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Peter Berg to direct for Olympic Channel doc series

Global digital platform Olympic Channel has commissioned a docuseries about the biggest achievements in the modern Olympic era. Produced by Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media (MSM), Five Rings Films (working title, five ...
December 7, 2016

Global digital platform Olympic Channel has commissioned a docuseries about the biggest achievements in the modern Olympic era.

Produced by Frank Marshall and Mandalay Sports Media (MSM), Five Rings Films (working title, five x one hour) will begin with the Peter Berg-helmed (pictured) film about Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, who famously turned down US$5 million to fight Muhammad Ali. Shot in Havana and the United States, the doc will include exclusive access to Cuba’s sporting complex.

Marshall (Jurassic World) is exec producing alongside MSM’s Mike Tollin. MSM’s Jon Weinbach and Olympic Channel commissioner Gregory Groggel are co-exec producing.

The docs will also spotlight athletes who have influenced arenas beyond sports, such as politics, the environment and social justice. Additional subjects and directors will be announced in the months ahead.

The International Olympic Committee launched the OTT platform Olympic Channel following the closing of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio at the end of August.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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