Premium cable network HBO has acquired the worldwide television and streaming rights to Erin Lee Carr’s forthcoming feature-length documentary, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.
The film, which is expected to debut across HBO in 2019, explores the sexual abuse and assault of at least 256 young women at the hands of USA Gymnastics national team doctor and Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar, who was recently sentenced to life in prison for his crimes.
In addition, MSU president Lou Anna Simon, MSU director of athletics Mark Hollis and the entire 18-member board of USA Gymnastics tendered their resignations. Michigan State has also agreed to pay US$500 million to 332 alleged victims of Nassar, settling lawsuits filed by victims.
Based on years of research by producers David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider, and featuring exclusive interviews with survivors, At the Heart of Gold will detail the shocking stories of the gymnasts who made efforts to reveal a dangerous system that prioritized winning over their safety, and examines how abusers such as Nassar can go unchecked for so many years.
Carr (pictured) serves as director. Sarah Gibson, Michael Cascio and Gerald R. Molen are executive producers. David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider are producers.
The deal was negotiated with HBO by UTA Independent Film Group.