an in-depth look at the relationship between Gonzalez and older brother Chris, who has championed his younger brother every step of the way. Play It Forward, which debuted at the 2015 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, will revolve around the final year of the football star’s 17-year NFL career while interweaving Chris’s chase to fulfill his own dream of becoming a firefighter.

Directed by Oscar nominee Andrea Nevins, the film was produced by Cristan Reilly for Rare Bird Films and executive produced by SMAC Entertainment’s Constance Schwartz and Pro Football Hall of Famer, host and analyst Michael Strahan.

“Whether you’re a player in the NFL or chasing a dream to be a firefighter, the one central theme is family. As executive producers, Constance Schwartz and I are thrilled that Showtime has joined us on this journey to take this film to audiences in hopes that they will be as inspired by this story as we are,” Strahan said in a statement.

An air date is yet to be announced.

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